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Le Moyne College
Syracuse, New York, United States (on-site)
21 days ago


About Le Moyne College:

Le Moyne College invites nominations and applications for the position of Controller, the principal accounting, tax, and financial reporting officer of the College. The next Controller will serve as a strategic partner to the campus community and to Le Moyne's Assistant Vice President for Finance during an exciting period of growth, renewal, and strategic investments for the College.

Le Moyne College is a Jesuit institution and part of a 27-college network of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) which spans the US.  Le Moyne is based in Syracuse, NY and is an institution with 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students housed in three schools:  Arts & Sciences, the Madden School of Business, and the Purcell School of Continuing Studies.  The College is led by President Linda LeMura, the first female, lay leader of a Jesuit institution, who has served as President for 9 years. 

The College has an operating budget of $100 million, a capital budget of $15 million, an endowment of $240 million and is in sound financial condition with operating surpluses in five of the last six years (the exception being COVID in 2021).   The VPFA is Joe Grasso who has had an extensive background in higher education finance and who joined Le Moyne 18 months ago from Cornell University.

Job Description:

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Finance, the Controller serves as Le Moyne's principal accounting officer, overseeing financial and accounting functions in the following areas:  financial statements, treasury operations, endowment accounting, taxes, debt management, student loans and bursar functions, payroll, accounts payable, internal controls, and other duties.  The Controller functions as a strategic partner to both the VPFA and AVP of Finance, recognizing improvement opportunities and identifying and implementing best practices in order to benefit the College's short and long-term goals.  Importantly, the College is implementing the Workday ERP system for Finance, HR, and Payroll, with a transition from Ellucian's Datatel system.  The College has also formed two new 501-c-3 affiliated organizations to support collaborative engagements with other colleges and to support certain operations at the College.  

The Controller will lead efforts in the preparation and management of financial forms and statements, audits, compliance, risk management, financial forecasting, and the daily accounting functions of the institution. The next Controller will also be responsible for leading and mentoring approximately 12 talented staff members.  Other units within the Finance function include:  Budgeting; Restricted Gifts and Grants; and Risk and Procurement.  The Controller will have close working relationships with the Office of the Provost, Human Resources, Information Technology, Institutional Research, Facilities, and Admissions and Financial Aid.  

The successful candidate will be an experienced accounting professional with a deep knowledge of non-profit accounting particularly in the areas accounting, tax, financial reporting. In addition, the successful candidate will be an effective, communicative, and collaborative leader who deeply values professional growth for their team.  

Job expectations for all Le Moyne College employees:

  •  Demonstrates and role-models all of Le Moyne's mission-based competencies (collaboration, communication, diversity, integrity, leadership and service) in every interaction with all community members and external parties.
  •  Strengthen digital literacy skills through education and the application of digital technologies in order to effectively engage in information gathering, utilization and data management while promoting a security culture.
  •  Supports cura personalis by treating all individuals with dignity, professionalism and kindness.
  •  Promotes cura apostolica by aligning professional goals, objectives, and performance with college's strategic goals.
  • Demonstrates excellent work attendance, reliability and work ethic.
  • Attends and actively participates in required meetings and training sessions.
  •  Complies and adheres to all of Le Moyne's established policies, procedures and codes of conduct at all times, including all health and safety requirements and regulations, to promote desired behavior and build awareness.
  •  Must complete all required federal, state, institution and department trainings.
  •  Engages in a planned program of professional development. Continually maintains skills and knowledge relative to the position and technology industry including best practice, evolving operational requirements, and industry trends.
  •  Performs a variety of related duties as assigned.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion job expectations for all Le Moyne College employees:

  •  Demonstrates commitment to promoting a more diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment by supporting the diversity, equity, and inclusion goals of the employee's unit.
  •  Regularly participates in professional development opportunities to become more aware of DEI issues and to consider ways in which their work can be expanded to honor and incorporate the diversity of our community.
  •  Works to neutralize institutional bias by analyzing the policies and procedures of their unit and making suggestions to remove barriers for historically underserved people.
  •  Promotes open communication across Le Moyne's community in order to create an inclusive environment, and understanding of others backgrounds, ideas, and perspectives.


In addition, the successful candidate will possess many of the following experiences, capabilities, and personal attributes:

  • A bachelor's degree is required. An MBA or other advanced degree in accounting, finance, business, or a related field is advantageous.
  • At least five years of experience as an accounting professional is required; preference for experience in higher education or a public accounting firm with a higher education/nonprofit client base, or the equivalent is strongly preferred.
  • A CPA license is required.
  • Strong organizational, analytic, interpersonal, problem-solving, project management, and customer service skills.
  • Experience in implementing a new ERP system, particularly Workday, with the attendant business process and change management work that is involved.
  • Experience using a variety of data management tools including SQL, Tableau, and other analytical tools.
  • Demonstrated experience in performing and overseeing the general ledger, fund accounting, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, payroll, plant/capital accounting, endowment and debt accounting, and tax preparation.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, to share information, and to effectively lead and develop staff.  Commitment to the value of diversity in the workplace.
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills based on accurate and timely analyses.
  • Strong presentation skills and the capacity to organize and synthesize information for non-financial as well as financial audiences. 
  • Demonstrated reputation for integrity and ethical standards, including the ability to handle confidential information with discretion.

Additional Information:

Le Moyne Benefits:

  • 403(b) Retirement contribution- (9.5% Employer match)
  • Generous tuition coverage
  • Health insurance options- (Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Accounts)
  • Health Savings Accounts- (Partially Employer funded) 
  • Basic Life & AD&D Insurance- (Employer paid)
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance (Employer paid)
  • Supplemental Life & AD&D Insurance
  • Voluntary benefits- (Legal, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity, Accident Insurance, Pet Insurance etc.)
  • 12 paid holidays (In addition to paid time off the week between Christmas and New Years)
  • Generous time off package 
  • 35 hour work weeks

Le Moyne College's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Mission Statement

Le Moyne College is a diverse learning community that strives for academic excellence in the Catholic and Jesuit Tradition through its comprehensive programs rooted in the liberal arts and sciences. Its emphasis is on education of the whole person and on the search for meaning and value as integral parts of the intellectual life. Le Moyne College seeks to prepare its members for leadership and service in their personal and professional lives to promote a more just society.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Le Moyne College is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, citizenship & immigration or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship.  Le Moyne makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time. 

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position please click the 'Apply Now' button and submit the required materials for consideration:

* Cover letter outlining your interest in the position
* Current resume
* Contact information for 3 professional references

The position comes with a market-competitive salary and a generous benefits package.   The position will be filled on an expedited basis between June 1 - July 15th and will involve preliminary conversations with the VPFA and AVP.  We will not seek references until candidates move to the full-interview stage, and the appointment is subject to educational, criminal and financial background checks.  Please submit your resume and up to a 2-page letter with your application.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 69332574
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Syracuse, New York, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Le Moyne College
  • Position Title: Controller
  • Job Function: Business
  • Job Type: Full-Time
Education / Teaching / Administration
Syracuse , New York , United States

Le Moyne College, located in Syracuse, N.Y., is an independent college established by the Jesuits in 1946 to provide students with a values-based, comprehensive academic program designed to foster intellectual excellence and preparation for a life of leadership and service. Today, Le Moyne has evolved into a nationally acclaimed college of liberal arts and sciences that draws students from across the U.S. and abroad. Our Mission: Le Moyne College is a diverse learning community that strives for academic excellence in the...

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