Controller and Associate VP - San Diego - Alliant International University

Alliant International University - San Diego, CA3.8

Location: San Diego, CA Category: Executive Posted On: Thu Oct 4 2018 Job Description:
Experienced finance professional with strong business acumen and controllership background in Higher Education setting, comfortable working in a fast paced and highly demanding turnaround environment.

The Controller will be accountable for his or her own broad functional area, as well as support the development of broad institutional objectives. In this role, the incumbent will work directly with the CFO as well as cross-departmentally, leading Accounting, Financial reporting (US GAAP and IFRS), Purchasing, and Student Finance functions. S/He will be involved in short and long-term planning and exposed to the overall business strategy. The Controller, under the general direction of the CFO, is the chief accounting officer for the University and is responsible for the quality and administration of the University's accounting including international entities, as well as compliance with general business processes, procedures and internal controls.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in an international organization and environment, as well as to gain exposure to working with the international HQ of the institution. The successful candidate will be a key member of the executive team helping the University attain its financial goals.


Responsible for University's general accounting and internal control policies ensuring consistent application of such policies across domestic and international entities.
Responsible for monthly, quarterly and yearly general ledger close processes, assuring that accounts are appropriately reconciled, prepare monthly and quarterly reporting to stakeholders and ensure compliance with US-GAAP, IFRS and Alliant internal policies in coordination with third party accounting services providers.
Responsible for cash forecasts and analysis. Research and advise on questions regarding appropriate accounting treatment for significant and/or unusual financial transactions of the University.
Responsible for annual external financial and SFA compliance audits, as well as annual internal audits. Prepare financial analyses and ad-hoc reports required for external sources including accrediting and government agencies and financial institutions. Ensure resolution of open audit issues and proactively work to prevent future findings / manage risk. Lead implementation of corrective actions throughout the University entities.
Support implementation of Campus Management Nexus as new Student Information System (SIS). Oversee the development, implementation, and maintenance of SOPs related to financial modules and applications.
Participate in quarterly CFO risk and internal control reviews with key operations and financial management personnel. Work closely with financial and operational leadership to pro-actively assess and manage financial risk.
Drive and provide input into controllership and simplification initiatives.
Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:

Bachelor's degree required. Master's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or equivalent a plus. CPA a plus.

Minimum seven (7) years' prior Controllership experience, preferably in the field of higher education.
Demonstrated competence of monthly closes, audit experience, financial modeling, revenue and cost analysis, budgeting and general accounting principles with strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities.
Extensive knowledge of U.S. GAAP and generally accepted auditing standards, a working knowledge of federal guidelines applicable to the higher education environment. Experience in reporting to a parent company as well as IFRS accounting standards a strong plus.
Experience coordinating external audits, and knowledge regarding student loans, and role of information technology systems.
Demonstrated experience in process improvement and change management is a plus.

Integrity: accepting and adhering to high moral, ethical and personal values in decisions communications, actions and when interacting with others
Self-starter and ability to multi-task.
Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems.
Strong analytic skills: able to clearly link financial results to operational performance drivers, generate alternatives and drive positive change.
Data Analysis skills: ability to work through large amounts of raw data efficiently
Ability to explain financial models and information to individuals with a non-financial background.

Technology Skills:
Highly proficient in Excel. SQL and MS Access experience preferred. Experience with complex, integrated business software systems needed. Experience with Campus Management View or Nexus systems, SAP. Experience with Jenzabar CX system a plus.

Management Skills:
Develop, support, motivate and supervise professional and administrative staff to perform as an effective team and accomplish unit goals in support of the University Mission and Vision.
Establish and communicate performance expectations and monitor work performance effectively.
Develop and manage the accounting and student finance units budget within resource expectations.
Excellent planning, organizational and coordination skills commensurate with oversight and evaluation responsibilities for a complex set of business and fiscal functions.

Other Requirements:
Minimum 7 years of demonstrated Controller track record in for profit sector. CPA a plus.
Integrity: accepting and adhering to high moral, ethical and personal values in decisions communications, actions and when interacting with others
Very high level of accuracy and attention to detail
Very motivated to find out the right answer to questions
Experience leading teams
Experience leading audits on behalf of institutions and interacting with external audit teams (statutory and internal)
Experience leading Financial Aid and Student Business Services team is a plus
Adaptable/Flexible: open to change in response to new information, different or unexpected circumstances, and/or to work in ambiguous situations.
Highly motivated, focused and results oriented
Ability to manage multiple tasks according to required deadlines while remaining flexible
Ability to be optimistic, positive and supportive in all interactions with others
Sensitivity to cultural diversity and ability to communicate and interact effectively with people of all ages and diverse background
Proven ability to work in a collaborative environment and effectively as a team player
Ability to exercise discretion and tact in all interpersonal contacts, and to maintain confidentiality at all times
Maintain composure under high stress conditions
High level of accuracy and attention to detail

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Additional Information:
Anti-Discrimination Policy: Alliant International University prohibits discrimination in employment and in its educational programs and activities, including admission or access thereto, on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or associational preference.

Alliant International University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to ensuring a high quality of education through the diversity of the University community and the curriculum. Women, people of color, people with disabilities and people from other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply, as we actively seek to increase diversity at all levels. The University will conduct its programs, services and activities consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and orders.

This policy is governed by Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the regulations implementing these statutes, and applicable federal and California law.