Controller - Bentley University in Waltham Massachusetts

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Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Bentley University is one of the nation's leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of organizational leader. Located 12 miles west of Boston, Bentley is a vibrant institution that enrolls approximately 4,200 undergraduate and 1,400 graduate students in a variety of programs that distinctively integrate business and the arts and sciences. We seek faculty and staff who represent diverse backgrounds, interests and talents.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Finance, the Controller manages the functions of general accounting, accounts payable, student financial services, endowment and investment accounting, tax compliance, risk management and post-grant administration for the University. The Controller is responsible for developing and implementing fiscal policies, internal controls and accounting procedures and the production of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.  

Additional Description of Duties:

Supervise the monthly and fiscal year-end closing processes ensuring that financial statements are prepared to the highest standards. Serve as the primary liaison to the external and internal audit teams and act as their point of contact with others throughout the University.

Develop financial policies and accounting procedures to ensure that all financial transactions are properly recorded and accurate financial information is reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Oversee the daily operations over student billing and collections, accounts payable processing, cash management, general accounting and financial reporting. Take the initiative to continually assess and improve existing policies, procedures and processes where there is an opportunity for improvement.

Provide leadership to a staff of 10 in financial operations and student financial services to foster a standard of superior service to all customers, working collaboratively with academic and administrative departments.

Manage treasury functions including compliance with tax regulations and debt covenants, relationships with financial institutions and investment of cash balances in conjunction with the Executive Director of Finance.

Responsible for preparing all tax return information including the annual 990 and 990T, Massachusetts PC and 1042s.

Working with the Director of Sponsored Programs, manage the post-grant administration process in compliance with federal regulations.

In collaboration with the Executive Director, manage and administer the University's insurance program and provide recommendations on risk management policies and procedures.  

Position Qualifications

Minimum of 8 to 10 years of progressively responsible management experience preferably within a central administration finance department in a college or university.

An in depth knowledge of GAAP; experience in public accounting strongly preferred.

Responsibilities require a bachelor's degree in accounting or related field, CPA and/or MS/MBA strongly preferred.

Must have excellent analytic, organizational and time management skills, including demonstrated ability to work successfully on multiple tasks with changing priorities.

Excellent communication and team-building skills are required, including collaborating, writing and presenting orally.

Additionally, knowledge of the tax code as it relates to higher education (Form 990/990T) is preferred.

Fundamental knowledge of risk management in a university setting would be a plus.  

Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity.  

Keyword Phrases

  • Financial Operations
  • Controller
  • Business University
  • STAR - Scholarship, Teaching, Advising, Research
  • Corporate & Community Partnerships
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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