The University of Southern California (USC) Finance Division - Office of the Comptroller is seeking a strategic-minded and experienced Senior Associate University Comptroller with strong business acumen and leadership capabilities to join its team.
The USC Finance Division - Office of the Comptroller handles various accounting & financial processes for the University, including the establishment, implementation, and administration of: university accounting principles, practices, and procedures, systems for the maintenance of its fiscal records, and preparation of financial reports. The Comptrollerâs Office manages Fringe Benefits Accounting, Financial Systems Administration, Financial System Access & Support, and University Payroll Services. Learn more about the Office of the Comptroller at: https://comptroller.usc.edu/about
Reporting to the University Comptroller, the Senior Associate University Comptroller has the overall accountability for the financial controls of university's academic and health enterprises.Â Monitors best practices in accounting using financial analytics to forecast the future needs of the organization and aligns financial performance and responsibility objectives with university overall strategic plan.Â Validates and implements integrated and coherent financial control policies and processes within university to enhance its business practices.Â Responsible for leading and directing teams to achieve the university business strategy related to financial performance and responsibility; implementing an organization wide technology system integration, modeling and cultivating the organizational culture, values and behaviors within a team.
The ideal candidate for the position of Senior Associate University Comptroller meets the following criteria:
Masterâs degree in Business Administration
At least 10 years of management experience and accounting and financial systems experience
Experience in Public Accounting
Experience in Payroll Administration is also desired
Active/Valid Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license
Thorough knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles
Demonstrated strong oral and written communication and analytical skills
Ability to work effectively with senior management
Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information
Must be detail-oriented with ability to multi-task and meet time sensitive deadlines
Experience in dealing with payroll and tax (federal, state, local) matters in a complex organization.
Serves as the organizational authority on achieving financial accounting requirements.Â Â Develops and implements policies and decision-making process for key financial controls that are aligned and integrated with the University strategic plan.Â Directs daily operations to ensure adherence to established standards of accounting principles, Board of Trustee rules and regulations and university policies. Ensures university accounting procedures comply with generally accepted accounting principles. Maintains budget control and ensures university funds are dispersed according to budget guidelines.
Responsible for financial reporting, including monthly, quarterly and annual reporting. Prepares financial statements. Prepares and provides financial data necessary for completion of financial reports and/or annual surveys. Provides ongoing financial analysis, as necessary.
Evaluates and uses judgment to analyze and project the fiscal year end expenditures and revenues are on target to budget.
Assists in the preparation and auditor review of the annual financial statements and reports. Coordinates information between external auditors and university departments regarding the fiscal year end audits.
Acts as a liaison between university and auditor for information requests. Provides internal and external reports and analyses. Coordinates the production of the annual financial report.
Evaluates monthly financial performance projection reports which outlines the university operation budget for all schools, auxiliaries and administrative departments. Communicates with schools and departments to understand their unitâs fiscal performance.
Monitors ledger transactions to ensure data integrity and compliance to university guidelines and policies. Develops queries and special reports utilizing financial systems to ensure accuracy.
Directly supervises all assigned subordinate staff. Recruits, screens, hires and trains staff. Evaluates employee performance and provides guidance and feedback to assigned staff. Counsels, disciplines and/or terminates employees as required. Recommends departmental goals and objectives. Implements and communicates to staff. Reassesses or redefines priorities as appropriate to achieve performance objectives.
Accountable for the development of team members by helping them set and achieve goals for their career growth. Fosters an inclusive environment that values differences and creates a sense of belonging and appreciation for team members. Leads by example, demonstrating strong ethics, high accountability, and actively drive the process of embedding organizational values and behaviors. Creates a culture of trust and transparency. Drives best-in-class customer service to USC through effective team member engagement.
Builds and maintains strong relationships with customers, partners, and stakeholders by participating in governance boards, councils, and meetings to understand current and future business needs, and to ensure consistent, reliable service. Develops relationships across campus and uses clear and effective communication; identifying and addressing priorities, issues and strategic challenges for the university regarding best practices and technology around financial performance and responsibility.
Monitors best practices in accounting using financial analytics to forecast the future needs of the organization and aligns financial performance and responsibility objectives with university overall strategic plan.
Serves as a key resource for account structure and financial decisions and information. Resolves problems or questions referred by staff, senior university administrators, or professionals outside the university.
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Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 10 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Thorough knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles. Management experience and accounting and financial systems experience. Demonstrated strong oral and written communication and analytical skills. Ability to work effectively with senior management. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information. Must be detail-oriented with ability to multi-task and meet time sensitive deadlines.
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