“Open the doors to all ... Let the children of the rich and the poor take their seats together and know of no distinction save that of industry, good conduct and intellect.”
- Townsend Harris, 1847
The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university system, seeks a financially savvy, collaborative, and communicative leader to serve as its next University Executive Controller (Controller). It is an exciting time to join the financial leadership team of CUNY, which, as it continues to carry out its historic mission of educating a diverse student body, is undergoing significant changes in the structure and delivery of its financial services.
The City University of New York is a distinctively urban university system with a unique mission. CUNY was chartered under Governor Nelson Rockefeller and the New York State Legislature in 1960 as a single university -- an integrated system of senior and community colleges, graduate and professional schools, research centers, institutes, and consortia. CUNY's 25 colleges and professional schools across its 24 campuses have conferred nearly 1.5 million associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees since the 1960s. One of the most diverse higher education systems in the U.S., CUNY today serves 270,000 students in credit-bearing programs and 226,000 adult and continuing education (non-credit) student. CUNY has been a powerful driver of social and economic mobility for generations of students who have passed through its doors.
The Controller is the University's Chief Accountant and is responsible for the management and oversight of all University-wide accounting, financial reporting, and accounts payable functions. The Controller is also responsible for ensuring that the Office of the University Controller is strategic and innovative, operating in an economic, efficient, and effective manner, and focused on providing superior professional service, support, and guidance to the larger University community. The University Executive Controller will also be expected to continuously improve the financial management of the University and exercise a leadership role in the continued re-engineering of University-wide business practices in light of a new generation of financial management information systems. This position reports to the Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer through the Deputy Chief Financial Officer. In addition to possessing strong technical skills, the successful candidate will be an excellent communicator, capable of building effective working relationships with a range of constituents. Minimum requirements of the position are a Bachelor's Degree and a professional accounting certification (CPA or equivalent).