Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Boulder


Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for its Campus Controller , to serve as a key member of CU Boulder’s financial leadership team and to direct and oversee the administration of financial services for the Boulder campus. The Controller has primary responsibility for all financial reporting for the campus. This includes understanding and applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) pronouncements as related to public higher education universities, establishing fiscal policies and procedures for the campus community, and implementing internal controls intended to ensure reasonable levels of fiscal control and compliance with applicable rules, laws, regulations, and policies. This position represents the Associate Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance (AVCBF) in a wide variety of forums and groups related to fiscal policies and financial issues. The Controller has three direct reports and leads an organization of over 50 employees.This position requires a dynamic, forward-thinking leader who can build strong working relationships within the department and across the university and can bring innovation and creative approaches to building a financial function for the future. The Controller needs both technical expertise and emotional intelligence to manage the continuing cultural and operational changes as processes and tools continue to be implemented, improved, and integrated. Who We Are

The Campus Controller's Office maintains and supports the university's fiscal responsibility through accurate financial accounting and reporting in compliance with laws, regulations, policies/procedures and contract requirements. We provide oversight, assistance and training in financial stewardship for the Boulder campus. What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Financial Management
- Maintain financial management over the university’s financial accounts including operating funds (general, auxiliary, gift, grant funds), loan funds, and plant funds.
- Provide accounting support and compliance assistance with respect to Federal, State and University rules and regulations to various campus departments.
- Provide mentorship and oversight through the establishment, communication, and enforcement of fiscal policies and procedures that are appropriate to the CU Boulder community.
- Direct cost accounting functions in support of the university’s Facilities & Administrative Rate calculations and negotiations.
- Work with administrators at all levels of CU Boulder and the CU System to resolve accounting-related issues, assure reasonable levels of compliance with various fiscal policies and procedures, and provide oversight and adherence to various financial plans.
- Coordinate and implement the monthly and fiscal year-end closing processes and procedures for staff to ensure all critical accounting tasks are performed.
- Maintain accounting control over the university’s movable equipment inventory in conjunction with university departments.
- Maintain appropriate governance over all of the university’s financial data. Internal Controls and Compliance
- Implement and maintain internal controls and financial reporting policies, standards and procedures that assure fiscal practices align with external rules, regulations and restrictions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and Governmental Accounting Standards (GASB).
- Ensure compliance with statutory requirements and university policy, including county, state and federal regulations and Board of Regents/university policies.
- Direct the development and implementation of financial training programs as campus outreach to ensure staff and departmental personnel have the available mentorship to perform their job duties according to GAAP and within the rules and regulations of the University.
- Work closely with the Fiscal Compliance office on financial compliance issues. Financial Reporting
- Provide fiscal oversight of the campus-level financial reports and coordinate with the University System Office of the University Controller to integrate the campus financial reporting information into the system-wide Financial Statements and the State of Colorado accounting system.
- Direct the preparation of other external reporting requirements, including federal reporting requirements relating to grants and contracts, IPEDS Survey, and any other required financial reporting by campus.
- Coordinate with the CFO, AVCBF, and the University Controller to resolve system accounting and financial reporting issues.
- Ensure the validity, reliability, and timeliness of accounting information through review and analysis, and in consultation with the Budget Office, the schools/colleges, and other campus units. Financial Approvals
- Review and approve CU Boulder revenue contracts and consult with University Legal Counsel when appropriate.
- Review and approve CU Boulder purchased goods and services contracts, as delegated approval authority by the State Controller or University Controller. What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Benefits

The University of Colorado offers excellent , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the .

Be Statements

Be Ambitious. Be Strategic. Be Boulder. What We Require

- A bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or closely related field
- Active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license
- Seven years of experience in the following areas:
- Directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified
- Managing teams
- Experience analyzing financial performance and communicating results to all levels of management within higher education or non-profit environment
What You Will Need

- Expert knowledge of public higher education accounting, fiscal operations, and financing, including knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, GASB, NACUBO, and State Higher Education Reporting Standards.
- Integrated knowledge and understanding of public sector budget and financial reporting processes and procedures.
- Ability to design and implement integrated financial control systems, policies, and procedures.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a varied community and develop a harmonious work environment.
- Knowledge of integrated business management principles and practices in a public institution of higher education.
- Excellent professional leadership skills.
- Ability to analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs, and develop integrated creative solutions.
- Knowledge of institutional and audit requirements for the provision of financial information.
- Strong analytical, critical thinking, and decision-making skills.
- Tactical planning and performance measurement skills.
- Ability to compile, analyze, interpret, and present complex annual financial reports, statements, and/or projections.
- Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Federal and State financial laws, regulations, and operating guidelines as they pertain to public institutions of higher education.
- Skills in program planning, examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures at an institute of higher education.
- Demonstrated organizational and management skills.
- Skills in the use of software to quantify and illustrate complex financial reports, comparisons, impacts, and/or projections.
- Ability to supervise and train employees including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments; evaluating performance; and mentoring and coaching employees to achieve maximum productivity. What We Would Like You To Have

- Master’s degree in accounting, finance or related field.
- Previous accounting experience in higher education.
- Post-award/sponsored project experience. Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
- A current resume.
- A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position. You will not be asked to upload references at this time.Please apply by April 15, 2020 for consideration.Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through .

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