Cornell College
  • 11-Jul-2018 to 01-Oct-2018 (CST)
  • Mt Vernon, IA, USA
  • Full Time

Applications are being accepted for the position of Controller, reporting to the Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer.  The Controller is responsible for establishing the appropriate environment to ensure controls are created and maintained to safeguard assets, including financial, reputational, and physical assets. Additionally, the Controller ensures proper recording of assets, liabilities, funds, revenues, and expenses in compliance with GAAP, applicable laws, regulations, college policies and donor requirements. This position is responsible for the annual external audit, and oversight of preparation of all federal and state financial reports, including timely preparation of materials and filing of reports. The Controller also assists the Vice President in coordinating and organizing budget preparation and various internal financial reporting activities.

About Cornell College

Cornell College is a selective liberal arts college distinguished by its One Course At A Time curriculum, which allows students to learn at the speed of life with more opportunities for off-campus study, full-time internships, and research blocks. Academic immersion and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from 45 states and 18 foreign countries. External endorsements include selection as one of the Colleges That Change Lives, a U.S. News Top 100 liberal arts college, and a Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buy. Founded in 1853, Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities, ranging from the majestic King Chapel to the newly renovated Thomas Commons. It is located in Mount Vernon, Iowa'an urban fringe community recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of Iowa's Creative Corridor.


Bachelor's degree in Accounting / Finance (CPA preferred).  Minimum of six years supervisory experience in a complex environment with a minimum of $20 million in annual revenue.  (Higher education and/or not-for-profit accounting experience preferred)

The successful candidate will be an optimistic leader who has

  • Excellent technical accounting skills and knowledge (GAAP, fund accounting, endowment accounting, accounts payable and payroll)
  • Ability to understand, develop and communicate the information needs of senior staff and provide meaningful reports and analyses.
  • Understanding of systems and procedures to support internal control and external reporting and compliance requirements. Ability to streamline accounting processes to reduce time and increase accuracy of accounting records.
  • Strong sense of service orientation, with a proven ability to effectively communicate decisions and educate in the process.
  • Personal attributes - energetic, optimistic, competent, ethical with the ability to develop a deep sense of trust, can engage people in a dynamic work environment, visionary about leading improvements in the accounting processes, ability to nurture opportunities for collaboration, ability to cultivate and maintain informal relationships across the College that are mutually beneficial, ability to motivate people by a purpose worthy of their efforts, excellent oral and written communication skills, excellent organization and problem solving skills.
  • High level of professionalism and integrity with a demonstrated ability to work productively with, and gain confidence of, all areas of the College.
  • Ability to maintain focus, successfully execute against plans, and bring timely closure to activities, tasks and projects.
  • Proficient in MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Word (required); (Microsoft Dynamics / SunGard PowerCAMPUS preferred) 
  • Has proven experience in developing others'providing coaching and offering assignments that challenge and foster skills. Must have an excellent track record in building and leading effective teams.
  • A passion and commitment for the work, culture, and mission of Cornell College.

This position will remain open until filled and applications will be reviewed as received. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references through Cornell's online application system.

Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. Cornell complies with Iowa's Smoke-free Air Act, participates in e-verify for verification of employment eligibility, and conducts background checks.

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