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Job no: 494188
Work type: Full Time
Location: Jacksonville (Main Campus)
Categories: Executive/Administrative
Department:Not Applicable, Finance & Admin

About Jacksonville State University

Founded in 1883, Jacksonville State University is a learning-centered university in Jacksonville, Ala., whose mission is to provide distinctive educational, cultural and social experiences for a diverse student population.

Located in the Appalachian foothills of northeast Alabama, almost midway between Birmingham and Atlanta, JSU is home to more than 8,500 students representing 61 countries. As a learning-centered university, it strives to challenge students academically in a responsive environment, meeting their educational, career and personal goals. As an academic institution, it seeks to produce broadly educated graduates prepared for global engagement. As a public, comprehensive university, it promotes excellence in scholarly and service activities consistent with its academic and professional strengths. For a complete list of Goals, Core Values and Strategies to fulfill this Mission, go to

Academically JSU, which has been dubbed “the friendliest campus in the South”, offers more than 45 degree programs; 63 graduate, post-baccalaureate, doctoral degree programs; and 11 certificate programs in a variety of disciplines that prepare graduates for meaningful careers and ongoing education. The University features six schools on its 459-acre campus - Arts and Humanities; Business and Industry; Education; Nursing and Health Professions; Human Services and Social Sciences; and Science. Most academic programs have discipline-specific accreditations, a reflection of their quality and JSU’s commitment to excellence.

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About the Position (See Revised Qualifications Below)

Jacksonville State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Controller beginning late Summer/early Fall 2019.

Job Summary:

The Controller, under the supervision of the VP/Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for the primary accounting/financial reporting for the University. The Controller directs, coordinates and oversees the institution’s various financial, accounting and treasury operations. Directs and oversees the operations of the Office of Student Accounts and the Disbursement’s Office to include payroll and accounts payable.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership, direction and budget oversight for financial, accounting departments and offices
  • Plans, controls, directs and evaluates the University accounting and cash functions and their performance
  • Establishes and reports annual strategic plans for areas within the Controller’s responsibility
  • Provides direction and assistance to University units regarding accounting and budgeting policies and procedures, implementation of new practices and procedures, and efficient control and utilization of financial resources
  • Enhances and/or develops, implements and enforces policies and procedures by way of systems and processes that will improve overall operations, efficiency and effectiveness of University accounting and cash functions
  • Exercises broad supervision of unrestricted and restricted fiscal activity to ensure sufficient fiscal controls to safeguard institutional funds while allowing the institution to accomplish its programmatic missions
  • Maintains current knowledge of and implements changes based on University policies and procedures, federal policy and directives, and current accounting practices that directly or indirectly impact the University
  • Supports and ensures consistency with the University’s mission, goals, strategic plans, policy and procedures; as well as state and federal laws and regulations
  • Designs, establishes and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the division’s overall goals and objectives
  • Directs and oversees the hiring, development, management and evaluation of staff
  • Supervises and evaluates professional and classified staff within the unit
  • Directs the activities associated with the security/investment of University assets and funds
  • Coordinates and reviews the integration of financial data from the Banner system
  • Stays current and complies with GASB, ACHE, local, state and federal legislation affecting public sector law
  • Interprets and follows procedures outlined in GASB and ACHE publications, Governmental GAAP guide, JSU Policies and Procedures Manual, and Federal Guidelines Manuals
  • Serves as a technical resource and provides assistance to administration, staff and other authorized entities, including the annual financial statement
  • Assists in the preparation and control of the University budget
  • Prepares reports for the Executive Budget Office, ACHE, Alabama Department of Finance and legislature
  • Prepares indirect cost rates as appropriate
  • Assists in developing student fee amounts and payment policies and procedures
  • Reports scholarship activity of international students
  • Prepares presentations on topics related to financial management, and speaks to groups of employees
  • Serves on various University committees
  • Performs other duties as assigned



Knowledge of:

  • University policies, rules and regulations, core curriculum and academic standards
  • Division/Department policies, procedures, functions and related regulation, as well as organizational relationships
  • University and Division’s mission, goals and expectations
  • Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point) and Adobe Acrobat
  • Government & FASB accounting standards and ability to implement new pronouncements


  • Effective time management skills
  • Organized, attentive to detail, customer-focused
  • Excellent interpersonal and strong analytical skills
  • Monitoring and assessment skills to help ensure necessary enhancements and/or corrective actions are taken
  • Active listening skills to help ensure the needs of all parties are considered/represented
  • Quick-thinking and solutions-oriented

Ability to:

  • Work effectively with diverse populations
  • Compose a variety of memoranda and correspondence without instruction
  • Use diplomacy and discretion when giving out information and referring callers/visitors
  • Meet schedules and deadlines related to the role
  • Demonstrate flexibility in approaching tasks
  • Determine work priorities
  • Develop and maintain professional work relationships with administrators, co-workers, faculty, students and the general JSU community
  • Collect, assess and report on data related to campus-wide academic enhancement
  • Prepare and effectively present training programs to the academic community and other large groups
  • Apply federal, state, JSU and other financial procedures

 Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Accounting or Business Administration
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Minimum of five years of financial accounting and budgeting experience
  • Management and supervisory experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Accounting experience at an institution of higher education

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Alan Medders, Ph.D. will be assisting the University with the search. If you have questions or would like to have a confidential conversation about the position, call 256-239-2305 or e-mail

Candidates for this position will be considered through July 24, 2019

Clery Notice: In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act act, the Jacksonville State University Police provide information on crimes statistics, crime prevention, law enforcement, crime reporting, and other related issues for the past three calendar years. The JSU Annual Campus Security and Fire Report is available online at:

Equal Employment Opportunity: JSU is an Equal Employment, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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