Assistant Controller

East Lansing, Michigan
Apr 15, 2024
May 15, 2024
Full Time
Organization Type

SET SEG is looking for...
The Assistant Controller supports the Controller in managing the financial operations of the multiple companies operating within the organization. The primary responsibilities of the Assistant Controller include management of the general ledger, month end financial reporting, forecasting, budgeting, and completion of account reconciliations. This position requires handling confidential financial information, and interacting with a variety of staff, directors, banks and client personnel. 


School Employers Trust (SET) is a non-profit company that was created after a monumental shift in school funding happened in 1965. SET, which began in 1971, served as an employee benefits association focused on offering comprehensive and affordable employee benefit solutions to Michigan public schools and their employees. Two years later, its partner organization School Employers Group (SEG) was formed to administer compensation and fringe benefits for SET. As schools were faced with more challenges related to insurance, SEG evolved and grew into a company that provides workers’ compensation and property/casualty services for Michigan public schools.

Today, SET SEG continues to expand and find creative ways to meet the specialized needs of its members.  This, coupled with a superior member experience, is why SET SEG has maintained its position as an industry leader in the school insurance market.

We value those who proactively solve challenges, simplify the complex, thrive in a fast-paced setting, have a customer-first mentality, and seek a collaborative and inclusive work environment. We are also listed on the Business Insurance Best Places to Work. We offer 100% employer paid insurance (medical, dental, and vision), Paid Time off (PTO), and paid parental leave.

Our passion is delivering peace of mind to Michigan public schools and we look for team members who are motivated by our cause. To learn more, visit:


You are energized by working with a collaborative team and industry peers to support Michigan public schools through their challenges. You seek understanding and are motivated to tackle projects and problems with the customer in mind. You anticipate needs and preempt challenges and concerns, delivering increasingly relevant customer experiences over time. You value a culture that is rooted in mutual respect, where you can learn from different perspectives and roles.

You are a customer service-oriented individual with a Bachelor’s degree. You manage your time well and have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment while keeping a high level of attention to detail. You excel at verbal and written communication, and are willing to be flexible and keep a growth-mindset.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the monthly close for all companies within the organization
  • Prepare monthly financial statements and KPI’s
  • Analyze and prepare monthly budget variance reports
  • Monitor and analyze financial performance
  • Use financial modeling to support strategic decision making
  • Mentor accounting staff and provide guidance on day-to-day operations
  • Ensure compliance with accounting standards, industry regulations, and internal policies
  • Support various external audits, providing necessary documentation and explanations
  • Assist in the development and implementation of financial controls to improve efficiency and mitigate risk
  • Assist with preparation of annual budgets for all SET SEG entities
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Required Qualifications:

  • Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting
  • 5+ years of accounting experience, with 2 years in financial modeling and forecasting
  • Strong understanding of GAAP and financial reporting standards
  • Proficiency in financial modeling, forecasting, and budgeting techniques
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize workload to meet deadlines

Physical Demands / Work Environment:

Several hours per day at a sit/stand desk, average mobility to move around an office environment; able to spend several hours per day at a computer.  Punctual, regular, and consistent attendance is required.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.