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Controller

University of Northern Colorado
United States, Colorado, Greeley
1862 10th Avenue (Show on map)
June 04, 2023
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Position Title Controller
Department Finance & Administration
FTE 1.0
FLSA Exempt
Job Type Full-Time
Job EEO Category Executive/Administrative/Managerial
UNC Background
Our University
Founded in 1889, as the State Normal School of Colorado and tucked between the Rocky Mountains and Colorado's stunning high plains, the University of Northern Colorado has grown from its roots as a teacher's college into an institution with international draw and status. UNC is a public doctoral research university that strives to cultivate the unique potential of each of its approximately 9,000 students and is positioned to advance knowledge through discovery because of its just-right size, expert faculty and tradition of research and hands-on learning. By immersing students in innovative teaching and research methods in the classroom and in the field, UNC provides its students with an exceptional educational experience. UNC's talented and dedicated faculty are housed in its five colleges: Education and Behavioral Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences; Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business; Natural and Health Sciences; and Performing and Visual Arts.Acclaimed for its expertise in a broad array of academic disciplines, UNC offers more than 100 undergraduate programs and 120 graduate programs on campus, off campus and online. Undergraduate students study in a liberal arts tradition that supports them in exploring broadly, making connections, thinking critically, and using what they learn to make a difference in the world around them. UNC also offers more than 60 extended campus programs throughout the state and online, meeting an increasing demand among adult learners and working students in industry-relevant disciplines. Of UNC's 120 graduate programs, almost half are taught at satellite locations or online. Research, scholarship, and creative works are essential components of academic life for both faculty and students at UNC. Many undergraduate degree programs require a research experience and most graduate programs require a thesis, capstone project, or dissertation. UNC faculty purposefully connect research and teaching by bringing what they learn from their research into the courses they teach and by inviting students to join their work. Faculty and student work on research, scholarship, and creative works focuses on knowledge creation as well as the application of knowledge to solve real world problems. Surveys of current and former students show that they value these relationships and see them as one of the primary benefits of attending UNC.

There is no typical UNC student. UNC prides itself on being a university where students do not have to conform in order to belong. Whatever their unique talents may be, UNC helps students reach their fullest potential. The university prepares students not only to have successful careers, but also to lead fulfilling lives, engage in intelligent public discourse, participate in government, and thrive in a changing, global world. UNC has a long history of serving students who are often underrepresented at research universities. More than 40% of UNC undergraduates are the first in their family to go to college, one third are underrepresented minorities, and more than one-quarter are eligible for federal need-based financial aid.
Linked to our community since we were founded in 1889, UNC is an important part of the Greeley community and works to actively foster a collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship with our city and its residents. Greeley is a warm and welcoming place and a location we are proud to call our home. Recently ranked as the fourth fastest growing Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States, Greeley is a community on the move where a robust economy offers a number of enriching opportunities to residents of all ages.

Our Direction: Rowing, Not Drifting 2030
Our strategic plan, Rowing, Not Drifting 2030, brings to life our vision for the university which takes shape in the form of our vision statement, five vision elements, and outcomes that serve as the foundation in support of and in service to UNC students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community. It guides the work of our five phases over the next decade, as well as the implementation of our supporting key actions and tactics.

The five vision elements that serve as our foundation are:


  • Students First: We exist to transform the lives of our students. We focus on all aspects of their success by making intentional decisions to meet their needs and the needs of our community.

  • Empower Inclusivity: The diversity within our university and state is a distinct advantage that we celebrate and nurture. We ensure learning occurs through meaningful discussion of shared and different experiences, viewpoints, and ideas.

  • Enhance & Invest: The success of students relies on a healthy and strong team. We provide our staff and faculty with the support they need to succeed as professionals, educators, and in life. We foster an environment where their individual well-being and sense of belonging are vital to our collective success.

  • Innovate & Create: Learning occurs through critical inquiry, discovery, and creation. We leverage technology and capitalize on opportunities to innovate and improve instruction. We anticipate and address societal needs by transforming the campus into a creative laboratory that asks questions, solves problems, and shapes Colorado's future.

  • Connect & Celebrate: Strong community connections provide authentic learning experiences and reciprocal partnerships and collaborations. We set the standard for how engaged universities enrich the lives of those on campus, throughout Colorado, and beyond.


Our Imperatives: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
UNC is dedicated to strengthening and advancing our collective work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we aspire to become a Hispanic Serving Institution. As a diverse team, we develop and learn more together. We value the individuality of each person and recognize how diversity enhances our campus. When you join the UNC family, you can expect to be part of a growing inclusive, innovative, and equity-minded community that expects intentional collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and local partners.
Physical Demands
Prolonged use of a personal computer.
Job Summary
The Controller is the chief accounting officer responsible for providing leadership and coordination of the financial management functions of the University, which has $371 million in assets, $135 million in bonds payable, and $183 million in annual revenues.
The Controller is an important member of the financial leadership team who provides recommendations for improving university-wide financial management; ensures accounting procedures conform to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ( GAAP) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board ( GASB) pronouncements as related to higher education universities; manages the preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual reports of financial activities; directs financial audits; ensures compliance with state and federal regulations; and implements procedural improvements.

Accountable for the daily operations of general accounting, tax accounting, post-award research accounting, accounts payable, and payroll. Supervises preparation of all internal and external financial reporting including but not limited to tax filings, IPEDs reporting, grantor agency financial reports, reporting to the State of Colorado, bond compliance reporting, and the audited annual report. Places a strong emphasis on continued and improved customer service from the Controller's Office. (35%)
Serves as a financial leader, contributing to the university's cultural, policy and financial framework as essential organizational infrastructure for public higher education. Building strong, university-wide relationships is vital, particularly with staff in administrative service centers and campus leaders. (15%)
Coordinates the annual financial and compliance audit of the University. Represents the controller's office in other audits as necessary. (15%)
Interprets and applies accounting theory to assure that the university's financial statements adhere to generally accepted accounting principles and applicable GASB pronouncements. Interprets and applies state and federal regulations and department of education policies and procedure to ensure university compliance. (10%)
Serves as primary accounting contact for the State Controller's and State Treasurer's offices. Responds to requests for information from other state agencies. Acts as the University's representative on the state higher education accounting advisory committee, which is responsible for setting state-wide accounting policies and procedures. (10%)
Maintains the integrity and accuracy of the university's accounting and financial reporting systems by coordinating with Information Management and Technology Department for system changes/updates, access controls, and year-end processes. (10%)
Works closely with Purchasing staff on internal control, banking, appropriate accounting for contract administration, and other issues related to the management of those functions. (5%)
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting.

Minimum of 7 years progressively responsible accounting experience including 5 years of government or non-profit accounting, preferably in higher education. Minimum of 3 years supervising professional personnel. Experience analyzing financial performance and communicating results to all levels of management within higher education or non-profit environment.

  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Knowledge of higher-education fund accounting and reporting, including GASB, NACUBO, and State of Colorado higher education reporting standards
  • Knowledge of the use and development of financial systems
  • Knowledge of spreadsheets, database applications, and report writing tools for databases
  • Ability to plan, develop and maintain financial databases for management reporting.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and professional leadership skills
  • Requires a high level of integrity and sound judgement
  • Ability to effectively communicate financial information to diverse audiences

Preferred Qualifications
CPA preferred
Organizational Location University of Northern Colorado
Posting Details
Posting Detail Information


Posting Number E01789
Position Number E99933
Desired Start Date 06/01/2023
Open Date 03/16/2023
Close Date 04/17/2023
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please attach a resume and cover letter electronically.
Salary and Benefits
Salary range is $130,000-$148,000. Benefits available include health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement plans. Dependents and spouses of UNC Employees who are employed at 0.5 FTE or above are eligible for undergraduate dependent tuition grants of up to 50%. These tuition grants will cover in-state tuition charges. Further requirements may exist. Other benefits may be available based on position.
Additional Requirements and Information
Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The successful candidate must submit original transcripts within one (1) month of hire.

Required Notice: In compliance with the Clery Act, the most recent University of Northern Colorado Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online (https://www.unco.edu/police/clery/security-report.aspx) and a paper copy can be requested at the UNC Police Department. This report contains crime statistics and policy statements related to safety, conduct processes and Title IX investigations.

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