The AVP, Controller has College-wide responsibility for the oversight of accounting activities, reporting, and financial services. Develops and monitors internal control environments; establishes and implements accounting policies and procedures; develops and issues internal and external reports; coordinates financial audit and tax and regulatory reporting; and oversees all accounting and treasury management. Collaborates with financial stakeholders throughout the College. Advises the CFO and other College leaders on accounting best practices. Directs and oversees the financial services office (including accounts payable), student accounts office, purchasing (including shipping and receiving), and payroll.
Planning & Administration - 20% of time
Formulates goals and objectives for the division in accordance with the overall mission and goals of the institution.
Participates with the President, CFO and other senior officers in institutional planning, policy development, and problem resolution.
Stay current on accounting policies and best practices relevant to higher education.
Accounting, Audit and Controls - 70% of time
Oversee accurate, timely and effective management of the general ledger and accounting records for the College, including all unrestricted and restricted funds.
Coordinate the independent financial audit, federal compliance audit, other external audits, and preparation of tax and regulatory reports. Ensure compliance with all tax and regulatory requirements.
Establish College accounting policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with Board policies, state and federal requirements, and generally accepted accounting standards.
Develop and maintain an effective, well-documented internal control environment. Oversee regular risk assessment process.
Assist in the review and development of, and oversee compliance with, accounting and financial aspects of contracts, grants, and other awards.
In coordination with IT departments, oversee financial system upgrades and implementations.
Assure safeguarding and tracking of all assets, including cash, investments, and fixed assets.
Oversee an effective training program for managers with financial responsibilities throughout the College.
Oversee office of purchasing (including shipping and receiving).
Oversee office of student accounts.
Oversee payroll processing function.
Coordinate closely with Enrollment, Development, Educational Technology Support and Budget Manager.
Personnel & Staffing Management - 10% of time
Design, establish, and maintain an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the division's overall goals and objectives in a cost effective manner.
Direct and oversee the hiring, development, management, and evaluation of divisional staff.
Manages the Director of Financial Services, Payroll Manager, Purchasing Manager and Associate Director of Student Accounts
Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business Administration, or related field.
At least 8 years of experience in higher education accounting.
At least 3 years experience overseeing all accounting functions for an organization, preferably a private college.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification required; active license preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Demonstrated commitment to customer service.
Knowledge and understanding of the mission, goals, organization, and financial management of a private college.
Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
Strong human resources development and management skills.
Strong analytical, critical thinking, and decision making skills.
Organizational planning, structuring, and staffing skills.
Location San Francisco
Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Recommended document file formats are Word or PDF. If there are multiple attachments, we recommend compressing/zipping your files into a zip format file. There is also a place in the application for you to provide a link to large documents. Please submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions.
For staff positions, screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.
As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education.
We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability.
California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college with 21 undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, curatorial practice, design, design strategy, film, fine arts, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment. Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students.