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Controller

Date: February, 2014
Reports to (Job Title): Director of Finance
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles):

Manager, Corporate Accounting and Financial Reporting

Manager, Payments and Expense Accounting

Manager, Revenue Accounting

Manager, Student Financial Services

Location: Main Campus
Grade:

USG 17

35 hr/wk


Primary Purpose

The Controller is accountable to the Director of Finance for managing the accounting and recording of university revenue, non-salary expenditures, assets and liabilities. The incumbent also manages all external and internal financial reporting including the preparation of the annual audited financial statement package.

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Manage the business and financial activity and the recording of university revenue and non-salary expenditures:

 

2.  Manage all internal and external financial reporting:

 

3.  Manage the business and financial activity and the recording of university assets and liabilities:

 

4.  Manage and support other diverse financial and controllership responsibilities:

 

5.  Provide leadership and direction to staff:

Position Requirements

Education:

University degree

Professional accounting designation (CA, CMA, CGA)

Experience:

Extensive experience in an enterprise wide computerized accounting environment         

Conceptual thinker with strategic planning skills and initiative

Superior interpersonal, communication and listening skills

Strong analytical, technical and problem solving skills

Exceptional attention to detail
Leadership skills essential

Time management skills           

In depth understanding of generally accepted accounting principles and their application to not-for-profit organizations

High degree of judgment, tact and diplomacy

Works independently with a strong work ethic

Technical:

MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Advanced Advanced Intermediate

Oracle-E Business Suite

Cognos

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, this position supports senior management and Audit Committee through the application of appropriate accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations to the financial accounts of the university and the preparation of the annual audited financial statements for Board of Governors approval.  The Controller must ensure all revenue received or receivable by the institution is recorded and to ensure all financial obligations are met through payments for bona fide goods and services received. The position must develop good working relationships with faculty and staff across the university community as it provides accounting advice on university business activities and financial transactions.  This position also communicates with the internal auditors on the effectiveness of internal controls around the recording and reporting of revenue and expenses. Externally, this position will have contact with the university’s external auditors, actuaries, vendors, customers and outside agencies. The incumbent must possess superior interpersonal skills and conduct oneself in a professional manner at all times. As part of the management team in Finance, the incumbent must have the ability to share information in a collaborative manner and effectively interact with co-workers. As a financial subject matter expert, the incumbent is expected to work on university wide initiatives and cross functional teams with immediate impact.

Level of Responsibility:

This position provides leadership and strategic support to the organization by ensuring the university accounting environment has integrity, is accurate and complete to meet reporting requirements and to receive unqualified audit opinions. The incumbent must also ensure financial obligations are met on time through the oversight and safeguarding of assets. This position has the authority to recommend policies and procedures and select appropriate accounting standards that lead to a robust and reliable accounting system that adheres to generally accepted accounting principles, legislation and other external standards, and university policies and practices. This position is a member of the senior management group within Finance and represents and speaks on behalf of Finance on various financial related matters.

Decision-Making Authority:

This position is expected to be self-directed and work independently. This position selects the accounting standards for the university and recommends major accounting changes to senior management, external auditors and Audit Committee. In collaboration with other members of the Finance management team and the university community, this position has the authority to implement changes to financial and business  activities, within his/her areas of responsibilities, based on best practices and to ensure compliance with university policies, procedures or legislation.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Minimal as the position works in a typical office environment.

Working Environment:

The university operates in a decentralized environment in terms of decision making and a centralized environment in terms of establishing standards, policies, procedures and financial systems. Consequently, the accounting and technical skills across university units of those dealing with financial matters vary significantly. Due to the nature and the complexities of the university business activities, disagreements and contentious issues and situations may arise from time to time due to differing interpretations of policies and procedures. Diplomacy and tact are required in all situations.