Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to the Executive Director, Financial Reporting and Operations, the Director 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 preparation of the University's financial statements, including the quarterly unaudited financial statements, the annual audited financial statements as well as other regulatory financial reports. The team is also responsible for the preparation of quarterly variance analysis for the Senior Management and Trustees of the University. The Director has responsibility for 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 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 oversees all accounting functions related to the University's investments including, but not limited to, the disclosure reporting of the University's endowment market value, investment related audit and cash flow schedules, and reconciliation processes.
Other duties as assigned.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business Administration or Finance, plus a minimum of seven years related experience required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Must be detail-oriented and organized, with outstanding analytical and spreadsheet skills. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including active listening skills, plus the ability to work closely and effectively with a diverse group of University administrators, characterized by strong consensus building and relationship building skills, essential. Supervisory experience required. In addition, the successful candidate must be able to work well with all levels of management, both internally and externally, be flexible in nature, and have sound judgment with an open and collaborative style. Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree desirable. CPA with public accounting experience strongly preferred. Experience in non-profit accounting also strongly preferred. Knowledge of PeopleSoft general ledger a plus. Knowledge of current FASB and AICPA disclosure and presentation issues a plus.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_167118
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