From Bridgewater State University’s inception in 1840 by Horace Mann as one of the first normal schools in America to the current day, BSU has worked to ensure that our students receive an accessible, affordable, and exceptional education.BSU aspires to be the leader in our mission class for closing equity gaps for Black/Cape Verdean, Latinx, Native American, Asian, and other students of color.BSU’s institutional values, the work of the President’s Special Task Force on Racial Justice, and leadership of the Leading for Change Higher Education Diversity Consortiumunderscore the campus’ commitment to racial equity and other forms of social justice.
Bridgewater State University’s Department of Fiscal Affairs provides stakeholders and the campus community with timely, relevant and accurate fiscal reporting in accordance with federal, state and other laws and regulations. The Fiscal Affairs Department oversees the areas of general accounting, treasury, grant reporting functions and fiscal functions of the University and the University’s component units.
We are looking for equity-minded applicants who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community.
Under the direction of the Associate Vice President of Finance, the Comptroller is primarily responsible for guiding financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures for the University, Foundation and Alumni Association in effort to create a safe and welcoming campus environment. Protects assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls. Monitors and confirms financial condition by conducting reviews and assessment of financial activity. Responsible for the completion of audit ready financial statements and interaction with external auditors. Responsible for grants and contracts accounting.
The Comptroller is responsible for establishing and maintaining accounting policies, procedures, and forms necessary to maintain compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, with Governmental Accounting Standard Board (GASB) standards, Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and state/federal requirements.
Supervision Received: The Comptroller works under the direct supervision of the Associate Vice President of Finance
Supervision Exercised: Exercises supervision of various professional and non-professional personnel in Fiscal Affairs.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement This position must comply with the University Covid-19 Attestation requirement.Employees must be fully vaccinated and complete the Covid-19 Attestation upon hire. Medical or Religious ExemptionsAn employee may request an exemption to the vaccination requirement based on the existence of medical contraindication to vaccination. In addition, an employee may request an exemption to the vaccination requirement based on a sincere religious belief. In both cases, an employee will be required to submit documentation to support the request for an exemption. Employees who secure an exemption may be required to take additional precautions in the workplace and will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testingthrough the university's Wellness Center.
Position Type: Professional Non-Unit
Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.
1. Direct the daily accounting operation and financial reporting and perform/manage the following activities including, all activity impacting the general ledger, subsidiary supporting journals, grants, financial reporting and cash management for the three reporting entities (University, Foundation and Alumni Association) to ensure the integrity of financial data and stewardship of donor restricted funds. 2. Prepares and reviews university records for the annual independent financial statement audit for the University, Foundation and Alumni Association to include preparation of the University’sAnnual Comprehensive Financial Report. As well as any and all other audits or reviews. 3. Prepares all board of trustees reporting for the University and component units. 4. Develop, implement, test and monitor strong internal accounting controls and sound financialprocedures and processes and ensure Internal Control Plan is updated. 5.Oversee cash management, cash flow and investment activities of the University and component units. 6. Administer the fiscal components of federal, state and other grants and the cash management component of Title IV financial aid and Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) in compliance with applicable regulations.7. Provides superior service to a diverse community of faculty, staff, students and vendors.Fosters and maintains positive relationships with all faculty, staff and students to create a safe and welcoming environment to all individuals. 8. Maintains and, as required, establishes new fiscal systems and procedures. As well as assess new systems from proper accounting controls.9. Works closely with the IT Department to integrate and maintain integrity of data.10. Ensures the accurate and timely processing of all accounting transactions and compliance with federal, state, GASB, FASB, Department of Higher Education and College regulations and policies and generally accepted accounting practices.11. Oversees all reporting, including but not limited to all Board of Higher Education reporting, IPEDS reporting, BHE Survey, and Office of State Comptroller requests. Also, assists in the preparation of all confidential reporting to various State agencies. Review all generated and prepared financial reports for accuracy and compliance. 12. Works collaboratively with other University departments, and state agencies which include but are not limited to: DCAMM (Commonwealth’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance) and MSCBA (Massachusetts State College Building Authority) in the planning and accounting for capital projects and related debt and the Office of State Comptroller and State Auditors Office. 13. Perform other related duties and special projects as assigned.
1. Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance, or other closely related field 2. Minimum 7 years of professional work experience; including 1 year minimum supervisory experience 3. Knowledge/practice of GASB and FASB standards and financial statement preparation. 4. Knowledge of and demonstrated experience and expertise in general ledger accounting, including state, federal, net asset and non-profit accounting. 5. Demonstrated abilities in fiscal control and proven supervisory and leadership skills to successfully manage and develop staff. 6. Strong attention to detail, analytical capability and professional judgment are required. 7. Experience with computerized accounting systems and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets 8. Ability to effectively resolve sensitive fiscal issues and maintain confidentiality and data security at all times 9. Strong time management and planning skills required to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously while adapting to changes in business requirements in a fast-paced environment 10. Excellent research and documentation skills 11. Commitment to customer service excellence/support to enhance an environment of equity, diversity and inclusion 12. Ability to organize and delegate and manage priorities.13. Ability to communicate appropriately and professionally, both verbally and in writing, with a diverse student body, faculty, and staff. 14. Other duties as assigned.
1. Knowledge of Massachusetts laws, regulations, accounting policies and procedures preferred 2. Certified public accountant, Certified fraud examiner, or experience in public accounting 3. Knowledge of Ellucian Banner preferred 4. Knowledge of Blackbaud Financial Edge and Razors Edge software system preferred 5. Familiarity with the Commonwealth MMARS system preferred 6. Experience in Higher Education preferred 7. Knowledge of Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) award qualifications preferred
Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 5 pounds.
Special Conditions for Eligibility:
Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement This position must comply with the University Covid-19 Attestation requirement.All employees must be fully vaccinated and complete the Covid-19 Attestation upon hire. Medical or Religious ExemptionsAn employee may request an exemption to the vaccination requirement based on the existence of medical contraindication to vaccination. In addition, an employee may request an exemption to the vaccination requirement based on a sincere religious belief. In both cases, an employee will be required to submit documentation to support the request for an exemption. Employees who secure an exemption may be required to take additional precautions in the workplace and will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testingthrough the university’s Wellness Center.
Salary Range: $95,000 - $105,000
Posting Number: S00699P
Close Date: 11/16/2021
Open Until Filled: No
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position: *a minimum of one (1) employment history entry. *a minimum of three (3) professional reference entries.
Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.