Responsible for financial management and compliance including accounting, auditing, and budgeting functions for Kaskaskia College and Kaskaskia College Foundation. Responsible for development and monitoring of internal control policies and procedures.
The Controller reports to the Vice President of Administrative Services, who reports to the President of the College.
Qualifications for Position
Bachelor’s degree in accounting or closely related field.
Minimum of five years’ experience in progressively more responsible accounting position, including three years of management level experience.
Excellent knowledge and understanding of accounting methods, theory, best practices, and standards.
Possess necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to effectively manage the financial management function including leadership, decision-making, dispute resolution, administration, organization, delegation, supervision, employee development, productivity, resource utilization and accountability.
Possess a high level of professionalism and interpersonal skills so as to be able to work well with employees at all levels within the organization and maintain all information in the strictest of confidence.
Strong collaboration skills to successfully work with other individuals and departments to enhance the entire organization.
Ability to read, write, and communicate fluent English; ability to compose documents in the appropriate business style using correct grammar and spelling; ability to communicate clearly using proper grammar and diction over the telephone.
Attention to detail, ability to balance multiple projects, and strong time management skills.
Ability to reason and apply common-sense understanding to situations encountered.
Ability to process routine daily functions while being able to resolve sensitive issues and complex assignments utilizing above average critical thinking skills.
Ability to collect information through communication, questioning and interviewing techniques.
Strong technology skills, including experience with computer-based accounting systems.
Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the community college mission and philosophy.
Demonstrated proficiency in organizing and planning.
Experience with governmental fund accounting.
Experience with grant administration.
Manage the operations of the accounting department and any outsourced functions, including the design of an organizational structure appropriate for achieving financial goals and objectives.
Manage financial compliance for the College and Foundation including but not limited to intricacies of grants, restricted funds, reporting and notification requirements, and Payment Card Industry (PCI).
Administer the accounting procedures of the College and Foundation to ensure compliance with the appropriate basis of accounting, including the internal control systems, transaction-processing operations, and policies and procedures.
Manage the reporting function including timely and accurate financial statements, external reporting, analytics, metrics, benchmarks, and other financial analysis. Provide information, not data, for internal use.
Responsible for oversight of annual budget process, variance monitoring and investigation, and reporting.
Assist with timely preparation and distribution of tax levy documents.
Attend monthly Board meetings or quarterly Foundation meetings, when appropriate, to present reports or respond to inquiries.
Oversee the external financial audit, accreditations, and similar processes.
Maintain a documented system of accounting policies and procedures.
Assist with development and review of financial projections.
Safeguard the College’s and Foundation’s assets, advocates for compliance measures, and ensures compliance with government reporting requirements and tax filings.
Provide leadership and day-to-day management of business office staff including professional development and ongoing performance mentoring.
Advise management of accounting pronouncements, industry practices, technology developments, tax laws, and pending legislation including the potential impact on the College or Foundation. Make effort to anticipate legislative, authoritative, or business changes that may have an impact on the College or Foundation.
Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies such as the Illinois Community College CFOs.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Supervises staff in the business office. Positions reporting to Controller include Assistant Controller, Lead Payroll Specialist, Payroll and Accounting Specialist, Staff Accountant, Staff Accountant II, Grant and Contract Accountant, and Accounting Specialist.
Position is expected to work independently with a minimum amount of supervision using independent judgment and discretion. Consultation with Vice President of Administrative Services is available as needed.
Position is expected to follow all Kaskaskia College policies and procedures, along with all local, state and federal laws and regulations. Position also expected to comply with all generally accepted accounting principles and standards. Position is expected to adhere to and promote College core values of compassion, honesty, respect, fairness and responsibility.
Has frequent contact with faculty, staff, students, College Board Trustees, Foundation Board of Directors, outside agencies, and local banks.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
Works in a standard office environment, with frequent distractions and interruptions. Must be mobile and stationary throughout the work day and have the ability to transport 20 pounds and be able to operate a computer and other business equipment in an office. Position subject to frequent deadlines. Some travel is required.
Kaskaskia College is seeking applications for Controller. This position is responsible for financial management and compliance including accounting, auditing, and budgeting functions for Kaskaskia College and Kaskaskia College Foundation as well as the development and monitoring of internal control policies and procedures. To see the full description of the position and to apply please see the following link: www.kaskaskia.edu/hr
SALARY AND BENEFITS
The salary range is $80,000-$88,000 annually and fringe benefits eligible.
To receive consideration, candidates must submit a cover letter describing how qualifications meet the position criteria, along with a resume and transcripts
As an AA/EEO employer Kaskaskia College is interested in receiving applications from individuals who would enhance the diversity of the College. A full job description is available at www.kaskaskia.edu/hr.
BENEFIT SUMMARY SHEET FOR EXECUTIVE/MANAGERIAL AND PROFESSIONAL/MANAGERIAL STAFFKASKASKIA COLLEGE The following information is based on the current employee fringe benefits that Kaskaskia College offers. It is not intended to be a contractual agreement and in no way limits Kaskaskia College from altering such benefits in the future. VACATION LEAVE 1.83 days per month, for a total of 22 days per fiscal year. For grant-funded employees, vacation time must be used in the year that it is earned. SICK LEAVE 12 days per fiscal year PERSONAL LEAVE 3 days per fiscal year PAID HOLIDAYS Minimum of 13 paid holidays per year HEALTH INSURANCE is effective the first day of the month after hire date and includes comprehensive medical, vision and dental coverage. Rates effective 9/1/22: $211.00 per month employee only coverage $334.00 per month employee plus one $356.00 per month employee plus family Provider is Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois. LIFE INSURANCE is provided by the College and is effective the first day of the month after hire date. The benefit amount is equal to annual salary. Additional voluntary insurance is available at employee’s expense. FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT and 403(b) PLANS are also available. RETIREMENT PLAN The State Universities Retirement System requires that 8% of an employee’s monthly gross pay is deducted for individual retirement purposes. It is also required that .5% of an employee’s monthly gross pay be deducted to fund the College Insurance Plan for Community College Retirees. TUITION WAIVERS are available for staff and family. CHILD CARE and BOOKSTORE DISCOUNT available.