University Controller

Posted in on 01/22/2014

University of Miami

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Miami, Fl


Miami, Fl

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he University Controller (UC) reports to the Vice President of Finance & Treasurer and is responsible for the Controllership function of the University of Miami. The UC is the University’s principal accounting, financial reporting, internal controls, and tax executive. The UC leads a staff of approximately 50+ FTEs and is responsible for creating an environment which promotes innovative and sound policies and practices that balance controls, compliance, and customer service in financial reporting, general accounting, property accounting, and internal controls over related business processes.

The major roles of this position include service as:

• The University’s principal accounting executive in charge of accounting records, policies, systems, and procedures, and enforcement and maintenance thereof. He or she prepares and/or approves all accounting and financial reports.
• The University’s chief controls officer. He or she provides for the protection of University assets by establishing and maintaining adequate internal controls, regardless of where the organizational responsibility for implementation and/or operation of controls lies. The Controller advises the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer and Senior Vice President of Business and Finance of the costs and risks of internal control weaknesses.
• The University’s designated tax official, responsible for monitoring, compliance, and advice to appropriate University offices, including oversight of the preparation of all tax reporting and presentation of form 990 to Board for approval.

The UC maintains responsibility for:
• Coordination of all financial audits of the University and its components by external parties.
• Coordination and preparation of material for the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Board and the Finance Committee of the Board, presenting audited and unaudited financial statements and explanations of transactions and variances, as well as University tax returns.
• Preparation and monitoring of budgets for activities supervised by this position.
• Providing inspired leadership to the University and those supervised by this position, setting high standards of professional conduct and competence, and furnishing the leadership necessary to assure an optimum level of staff and staff expertise. This includes performance evaluations, career planning, training, and allocating resources to accomplish objectives of the activities directed by this position.
• Providing strategic thinking and leadership to improve financial policies, systems, and processes, improving service delivery, reducing costs, and maintaining effective controls.
• Establishing programs to ensure controls are created and maintained to safeguard University assets, including financial, reputational, and physical assets. Oversight of University-wide training and communication regarding accounting and internal control. Providing timely training to all University personnel who initiate accounting transactions, the UC is responsible for ensuring training for the office and the University is ongoing and current.
• Representing the Controller’s Office on University committees and task forces, such as those driving Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems implementation and re-engineering business processes.
• Staying abreast of new developments, trends, and the regulatory environment, including accounting standards and government guidelines, and addressing and communicating these changes proactively and strategically, as appropriate. Maintaining current knowledge of areas of responsibility via participation in educational and training seminars.

• A strong sense of service orientation, with proven ability to balance controls and compliance and effectively communicate decisions and educate in the process.
• A high level of professionalism and integrity with a demonstrated ability to work productively with, and gain confidence of, all levels of an organization; the ability to maintain focus, successfully executes against plans, and brings closure to activities, tasks, and projects.
• Excellent technical accounting skills and knowledge (including FASB, IRS regulations, etc.).
• The proven ability to successfully lead a group of professionals with emphasis on the ability to manage a culturally diverse workforce; an excellent track record in building effective teams.
• Demonstrated skill in creating a shared vision for the organization, leading and inspiring staff to execute the organization’s commitment to the University and its diverse constituencies.
• The ability to understand and direct the information needs of management and provide meaningful reports and analyses; proven ability to develop, maintain, and communicate accurate reporting of financial information; understanding of necessary systems and procedures to support internal control and external reporting and compliance requirements.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills coupled with negotiation skills necessary to formulate policies and programs and arrive jointly at solutions with clients and stakeholders.
• Excellent relationship management abilities characterized by the ability to manage through influence and persuasion at all levels of an organization.
• Demonstrated success as a supporter of diversity in the broadest sense of the word; a willingness to value the differences each person brings to the University.
• Personal attributes conducive to success in a highly decentralized environment, including ethics, integrity, patience, flexibility, adaptability, persistence, and tact.

An undergraduate degree in accounting, business, or finance and current CPA licensure are required; an MBA or other advanced degree in accounting, finance, business, or related field; experience preparing consolidated financial statements for large, complex organizations; experience making presentations to senior and executive management; and experience with ERP systems and re-engineering business processes.

The successful candidate for UC will possess a minimum of 10 years of experience as a senior professional accountant plus experience in a senior management role within a large, sophisticated environment, preferably in a higher education setting or academic medical enterprise. Preferred experience includes: big 4 public accounting experience. Position #048883

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