Associate Controller - CPA , MBA

Emory University in Georgia

Deadline September 30, 2014
Date Posted August 18, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time


  • This is a central finance position.  Interfaces with all levels of university officials, school and department administrators, affiliate institutions, and staff. 
  • Modifies and/or develops endowment, cash management, general ledger and other systems used by the university Controller's Office, as well as directing the production of reports and analyses from these systems. 
  • Is responsible for debt accounting and compliance, asset management for the University or for the preparation of annual financial statements for the University and its consolidated affiliates. 
  • Assists in the development of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, federal and state regulations and reporting requirements. 
  • Supports administration's compliance with audit related requirements. 
  • Coordinates the correction of account balances and maintains proper accounting controls, procedures and reconciliation oversight. 
  • Makes recommendations to management related to long-range financial and cash flow analyses. 
  • Prepares and analyzes statistical and financial reports, financial statements and supporting schedules for internal and external use. 
  • Hires, supervises and evaluates staff.  Performs related responsibilities as required.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  A bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, finance or a related field and eight years of accounting experience, including five years of managerial/supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

  • CPA Required
  • MBA preferred
  • Experience with Endowments/Corporate Investment and Debt accounting in a Higher Education environment
  • Strong supervisory/management skills
  • Process Improvement mindset
  • Advanced skills with Excel and Access -  creating pivot tables and database queries
  • PeopleSoft Financials experience also preferred



Provides leadership and direction on all accounting matters as follows:


  • Direct the general ledger month-end close reconciliation and variance reviews and the preparation of monthly university and consolidated financial statements and the preparation of executive management/trustee financial report packages, by the established deadlines.
  • Prepares and analyzes GAAP financial statements including profit and loss, balance sheet and cash flow statements as well as forecasts and other management reports of the same on a monthly basis.
  • Other reports as necessary to summarize and interpret current and projected the institutions and/or units financial position.
  • Performs analyses of monthly financial reports to evaluate trends, estimates, and significant variances, and writes narrative reports explaining findings.
  • Makes recommendations regarding the accounting of reserves, assets, and expenditures.
  • Maintains the accuracy and integrity of the University accounting system and ensures the appropriate account classification in the financial statements.



  • Continually evaluates and optimizes accounting processes, striving to deliver process automation, improved accuracy and higher customer service.
  • Identifies opportunities for continuous improvement in accounting and financial reporting processes, increasing accuracy, quality, and ease of understanding, while reducing cost and time to meet assigned deliverables.
  • Collaborates with all areas of the University to streamline procedures, gain operational efficiencies and improve communications with a focus on financial systems and internal controls.
  • Coordinates the documentation and assessment of internal controls over financial reporting in the annual update to the Financial Transactions Controls document.



  • During the audit, coordinates the timely provision of requested information to the external auditors and reviews schedules prepared by staff



  • Prepares financial schedules requested for surveys or reports required by various agencies, industry publications, continuing disclosure repositories, tax agencies, and various internal financial management and budgeting purposes.
  • Coordinates with the Budget Office the preparation of monthly unrestricted operating budget variance reports, endowment spending projections and other budget cycle deliverables from the Controllers Office Accounting Interpretations and Application.
  • Maintains current knowledge of and implements changes based on university policies and procedures, federal policies and directives, and current accounting practices which directly or indirectly impact the university; writes position papers to document application of standards to our practice.



  • Assists the Controller in directing the operational plans, resource allocation, development of policies/procedures and special projects for the department.
  • Continually improves organizational structure, procedures and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives.
  • Oversees recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of team members with a focus on professional growth and continual quality improvement.
  • Assists in maintaining an atmosphere of cooperation with other departments.
  • Establishes strong relationships with inter-departmental peers and others in the Emory community Serves on University planning and policy-making committees, as needed.

For immediate confidential consideration, please email your resume to Vicky Jones, Executive Search Consultant, Emory University -

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