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Bowdoin College
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Brunswick, ME 04011
Job Description


Posting Number

Controllers Office

Job Summary

Bowdoin College, located in Brunswick, Maine, a mid-coast town of approximately 20,000 is seeking an experienced controller to lead the College’s financial accounting, reporting, and compliance department. From our distinguished faculty and brilliant students to our dedicated staff and highly engaged alumni network – our people are what set us apart!

Reporting to the vice president of finance & assistant treasurer, the controller is a valued and trusted advisor to the senior vice president for finance and administration & treasurer. Possessing high ethical standards, strong technical ability, and a proven history of leadership and management skills, the Controller will lead Bowdoin’s financial accounting, reporting, and compliance department (a team of approximately 14). Key areas of responsibility include the following: maintaining robust internal control policies and procedures for all aspects of financial accounting; internal and external financial reporting; and compliance with laws, regulations, grant and bond provisions, and generally accepted accounting principles. The successful candidate will have strong financial management experience, preferably in a large not-for-profit environment, and a CPA certification, MBA, or other advanced certification or degree.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead the team with dynamic leadership that promotes an environment of support, diversity and belonging, development, engagement, and high productivity. This includes, but is not limited to, hiring, coaching, performance management, ensuring productivity, disciplinary action, cross-training, rewards and recognition, and succession planning.

Responsible for ensuring compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and maintaining appropriate internal control policies and procedures for accounting and financial compliance. Oversee the development and maintenance of the College’s accounting and reporting systems. Communicate internal control policies and procedures, and appropriate use of accounting and reporting systems to staff and the campus community.

Prepare/oversee all internal and external financial reporting. Key reports include monthly internal budget to actual reports, cash management and reserve fund schedules, capital project funding and expenditure reports, distributed endowment reports, the annual financial statements, grant reporting, external surveys, and all tax filings (IRS Form 990, employment tax filings, state tax filings, etc.,). In addition, will prepare/review monthly closing reconciliations, supporting schedules, and other key components supporting internal and external financial reporting.

Manage all aspects of the College’s annual financial statement audit as the primary liaison with external auditors. Will also manage the annual audit of the College’s retirement plan and prepare annual financial reports related to the College’s health plan.

Cash management oversight, including authorizing daily cash wires, vendor disbursements, payroll payments, and cash collections.

Maintain efficient operations, and develop or adapt to new technologies and delivery of information methods.

Education/Skills Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance, or related field. Candidates must possess excellent analytical, customer service, and interpersonal skills with the ability to build collaborative relationships with the campus community and external auditors. Effective oral and written communication skills are required to successfully administer accounting policies and procedures. Proven and demonstrated ability to lead an accounting team fostering an engaging work environment that values diversity, collaborations and teamwork.

Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents

Seven+ years of proven supervisory experience leading a finance/accounting department. Experience with financial reporting systems is essential.

Standard Work Days and Hours

Full time, year-round, primarily Monday- Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm, with occasional work after 5:00 pm or weekends as necessary. This is an exempt position requiring time commitment necessary to satisfactorily complete job requirements. Occasional overnight travel is required.

About Bowdoin

Bowdoin embraces diversity in all forms, and the College is home to talented students, faculty and staff-with a variety of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; religious beliefs; and gender identities, among other factors.

We encourage applications from candidates committed to the support of an inclusive campus community and those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We value a community in which individuals of all backgrounds are warmly welcomed and encouraged to succeed.

Founded in 1794, Bowdoin has maintained its commitment to the liberal arts for well over 200 years. Bowdoin’s reputation as a preeminent liberal arts college rests on the excellence of its faculty, students, and staff; intimate size; strong sense of community; and connections to the people, history, and natural beauty of Maine.

Bowdoin’s campus is situated in a beautiful natural setting. Located in Brunswick, Maine, a town of approximately 20,000, the College is a short drive from the Maine coast, twenty-five miles from Portland and 120 miles from Boston.


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Full Time Year Round


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Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses.

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