Controller/Director of Business Services | Prairie State College

Posted on Oct 25, 2023 and will remain open until filled.

The Controller/Director is responsible for overall management of accounting operations, including grant accounting, cash management, accounts payable, Bursar operations, accounts receivable, fixed assets, and records management. The Controller/Director is the College’s primary point of contact for external accounting and auditing entities, including, but not limited to the State Comptroller.

HOURS: The schedule consists of working minimally 8:00am to 4:30pm four (5) days a week.

RESPONSIBILITIES (including but not limited to):

1. Directs overall College and Foundation accounting operations. Ensures the accurate and timely processing of all accounting transactions and compliance with all applicable Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Federal, State and College regulations and policies.
2. Prepares annual financial reports of the district including the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and documents in support of the annual independent audit and other audit activities for both the College and the Foundation.
3. Develops and administers accounting policies and procedures and a system of internal control procedures to maintain the fiscal integrity of the College.
4. Manages the annual financial statement audit and other audit engagements.
5. Identifies and recommends policies and procedures related to the financial and business practices of the College. Plans and implements new operating procedures and information technology advances to improve service quality and efficiency of service delivery.
6. Prepares the monthly financial statements, bill payment and cash summary reports for the Board of Trustee meetings.
7. Maintains a standard of superior service to all customers; fosters and maintains positive relationships and works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and customers.
8. Engages in meetings, committees, task forces, and other activities to communicate financial and other relative information.
9. Develops and implements short- and long-range department goals consistent with College strategic directions and senior management direction. Coordinates preparation of annual Business Office budget. Prepares financial forecast reports and special analyses of the department budget as required.
10. Directs and coordinates all cashiering and bank deposit activities. Assists with the cash management for the College by developing cash flow forecast to meet the needs of the College and investing idle funds in accordance with investment policy.

1. Master's degree in finance, accounting, business administration public administration or related field.
2. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate or license.
3. Ten (10) years’ experience as an accountant; including state, federal and fund accounts, financial reporting, accounting department operations (accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll), with seven (7) years in a supervisory capacity.
4. Must be able to: read, analyze and interpret complex financial data; respond effectively to questions and prepare material in response to inquiries; make concise and effective presentations on controversial or complex topics to College management; exercise judgment and discretion as well as handle confidential information.
5. Must have previous experience using an enterprise resource program (ERP) and accounting and reporting application(s) and possess excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).
6. Must be organized, flexible and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
7. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
8. Must be bondable.

SALARY: Minimum starting $91,645; salary commensurate with experience

Prairie State College


202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL, USA
Chicago HeightsIL  60411
United States

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Prairie State College
Controller/Director of Business Services
Chicago Heights, IL

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