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Job no: 492867
Appointment Type: Admin Full-time
Department: Finance
Categories: Administration
Position Grade: E4

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Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Finance, the Controller is responsible for the management and oversight of accounting, tax, and reporting functions of the College in a manner that ensures compliance with GAAP and regulatory requirements, promotes effective, efficient work processes, and aligns with the strategic goals of the College. The Controller will supervise the Assistant Controller and College Bursar, working closely with other members of the finance team including the Directors of Financial Planning and Analysis, Procurement, and Payroll.   This role will be required to establish effective, collaborative working relationships with members of the College community serving as a resource and key liaison within the College Community.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance.
  • 10+ years of progressively increasing responsibility, including accounting and managerial experience.
  • CPA and/or MBA required.
  • Energy and enthusiasm to support a culture of change while ensuring a stable financial framework.  This includes the ability to articulate strategies, implement policies, assess the need for process improvements, identify creative solutions, and lead systems changes.
  • Previous public accounting experience required. Experience in higher education or other large not-for-profit preferred.
  • Strong technical accounting skills including thorough knowledge of GAAP, financial reporting standards, single audit requirements, and federal grant compliance.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Must have strong experience with financial tools including enterprise financial management and reporting systems.
  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, is required. Experience with Tableau preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to open collaboration and customer service, strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to prioritize workload, manage multiple tasks, and consistently meet deadlines.   
  • Must possess strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills, both to work effectively within the various reporting organizations, as well as to build trust and confidence across the campus community.


  • Direct and manage the duties of the Assistant Controller and College Bursar.
  • Direct and manage financial and accounting policies, procedures, and guidelines of the College to ensure compliance with GAAP, federal and state laws and regulations and alignment with the College’s strategic goals.
  • Manage all general ledger activity including maintenance of chart of accounts, data accuracy and timely reconciliation of accounts.
  • Coordinate and manage the monthly, quarterly and year end closing processes, partnering with the Director of FP&A on timely financial and management reporting.
  • Coordinate the external audits of the college including financial statement, single and 403(b) audits.
  • Direct and manage preparation of 990 and 990-T; review of annual Form 5500 filing and other regulatory and external reporting as may be required.
  • Direct and manage compliance with federal, state, and private granting agencies in partnership with various College department including management of all grant related accounting and reporting.  
  • Direct and manage the insurance portfolio for the College including ongoing assessment of operational risk, maintenance of adequate liability and property coverage, and coordination of annual renewals.   
  • Manage debt compliance and reporting for the College.
  • Responsible for the oversight of the endowment accounting function, including year-end reporting in accordance with NYPMIFA, as well as accounting for underwater funds, managing endowment shares, and spending calculations.
  • Ensure that the investment decisions made by the Investment Committee are carried out as approved.
  • Responsible for the Treasury Management function ensuring that operating cash is invested in accordance with the College’s Short Term Investment Policy.
  • Partner with the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis in the production of financial reports, financial forecasts, and budget reports and analyses.
  • Prepare reports and analyses, as requested by the Vice President for Administration and Finance (VPAF) and the AVPF including supporting materials for the Board of Trustees and related committees of the Board; attend meetings and report to the Committees as requested by the VPAF and AVPF.
  • Keep abreast of current developments in GAAP, state and federal governmental regulations and higher education practices related to accounting and fiscal matters, as well as current developments in financial statement and single audit reporting.
  • Attend various professional meetings and conferences.
  • Work closely with the Vice President of Administration and Finance and the Associate Vice President of Finance on projects and strategic initiatives.
  • Work with external professionals such as consultants, attorneys, auditors, investment advisors, and bankers.

We offer exceptional benefits including, but not limited to the following:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
  • Winter Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays
  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)
  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs
  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development
  • Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability
  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

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