Overview

Job Location:
Haas College Center

The Position:

Controller

Job Summary:

Under the general supervision of the Chief Business Officer and Treasurer, the Controller provides direction and support within the department and is responsible for maintaining accounting ledgers of the College, proper documentation, control and disbursement of funds, preparing cash flow report, as well as special reports requested from the Chief Business Officer & Treasurer. 

The College: Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg College is a private, four-year residential, liberal arts college offering baccalaureate and graduate programs. Muhlenberg College is dedicated to shaping creative, compassionate, collaborative leaders through rigorous academic programs in the arts, humanities, business, natural sciences and social sciences; as well as pre-professional programs in law, health and theology; and progressive workforce-focused post-baccalaureate certificates and master’s degrees. As part of eastern Pennsylvania’s scenic Lehigh Valley, Allentown is a diverse city of 125,000, located just 60 miles north of Philadelphia and 90 miles west of New York City. Along with Bethlehem and Easton, the region is home to a vibrant arts scene, a nationally unique parks system, and a rich blend of diverse cuisine and restaurants.

Schedule & Benefits: At Muhlenberg, we value work/life balance and are pleased to offer this full-time, year-round position, with the potential for partial remote work. Muhlenberg offers a highly competitive benefits package, including but not limited to, generous holidays, vacation and sick leave, paid parental leave, tuition programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending plans, short-and long-term disability, life insurance, and retirement.

Characteristic Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Supervises the Director of Accounting Services and Director of Student Accounts; supports their professional development.

  • Prepares College’s annual 990 returns and presents drafts to Audit & Compliance Committee of the Board.

  • Schedules and manages the College’s annual independent audits.

  • Completes debt tests and compliance certificates relative to bond covenants.

  • Maintains and processes fixed asset and depreciation records in accounting system.

  • Monitor non-pool asset spending through procurement card & invoices, process trackable invoices prior to check runs to ensure timely payment of invoices, manually attach additional invoice lines to main asset after asset registration (i.e. shipping, installation, library books, etc.)

  • Accounts for the use of Start-up funds awarded to new faculty members.

  • Oversees Grant accounting including reporting to the grant source.  Also, calculates the College’s Indirect Cost Rate. Oversee the recording of all restricted gift transactions to ensure that they are properly accounted for and that all related transactions comply with donor restrictions. Supervises the preparation of year-end financial statements and closing of books.

  • Prepares schedules for auditors and all other financial related questionnaires.

  • Maintains salary and benefit cost records.

  • Instructs and approves work for designated staff.

  • Completes special projects as assigned by the CBO & Treasurer.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a major in Accounting (or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired) is required. CPA preferred.

  • Minimum ten years of progressive financial experience preferred in higher education setting.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures (GAAP), budgeting procedures, and public and/or fund accounting is essential.

  • The successful candidate will be able to assume full responsibility for analytical reports, financial statements, etc. including those required by outside auditors.

  • Ability to embrace and support the College’s efforts to ensure our community meets our commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

  • Extensive computer skills, including advanced knowledge of Google Workspace and Microsoft Office tools in analysis and reporting.

  • Experience with Workday Finance a plus.

  • Outstanding interpersonal relationship building and employee development skills.

  • Management experience in a team-oriented workplace.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop a department and department staff members.

  • Strong quantitative skills required.

  • Must be comfortable with preparation of analytical computer based models.

  • Successful completion of background checks.

  • As part of the College’s sequential approach for the health and safety of our campus community, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required upon hire (absent an approved medical or religious exemption).

To apply, upload your complete application package as a single PDF document. A complete application package includes: 1) cover letter; 2) resume; 3) separate diversity statement summarizing your professional experiences and commitment to equity and inclusion; and 4) names/contact information for three professional references. Application review will continue until the position is filled. To initiate your application, use the APPLY button.

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An equal opportunity employer, Muhlenberg College is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty and staff from racial and ethnic groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Please visit our Diversity & Inclusion page for additional information about Muhlenberg’s commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive community.

Legal Notice

Muhlenberg College Annual Crime Reporting- As provided by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, prospective employees of Muhlenberg College are entitled to request and receive a copy of the College Annual Security Report (ASR). The ASR can be accessed at http://www.muhlenberg.edu/annualsecurityreport . This report includes crime statistics on certain reportable crimes, as well as Muhlenberg College Safety Policies. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus safety and police, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other matters. Anyone wishing a paper copy of the ASR may contact the Campus Safety Office at 484-664-3112.