Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is one of the leading universities in the nation and seeks an accomplished individual to serve as its next Associate Vice President for Finance and University Controller (AVP & UC).
Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Associate Treasurer, the Associate Vice President & University Controller (AVP & UC) is a key member of the financial leadership team and will be responsible for providing universitywide leadership and broad strategic oversight of financial accounting and compliance to assist the university’s academic leadership, administrative management and board members in the efficient and effective monitoring, management, and control of the financial resources of the university.
The AVP & UC will enhance systems and develop best practices to support the education, health care and research missions of the university, while ensuring high standards of compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. The successful candidate will lead an office committed to improving processes and to providing outstanding service in an increasingly complex and demanding regulatory environment. The AVP & UC will strengthen collaborations and relationships across the university to better serve the mission and to communicate financial policies and procedures. S/he will look outside the university to anticipate regulatory challenges and to understand how best to meet them. The AVP & UC will be an essential advisor to the Vice President for Finance and Associate Treasurer, and other senior leaders.
The AVP & UC leads a customer-focused organization of over 100 employees and oversees an annual budget of over $10 million. The key objectives and responsibilities of the AVP & UC include:
•Ensuring that the policies, procedures, systems, and internal controls are based on finance and industry best practices and support the strategic goals of a leading research university and academic medical center
•Understanding the information needs of chancellors, unit chief financial officers, deans, business managers, and others responsible for managing departmental funds and providing these key customers with the financial information that allows them to make informed decisions and achieve their financial, strategic and operational goals
•Presenting to university governing boards and senior university leadership and communicating information and processes effectively across a complex institution
•Building effective, high-functioning teams within the AVP & UC’s organization
•Anticipating and leading change with understanding, perspectives and tools to make change seamless and effortless
•Maintaining accounting control over the university’s financial accounts including operating funds, endowment funds, and plant funds as well as account reconciliations and bank reconciliations
•Preparing the university’s annual financial statements in a timely manner and meeting other external reporting requirements including Federal OMB Circular A 133 and NJ OMB Circular 15-08 relating to grants and contracts, IPEDS Survey, NACUBO Endowment Survey, National Science Foundation Survey and required State financial reporting by campus
•Directing cost accounting functions in support of the university’s Facilities & Administrative Rate calculations and negotiations and functions in support of the university’s Responsibility Center Management budget model
•Managing a customer-service-oriented university payroll operation, billing and collection system for student accounts and deposit system for all University cash
•Preparing the university’s tax returns and establishing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal tax laws
•Maintaining accounting control over the university’s moveable equipment inventory in conjunction with university departments
•Maintaining appropriate governance over all university financial data
•Anticipating changes in laws, rules, regulations and standards impacting higher education and health care. The AVP & UC must be steeped in current accounting rules and sensitive to its trends. S/he should be an active participant in networks of controller colleagues in other universities.
Minimum Education and Experience
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Rutgers is seeking a committed and experienced professional with proven leadership skills in a complex environment.
The successful candidate will have accounting and financial systems experience and creative ability to develop fiscal policies, procedures, and program systems within the larger context of a strategic financial and business planning environment.
The successful candidate must be a strong communicator, effective project manager, collaborative team player and possess the ability to establish strong personal relationships with internal and external stakeholders and to serve as an articulate spokesperson and representative of the university.
The successful candidate must be an experienced change manager with the ability to evaluate organizational structures and personnel and implement new roles and responsibilities as well as process efficiencies that better align outputs and customer service with the needs of the university.
An MBA or a Master's in accountancy is preferred.
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