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Position Information

Job Title Controller
Position Class Type Regular
Position Type Staff
Other Position Information

About Kettering: Kettering University is a national leader in experiential STEM and business education, integrating an intense academic curriculum with applied professional experience. We inspire students to realize their potential and advance their ideas by combining theory and practice better than any institution in the world. Kettering University is dedicated to achieving the extraordinary through technological innovation, leadership, and service, built on values that foster respect, integrity, creativity, collaboration, and excellence in growth, global leadership, community outreach, and an engaged community of stakeholders.

BENEFITS include health, dental and vision coverage; retirement benefits with up to a 9% Kettering matching contribution; life and accident insurance; tuition assistance and waiver programs; vacation and holiday pay; sick and disability pay; home purchase assistance program; recreation center membership; and many other benefits.

Position Status Full-time
If Part Time, hours per week

Posting Text

Preferred Qualifications

1. Master’s degree in Accounting or Business Administration strongly preferred;
2. Management/supervisory experience at a private not-for-profit college or university strongly preferred;
3. Experience using Banner/Ellucian data base management system preferred;
4. Experience in the preparation of IRS Form 990 for not-for-profit organization strongly preferred;
5. Experience in grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting for government, corporate, and foundation grants preferred;

Job Specific Required Qualifications

1. Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
2. Licensure as an active CPA;
3. Extensive knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and reporting requirements applicable to private not-for-profit colleges and universities;
4. Minimum of five years of successful experience working in a management/supervisory role;
5. Understanding and commitment to Kettering University Values:
a. RESPECT: for teamwork, honesty, encouragement, diversity, partnerships with students.
b. INTEGRITY: including accountability, transparency and ethics.
c. CREATIVITY: fostering flexibility and innovation.
d. COLLABORATION: across disciplines and with all partners.
e. EXCELLENCE: in all we do.
6. Excellent interpersonal communications skills and ability to actively and respectfully engage college students, employees, campus guests, and local community members;
7. Excellent analytical, problem solving and accounting skills with an ability to see the big picture and think strategically;
8. Strong commitment and ability to work as part of a team across the organization;
9. Advanced proficiency with MS Excel and personal computing software and experience using data base management systems;
10. Experience in gathering, evaluating, presenting and reporting financial information in a clear, accurate and concise manner;
11. Sound knowledge and/or experience with audit activities, payroll processes, accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchasing, budget analysis, cash flows, investment transactions, and general accounting and finance functions;
12. Ability to read, understand, analyze, interpret and implement accounting rules, governmental regulations, and technical procedures impacting University operations;
13. Ability to effectively execute multiple projects and tasks concurrently and reliably perform assigned duties in accordance with established policies and procedures;
14. Ability to develop, implement, and effectively maintain strong internal controls for accounting and finance operations.
15. Experience in the preparation of audited financial statements;
16. Willingness and commitment to participate in ongoing professional development training.

Posting Information

Posting Number SP00126
Posting Date 01/09/2018
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Job Duties

Job Duties

Percent of total time 100

1. Manage and direct all accounting and finance related operations of the University, ensuring the accurate and timely processing of all accounting transactions and records.

2. Supervise accounting and finance personnel including routinely meeting with staff to foster teamwork, timely communications, and collaboration; scheduling of projects; setting goals and conducting performance reviews; and providing guidance and training as appropriate.

3. Develop, implement, maintain and update as needed accounting and finance related policies and procedures with an emphasis on enhancing support for University operations and overall effectiveness of the team.

4. Lead the timely and accurate preparation and submission of the annual audited financial statements, federal awards audit statement, and retirement plan audit statement and serve as the principle liaison with the independent outside auditing firm.

5. Lead the timely and accurate preparation and submission of the IRS Form 990 and other required reports for governmental agencies and accrediting organizations, ensuring compliance with all relevant reporting requirements.

6. Develop, implement, and effectively maintain internal controls so as to safeguard University assets and the integrity of its accounting systems and to remain in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and governmental regulations.

7. Coordinate departmental testing of software and data management system upgrades and enhancements to validate that systems are functioning properly.

8. Assist the Vice President in overseeing the preparation of the annual operating budget.

9. Develop and oversee operating budgets for the business and finance department, utilities operations, and employee benefit programs.

10. Work closely with the University Advancement staff in support of fundraising efforts, documenting of gifts, and monitoring the use of gifts in accordance with any donor or grant restrictions.

11. Assure that customer service provided by the accounting and finance team staff is of the highest quality.

12. Maintain and update as appropriate the University’s chart of accounts and related recordkeeping structures.

13. Oversee the periodic monitoring, analysis, and reporting of operating budgets, forecasts, and variances.

14. Oversee all accounting and finance activities relative to any external financing arrangements, including tax exempt bond issues.

15. Plan and implement cross training and professional development of the staff in the accounting and finance areas.

16. Provide training and guidance on the use of accounting systems for staff in other departments across the campus as appropriate and needed.

17. Maintain CPA licensure and update knowledge and skills through appropriate professional development and training opportunities.

18. Serve on University committees and task forces as needed or appropriate, including serving in an ex officio role on the Retirement Plan Oversight Committee.

19. Review and approve travel reimbursements and purchasing card transactions for those serving on the President’s Cabinet, excluding the Vice President for Administration & Finance for whom the Provost reviews and approves.

20. Provide the Vice President for Administration & Finance with technical assistance and analysis as needed.

21. Support the work of the Vice President for Administration & Finance and serve as his/her principle advisor on maintaining the financial health of the University.

22. Communicate and collaborate effectively with other University department heads and liaisons with outside organizations, including banks and other financial institutions.

23. Serve as staff to the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees.

24. Assist with other projects and perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Administration & Finance.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you currently have an active CPA license?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a Master's degree in Accounting or Business Administration?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have at least 5 years of management/supervisory experience at a nonprofit institution?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have management/supervisory experience at a nonprofit college or university?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have experience using Banner/Ellucian database management systems?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have experience in the preparation of audited financial statements and IRS Form 990?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Please provide the specific name of the publication or website where you learned about this posting.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents