Associate Controller - Drew University

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Drew University, a distinguished university in Madison, New Jersey with an enrollment of more than 2,000 students, a budget of $90 million and an endowment of $156 million, invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Controller. The Associate Controller, reporting to the Assoc. VP for Finance and Controller, manages the University’s accounting staff and assists with the management of the University’s general accounting functions, financial reporting, audit and tax compliance.

The University seeks an Associate Controller who is resilient, collegial, good at multi-tasking and a clear communicator. The Associate Controller will join a new, energetic finance team. S/he will be a part of the team that will lead Drew in establishing long-term financial equilibrium in these challenging and ever-changing times.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing oversight over the closing process ensuring that journal entries are properly and timely posted to the general ledger and that transactions are recorded in accordance with GAAP.
  • Preparing and/or reviewing general ledger account reconciliations.
  • Providing oversight and direction to accountants responsible for account reconciliations and analyses.
  • Reviewing accounting of endowment and restricted funds, including pledges.
  • Managing the accounting for plant funds and capital gifts.
  • Assisting with the preparation of the external financial statements and related footnote disclosures.
  • Coordinating the provision of information to external auditors for the annual financial and uniform guidance audits.
  • Overseeing the preparation of the annual tax and information returns.
  • Assisting with updating, developing, and monitoring compliance with financial policies and procedures.
  • Assisting with the maintenance and upgrades to Banner Finance (the University’s general ledger system) including maintaining the chart of accounts.
  • Managing, training, and developing accounting staff.
  • Performing other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications – Required:

  • BS or MS degree in Accounting
  • Experience with higher education or non-profit accounting and familiarity with reporting requirements, including GAAP and internal controls.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to set priorities and work on multiple tasks.
  • Strong management skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Proficient with automated financial systems and financial software applications.
  • Must demonstrate a history of independent judgment, initiative, and problem-solving.
  • Strong work ethic and eager to learn and be challenged.

Qualifications - Desirable

  • CPA certification  
  • Experience working in a big 4 or second tier public accounting firm
  • Experience managing staff
  • Knowledge of Ellucian Banner financial systems
  • Experience with endowment and restricted funds accounting and reporting.



Compensation for this position is competitive and includes a generous fringe benefit package.




Nominations and applications are invited for this position. Review of applications will begin immediately and candidate material received by March 29, 2017 will be assured full consideration, although recruitment will continue until an appointment is announced. Applications (including a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of four references) must be uploaded to: Lapovsky Consulting is assisting Drew University in this search. For nominations, questions, or additional information, please contact:

Lucie Lapovsky


Drew University is proud to embrace diversity, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. We are committed to fostering an inclusive and socially just campus environment, enhanced by the presence and participation of people of varying races, cultures, nationalities, ethnicities, geographic origins, socioeconomic classes, sexual orientations, genders, physical and learning abilities, religions and beliefs. This list is nonexclusive, and we recognize and value the variation within groups as well as the diversity among them.

Location: Madison, NJ
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