Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Controller is responsible for all aspects of financial management, including corporate accounting, regulatory and financial reporting, budget and forecasts preparation, cash management, as well as development of internal control policies and procedures. Responsibilities will also include financial risk management.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting required; master’s degree preferred.
Proven working experience as a Financial Controller
10+ years of overall combined accounting and finance experience, higher education experience is preferred
Strong business partnership with varied levels of management
Thorough knowledge of GAAP fund accounting principles and procedures
Experience with creating financial statements for multiple funds and consolidated statements
Experience with general ledger functions and the month-end/year end close process
Excellent accounting software user and administration skills
Experience in cash management
PeopleSoft experience is preferred
Primary Duties/Essential Functions
Oversee and direct the management of all financial planning & reporting, cash and accounting operations
Coordinate and direct preparation of the annual budget and periodic financial forecasts
Ensure the preparation and publishing of timely monthly and annual financial statements, budget performance reports including variance analysis, and cash flow surplus, requirement, and forecast
Develop and ensure thorough organizational monitoring and compliance to budget expectations
Oversee all accounting including general ledger, Account reconciliation and Revenue Recognition
Oversee and direct coordination and preparation of budget and financial forecasts and variance reporting
Coordinate and review the preparation of regulatory reporting
Research technical accounting issues for compliance
Support month-end and year-end close process
Ensure quality control over financial transactions and financial reporting
Coordinate the annual independent financial audit
Manage and comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings
Develop and document business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls.
On-going review all financial, accounting, and cash operations to optimize efficiency and effectiveness
Additional Controller duties as necessary
Manage all debt and financial covenants to guarantee conformity
Hire, train, mentor and retain skilled accounting and systems staff
Skills * Strong written and verbal communication skills * Ability to manage details and follow through * Must be collaborative and an effective team member and business partner * Ability to assess and develop talent and build a strong team.
Mental Demands * In agreement with the purpose and goals of Azusa Pacific University in providing a Christian-based higher education for its students.
Physical Demands * Requires repetitive motion and sitting at computer keyboard. * Hearing and speaking on the telephone. * Meetings may require walking and/or driving to various University locations. * Ability to pull, push, bend, grasp, reach and lift up to 20 lbs. * Must be able to climb stairs multiple times in a work day.
Visual Demands * Computer monitor and reading.
Environment * Pleasant office setting, comfortable temperature.
Technologies * Proficient in Google Apps., Microsoft Office, Word, and Excel * Experience with PeopleSoft and nVision would be ideal.
Azusa Pacific University is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.
Internal Number: S1239
About Azusa Pacific University
Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running.