Position Purpose: The University Controller supports learning by working directly with the Vice President for Finance in promoting financial sustainability at Aurora University. Excellent financial reporting, internal control, and judgement are critical to the success of this position. A successful candidate is skilled in communication, problem resolution, technically proficient with GAAP and not-for-project accounting, and has strong Excel and other software skills.
Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
Ensure the completeness and accuracy of university accounting records and maintain a climate of confidentiality.
Manage efficiently and effectively all university accounting and financial processes consistent with the requirements of the university's policies and procedures to include timely account reconciliation, monthly budget to actual reporting, grant oversight and reporting, and quarterly and year-end financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.
Oversee the daily operations of the Business Office to ensure accurate and prompt services are provided and delivered to the employees and students of the university. Functions of the Business Office include accounts payable, payroll processing, grant accounting, endowment accounting, fixed assets, and overall general ledger management and compliance reporting.
Manage and direct the preparation of the university's annual financial statements in accordance with GAAP, including related disclosures, notes and management analysis.
Coordinate and serve as liaison for all audits of the university. Anticipate and supervise preparation of audit reports, tax returns, corrective actions, and activities to discover discrepancies or potential noncompliance issues; initiate and monitor response to auditor inquiries and suggestions.
Supervise, train, and mentor staff in a team environment; determine deadlines and plan staffing requirements for all fiscal activities; recruit and hire staff as needed; evaluate performance of staff; ensure and/or conduct staff training and cross training.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with university administrators, staff, and faculty to support student and employee success.
Assist the VP for Finance with analysis, budget management, and other projects as assigned.
Essential Job Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in accounting; Master's and/or CPA preferred.
Accounting and audit experience in higher education required.
10+ years of experience and increasing responsibility in a complex organization.
Excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills required to communicate financial information in a meaningful way to all constituents of the university community.
Ability to interpret, apply and communicate regulations, accounting principles, policies and procedures.
Highly organized, detail-oriented and accurate.
Ability to manage multiple priorities, understand and attend to details, meet established deadlines, and provide excellent customer service to the university community.
Able to maintain strong internal control environment including supporting documentation and authorizations.
Strong analytical skills as required for account analysis and reconciliation.
Expertise in spreadsheet and word processing software: Microsoft is preferred.
Experience with Ellucian's Colleague system preferred.
Ability to inspire and motivate others to perform at high levels.
Able to handle multiple priorities and effectively meet deadlines as required.
Ability to interact verbally in person, over telephone and via written and electronic media.
Ability to move about campus and other locations.
Ability to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.