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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Controller's Office
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: Business & Financial Services

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.  With an operating budget of $1.4 Billion, the campus provides high quality academic, research, student support and auxiliary operations to make UMass Amherst the destination of choice as the flagship campus of the Commonwealth.


Job Summary

The Controller ensures compliance with accounting standards, maintains appropriate internal financial controls, and provides robust financial reporting to facilitate strategic decision-making throughout the University. The Controller actively monitors compliance and is accountable for financial information provided to both the internal and external community including but not limited to tax reporting, internal and external audits and reporting of component units.  The Controller works closely with the Budget Director to monitor and project operating results to achieve operating margins and other financial metrics for presentation to the university board of trustees.  

The Controller collaborates with the University of Massachusetts system office and the other UMass campuses to enhance operational services and streamline business processes.  The Controller is a member of the Administration & Finance Council and serves as an expert advisor to senior leaders and plays a critical role in the implementation of new financial applications and procedures.


Essential Functions

  • Responsible for establishing and evaluating all accounting policies and procedures for the Amherst campus.  Manages the Controller's Office operations of accounts receivable, financial reporting, general financial accounting, sponsored post-award administration, and property inventory. Responsible for maintaining the official financial records of the Amherst campus.
  • Implements and evaluates the internal control environment of the campus in accordance with federal, state, and university policies to ensure the timely and accurate processing and reporting of financial data.  Recommends policy changes when appropriate to senior administrators and provides interpretation to the campus community for federal, state, and university policy.
  • Principal audit liaison for all internal and external audit activity on campus. Coordinates and monitors all financial audits including preparation of campus annual and interim financial statements with system office and external auditors. Interprets and applies generally accepted accounting practices to campus operations. Responds to all audit findings and oversees corrective action plans.
  • Directs all post-award sponsored accounting ensuring compliance with federal 0MB A-21 , A-I JO and A-133 regulations. Manages cash management through the draw-down, billing and collection of sponsored activity. Principal liaison between administration and finance (A&F) and the campus research community.
  • Manages campus compliance with tax regulations including preparation and evaluation of related and unrelated business income tax (UBIT) returns, private-use, foreign national and I 099 activities.
  • Works with the Budget Office to analyze financial data and provide guidance on accounting treatment for planned financial transactions to aid in the development of quarterly, annual and long-range forecasts of university financial activity.   
  • Works with the Budget Office to insure budgetary controls are in place to insure funds are managed in accordance with accounting standards, state regulations and Board of Trustee Policy.
  • Manages the integration of the university finance system (Peoplesoft/Oracle) with accounting operations and reporting requirements. Analyzes financial information through the use of queries, spreadsheets, databases and other reporting tools for trend analyses, forecasts and financial ratios in conjunction with the budget office and other university entities
  • Contributes to the creation of a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.
  • Understands Title IX, Clery, Conflicts of Interest policies and other compliance requirements
  • Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.
  • Uses access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance or the responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.
  • Perform related duties as assigned or required to meet department, executive area, and university goals and objectives.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • MBA, CPA, or master's degree in a relevant field
  • Seven years of experience in accounting or finance with progressive management including at least three years supervisory experience
  • Experience managing financial operations of complex organizations with multiple revenue streams.
  • Thorough knowledge of financial reporting and analysis software, familiarity with complex integrated systems.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and promote customer service in a decentralized environment.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

Preference will be given to candidates with experience at colleges and universities and/or federal grants management.


Salary Information

Salary commensurate with experience.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references by December 10, 2019 to ensure priority consideration. The position may remain open until filled. 


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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