Assistant Controller

Lesley University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Apr 02, 2024
Apr 13, 2024
Work Mode
Work from office
Full Time
Employment Type
Organization Type
Academia, Non-profit
Assistant Controller
The Opportunity

Lesley University seeks an Assistant Controller who will be responsible for the daily operations of general accounting in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). This position, reporting to the AVP/Controller, is a critical role with the selected individual serving as a key contact for annual financial statement audits, tax returns, financial reporting and surveys.

The position will be instrumental in improving accounting processes and procedures by ensuring accurate and timely processing of accounting transactions and uploads into the general ledger as well as by preparing and submitting various fiscal reporting and ensuring investment activity and balances are properly recorded in the general ledger.

Maintenance of prepaid and amortization schedules, strong bank reconciliation skills for bank accounts with heavy activities, familiarity with accounting for federal aid, investment and endowment activities, and maintenance of fixed assets subledger, depreciation calculations and roll forward spreadsheets are other important aspects of the role as is working closely with other members of the Finance team (and colleagues across the University) to ensure timely and accurate financial data.

Qualities and Capabilities

The successful candidate will have:
  • A Bachelor's degree in Accounting or closely related field
  • A minimum of three years of higher education or non-profit accounting experience
  • A strong work ethic along with excellent collaboration skills
  • An ability to work independently, identify and set priorities as well as quickly learn new systems
  • Strong organizational and time management skill
  • An ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A CPA or MBA (preferred)
  • Knowledge of Colleague ERP system and F9 reporting system (preferred)

Why Lesley

Located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lesley University is highly regarded for its graduate and undergraduate programs in the human arts of education, the arts, and applied social sciences. Lesley fosters a highly creative environment in which innovative ideas thrive, theory is integrated with practice and its 6,400 students and 90,000 alumni are empowered to improve and enrich communities.

We offer a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. In addition, we offer significant paid time off, a generous retirement plan, and tuition programs that enable employees and their dependents to expand their knowledge and skills.

Lesley is committed to the ongoing pursuit of strategic diversity initiatives that help to position diversity, equity, and inclusion as fundamental to institutional and academic excellence at Lesley. In doing so, Lesley strives for a campus culture and community that fosters a true sense of belonging for all, provides opportunity for everyone to participate equally and fully in the Lesley experience, and helps to develop each individual's capacity to confidently and competently engage within and across difference. Given an evolving national context and the rapid change in the demographic profile of our country, the University has made a significant commitment to addressing and enhancing its campus climate and diversity capabilities as an institution.

Expressing Interest

A letter of interest, CV/resume, and a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, professional activity, and/or service must be included for full consideration.

At Lesley University we strive for a supportive and equitable environment where people regardless of race, physical ability, age, neurodiversity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other protected personal identities can participate equally and fully as their true selves in all aspects of university life. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the fabric of our institution.