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Controller - listed May 12, 2023


University of Alaska System
Fairbanks, AK


Sarah Morisky
(907) 450-8245

Job Description


• Job No:
• Classification:Associate Vice President
• Grade:Senior Administrator
• Work type:Officer/Senior Administrator, On Campus, Staff Full-time
• Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Statewide
• School/Business unit:SW VP & Chief Finance Officer
• Location:Fairbanks
• Categories: Executive/Director/Management, Business/Accounting/Finance

Position Summary:
The University of Alaska System (UA) is the only public university system in Alaska, comprised of three separately accredited universities and a system office. Reporting to the System Chief Finance Officer, the Controller serves as the chief accounting officer for UA. The Controller provides senior leadership and management of the UA's financial accounting and reporting functions, as well as the efficient and effective monitoring, management, stewardship, and control of UA's financial resources. The Controller leads UA's accounting operations in providing accurate and timely financial information, development and communication of financial policies and procedures, implementation of effective internal financial controls, compliance with accounting principles, laws and regulations, and collaborates across UA assuring quality services to UA's stakeholders.

The Controller shall report to the Chief Finance Officer of the University of Alaska. The Controller shall:
• Serve as the chief accounting and financial reporting officer
• Develop financial statements and reports prepared in accordance with pronouncements issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, and other applicable standards or regulations
• Provide for the completion of timely external audits of university financial statements, records, receipts, and disbursements
• Cause to be prepared facilities and administrative and benefit rate proposals, and negotiate such rate proposals with the federal government
• Ensure the university's financial activity is within budget authority levels through a management reporting process and other means
• Develop and maintain a system of internal controls designed to safeguard assets and comply with university policy, regulation, and federal and state statutes; develop and promulgate rules and procedures as in the accounting and administrative manual
• Oversee the effective operation of the university's financial systems
• Oversee and manage the university's system office budget
• Fulfill debt compliance covenants and continuing disclosure; requirements; and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the chief finance officer

Provide planning, direction, control, and oversight of the university's Operating Fund Investment Program:
• Develop investment strategy and asset allocation
• Responsible for selection of manager(s)
• Report performance to the Chief Financial Officer
• Conduct all fiduciary and investment due diligence duties
• Provide recommendations to the Chief Financial Officer and the Board of Regents on investment issues

Provide oversight of cash management and banking services:
• Develop processes and procedures for deposit, transfer, and availability of funds
• Set system-wide standards and procedures for all banking activities, including receipts and disbursements, credit card acceptance, and fraud prevention
• Establish and administer all banking and related services contracts and investment contracts
• Monitor transactions for fraud prevention and abuse
• Forecast cash needs and maintain positive balances

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Strong leadership and problem-solving skills required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. Strong technical accounting experience required. Project management skills preferred. A successful track record of innovation is preferred.

Preferred Experience:
Substantial accounting, financial and management experience is required.

Required Education or Training:
A Bachelor's degree is required; a CPA is required. A Master's degree is preferred.

Salary Information:

Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, exempt position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. UA employees receive excellent benefits including 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified. Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient and viable number of qualified candidates have been identified

At this time, all university employees are strongly encouraged to vaccinate themselves against the COVID-19 virus. While the federal government is not actively enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including its mandate requiring vaccination of federal contractor employees, UAF remains contractually obligated as a federal contractor to comply with those requirements should federal enforcement efforts recommence. As a result, UAF may adjust its vaccination requirements for covered UAF employees (currently Troth Yeddha' campus, and employees working in connection with certain federal contracts) at any time in the future, as needed, in order to comply with its contractual obligations.

This position is designated as an officer of the university or senior administrator at the discretion of the president.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Sarah Morisky, UA HR Coordinator, at or (907) 450-8245.

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