The College of Mount Saint Vincent is an academically excellent, authentically inclusive, Catholic and ecumenical liberal arts college with approximately 1,500 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York City. Our beautiful 70-acre campus of rolling lawns and wooded hills overlooking the Hudson River is just 12 miles from midtown Manhattan.

Job Description
The Controller oversees and is responsible for the accounting operations of the College. This includes maintenance of a system of accounting records according to GAAP, assurance of internal controls to mitigate risk, enhance processes to create efficiencies, field questions and provide support to staff, upper management and the campus community in connection with income and expense budget items, among other normal controller tasks.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintaining the accounting records and internal controls for the
  • Overall reconciliation procedures
  • The preparation of monthly and yearly financial statements
  • Integrate Banner software in all aspects of the department
  • Oversees daily cash reports
  • Determination of cash availability for payment of outstanding invoices
  • Authorization of general ledger journal entries to be posted on the general ledger system
  • Use accounting system to prepare desired financial and decision support reports to various College entities
  • Review and monitoring of actual versus budgeted income and expense items
  • Interaction with officers, directors, departments heads, in connection with budgetary matters
  • Computation of allowable Federal drawdowns of cash when they become available
  • Facilitate the training of Banner Finance for all departmental personnel including community wide users
  • Oversight of the senior accountant/financial analyst, payroll, and accounts payable accounting staff

Monthly Tasks

  • Preparation of monthly and quarterly financial reports for the Board of Directors, senior administrators, funders, and federal and state legislatures
  • Review of month end general ledger
  • Review of reconciliations performed, including bank, student account receivable, financial aid receivables, investments
  • Review of the reconciliation for receipts from the development department to general ledger postings
  • Ensure that contributions, pledges, gifts, grants, are recorded in accordance with established accounting standards
  • Record and post Plant Fund journal entries
  • Preparation of cash flow projections by month and monitoring of actual cash activity to projections
  • Preparation of Federal and State Financial Reports (for Federal Financial Aid Federal and State Grants, etc.)
  • Review of internal financial statements

Annual/Periodic Tasks

  • Facilitate the Colleges annual financial audits
  • Review the closing of the books and records process for the year after the annual audit is completed
  • Facilitate the College’s annual financial audits
  • Preparation of schedules and analyses needed, including a statement of functional expenses, in connection with the preparation of the College’s annual financial statement audit, assist in preparation of the tax form 990, uniform guidance (OMB A133) report, 403(b) audit, and nondiscrimination testing
  • Preparation of all Federal and State tax filings


  • Bachelor’s degree in business or accounting and CPA required
  • Minimum of 5-8 years of successful work experience in accounting

Computer Skills

  • Strong analytical and interpersonal skills are critical and an advanced knowledge of Excel and Word required
  • Knowledge of Banner accounting software is preferred

Application Process
Please send your resume, cover letter, and a list of three references who can speak to your professional qualifications to or by US mail to:

Human Resources Department
College of Mount Saint Vincent
6301 Riverdale Avenue
Riverdale, New York 10471

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled.

College of Mount Saint Vincent is committed to provide equal opportunity, employment, and advancement opportunities to all individuals. The College of Mount Saint Vincent does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or any other characteristic protected by Federal, State, or Local Laws.