||Finance & Administration
||Vice President of Finance & Administration (Karen L. Montgomery)
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Texas Wesleyan University, founded in 1890 in Fort Worth, is a United Methodist institution with a tradition of integrating the liberal arts and sciences with professional and career preparation at the undergraduate level and in selected graduate areas. The University is currently seeking applicants for a Controller.
The Controller directs the University's financial activities and ensures these activities are in compliance with business policies and procedures, state and federal fiscal management laws and regulations, and generally accepted accounting standards, and established legal, regulatory and university procedures. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to recommending major economic strategies, objectives, and policies for the University; preparing and ensuring accurate internal and external reports that summarize and forecast the University’s business activity, financial transactions, and financial position; assuming responsibility for the planning, development and implementation of effective accounting strategies, policies and procedures; and, serving on University planning and policy-making committees.
Candidates are required to hold a Bachelor's degree with emphasis in accounting or a related field and be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). A minimum of five years of significant and progressive accomplishment in financial administration and relevant FASB pronouncements are required. Considerable management and supervisory experience are also required. Candidates with an MBA are preferred. The salary range for this position is $90,000-$110,000.
Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2013. To apply, send a cover letter indicating position desired, current resume, contact information for three professional references, and salary history to: Office of Human Resources, Texas Wesleyan University, 1201 Wesleyan, Fort Worth, TX 76105, or HR@txwes.edu. Please see below for full job description. EOE
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.
Establishes, or recommends to management, major economic strategies, objectives, and policies for the University.
Oversees the operations of accounting, payables, student receivables, grants accounting, payroll, and other units assigned to this position, ensuring compliance with University policies and procedures as well as state and federal laws and regulations.
Ensures implementation and maintenance of effective internal controls to ensure safeguarding of assets and reliability of financial statements.
Prepares and ensures accurate internal and external reports that summarize and forecast the University’s business activity, financial transactions, and financial position in areas of income, expenses, and earnings based on past, present, and anticipated operations.
Assists in the preparation of the annual budget.
Completes necessary tax forms and remits appropriate taxes in a timely fashion.
Directs development, maintenance, and execution of fiscal policies, accounting, and internal financial controls of the institution.
Ensures the coordination and timely execution of period and year-end processes.
Advises management on desirable operational adjustments due to tax-code revisions.
Arranges and oversees internal and external audits of the University's accounts.
Prepares reports required by regulatory agencies.
Establishes and maintains effective business relations with banks and other financial institutions.
Directs, coordinates, maintains and controls an accounting system that properly reflects the financial position of Texas Wesleyan.
Serves as a resource in all aspects of accounting.
Assumes responsibility for the planning, development and implementation of effective accounting strategies, policies and procedures.
Recommends benchmarks for measuring the financial and operating performance of divisions and departments.
Maintains tax-exempt status and documentation.
Recommends, monitors, and participates in the development of University policies and procedures and recommends improvements.
Serves on University planning and policy-making committees as necessary.
Other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Finance & Administration.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES Manages subordinate supervisors who supervise employees and non-supervisory employees. Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of this unit. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the University's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree with emphasis in accounting or related field required; Master of Business Administration degree preferred.
Five years of significant and progressive accomplishment in financial administration and relevant FASB pronouncements required.
Considerable management and supervisory experience required.
Fund accounting and budget experience in higher education preferred.
Experience with Ellucian’s ERP Colleague preferred.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES
Knowledge of financial record keeping methods, procedures, laws, regulations, and standards.
Knowledge of all facets of accounting/finance as applicable to a private, non-profit institution.
Ability to develop and implement effective fiscal/accounting policies and financial controls.
Knowledge of federal regulation, law, and auditing requirements.
Knowledge of government financial reporting requirements and regulations.
Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques.
Knowledge of institutional and audit requirements for the provision of financial information.
Ability to interpret audit information and to institute financial policy, procedure, and/or operational corrections and modifications.
Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
Ability to be discrete in handling confidential matters, while complying with privacy/security regulations.
Proficiency with an integrated administrative system and current software programs.
Knowledge of human resources concepts, practices, policies, and procedures.
Employee development and performance management skills.
Ability to adhere to University & departmental policies and procedures.
Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Ability to provide and demonstrate quality customer service.
Outstanding interpersonal and community-relations skills.
Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.
Ability to develop, plan, implement, and evaluate programs and short- and long-range goals.
Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
Ability to organize, coordinate and direct projects.
LANGUAGE SKILLS Ability to read, analyze, and interpret financial reports, legal documents, general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from the University’s Board, as well as groups of managers, students, vendors, and the general public.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of advanced algebra and geometry.
REASONING ABILITY Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to apply logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with very difficult concepts and complex variables.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.