Assistant Controller

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Work type: Administrative Faculty Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Business/Accounting/Finance/Audit

Position Title: Assistant Controller
Job Description:

The Assistant Controller reports directly to the Controller.  The Assistant Controller provides strategic leadership to the Controller’s Office and financial management for Mines. This position assists the Controller to create and analyze financial reports and presentations; collaboratively develops financial and accounting policies and procedures; ensures sound financial processes and internal controls; and oversees and manages multiple audits performed by the State of Colorado, Federal Government and others as necessary. This position will provide leadership in financial services for the institution and will represent the Controller’s office in a wide range of activities, committees, and meetings. The Assistant Controller will collaborate and interact with many internal and external constituents including campus administration and academic departments, other higher education institutions, governmental agencies (e.g. OSC, OSA, OSPB and JBC staff), and the public. The Assistant Controller will oversee a minimum of five Accountant level positions on the General Accounting team for the Controller’s Office.

  • Lead and administer financial management, compliance and reporting with the Controller.
  • Manage external audits and act as the liaison to coordinate internal audits impacting the Controller’s office.  This requires non-routine responsibilities and strategic planning to manage the short and long-term objectives for the institution. It requires the ability to determine appropriate incorporation of regulations and generally accepted accounting principles applicable to the financial management of the institution. Examples include, but are not limited to: state-wide legislation; Governmental Accounting Standards; federal and state regulations; bond requirements; and internal controls.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders within the institution.
  • Assist the Controller to develop and implement financial policies, procedures, and strong internal controls.
  • Provide leadership in the implementation of state and/or federal regulations and develop opportunities to increase flexibility within operations.
  • Provide accurate and timely financial reports (both ad-hoc and routine) to executive officers, campus constituents, and external agencies. This requires and understanding of the financial, student, human resources, and other data sets, data locations and the best methods for extracting/and or uploading information.
  • Represent the Controller’s Office in the absence and/or in conjunction with the Controller internally and externally including campus wide committees, events, and meetings.
  • Provide leadership and daily monitoring and management for the Controller’s Office operations. Including daily accounting functions, which include capital, cost, debt, endowments and gifts, research, and tax.
  • Provide collaborative leadership for financial and administrative systems.
  • Collaborate with the maintenance and enhancements for the Finance and Administration Systems Team ensuring proper controls are in place and information is accurate.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Require a Baccalaureate degree in accounting, finance, or related field with progressive professional level experience in financial accounting or budgeting.  
  • Thorough knowledge, understanding of, and experience with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and accounting pronouncements relating to public research universities such as the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
  • Significant experience dealing with federal or state finance and accounting related policies and procedures. Experience with supervision and leading teams to achieve organizational goals.
  • Advanced proficiency with Windows-based software packages involving spreadsheets, databases, word processing, and presentation applications. 
  • Experience working with large complex data sets, with the ability to understand underlying data and accounting records.
  • Experience with developing and delivering training, demonstrates excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Desire progressive experience with higher education fund accounting, budget, and cost accounting. An active CPA is highly desirable. Banner, Oracle-based or similar financial system experience is preferred.
How to Apply:

Apply by January 20, 2020 for full consideration – applicants who apply after this date may or may not be considered. 

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.

Total Rewards: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit:
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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