Saint Peter’s University

The Controller is a key member of the financial leadership team and will be responsible for providing broad oversight of financial accounting and compliance matters to assist the university's leadership in the efficient and effective monitoring, management, and control of the financial resources of the university. The position is responsible for managing the daily operations of the accounting, financial reporting, and financial systems. Directs and oversees the operations of the Bursar's Office, accounting department, purchasing, gift and grants department, finance systems management, payroll, accounts payable, plant fund accounting, working capital investments, and accounts receivable and budget department. Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Finance and CFO, the Associate Vice President and Controller is responsible for maintaining accounting records, overseeing financial reporting, recommending and maintaining appropriate fiscal policies and procedures, and ensuring compliance with generally accepted accounting principles as well as University internal accounting practices. In addition, this position provides review and management direction for the University´s annual financial report and other financial reports for internal control and managerial purposes. The Controller will be a proven financial professional with strong and transparent communication skills and the ability to build interpersonal relationships, as well as lead and mentor a talented and diverse organization

Duties and Responsibilities:

- Establishes and carries out the mission statement of the University's Finance Department
- Formulates goals and objectives for the department in accordance with the overall mission and goals of the institution
- Provides leadership and management oversight to the annual external audit process and the compilation of the University's external financial statements
- Provides oversight to monthly and fiscal year-end close processes, and production of periodic and ad hoc financial reports for internal and external users
- Provides oversight to a variety of accounting, tax, and account reconciliation processes
- Ensures proper and consistent financial accounting methodology, techniques, and policies are adopted by the University and used in operations.
- Develops and communicates relevant changes to University accounting policies and procedures to the University community.
- Act as a primary liaison with a variety of University constituents for financial accounting and GAAP reporting matters. Ensures compliance with standards issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Education and other agencies
- Maintains current knowledge of all accounting issues affecting higher education.
- Ensure that technical accounting issues are promptly identified and resolved.
- Ensure timely distribution of the University's financial reports to all internal and external users, including the Board of Trustees and senior management
- Ensures compliance with federal and state tax laws and regulations, including the timely filing of the University's IRS Form 990. Provides oversight to the disbursement functions of the University (accounts payable, payroll, procurement card). Meets departmental objectives by setting clear, achievable standards and operational policies and procedures; develops monitoring and evaluation methods
- Serves as a member of several institutional leadership committees and as a resource for the Audit and Finance Committees of the Board of Trustees. Presents financial information to the trustees and oversees preparation and review of that information
- Serves as a liaison to the outsourced internal audit function at the University
- Superior communication and interpersonal skills with proven ability to effectively communicate with all levels of management
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and collaborative working relationships within and across organizational units
- Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Federal and State financial laws, regulations, and operating guidelines as they pertain to non-profit institutions of higher education
- Strong time management skills with ability to prioritize and work on multiple assignments
- Strong organizational, problem solving, and analytical skills
Supervisory Responsibilities:
- Responsible for leading and motivating a staff of approximately 16 individuals
- Develops talents and expertise of staff and recruits and retains a diverse staff of well-qualified and high performing professionals
- Organizational planning, structuring, and staffing skills
- Master's degree (MBA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and seven to ten years of financial management experience in higher education or a similar field is required
- Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and internal control principles and demonstrated skills in applying controls in a similar environment

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Saint Peter's University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, alienage, citizenship, ancestry, age, marital or political status, affectional or sexual orientation, domestic partnership status, disability (including AIDS or HIV infection), pregnancy, liability for service in the United Stated armed forces, gender identity or expression, genetic information and/or any other classification protected by law.

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Contact Information
Cathy Applegate
Saint Peter's University
c/o MPA 300 Raritan Avenue
Highland Park, 08904