Another Source’s client, The Claremont Colleges Services, is recruiting an Assistant Controller to join their team in Claremont, California.
Here's a little about The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) and the position they are seeking to fill:
TCCS is the shared services organization for a highly regarded cluster of seven independent colleges known as The Claremont Colleges (TCC) located in Southern California. The Claremont Colleges include:
- Pomona College (founded in 1887)
- Claremont Graduate University (1925)
- Scripps College (1926)
- Claremont McKenna College (1946)
- Harvey Mudd College (1955)
- Pitzer College (1963)
- Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences (1997)
TCCS, founded in 1925, borrowed from the Oxford model, organizing around a library and other common facilities. Today this distinguished cluster of private colleges is one of our nation’s greatest centers of liberal arts, science and engineering education for almost 7,000 students.
The Assistant Controller leads a team providing a spectrum of financial accounting services to the Claremont Colleges. The Assistant Controller ensures that high quality customer service is provided in a professional manner.
- Maintains college general ledgers in accordance with GAAP and higher education industry practices;
- Prepares and analyzes financial reports;
- Builds and maintains positive working relationships with college customers, office personnel and others;
- Maintains and evaluates internal controls and key processes;
- Coordinates the annual audit and regulatory filings.
- Implements and monitors systems that ensure accurate, timely and responsive financial recording and reporting.
- Takes leadership in disseminating information and provides advice and counsel for constituencies.
- Recruits, selects and retains staff that has professional capabilities and has the capacity to work effectively in an environment with changing requirements.
- Provides ongoing coaching to subordinates which is balanced, constructive, timely and contributes to an atmosphere of open communication and trust.
- Conducts annual written performance appraisals for all staff. Conducts a 90-day introductory period review for all new employees.
- Communicates job requirements to subordinates and assures that subordinates have the appropriate training and development to complete tasks. Ensures that job descriptions in area are current and recommends changes as needed.
- Develops and maintains a collaborative team dedicated to serving the changing needs of the customer and the Financial Services Office.
- Addresses employee work habit and performance problems in a timely manner with appropriate follow up.
- Provides timely data that reflects the needs of each constituent.
- Monitors all financial transactions and reports processed in areas of responsibility to ensure compliance with institutional guidelines, generally accepted accounting principles and federal and state regulations.
- Maintains an understanding of constituent’s business issues, practices and policies through regular communication with appropriate personnel.
- Provides advice and counsel to constituents regarding reports to ensure that relevant information is available, understood, necessary, and useful.
- Maintains capacity of team and ensures availability of personnel to perform the work by through allocation of responsibilities and/or cross training.
- Establishes and/or maintains internal control procedures which ensure appropriate checks and balances to fulfill legal and ethical responsibilities.
- Conducts training for constituents to increase appropriate use of services.
- Establishes and maintains effective monitoring processes that reflect the quality of the service provided.
- Assesses potential for improvement of systems and processes, recommends and implements changes where appropriate. Demonstrates a forward-thinking perspective and embraces process improvement.
- Maintains sub-ledger accounting systems in areas of responsibility (where appropriate)
Self-Management Skills and Abilities
- Collaborates with superiors, subordinates, peers, and constituents resulting in trust and free-flowing communication.
- Establishes and adjusts priorities that distinguish the important from the urgent.
- Multitasks effectively and demonstrates responsiveness to constituents, subordinates, peers and superiors.
- Projects and establishes a standard reflecting a professional image through dress, demeanor and office environment.
- Communicates relevant information clearly and concisely in a timely manner in written and verbal form.
- Demonstrates initiative through early identification of problems and resourcefulness in timely resolution.
- Demonstrates openness and responsiveness to new ideas and change and is able to influence others likewise.
- Demonstrates ability to follow through and implement plans and changes.
- Fosters respect from others.
Knowledge and Experience you will bring to the team:
- Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Ability to communicate clearly in writing and orally, strong customer service orientation and ability to work well with diverse internal and external constituents in a team-oriented environment
- Ability to share knowledge and information and to learn new tasks
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, with demonstrated strong skills in Excel
- Demonstrated self-starter, with strong analytic, problem solving, critical thinking and research skills
- Demonstrated organizational, time management, and multitasking skills
- Ability to meet deadlines in a busy environment
- Possession and maintenance of a valid California Driver License and a DMV record that meets the requirement set by the College’s insurance carrier
- Thorough knowledge of GAAP
Experience we’d prefer you have:
- Accounting experience in a non-profit organization or institution of higher education, and/or CPA or auditing experience.
- Proficiency in various accounting software systems and other information technology and the ability to learn new software
- Experience and knowledge of Workday
TCCS offers employees generous time off benefits, employer-paid retirement contributions, tuition remission benefits and professional development opportunities. Employees also take advantage of discounted meals provided in the Administrative Campus Center café, regular employee events and an opportunity to work with exceptional colleagues.
TCCS is an equal opportunity employer. TCCS managers make employment decisions on the basis of merit, with the aim to have the best available person in every job. TCCS prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), gender (including gender identity and gender expression), national origin or ancestry, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), military or veteran status, and status with regard to public assistance, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. TCCS also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of these characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of these characteristics. All such discrimination is unlawful
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