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Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Controller
Department Business Affairs
Position Category Staff – NonClassified
Job Summary To serve as the chief accounting officer for the college; manage the controller’s office overseeing general and grant accounting, bursar and student receivables, and payroll functions. To plan, develop and manage the college’s systems for accounting and administrative financial controls in accordance with State and College policy and procedures, generally accepted accounting practices, and industry best practices.
Duties and Responsibilities • To serve as the chief accounting officer for the college supervising the departments of general and grant accounting, bursar and student receivables – including Pell disbursements and reimbursements, payroll and financial reporting.
• Provide direct supervision to key departmental staff; provide leadership to assure best-practices performance in all areas of the college’s financial functions.
• Prepare college financial statements in accordance with applicable GASB principles. Plan and coordinate activities related to the completion of the college’s annual audited financial statements and compliance audits.
• Serve as college’s liaison with state controller, state auditor general, the office of postsecondary education and external auditors on all accounting and compliance issues.
• Review contracts for the institution and make recommendations to the college’s Chief Financial Officer and/or President.
• Develop and maintain an effective cash management program to ensure the short term investment of college funds in accordance with prudent investment policies.
• Facilitate college compliance with all banking and regulatory compliance standards such as PCI and NACHA.
• Develop, maintain and monitor sound systems of financial internal controls for all college processes, policies and procedures to ensure the protection of college assets.
• Evaluate and coordinate financial and payroll administrative system tools to effectively meet the accounting and internal control needs of the institution.
• Assist and advise the CCRI Foundation as needed.
• Work collaboratively with others in a diverse and inclusive environment; work collaboratively with all departments in Business and Finance as well as all other college divisions.
• Responsible for Travel, Student Club and Athletic reimbursements
• Responsible for issuance and compliant usage of college credit cards
• Conduct financial fraud investigations as needed
• Responsible for fixed asset inventory records and reconciliation to the general ledger
• Facilitate administrative system upgrades, patches and new technology as needed for software impacting all student, financial and payroll systems.
• Responsible for recommending policy changes to college administration.
• Responsible for the accounting and billing for all sponsored programs and grants.
• Prepare, analyze, interpret and present periodic financial statements or analyses for administrative management and/or review by governing boards.
• Perform internal reviews of financial operations within the college.
• Provide relevant data for and participate in short and long range financial decisions and planning.
• Participate in special projects as assigned including college representation on internal and external committees.
• Demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy and mission of a comprehensive community college.
Minimum Qualifications • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting or Public Administration required.
CPA and/or CMA certification required.
• At least five years of progressive financial management and supervisory experience in government, education or public accounting required.
• Excellent communication, writing, presentation, and interpersonal skills required.
• Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft personal computer applications required.
• Working knowledge of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) required.
• Working knowledge of PCI compliance and banking regulations such as NACHArequired
• Working knowledge of payroll and other tax issues required.
• Experience immersed in Banner/Ellucian systems or comparable administrative system required.
• Must be highly organized, have the ability to work on or lead multiple projects simultaneously, and must be able to work independently exercising good judgement.
• A desire and demonstrated ability to productively lead, manage, and guide a team to deliver service excellence to institutional stakeholders.
• The ability to maintain effective, collaborative working relationships with internal and external colleagues and constituents.
• The ability to develop, carry out, explain, and interpret policy.
Preferred Qualifications • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Finance or Taxation preferred.
Reports To Chief Financial Officer
Campus Location Primarily located at the Warwick Campus
Work Schedule Calendar
Shift, Days, and Additional Work Schedule Information Non-Standard; 35 hours per week
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time
Permanent/Limited Position Permanent
Benefits Yes
Name of Bargaining Unit Union None
Pay Grade BOE 18
Salary Range Range begins at $84,577
Additional Salary Information Hiring salary commensurate with education and experience.
Civil Service List position No
Licenses, Tools and Equipment Working knowledge of various office equipment which may include computers, typewriters, telephones, copy machines, calculators, fax machines, etc.

Must have access to and use of own transportation.

Environmental Conditions This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
Desired Start Date asap
Position End Date (if temporary or grant)

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Application Open Date 02/13/2018
Application Close Date (includes the grace period)
Open Until Filled Yes
The Community College of Rhode Island is the state’s only public comprehensive associate degree-granting institution. We provide affordable open access to higher education at locations throughout the state. Our primary mission is to offer recent high school graduates and returning adults the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for intellectual, professional and personal growth through an array of academic, career and lifelong learning programs. We meet the wide-ranging educational needs of our diverse student population, building on our rich tradition of excellence in teaching and our dedication to all students with the ability and motivation to succeed. We set high academic standards necessary for transfer and career success, champion diversity, respond to community needs, and contribute to our state’s economic development and the region’s workforce.
Special Instructions to Applicants Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration, complete application materials should be received by March 5, 2018.

To apply for this position, complete CCRI’s online application, and attach a cover letter and resume. You do not need to complete the ‘Education History’ or ‘Employment History’ sections within the application if you are attaching a resume that includes the same information. Please include name and contact information for three references within the application. Finalists will be required to provide official college transcripts.

If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact Human Resources at 401-825-2311. TTY: 401-825-2313.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Business Administration, Accounting, Public Administration, Finance or Taxation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Please list your degree(s) earned:(Open Ended Question)
  3. * Are you a CPA and/or have a CMA certification?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have at least five years of progressive financial management and supervisory experience in government, education or public accounting?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have a working knowledge of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB)?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have a working knowledge of PCI compliance and banking regulations, such as NACHA?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have a working knowledge of payroll and other tax issues?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Do you have experience with Banner/Ellucian systems or a comparable administrative system?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * To improve CCRI’s advertising strategy, please let us know where you FIRST learned of this job opportunity? Please be specific when using web site or publication names (example: LinkedIn, HigherEdjobs, Chronicle, personal referral, etc.). Thank you.(Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume

Optional Documents

  1. Other Document