Sterling College seeks a new colleague to join our Craftsbury Common, VT campus as Controller. This position serves as the chief accounting officer and controller of the College and reports to the Senior Vice President. The Controller is a member of the Dean’s Council and supports the work of various governance bodies of the College. The Controller manages the finance department staff and oversees vendor relations and large project expenditure for the College, working directly with the Director of Information Technology, Director of Facilities, and the Human Resources Officer. Because of the small size of the institution, the Controller must be able to move seamlessly between leadership, management, and hands-on engagement.
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The Controller demonstrates:
A thorough understanding of GAAP accounting, practices, and procedures, particularly as they apply to non-profit fund accounting and/or higher education, including federal and state regulations that govern higher education and financial reporting requirements;
A deep understanding of internal controls and risk management best practices ensuring the integrity of financial and operational activity within the College and with external constituents;
Exceptional financial and administrative management skills, including the ability to prioritize, organize, coordinate and direct multiple projects simultaneously;
Interest in, and willingness to, work hands-on with accounting data and analysis;
Advanced analytical and systems thinking skills, combined with curiosity and ability to brainstorm innovative alternatives;
Experience and demonstrated competencies working with accounting and reporting software, with preference for candidates with Blackbaud Financial Edge/Raiser's Edge experience;
Experience with Microsoft Excel and the ability to create and maintain complex financial forecasts and modeling;
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with all College stakeholders;
Curiosity, and a willingness to stay current on the issues confronting higher education and the ability to brainstorm innovative alternatives; and
An ability to lead by example through a high level of professionalism, “can do” spirit, strong work ethic and a desire to “roll up one’s sleeves” when necessary.
Additional Salary Information: This position is eligible for Sterling's full benefits package.
About Sterling College
Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College advances ecological thinking and action through affordable experiential learning, preparing knowledgeable, skilled and responsible leaders to face the ecological crises caused by unlimited growth and consumption that threatens the future of the planet. Enrollment is limited to 125 students. Sterling is home to the School of the New American Farmstead and the Wendell Berry Farming Program, is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education and is one of only 10 colleges and universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a “Work College.”
The College has received national attention for becoming one of the first institutions in the U.S. to divest from fossil fuels. Sterling has been recognized for its sustainability initiatives by Sierra Magazine and has earned a STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for five consecutive years.