Controller (Hybrid Eligible)

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Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at

Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

University Financial Services (UFS) is a unit within the Division of Finance and Operations. You will be joining an intentionally built culture with a strategic focus. The team follows the Enterprise Operating System (EOS) to drive results. All members of UFS are involved.

UFS’s value words are:

Team Oriented: understands the dynamics of the team; works cohesively and inclusively to accomplish a common goal.
Gets Things Done: prioritizes tasks and achieves the end goal.
Continuous Improvement: intentional commitment to making things better every day.
Ethical: honesty and integrity guide personal and professional behavior and judgment.
Adaptable: adjusts to change, being flexible, versatile and cooperative.
Problem Solver: identifies and understands the interrelated components of an issue and seeks to implement solutions.
Respect and Inclusivity: demonstrates care, concern and consideration for the perspective, needs and feelings of others.
Job Summary/Basic Function:
This position assumes the responsibilities of the traditionally defined “Controller” role in the public and private sector including oversight and implementation of initiatives associated with financial reporting, accounting systems, accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger accounting, payroll accounting, transactional tax compliance, internal management reporting, and more.
Department Overview:
Supporting the University’s Academic Mission by:
– Ensuring the integrity of the University’s financial accounting and reporting systems.
– Safeguarding University assets.
– Preparing complete, unbiased and timely disclosures and financial reports.
– Providing effective and efficient accounting and operational support while complying with University, federal, state and regulatory financial guidelines.

This position has the opportunity for hybrid and/or flexible scheduling.
Level Scope:
Oversees through subordinate managers a large, complex organization with multiple functional disciplines/occupations, OR manages a program, regardless of size, that has critical impact upon the campus. Significant responsibility for formulating and administering policies and programs, manages significant human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a very high degree of autonomy. Frequently influences business decisions made by senior leadership. Oversees through subordinate managers the accountability and stewardship of campus resources and the development of systems and procedures to protect organizational assets. Negotiates and influences others to understand and accept new concepts, practices and approaches.
Essential Functions:
• Coordinate the delivery of annual audited financial statements.
• Review large and unusual transactions and fluctuations.
• Direct policy development in collaboration with campus partners.
• Coordinate preparation of quarterly full-accrual financial statements and the associated report containing operational data to help inform explanations of fluctuations.
• Convert cash basis financial statements to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) based financial statements.
• Ensure proper training is provided to each department allowing for smooth operations and processes.
• Work with counterparts across the state and with the Office of the State Board of Education (OSBE) financial team to address issues as they arise.
• Continually evaluate the staffing and skills needed to address ever-increasing and changing responsibilities.
• Collaborate closely with a variety of stakeholders, both internal and external, on all aspects of projects.
• Represent the University to the Audit Committee of the Board.
• Provide leadership, including setting vision and assessing campus needs – allocate resources and prioritize to accomplish goals.
• Partner across all levels of the University by using excellent customer service skills, knowledge and resources in providing customers with the tools and information they need to meet their own objectives. Hold units accountable (and teach them how) to educate campus users on essential job requirements.
• Develop a reporting strategy using the data warehouse or other tools to ensure data is efficiently available to teams for daily work.
• Problem solve complex issues that cross divisions or are highly technical in nature. Get to the root of an issue and agreed upon resolution.
• Ability to create and execute on a vision in a hybrid environment.
• Excellent delegation skills and ability to coach and grow staff and teams.
• Strong communication skills, including ability to present/public speaking.
• Ability to understand the larger vision and be detail oriented.
• Problem-solve complex issues that cross divisions or are highly technical in nature. Generally, through mentoring a team or leading a committee, but could be facilitating a short series of meetings to get to the root of an issue and agree upon a resolution. Or on occasion taking on the project themselves.
• Create and maintain an efficient monthly, quarterly and annual close process that ensures accurate data, proper documentation for auditors, cross-trained staff and a quality result within required deadlines.
• Project manage or ensure proper project management of the annual audits including the University, Single audit, BSPR audit and NCAA audit. This includes monitoring and maintaining a relationship with the Foundation as the Foundation audit is incorporated into the University reports. The audit process begins in April and is not completed until December and involves all of UFS plus staff from across the campus.
• Articulate the business direction and ensure it is embraced by the teams and they understand how it relates to what they do.
• Recruit, hire and drive team performance based on strategic requirements. Foster an environment in which new knowledge and ideas drive growth by collaboration and engagement in ongoing projects, goals and process improvement.
• Provide structure and leadership to ensure collaboration, communication and governance on issues that cross boundaries between all campus departments and divisions as well as our sister institutions, OSBE and the State Division of Purchasing.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Experience documenting and improving processes and procedures.
• Capable of public speaking and training groups on related topics.
• Experience with taking a complex technical issue and breaking it down into understandable components for any audience.
• Ability to utilize critical thinking skills to proactively problem-solve complex issues that cross divisions or are highly technical in nature.
• Expert knowledge of databases and spreadsheet concepts and ability to work with them proficiently.
• Must have experience in GAAP financial reporting and in analyzing and implementing GASB or FASB financial standards.
• Strong ability to effectively lead employees, including mentoring and training.
• Ability to assess and address risk.
• Project management and change management ability.
• Strong technology skills in Excel, presentation tools, complex ERP environments and databases.
Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree and 8 years relevant experience including 5 years managerial experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
• A degree in Accounting.
• CPA and/or auditor experience.
• 10 years of applicable experience including six years of managerial experience and evidence of progressive growth within a large organization.
• Experience leading process improvement, change management, project management, leading teams from across an organization and effectively communicating both broadly and targeted across a large organization.
• Experience with complex footnote disclosures and implementing accounting standards.
• Experience with large ERP and reporting systems.
• Evidence of progressive growth within a large organization.
• Previous accounting experience in higher education or government.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary starts at $140,000/per year, commensurate with experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at .
Required Application Materials:
Cover Letter and Resume.

Advertised: May 2, 2023 Mountain Daylight Time
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