Miami University — Controller

Job Summary:  Job ID: 5487 – FT – Unclassified (salaried)

Responsible for the accounting operations of the University which include accounts payable, general accounting and grants and contract accounting.  As the University’s chief accounting officer, the Controller is responsible for financial reporting, financial policies and procedures, establishing and monitoring internal controls, implementing and monitoring tax and regulatory changes, and developing and implementing best business practices.

Basic Qualifications:
The position requires a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and a track record of progressively responsible experience in financial management.  Significant experience with complex computer-based transaction processing, financial reporting systems, spreadsheet-based analysis and decision support systems is required.  Other minimum qualifications include extensive managerial experience, strong written and verbal communication skills, a commitment to collaborative teamwork, and high standards of customer service.

Job Duties:

  1. Provides direction and leadership to the offices of accounts payable, general accounting, and grants and contracts accounting.  Establishes priorities and deadlines.  Provides trouble-shooting and problem-solving support to first-line managers.
  2. Ensures that appropriate accounting procedures are established, reviewed, updated, and effectively applied.  Establishes an environment that balances strong internal controls with excellent customer service.  Recommends changes and updates to university accounting policies.  Leads “best practices” and quality improvement initiatives using Lean tools and strategies.
  3. Actively participates in university-wide technology planning.  Directs the functional aspects of implementing and maintaining technology services for the accounting offices, in coordination with the division’s CIO.
  4. Coordinates the production of internal and external financial reports.  Manages the year-end closing process and financial statement preparation.  Ensures that tax and regulatory deadlines are met.
  5. Prepares and presents financial analysis reports for senior management, including the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees.  Works with the Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Services to design reports that communicate meaningful and accurate information.
  6. Monitors tax issues, regulatory developments, and changes in generally accepted accounting principles.  Leads the implementation of new accounting standards.  Ensures that the university remains compliant with changing external regulatory requirements.
  7. Works with the Director of Internal Audit to coordinate the annual independent audit and regular internal audits.  Pursues and resolves audit findings and recommendations.
  8. Participates on university committees as requested.  Represents accounting perspectives and financial policies to constituencies across the university community and as the University’s representative on accounting issues at the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Inter-University Council.
  9. Fosters an environment that encourages positive and productive change.  Ensures that goal-setting and performance appraisals are performed on a regular basis.  Promotes the development of new skills and competencies by staff members.  Fosters team building within the offices and collaborative efforts with other offices.
  10. Performs other projects and duties as assigned by the Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Services.

Preferred Qualifications:
CPA or CMA certification and/or a Master’s degree are preferred.  Previous accounting and management experience in a higher education environment is highly desirable.

The University is committed to equal opportunity, affirmative action, and eliminating discrimination and harassment. Miami University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices.  Requests for reasonable accommodations/or disabilities related to employment should be directed to ADAFacultyStaff@MiamiOH.edu or 513-529-3560.  Miami University’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report with information on campus crime, fires, and safety may be found at: http://miamioh.edu/campus-safety/annual-report/index.html. Hard copy available upon request. A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke and tobacco free campuses.

To apply, please visit:  https://miamioh.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=5487&job=controller 

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