Bowdoin College, located in Brunswick, Maine, a mid-coast town of approximately 20,000 is seeking an experienced controller to lead the College’s financial accounting, reporting, and compliance department. From our distinguished faculty and brilliant students to our dedicated staff and highly engaged alumni network - our people are what set us apart! Reporting to the vice president of finance & assistant treasurer, the controller is a valued and trusted advisor to the senior vice president for finance and administration & treasurer. Possessing high ethical standards, strong technical ability, and a proven history of leadership and management skills, the Controller will lead Bowdoin’s financial accounting, reporting, and compliance department (a team of approximately 14). Key areas of responsibility include the following: maintaining robust internal control policies and procedures for all aspects of financial accounting; internal and external financial reporting; and compliance with laws, regulations, grant and bond provisions, and generally accepted accounting principles. The successful candidate will have strong financial management experience, preferably in a large not-for-profit environment, and a CPA certification, MBA, or other advanced certification or degree. Duties and Responsibilities: Lead the team with dynamic leadership that promotes an environment of support, diversity and belonging, development, engagement, and high productivity. This includes, but is not limited to, hiring, coaching, performance management, ensuring productivity, disciplinary action, cross-training, rewards and recognition, and succession planning. Responsible for ensuring compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and maintaining appropriate internal control policies and procedures for accounting and financial compliance. Oversee the development and maintenance of the College’s accounting and reporting systems. Communicate internal control policies and procedures, and appropriate use of accounting and reporting systems to staff and the campus community. Prepare/oversee all internal and external financial reporting. Key reports include monthly internal budget to actual reports, cash management and reserve fund schedules, capital project funding and expenditure reports, distributed endowment reports, the annual financial statements, grant reporting, external surveys, and all tax filings (IRS Form 990, employment tax filings, state tax filings, etc.,). In addition, will prepare/review monthly closing reconciliations, supporting schedules, and other key components supporting internal and external financial reporting. Manage all aspects of the College’s annual financial statement audit as the primary liaison with external auditors. Will also manage the annual audit of the College’s retirement plan and prepare annual financial reports related to the College’s health plan. Cash management oversight, including authorizing daily cash wires, vendor disbursements, payroll payments, and cash collections. Maintain efficient operations, and develop or adapt to new technologies and delivery of information methods.
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