St. Lawrence University invites applications for an Assistant Controller position. The Assistant Controller will be responsible for the following:
Supervise the accounts payable and general accounting functions of the Business Office to ensure that the university’s resources are expended in accordance with appropriate guidelines and financial activity is recorded in an accurate and timely manner. This includes direct supervision of four employees in areas of accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable/cashiering and payroll, bank and trust account reconciliations, foreign program currency conversion and accounting, fixed asset accounting and inventories, and general accounting transactions.
Prepare journal entries and make payments related to university debt such as interest accruals, bond payments, issuance/conversion of bonds, amortization of related costs and discounts.
Oversee the accounting for the auxiliary operations, including the Bookstore, and Dining services.
Administer government grant financial activity and compliance and the SupplierPay program which processes vendor payments by credit card.
Work with the Purchasing Department in managing the university purchasing/travel card program.
Manage the tax reporting requirements for International Students and Employees.
Administer the month-end financial close process to ensure that feeds and entries are recorded correctly and in a timely manner.
Produce reports and complete financial surveys. Review payroll tax returns.
Communicate with all campus departments in regards to university accounting policies and procedures and more. Answer questions and resolve related issues.
Administer budget view access and set up of approvals for requisitions and payment requests in Colleague accounting system.
Administer calendar year end reporting obligations for 1099 tax statements and statements of mortgage interest.
Monitor university cash position in various accounts. Work with foreign directors regarding cash needs and acquire foreign currency, schedule transfers as needed.
Manage the Colleague system user tables and data control features to effectively utilize the general ledger, purchasing and accounts, fixed assets, pooled investments, payroll modules. Use the reporting system Synoptix to create financial reports from Colleague and the ODS database to manipulate data for analysis and reporting purposes. Assist other accounting users in understanding and using these systems and reporting tools.
Assist in fiscal year-end closing and preparation of annual financial statements and related audit. This requires analyzing payments and accounts, preparing year-end journal entries, adjusting/removing encumbrances, preparing work papers and schedules, testing transactions, assisting auditors.
Other related tasks as assigned.
Interested applicants must apply online at http://employment.stlawu.edu uploading all required materials which are defined in the “special instructions to applicant” section. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to Sebastian Notaro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.
St. Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For additional information about St. Lawrence, please visit http://www.stlawu.edu.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field.
Three or more years of progressively responsible accounting and managerial experience and demonstrated knowledge of accounting principles.
Excellent written and oral communications skills with demonstrated ability to communicate professionally and effectively with multiple constituents.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks within tight time-frames and simultaneously manage several projects within or in advance of stated deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to conduct complex financial analysis and use financial systems and information, MS Office Word and Excel.
Experience working with Colleague, or similar enterprise accounting system.
Accountability /Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work, acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.
Must maintain confidentiality.
Must be capable of working collegially with a diverse group of faculty, staff and students.
CPA certification or Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related field.
Work experience in higher education or similar business setting.
Work experience in accounts payable, grant administration or investment accounting.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive Salary and Comprehensive Benefits Package
About St. Lawrence University
St. Lawrence is a private liberal arts college of 2160 students and 171 full-time faculty, coeducational from its founding, located halfway between the high peaks of the Adirondacks and the national capital of Canada in Ottawa. Founded by the Universalists in 1856, the University is presently non-denominational, although the founder’s commitment to inclusiveness, to the dignity of each individual, to equity in the treatment of all beings, and to the wonders of the natural world remains integral to the University’s identity. The University is residential by design, and participation in living/learning communities is an integral part of all students’ educational experience. More information about the University can be found at http://www.stlawu.edu.