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Assistant Controller

Position Title:
Assistant Controller

Position Type:

Hiring Range:

$125,000-$172,400, commensurate with experience

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The Assistant Controller is an integral part of the University’s internal controls, annual audit, and external reporting requirements. This position manages specific areas assigned within the Controller’s Office related to the accurate maintenance, recording and reporting of financial data according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), including management of the monthly and fiscal year-end closing processes, as well as a variety of accounting transaction, tax, and account reconciliation processes.


1. Ensure the propriety of general ledger accounting data for accurate reporting

• Manage Accounting staff of 7, consisting of 3 direct reports and their teams. Functions managed include banking, tax, general accounting, as well as accounting for investments, endowment, fixed assets, debt, leases, contributions, and tuition revenue and receivables
• Review and evaluate accounting policies and procedures. Institute changes for improved efficiency and effectiveness; communicate relevant updates to staff and University community
• Monitor University internal controls; recommend and assist with implementation
• Review journal entries and ensure that reconciliations for all accounts are completed
• Research and implement new GAAP guidance, drafting technical accounting memos as needed and presenting impact and analysis to external auditors

2. Provide oversight to monthly and fiscal year-end close processes

• Work with the Finance Systems Manager to ensure timely processing of journals and interfaces for monthly close
• Monitor monthly close cycle; continually evaluate process flows and modify as appropriate to ensure efficiency.
• Lead the University fiscal year-end; coordinate and communicate timing; ensure that deadlines are met for year-end audit and other reporting requirements

3. Oversee and/or prepare information for Financial Reporting requirements

• Collect and prepare information for the University tax returns in a timely manner; work with external tax accountant as needed
• Ensure that reporting data for the NCAA Agreed upon Procedures are prepared accurately and on time
• Manage all endowment reporting, including donor reporting and surveys
• Oversee and assist in the preparation and filing of regulatory and informational surveys as needed, ensuring associated deadlines are met.
• Oversee and/or prepare information for periodic and other ad hoc financial reports for internal and external users
• Ensure that all information for the annual University audits are ready and available for the auditors, meeting agreed-upon deadlines

4. Provide tools and resources to the University community to ensure proper and consistent recording of transactions.

• Ensure that proper financial accounting methodology, techniques, and policies are adopted consistently by the University.
• Act as a liaison to a variety of University constituents for financial accounting and GAAP reporting matters
• Work with Business Managers to ensure that shared responsibilities and business processes are as efficient and effective as possible.


1. As a manager, work with others to ensure related processes flow effectively and efficiently from one department to another.

2. Lead staff to assume increasing responsibility and encourage them to work independently

3. Analyze business processes and modify as appropriate

4. Work with the Finance Systems Manager for continued improvement to processes, utilizing available systems and technology

5. Provide finance leadership on system implementations, testing, and upgrades

Own certain configurations in Workday Financials, including but not limited to Account Posting Rules, Custom Validations, Worktag Usage, Ledger Accounts, Revenue Categories, and Spend Categories

6. Other responsibilities as required


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.

This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment and to promote and contribute to an inclusive and respectful workplace.

1. Knowledge

• Excellent technical knowledge and working proficiency of accounting standards
• Proficiency in financial statement compilation and presentation
• Proficiency in large ERP systems
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and online systems required

2. Skills

• Excellent analytic and decision-making skills
• Outstanding judgment, including discretion in the management of confidential information
• Superb oral and written communication skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Ability to work with all levels in the organization
• Ability to multitask on a daily basis and manage numerous requests
• Ability to work well independently

3. Abilities

• Proven problem-solving skills, outgoing and able to function effectively; proactive in problem-solving.
• Must be able to distill and act on feedback from a variety of sources.
• Outstanding organizational, prioritization, and multi-tasking skills, working in a fast-paced environment with frequent interruptions.
• Strong customer service focus with an emphasis on outreach to departments and the ability to listen to and understand business needs.
• Possess a high degree of initiative, attention to detail, and follow through, as well as the ability to adjust to changing requirements and priorities.
• Commitment to understand and willingness to support Santa Clara University’s distinctive Jesuit educational vision and institutional values of competence, conscience and compassion in pursuit of its mission and goals

4. Education

• BS in Accounting or Finance required
• Professional designation (e.g. CPA or MBA) preferred

5. Years of Experience

• 12-15 years of relevant responsible experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, that includes supervision experience.
• Experience in higher education a plus


The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

• Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal.
• May be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.
• May be required to attend conference and training sessions within Bay Area or in- or out-of-state locations.
• May be required to occasionally travel to outside customers, vendors or suppliers.


The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

• Typical office environment.
• Mostly indoor office environment with windows.
• Offices with equipment noise.
• Offices with frequent interruptions.

COVID-19 Statement

The health and safety of the university community is a top priority. All Santa Clara University students, and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or request a medical or religious exemption. Please visit our for additional information.


Santa Clara University is registered to do business in the following states: California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Illinois. Employees approved to telecommute are required to perform their work within one of these states.

EEO Statement

​Equal Opportunity/Notice of Nondiscrimination

Santa Clara University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and California State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. For a complete copy of Santa Clara University’s equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies, see

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Santa Clara University does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender, and prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. Information about Title IX can be found at Information about Section 504 and the ADA Coordinator can be found at, (408) 554-4109, Inquiries can also be made to the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Clery Notice of Availability

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services . To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Santa Clara University affirms its commitment to employ qualified individuals with disabilities within the workplace and to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. All applicants desiring an accommodation should contact the, and 408-554-5750 and request to speak to Indu Ahluwalia by phone at 408-554-5750 or by email at

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