Controller, Controller's Office

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Controller, Controller's Office

Expected Start Date: As soon as a suitable candidate is found.

Date Posted: 1/7/2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled.

General Summary:

The Controller serves as the Chief Accounting Officer for the college and is responsible for the leadership and management oversight for the following Controller's Office operations: audits, general and contracts/grant accounting, capital accounting, cash and debt management, procurement and contracting services, accounts payable/travel, student accounts, fixed assets and inventory controls and internal controls activities. In addition, the Controller assist the Vice President for Administrative and Fiscal Affairs/CFO in maintaining, developing and implementing sound institutional fiscal policies. This position reports to the CFO.



  • Develop and maintain the college financial accounting system to account for the receipt and expenditure of all funds and the reporting of such to the college administration and external agencies.
  • Oversee the college's financial reporting systems and maintains accurate and detailed financial records, including, reviewing and approving journal entries, bank and account reconciliations, maintaining the general ledger and preparing financial statements such as Statement of Financial Position, Statement of Activities, and Statements of Changes in Cash Flow position, in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Approves all requisitions from all funds, all drawn downs, payment of student refunds and general ledger journal entries. 
  • Monitor the college's cash flow and revolving line of credit commitments to ensure the availability of funds necessary for daily operations. Reviews cash flow reports and compiles cash flow projection reports for review by the CFO.
  • Directs all activities of the college annual audits on an ongoing basis to assure the receipt of timely audited financial statements reflecting an opinion without reservations on all required reports and statements.
  • Ensures compliance with standards issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Education and other agencies. Maintains current knowledge of all accounting issues affecting higher education.
  • Coordinate and direct the preparation of the budget and financial forecasts and maintain other planning and control procedures.
  • Monitor the annual operating budget, identifies and analyzes variances, develops appropriate solutions and/or recommendations with responsible managers. Assist with budget revisions and development of forecasts.
  • Provides leadership in monitoring grant awards, grant draw downs and other grant reporting and reconciliation functions. Ensures compliance with terms and conditions of awarded grants.
  • Reconciles financial aid and fundraising reports to cash received and general ledger reports monthly to ensure accurate and consistent reporting by all departments.
  • Compile and administer monthly investment summary.
  • Assist with the completion and filing of the annual 990 Tax Return for the college.
  • Monitor the college's management of its fixed assets and equipment inventory reporting and oversees the accounts payable and purchasing functions and associated reconciliations and reporting.
  • Develop promote and follow sound fiscal practices and procedures in the conduct of the college's business and financial affairs. Monitor and evaluate financial programs on an ongoing basis to ensure their effectiveness.
  • Provide overall supervision, coaching and training to the staff, including evaluation of performance in relation to strategic goals. Focus on continual improvement and overall management of performance within the department.
  • Promote accountability and proper stewardship of all college funds. 
  • Manages the conversion, upgrade and maintenance of software for the Controller's Office and facilitates the development of information systems to meet current and future demands. 
  • Assists the Vice President for Administrative and Fiscal Affairs in maintaining external financial relationships of the college with banks and other financial institutions.




  • Strong organizational, analytical, decision-making and administrative skills. 
  • Strong relational/problem solving, project management, sound judgment, initiative, flexibility, detail-oriented skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple assignments and projects, mobilize efforts toward completion, and deliver with a high degree of quality on a consistent basis.
  • Must be able to work well with employees at all levels of the college with proven experience in managing and directing a diversified work staff. Must be able to handle all situations with tact, persuasiveness, and diplomacy.
  • Must be self-directed and innovative, able to assess current operations in an effort to improve the future goals of the college. Must be able to meet deadlines in a timely manner.






  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration/Management or  related field, minimum 5-8 years of experience in the Controller/Business Office; 3 years in a supervisory role.



  • Master's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration/Management. 6 years of experience in the Controller/Business Office; 4 years in a supervisory role in a college and university environment.



0-24% 25-49% 50-74% 75-100%


Must be able to read reports and use computer







Must be able to hear well enough to communicate with co-workers







Must be able to stand to open files and operate office machines; mobility between departments and to attend meeting of employees and managers.



















Must be able to write, type and use phone system









Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

To Apply

Complete an Application for Employment online. Faculty positions may still require applicants to mail transcripts and other documents. See application for details.


For questions regarding this posting contact:
Paine College
Office of Human Resources


Paine College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Educational Opportunity Institution.


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