Trinity, a comprehensive university in the nation’s capital, seeks an Assistant Vice President/Controller who will be part of a dynamic team in the office of Business Affairs. This position will report directly to the Vice President/CFO. Trinity emphasizes excellence and innovation in teaching and learning across a full range of liberal arts and professional disciplines in undergraduate and graduate education. As such, we are looking for someone who enjoys a challenge, who is fully immersed in all accounting related functions, who understands and will support Trinity’s mission, is able to prioritize when faced with several important deadlines, supports, motivates and challenges a staff and most importantly works well in a team environment.
The AVP/Controller supervises all Business Office staff and functions that include but are not limited to general accounting, fixed assets, debt management, investment management, cash receipts, payroll, student receivables, student loan funds, accounts payable, grants accounting and financial reporting, deferred gifts, annual financial statement audits, and general ledger.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES (Functions and Tasks):
Directly manages two associate controllers in the management of the different Business Office functions including general accounting, fixed assets, cash receipts, student receivables, student loan funds, accounts payable, deferred gifts, and payroll.
Directs, coordinates, facilitates, monitors, plans, trains and evaluates services to internal staff and other division and stakeholders as appropriate in the assigned business areas.
Assists in the maintenance of the general ledger.
Provides leadership for financial system upgrades, and implementation of new policies and procedures pertaining to the overall finances. Keeps informed and implements to the compliance and reporting standards with state, federal and District policies and regulations.
Directs and manages the year-end financial statement audit and 990 with the associate controllers.
Develop and monitor robust internal controls for fraud, errors, and omissions with cash accounts, accounts payable and investments.
Monitors and prepares the semi-annual bond covenant reports for our financial institution partner.
Ensures that the College’s financial practices comply with accounting standards and governing law. Formulates responses to audit findings and implementation of necessary corrective actions. Provide assurance that college assets are safeguarded.
Oversees and reviews the preparation of the following:
1. Timely and accurate financial reports
2. Information required for year-end closing, audit reports, government reports, grants, and contracts
3. Monthly trial balance, internal financial statements and budget reports 4. Annual and revised budgets 5. Monthly financial statements
Responsible for developing, maintaining and adapting internal control systems to provide assurance that college assets are safeguarded.
Responsible for the cash flow model development and capital planning
Maintains investment records.
Reviews and owns all Account Department work products (recons, reports, detailed schedules, etc.)
High level Financial Analysis/Reporting (Revenue, Enrollment, A/R trends, etc.)
Handles applicable government relations and accounting principles and other related duties.
Analyzes the University’s daily cash balances.
Assists the Chief Finance Officer with the development of the annual budget.
Supervises, selects, trains, monitors, coaches, and evaluates the work of others. Maintains and processes employment related documents such as leave reporting, time sheets, employee assessments
Review of applications will continue until an appointment is made.
Trinity Washington University is dedicated to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its students, faculty and staff. Trinity is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourages all qualified individuals to apply
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Business required. MBA Strongly Preferred
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Strong leadership skills in managing Higher Ed accounting systems.
Knowledge of current accounting and financial reporting standards for colleges; ability to interpret and apply accounting principles and standards to complex financial transactions; to evaluate and implement control changes; manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
Operational, capital and grant budget development and management.
Ability to work cohesively with the CFO, the president, and with the board of trustees.
Demonstrated ability with spreadsheet and database packages.
Strategic understanding of how the day to day financial transactions fit into the larger, holistic, financial management of the institution.
Excellent oral and written communication skills; attention to detail and follow through.
Commitment to building a strong team that is committed to customer service excellence.
Skill in interpersonal relations and communication including tact and diplomacy to interact with individuals at all levels from within and outside the organization.
Demonstrated ability to supervise, direct and evaluate the work of staff, and lead and inspire a diverse work force.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
SPECIAL LICENSES, REGISTRATION OR CERTIFICATION:
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation must be current.
LEVEL & TYPE OF EXPERIENCE:
Seven plus years of progressive and relevant experience, preferably as an executive director or controller in higher education. Experience with a public accounting firm and with extensive experience in higher education.
Experience with Great Plains and Power Campus data base systems
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
Internal Number: 1002
About Trinity Washington University
Trinity is a comprehensive institution offering a broad range of educational programs that prepare students across the lifespan for the intellectual, ethical and spiritual dimensions of contemporary work, civic and family life. Trinity's core mission values and characteristics emphasize:
Commitment to the Education of Women in a particular way through the design and pedagogy of the historic undergraduate women's college, and by advancing principles of equity, justice and honor in the education of women and men in all other programs;
Foundation for Learning in the Liberal Arts through the curriculum design in all undergraduate degree programs and through emphasis on the knowledge, skills and values of liberal learning in all graduate and professional programs;
Integration of Liberal Learning with Professional Preparation through applied and experiential learning opportunities in all programs;
Grounding in the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Catholic tradition, welcoming persons of all faiths, in order to achieve the larger purposes of learning in the human search for meaning and fulfillment.