Colgate University — Associate Controller

Colgate University

Associate Controller

Requisition Number: 2021S120Posting
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Division: Finance and Administration
Department: Accounting & Control

Department Statement:

Primary responsibilities include producing and managing financial reports and related processes. Accountable for accurate and timely preparation of audited financial statements and all tax returns. Accountable for developing an expert level of understanding of all balance sheet line items in order to provide expert guidance and continued enhancements of processes, as well as regulatory changes. Ensures proper accounting and execution of transactions related to capital projects, endowment, debt, and on-going university operations. Coordinates the Board of Trustees Audit Committee agenda and presents the university financial statements, 990 and 990-T tax return.

Serves in the absence of the Controller, with responsibility for an understanding of the financial operations, general ledger policies, procedures and regulations. Accountable for representing the accounting office and finance division on a variety of committees with a diverse range of faculty, staff, or students.

Other specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: managing compliance with donor restrictions; responsible for fixed asset inventory and depreciation system; monitoring compliance with NYPMIFA; preparing audit lead schedules, financial statement and footnotes; monitoring private business use and unrelated business income activities; provides accurate financial information for surveys and reports; and serves as the liaison between external audit and tax firm and the university.

Responsible for the effective supervision of staff. Understands multiple cultural frameworks, values, and norms, knows and applies best practices in diversity and inclusion practices, strategies, systems, policies, etc. Ensures selection and hiring of high quality employees in accordance with university policy as an affirmative action employer; ensures appropriate distribution of work assignments and high quality of employee work product; ensures fair and accurate performance assessments and feedback to include identifying areas for professional development and documenting and conducting disciplinary measures. Responsible for ensuring fair and accurate decisions regarding employment status (hire, promotion, salary increases, termination); ensures the creation of effective opportunities and programs for employee mentoring, development and sustained performance in a culturally appropriate manner.

Professional Experience/Qualifications
– Minimum of 3 years professional accounting work experience.- Ability to manage chart of accounts.
– Demonstrated experience managing and developing diverse teams.
– Experience with process evaluation and redesign when warranted.
– Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
– Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, tax compliance and audit.
– A strong service commitment, with the ability to balance controls while meeting the need of his/her constituents.
– Strong problem solving skills and the ability to research and resolve problems.
– Strong leadership skills with the ability to communicate both verbally and in written forms.
– Spreadsheet skills necessary to prepare, analyze and present financial results.
– A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
– A commitment to the University’s sustainability mission.
Preferred Qualifications
– Minimum of 3 years working experience in higher education or knowledge of not-for-profit accounting.- Banner or other electronic database management account system experience preferred.

A bachelor’s degree in business, accounting or finance.

Other Information

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Open Until Filled

Special Instructions Summary

EEO Statement
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act
The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:

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