The Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Controller (AVCC) is a career defining opportunity for a collaborative leader with strong team management and influencing skills as well as ERP implementation experience. The AVCC role calls for an experienced executive with deep knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and fund accounting, as well as financial accounting, audit, tax, reporting and financial business operations. The ideal candidate will have a successful track record navigating complex environments (preferably in a research university or academic health system) and working effectively with senior leadership across diverse operating units/departments including the Board of Trustees.
Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the AVCC ensures compliance with accounting standards, maintains appropriate internal financial controls, and provides robust financial reporting to facilitate strategic decision-making throughout the University. The AVCC actively monitors compliance and certifies the University’s financial statements. He/she is accountable for financial information provided to both the internal and external community (including tax), is a member of the global engagement committee and works with the general counsel’s office to assure compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
The AVCC is also responsible for the operational performance of the accounting services departments, including payroll and auxiliary enterprises, supported by a dedicated staff of 75 with five direct reports. The AVCC serves as an expert advisor to the CFO and other senior leaders and plays a critical role in the implementation of a new cloud-based ERP system (Workday) and the associated change management process.
A bachelor’s degree is required (master of accounting or business administration preferred) with a concentration in accounting, finance or other relevant area. Must hold CPA certification and possess 10 years of progressive accounting/finance experience at a large university or complex healthcare enterprise with expertise leading a large team in financial reporting and operations. We are committed to diversity and are seeking strong minority candidates for this role.
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About Washington University in St. Louis
Founded in 1853, Washington University is internationally renowned for teaching, research, service to society, and patient care with highly ranked schools spanning arts and sciences, architecture and fine arts, business, engineering, law, social work, and medicine. The University has more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 3,800 faculty, and 15,500 employees with $700 million in total research support. The University’s annual operating budget is over $3 billion and the endowment is $7.7 billion. The University has a consistently strong financial position and is rated AA+/Aa1 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s respectively.