The Controller serves as the chief accounting officer and is responsible for the accounting, financial reporting, financial internal control operations of the University, and ensures compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations related to the finances of private higher education institutions. The Controller will provide leadership and management oversight for the operations of University general accounting and financial reporting, investments, grants and contracts accounting, payroll, accounts payable, gift and endowment accounting, fixed assets, tax reporting and purchasing.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Oversees the University’s financial reporting system and maintains accurate and detailed financial records, to ensure accuracy in data recorded and reported internally and externally.
Responsible for compiling the University’s interim and annual financial statements. Analyze and interpret financial data and prepare meaningful financial information for external, internal or credit purposes.
Maintain effective system of University-wide internal controls; recommend enhancements to strengthen internal controls systems through proper segregation of duties, supervision, and review of financial results and procedures.
Builds strong relationships within the University by making accounting functions more transparent. The Controller will be a leader, resource, and collaborator to all units and divisions to communicate the services and expertise offered by the Business Office and to build stronger relationships across the University.
Supervises and provides leadership to the Business Office and Purchasing Office staff. Establishes standards of performance and checks progress of projects as needed. Coaches and trains staff to provide superior customer service throughout campus.
Position Specific Responsibilities
Provide direction in financial accountability, policy, systems and reporting. Reviews and develops key financial processes to insure compliance and integrity by improving, creating and implementing policies and procedures where necessary.
Provides leadership in the use of technology to achieve administrative efficiencies and streamline processes, while enhancing overall accuracy and transparency of financial reporting. Recommends enhancement to policies, procedures and practices within the unit using technology to enhance effectiveness of operations and reporting.
Ensures compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, FASB, federal and state laws including tax, and University fiscal related policies.
Coordinate month-end and year-end closing processes and ensure accurate and timely internal financial statement presentation and reporting.
Maintains the general ledger.
Coordinates and manages the annual external audit and 990 tax return.
Account for and prepare reports on University investments.
Manages cash flow.
Manages fixed asset records.
Evaluate, and coordinate all cash management and banking services.
Maintains effective communication and relationships with the University auditors and bankers.
Manages the overall direction, coordination, and evauation fo the Business Office and Purchasing Office staff.
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with university policies and applicable laws.
Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, planning, assigning, directing work, rewarding, managing and evaluating employee performance and addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Developing and managing an effective team.
Provide ad-hoc or special project reports as requested by the Vice President for Finance and Administration.
May serve on University committees.
Attends and assists the Vice President for Finance and Administration in staffing support for the Finance & Audit Committee meetings of the Board of Trustees. May be requested to report to the Committee and the Board of Trustees.
Other duties and projects as assigned by the Vice President for Finance and Administration.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting or closely related field. MBA is preferred.
Minimum of five years related accounting experience.
Experience in progressively responsible positions in accounting.
Minimum of two years supervisory experience.
CPA is strongly preferred.
Non-profit higher education experience is strongly preferred.
Knowledge of accounting/financial management principles, practices, and procedures as they relate to college and university environments.
Knowledge of state and federal tax and regulatory codes relating to tax exempt entities.
Intermediate to advanced Excel skills.
Knowledge of financial accounting information systems. Experience with Ellucian’s Colleague ERP system is preferred.
Excellent and effective written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to provide a service-oriented approach to clients, both internal and external.
Ability to solve problems efficiently and effectively.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations.
About Texas Wesleyan University
Texas Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer. The University upholds its commitment to provide equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment in all phases of employment, including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, placement, compensation, benefits, promotion, demotion, discipline, transfer and termination. The University shall not discriminate in the employment context against any individual because of race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation or any other reason prohibited by applicable federal, state or local laws. The University shall make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship for the University. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination and access to benefits and training.