Reporting to the Executive Director, Financial Reporting and Operations, the Director provides accounting leadership and is responsible for the management of the financial reporting team within the Financial Reporting and Operations group of the Controller's Office. The Director manages a staff of approximately four people.
The Financial Reporting team is responsible for the preparation of the University's financial statements and analysis, maintaining accounting controls, researching new accounting pronouncements, and assisting in the implementation of financial reporting policy. The team is also responsible for accounting for key financial areas, including recording, reconciling, and analyzing variances.
Key deliverables include the annual audited financial statements, quarterly unaudited financial statements and associated variance analysis for the Senior Management and Trustees of the University, and other regulatory financial reports. The Director has ultimate responsibility for the preparation of all financial reports, supporting schedules, and adjustments.
Integral to this function is the management of financial information flowing into the general ledger system (ARC: Accounting and Reporting at Columbia) from sources all over the University and compiling it into external and internal financial reports. The Director will be responsible for streamlining this information flow and working with the Finance Information Systems team to develop and implement financial reporting solutions including leveraging University business intelligence tools.
The Director assists the Executive Director in managing internal and external relationships related to the financial reporting process. This includes working with external auditors and responding to audit requests, as well as communicating with University-wide departments regarding the reporting and closing process.
The Director works closely with the financial operations team, the cash team, and the Capital Asset Accounting team within the Controller's Office, as well as Sponsored Projects Finance, the Tax Department, and the Office of Management and Budget. The Director is responsible for managing issue resolution and process improvement requests. This includes working with the Finance Information Systems team and IT to manage, develop, test, and implement solutions.
The Director is responsible for other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree or advanced degree in accounting, business administration, or finance, plus seven year's related experience required.
CPA with public accounting experience and/or experience in an institution of higher education or other large, complex organization strongly preferred.
Non-profit and/or higher ed experience preferred.
Strong accounting skills and knowledge of current FASB and AICPA disclosure and presentation issues required.
Must be detail-oriented and organized, with outstanding analytical and spreadsheet skills.
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills required.
Supervisory experience required.
Knowledge of PeopleSoft general ledger a plus.
In addition, the successful candidate must be able to work well with all levels of management, both internally and externally, be flexible in nature, have a sound judgment with an open and collaborative style of leadership that encourages teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization, and a strong role model, manager, and coach.
Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
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