The Controller manages the daily operations of the Business Office; ensures compliance with applicable policies and regulations, maintains appropriate internal controls, and oversees the audit; and oversees the budget process and regular financial reporting. The Controller works closely with the Vice President for Finance and collaborates with many constituents across the university.
Be in agreement with the university's Confession of Faith, found here, have a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, be active in the life of the church, and live a life consistent with a commitment to the Lordship of Christ.
Embrace the mission, vision, and values of Fresno Pacific University.
Be Christ-centered in all areas while working with staff, faculty, students, and or any person or organization in the course of representing the University.
All FPU employees are called to exercise the gifts and calling of God through their daily life and role here at FPU. As ministers to students and other employees in daily life, FPU employees seek to embody the ideals laid out in the FPU Idea.
A steadfast commitment to the "The Fresno Pacific University Idea" and agreement to support its ideals and practices while employed by the University.
Provide direction and leadership in the management of daily Business Office operations and all accounting functions.
Hire, manage, develop, and evaluate Business Office leadership.
Manage the accumulation and consolidation of all financial data necessary for an accurate accounting of business activities, including those of the FPU Foundation
Ensure the month-end close is timely, complete, and accurate in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
Oversee daily cash management, long-term cash flow, and use of the line of credit and make recommendations as appropriate.
Establish and grow a cash reserve as funds permit.
Assist with short- and long-term investment options and maintain investment policies.
Ensure correct financial management of the institution’s grants, including submission of applications, reconciliations of spending and receiving reimbursement for expenditures.
Work to improve the use and quality of the department’s technology.
Participate regularly in training offered by NACUBO, AICPA, or accounting firms offering industry expertise, in order to ensure familiarity with current issues facing higher education organizations.
Serve as the University’s compliance officer in matters pertaining to the Internal Revenue Service and the institution’s 501c(3) status.
Ensure compliance with university, state, federal, and other applicable policies, procedures, and regulations.
Lead the annual audit, working with internal and external constituents to provide information needed for both the financial statement and Uniform Guidance portions of the annual audit.
Ensure timely resolution of all deficiencies and weaknesses identified in the auditor’s Management Letter
Establish, enforce, and recommend improvements to internal controls.
Ensure compliance with bank covenants.
Formalize the budget process, oversee the annual operating budget development, and have the operating budget ready for presentation to Cabinet 30 days prior to the June Board meeting.
Oversee the annual capital budget development and have the capital budget ready for presentation to Cabinet 30 days prior to the February Board meeting.
Work with budget managers to monitor and control expenses, and develop year-end revenue and expense projections monthly.
Ensure periodic training and communication to departmental budget managers to assist them in managing their budgets.
Oversee the production and timely distribution of accurate and comprehensive monthly and yearly financial reports for internal review and analysis.
Coordinate and prepare state and federal financial reports.
Compile and submit other reports as requested.
Collaborate productively with Student Financial Services, Advancement, Human Resources, and other departments across campus.
Partner with the advancement office and the Foundation to gain understanding of donors’ terms of gifts and grants, both promised and received, to ensure proper accounting treatment.
Provide services and support to various departments and leaders across campus to ensure they have knowledge and tools to comply with university accounting procedures.
Advise Vice President of Finance and Business Affairs on decisions related to accounting and university business.
Complete tasks timely with work that is comprehensive, complete, and accurate.
Communicate clearly, listens attentively, and seeks to understand others.
Maintain confidentiality of information regarding students and other employees
Other job duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in accounting or related field or CPA or equivalent experience
Minimum seven years of public accounting or related experience
Familiarity with IRS regulations for non-profit organizations
Three or more years’ experience in staff supervision and leadership
Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to organize, coordinate, and supervise support staff and work as part of an office team
Ability to interpret institution policies, plans, objectives, rules and regulations, and communicate the interpretation to others
Ability to work with minimal supervision and make independent decisions
Ability to analyze complex financial information
Ability to think critically and to problem solve
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Master’s degree plus current CPA
Experience in a college or university setting
Experience with Ellucian Colleague software
Experience with trust accounting
Indoors in a normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, fumes, vibrations, and temperature changes at least eighty percent (80%) of the time.
Frequent computer use at a workstation, up to eight hours per day.
Frequently work at a fast pace with unscheduled interruptions.
Drive personal or University vehicles to appointments.
Public contact position requiring professional apparel, personal hygiene, and grooming.
This position typically functions indoors in an office environment with light to moderate noise associated with business office equipment. The position may involve travel for meetings and events.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: remain in a stationary position 80 % of the time, be able to move about inside the office to access file cabinets/office machinery etc., operate a computer and keyboard and other office productivity machinery such as calculators/copy machines/printers. The employee is occasionally required to position self to reach items on the floor and in high cabinetry.
The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Employee must be able to communicate with others to exchange information including both over the telephone and in-person communication with callers and community members and be able to read a computer screen and paper documents.
Reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities will be provided in accordance with law.
Reserving its rights as a religious institution, Fresno Pacific University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age or disability, or other classes protected by applicable law. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you should contact FPU’s Human Resources Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. As a religious institution, the University will administer the equal opportunity employment policy consistent with the Fresno Pacific University statement of faith, the FPU Idea and the University’s governance by the Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.
Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Some 4,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield, and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 10,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 48 percent, and is one of the top 10 HSIs nationally in graduating Hispanic students. The Valley’s only comprehensive Christian university granting master’s degrees, the university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university. A description of the unique quality of FPU as an academic community can be found in the Fresno Pacific University Idea at fresno.edu/about/fpu_idea.