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Assistant Controller - Financial Operations

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, UNC Asheville is the designated public liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. UNC Asheville is nationally known for the quality of our student-centered teaching, mentoring of undergraduates in research, interdisciplinary learning, and striving to be an inclusive campus community.

UNC Asheville’s commitment to increasing and sustaining the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students is reflected in our strategic plan goals of diversity and inclusion, and social sustainability. (https://strategicplan.unca.edu/sites/default/files/Strategic%20Plan%20June%202016.pdf) Women, traditionally under-represented minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Review of applications begins April 5, 2017, and continues until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date for each specific position. Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned. Official verification from each college/university you have attended are required upon employment, and will be requested directly from the college/university by Human Resources or from the National Student Clearinghouse. Any expense will be the responsibility of the employee. Educational degrees must be from an appropriately accredited institution. If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training and experience requirements, management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations. It is the policy of UNC Asheville to conduct pre-employment background investigations on all candidates selected for employment. If hired, the candidate will be required to submit proof of eligibility to work in the United States. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Type EHRA Staff
Title Assistant Controller - Financial Operations
Position Number 000142
Recruitment Range $70,000-$80,000
Work Schedule and Hours

Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This employee in this position will have a typical administrative workload, with additional hours as needed to meet the needs of the University. Work schedule may be adjusted as needed to meet deadlines and priorities.

Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Months per Year 12 Months
Position Summary

The Assistant Controller reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance/Controller and supports UNC Asheville’s mission and strategic plan through managing and directing financial operations. The Assistant Controller has management and oversight responsibility for all aspects of the payroll, purchasing and accounts payable, accounts receivable, and student accounts functions.

This position provides direct strategic, operational, and project management support to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance/Controller for a wide range of financial reporting and operational directives as determined by the University’s various constituencies including but not limited to The Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, Senior staff, UNC General Administration.

The Assistant Controller assists in the formulation of and adherence to financial management policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and generally accepted financial accounting reporting and auditing standards and requirements. The Assistant Controller is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, supervising and administering the daily operations, strategic objectives, and financial compliance for payroll, purchasing and accounts payable, accounts receivable, and student accounts, including the integrity of all financial records and reporting. The Assistant Controller is the champion of several operational systems that integrate into the ERP system such as the procurement and e-commerce systems. The success of major accounting and finance initiatives may depend upon the leadership provided by the position.

The Assistant Controller is responsible for reviewing, strengthening, and streamlining financial and accounting internal controls and daily operations to ensure protection of financial resources, and to minimize internal and external audit findings.

This position leads a team of three managers (Payroll, Director of Student Accounts, and Business Services) and 10 indirect reports in providing exceptional service. Our customers include; but are not limited to, our students, faculty, staff, internal and external auditors and governing bodies.

UNC Asheville’s Assistant Controller will seek to provide a high level of service to the University and its stakeholders that is competent, approachable, reliable, empathetic, and responsive.

FLSA Exempt
Required Education/Experience/Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, or Management required.
  • Six to eight years of senior level accounting experience.
  • Minimum management/supervisory experience of four years.
  • Previous experience working in a variety of financial areas with considerable scope and complexity.
  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, organizational skills, a demonstrated commitment to open collaboration and customer service, strong verbal and written communication skills, the ability to manage stress and work under pressure while multitasking under deadlines. The ability to be a hands-on leader.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with a diverse population; and demonstrated level of cultural competence. Must have the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies, including faculty, staff, students, parents, etc.
  • Ability to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion is critical.
  • Advanced knowledge of spreadsheet software.
Preferred Education/Experience/Skills
  • A Master’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, or Management or a Bachelor’s degree with significant financial experience with increasing responsibility.
  • Eight to ten years of senior level accounting experience, with at least six years of progressively increasing supervisory accounting and professional management experience.
  • Prior management experience in at least two of the functional areas of payroll, purchasing and accounts payable, accounts receivable, and student accounts functions. Prefer prior experience working in several of the functional areas.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (particularly Excel), the Banner ERP system, and financial reporting and analysis.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Certified Public Accountant Certificate.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Demonstrated ability and aptitude to quickly grasp complex systems and processes.
  • Ability to model values of competency, approachability, empathy, responsiveness, and reliability.
  • Demonstrate strong management supervisory skills with the ability to innovate, motivate, organize, prioritize and execute.
  • Highly developed and strong interpersonal skills working with both internal and external constituents.
  • Ability to work in a computerized, enterprise resource system environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally.

Posting Detail Information

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Review of applications begins April 5, 2017, and continues until the position is filled.

Applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date for each specific position. Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned.

Official verification from each college/university you have attended are required upon employment, and will be requested directly from the college/university by Human Resources or from the National Student Clearinghouse. Any expense will be the responsibility of the employee. Educational degrees must be from an appropriately accredited institution.

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training and experience requirements, management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

It is the policy of UNC Asheville to conduct pre-employment background investigations on all candidates selected for employment. If hired, the candidate will be required to submit proof of eligibility to work in the United States. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice.

Posting Number E0098
Posting date 03/17/2017
Closing date
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • UNC Asheville website
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Diverse Jobs
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Indeed
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Job Target
    • Local Jobs
    • NC Works Online (formerly Employment Security)
    • Student Affairs
    • UNC System website (northcarolina.edu)
    • The Urban News
    • Western North Carolina Diversity Engagement Coalition
    • Other
  2. * Do you have experience working within an enterprise risk system in a higher education institution?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Which of the following best quantifies your experience with advanced level financial management?
    • Less than 5 years
    • 5 - 7 years
    • 8 or more years
  4. * Which of the following best quantifies your experience with staff management and leadership?
    • Less than 5 years
    • 5 - 7 years
    • 8 or more years
  5. * Do you currently have a CPA license?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. In which of the following areas do you have management experience?
    • Answer Yes or No below.
  7. * Accounts payable/receivable
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Payroll
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Purchasing
    • Yes
    • No
  10. * Student Accounts
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Other Documents