Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time Assistant Controller with the Finance Office.
The primary purpose of this position is to be a key member of the Finance Office leadership team, managing a team of accounting professionals, contributing to the accounting, financial reporting and control functions of Gustavus. The Assistant Controller will support the Controller with various accounting tasks including the development and monitoring of internal controls, monthly close, preparation of audit work papers and financial statements, monthly budget oversight and supervision of accounts payable.
The position has oversight responsibility for treasury functions including purchasing card, short-term investments, wire transfers and bank account reconciliations; oversight and direct responsibilities in the preparation of the College’s annual financial and compliance audits; oversight and responsible for recurring federal or state regulatory reporting (sales tax, escheatment); and maintaining the integrity of the College’s financial accounting system.
This highly-visible position is new for the College and part of ongoing succession planning in which the candidate will be provided leadership and professional development opportunities in exchange for being a key contributing member of the Finance and Administration Office and member of the College community.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Assists with establishing and reviewing internal controls to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and GAAP;
Key player in evaluating, mitigating, analyzing and documenting enterprise risk management;
Detailed and on-time accounting, investment and related gift/grant oversight;
Assists in the month-end close process, ensuring timely reconciliations of accounts;
Hands-on ownership in the preparation of audit work papers and audit report, including effective upgrade implementation of audit comments;
Prepares Budget Committee reports;
Assists with preparation of year end surveys;
Oversight and provide work direction for the accounts payable function;
Identifies significant solutions that will increase efficiency in processes, technology, and reporting;
Ensures compliance with IRS regulations and College policy;
Assists Controller in identifying areas where efficiencies can be achieved along with implementation;
Maintains exceptional relationships with other College constituents, which includes providing assistance to other departments on accounting, Finance Office information or processes;
Backup to the Controller, including contributing to various College committees and representing the department when the Controller isn’t available;
Special projects as assigned or apparent and other duties that involve the broader community;
Viewed as a collaborative partner to constituents inside and outside of the department, promoting a stronger understanding of finance-related outcomes;
All other duties as assigned.
BS/BA in business, finance, accounting, or related field;
Active CPA designation;
Extensive knowledge of MS Office (especially Excel) and accounting software;
Proven experience as assistant controller or other similar leadership positions;
Proficiency in preparing financial reports, regulatory reports, maintaining account balances, managing files, and producing information for internal and external audits;
Solid knowledge of GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) and accounting laws and regulations;
Excellent knowledge of accounting and financial processes (budgeting, financial closure, reporting etc.);
Significant understanding of data analysis, forecasting, and problem-solving skills;
Organized, detail-oriented professional with the ability to carry out tasks autonomously and collaboratively;
Ability to manage communication, with confidentiality;
Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, especially to non-financial people.
7-10+ years of accounting
5+ years of leadership experience
Higher education/nonprofit experience
5+ Internal controls/auditing
Gustavus Adolphus College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.
Gustavus Adolphus College is a private liberal arts college in Saint Peter, Minnesota, that prepares 2,200 undergraduates for lives of leadership, service, and lifelong learning. Fully accredited and known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-away, and service-learning programs, Gustavus hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is internationally recognized for its annual Nobel Conference.