Vacancy # 14E014
Position # 0029

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is searching for a Controller with an anticipated start date of March 1, 2014.

The Controller serves as the Chief Accounting Officer, with primary responsibility for the University’s financial accounting operations, reporting, analytics and policy functions, and is the principal accounting and financial policy advisor to senior administration. The Controller reports directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and has responsibility for the following: ensuring that the University's financial statements are prepared within statutory deadlines and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, including applicable GASB and FASB statements; maintaining the University’s system of internal controls; providing strong leadership for and managing the areas reporting to the Controller, including financial reporting, payroll, accounts payable, student accounts, cashiers, general accounting and tax management; providing accounting and financial analyses and reports for treasury and debt management matters, cash management, and other analyses as needed; providing comprehensive tax compliance on all levels, including unrelated business income tax; leading a customer service culture in the Controller's area; and planning and preparing financial analyses and reports. Additional responsibilities include contract and grant billing and financial systems: Banner Finance, HR/Payroll, Student, TouchNet, ImageNow. This position also ensures debt covenant compliance, provides ratio analysis, dashboards and analytics for senior management decision support.

UNC Wilmington is located in Wilmington, NC – a historic, coastal, seaport community located between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean.  Founded in 1947, UNC Wilmington is one of the premier Comprehensive institutions in the Southeast.  UNC Wilmington has 14,000 degree-seeking students in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Allied Health, approximately 1,600 full time faculty and staff, approximately $300 million in total operating budget, $700 million in total assets, and $407 million in total net assets.  UNCW maintains an institutional underlying credit rating of A1 with a stable outlook with Moody’s Investor Services.

The successful candidate will possess demonstrated exceptional leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, with evidence of building collegial relationships and effective work groups across divisional boundaries: a true collaborator. Must have familiarity with office productivity software and the ability to prioritize, manage and successfully complete multiple tasks, as well as a commitment to support the University’s mission and work collaboratively with all University constituents.  Minimum required education and experience include a relevant four-year degree in accounting, finance or business management with designation as a CPA. Ten or more years of increasing fiscal responsibility in a complex environment, preferably in higher education, is required, along with demonstrated skills and proficiency in supervision. Preferred qualifications include an MBA. This role requires dynamic and innovative leadership, initiative, and vision, and superior communication skills are vital. Building and sustaining UNCW’s “next generation” Finance team has begun.  This role will be a critical participant in advancing this important work.

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 15, 2014 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  To apply, please complete the online application process available on the Web at A letter of application addressed to Dr. Rick N. Whitfield, Associate Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs - Finance, resume and contact information for three professional references should be attached to the online application – not emailed, mailed or faxed.  MS Word or Adobe PDF attachments are required.  For questions regarding the online application process contact Jennifer Coombs at 910.962.3196 or Under North Carolina law, applications and related materials are confidential personnel documents and not subject to public release.

UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal-opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.



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