Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to the Vice President, Finance and Controller, the Deputy Controller, Financial Operations oversees a portfolio of financial operations for the University. The broader Controller's Office includes Financial Reporting & Operations, Benefits & Pension Accounting, Audits, Research Policy & Indirect Cost, Student Financial Services, Sponsored Projects Finance, Tax, Payroll, and International Operations. The Deputy Controller's portfolio will include some or all of the following departments: Payroll, Sponsored Projects Finance, Benefits & Pension Accounting, and International Operations. This portfolio is subject to change. The Deputy Controller is a senior advisor and key member of the leadership team in Finance, and is responsible for strategically leading a team of 45+ to support the operational and compliance needs of the University. Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Sponsored Projects Finance (SPF) Oversees the Executive Director and their team who are responsible for the financial administration of a diverse and complex portfolio of private and public grants and contracts for the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and Morningside campuses totaling over $1.1 B, ensuring that they are administered in a fiscally responsible manner, complying with all applicable rules and regulations established by both the sponsor agency and the University.
Benefits and Pension Accounting Oversees the Executive Director of Benefits and Pension Accounting and their team responsible for monthly accounting, reporting and forecasting of all fringe expenditures and recoveries totaling over $1.2B in activity as well as overseeing the accounting and reporting for the University's eight pension and post retirement plans with combined assets in excess of $6 B.
Payroll Oversees the Executive Director and their team who are responsible for managing the accurate and timely payment of compensation exceeding $2.3B to over 34,000 University employees utilizing the PeopleSoft system, as well as ensuring the timely payments and returns for all federal, state and local taxes and management of all related audits, and the accurate posting of all expenses to the University's financial accounting system.
International Operations The Deputy Controller shares responsibility with Treasury for two staff dedicated to International Financial Operations, and plays a significant role in providing guidance to the University community regarding international operations, which span over 20 countries; this includes providing support for specific financial, compliance or operational issues as well as the development and implementation of policies related to international financial operations which require complex and cross-functional coordination.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or advanced degree preferably in accounting, business administration, finance or other related field, plus ten years related experience, including management experience, required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, organizational and problem-solving skills required. Ability to work closely and effectively with a diverse group of senior University administrators essential. Must be able to negotiate issues, resolve problems and have strong influencing skills. In addition, the successful candidate must have a good understanding of the effect change will have on the organization, be able to work well with all levels of management, both internally and externally, be flexible in nature. Must be experienced at senior level presentations. In addition, the successful candidate must be a strategic thinker, with an open and collaborative style of leadership that encourages teamwork and cooperation, and a strong role model, manager and coach, with the ability to provide a positive working and learning environment for staff, as well as to develop a first-class service organization that responds effectively to inquiries and engenders trust from the University community. Must have a demonstrated passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality, as well as very high energy levels.
Preferred Qualifications: An MBA, CPA and/or CIA designation is strongly preferred. Experience in higher education or research operations strongly preferred. PeopleSoft or other ERP experience 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.
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