The Associate Vice President and Controller reports to the Vice President of Finance, acting as deputy to the Vice President for Finance. The incumbent will lead a successful division responsible for managing the financial operations of Fiscal Services. The AVP/Controller will have responsibility for oversight of financial reporting, accounting operations, and developing and promoting fiscal policies and procedures that support excellent customer service. The Fiscal Services team reporting through the AVP/Controller include Financial Reporting, Student Accounts Office, General Accounting, Cost Accounting, International Tax Compliance, Internal Controls, Fiscal Policy and Communication. In addition, this position will have the opportunity to collaborate with senior campus leaders on special projects requiring financial and accounting expertise, focused on transparency, accountability and innovation.
The AVP/Controller will have responsibility for leading process improvements, automation initiatives and implementation of a financial framework to support strategic financial reporting and analysis. This position requires leading projects and collaboration with both administrative and academic stakeholders throughout the university. The successful candidate will be diplomatic and team focused with strong integrity; and will be a good listener with the fortitude to make decisions that balance responsible stewardship with entrepreneurship.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
Ensures the accuracy and timeliness of the University's financial reports. Production of quarterly financial statements/forecasts, including analytical review of results;
Providing university leadership, schools, and departments with accurate and timely financial reports and data to support strategic decision making and facilitate operational review;
Analyzes and makes recommendations for application of generally accepted accounting principles within the University's financial reporting and accounting environment and in accordance with GASB; monitors regulatory environment to plan for and communicate impact;
Provides accessible, meaningful management reports and analyses, and leads ongoing efforts to significantly improve the accessibility, quality, and usability of financial information;
Lead development and monitoring of performance measures to assess financial health, and quantify resource needs and acceptable risk levels for strategic decision making and benchmarking to peer institutions for standard measures;
Provides strategic thinking and leadership to improve financial policies, systems, and processes, improving service delivery, reducing costs, and maintaining effective controls;
Ensuring fiscal policies, procedures and internal controls are based on finance and industry best practices to support university strategic goals; Create, interpret and apply policies and procedures and approve exceptions within limits of authority.
Oversees all financial audits of the University, primarily the annual external audit and preparation of financial statements;
Coordinates and prepares materials for relevant committees of the Board of Visitors, including audited and unaudited financial statements and explanations of transactions and variances, as well as University tax returns;
Oversees the calculation, proposal, and negotiation process with Office of Naval Research (ONR), the University's cognizant agency for the Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Rate for sponsored projects;
Unrelated business income tax, international tax, and sales tax research and reporting;
Oversees University-wide training and communication regarding accounting and internal control and provides timely training to all University personnel who initiate accounting transactions;
Interface and collaborate with other areas of the university such as the Office of Sponsored Programs, Provost, Internal Audit, Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, and HR/Payroll.
Serving on several university committees, leading Policies and Procedures and Recharge Committees.
Serving on the boards of affiliated organizations such as the George Mason Research Foundation and Mason Global Pathways, LLC
Minimum of 15 years of relevant experience, including at least 8 years' experience in a senior management role within a large complex organization;
A bachelor's degree in accounting and CPA certification;
Demonstrated analytical, modeling and dashboard experience
Demonstrated ability to think strategically and execute programs in support of an organization's vision and strategy.
Strong organizational and planning skills with the ability to influence, collaborate and negotiate.
Experience with FASB/GASB accounting standards review, impact assessment and implementation
Experience writing fiscal policies and procedures and interpreting state and federal regulations.
Medical School or Medical Enterprise experience.
Previous experience working for a large research university.
Experience in leading F&A Cost Proposal negotiation.
Higher education experience is preferred.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
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