Belhaven University is an innovative and academically progressive institution built on the timeless principles of scholarship, service, and biblical truth. Since its founding, Belhaven University has sought to fulfill the mission expressed in its motto: "to serve, not to be served."
“Our Standard is Christ” is the identifier of Belhaven University because as an institution we are committed to honoring the Lord in all we do. Located in Jackson, Mississippi, we are one of America’s most innovative and fastest growing private schools, serving 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. This includes the 1,200 traditional students in Jackson, as well as providing undergraduate and graduate education for adults in Mississippi and on campuses in Memphis, Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Houston. The seven branch campuses of Belhaven University serve over 2,400 adult and graduate students. Their geographic reach includes major population centers totaling over sixteen million people, unprecedented among Christian schools. They were an early innovator in accelerated adult education, and have equally lead the way among Christian schools in establishing a robust online degree offerings. ?
Description of Position
The Controller is responsible for management and implementation of fiscal policies and procedures, accounting operations, financial reporting, audits, and internal fiscal controls of the university. The Controller reports directly to the CFO/Vice President of Business Affairs. This position is located on the main campus in Jackson, Mississippi. This position is classified as exempt.
Supervise departments: Business Office , Student Accounts Receivable and Answer Center
Supervise and participate in accounting, reporting, and reconciliation of receipts and disbursements; unrestricted and restricted funding, grants, and contracts; fixed assets; capital projects; endowments; student loans; accounts payable; student receivables; annuities; trusts; and, required federal and state fiscal reporting (including all required tax returns)
Prepare schedules and financial statements for external audit
Supervise university interface related to external audits
Analyze cash flow and participate in management decisions related to short term working capital investments
Develop, maintain, and enforce internal controls with respect to treasury, revenue, expenditure, payroll, payables, property, and inventory
Integrate the general ledger, subsidiary ledgers, accounts payable, cashiering, student billing, and human resource/payroll accounting modules with the registrar, director of financial aid, director of student accounts, director of advancement, director of hr/payroll and student development modules within the administrative computer database
Participate in the development and execution of policies and procedures related to budget and financial planning as assigned
Maintain understanding of federal and state laws and regulations relevant to the fiscal operations of the university
Maintain relations with banks, bond trustees, external auditors, investment managers, governmental organizations, and professional associations
Assist in special accounting and finance projects with the CFO/VP of Business Affairs
Participate in official and ad hoc committee assignments as directed
This announcement covers the most significant duties performed by the position, but does not include other work, which may be similar, related to, or a logical assignment for the position.
Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting with at least five years of progressively responsible experience in accounting and financial management
Demonstrated experience in the supervision and management of personnel
Thorough knowledge of financial analysis and generally accepted accounting principles, and experience in applying them to organizational operations
Knowledge of principles of cash management, and the ability to apply them in accordance with established policies on investment funds
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Thorough knowledge of computer databases, spreadsheets (Excel), and word processing (Word), with extensive experience in automated accounting and financial systems
Experience with capitalization and depreciation of capital assets and capital project management
Applicants must be able to fully support the University vision, mission and statement of faith and contribute to the spiritual and academic fellowship of the University.
Experience in non-profit or higher education setting strongly preferred
Experience with Ellucian Colleague CRM and Synoptix financial report writing
Compensation Salary will be determined by the educational background and experience of each applicant. Full-time personnel will be offered access to a benefits package including health, voluntary vision and dental insurance for employee and family, life and disability insurance, annual and sick leave, paid holidays, flexible spending plan, tuition benefits, opportunities for professional development, and a 403b retirement plan.
To be considered for this position, a complete application packet must be received. Complete application packet will include the following:
Letter of Intent; including explanation of how your prior experience fulfills above responsibilities and qualifications
Statement of Personal Faith and its Incorporation in the Christian Higher Education Workplace