Associate Controller - FIN

Associate Controller - FIN
Kennesaw State University
 Kennesaw, Georgia
Job Description

Associate Controller - FIN
Job ID: 249980
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us

Find your wings at KSU!

Are you ready to join a community leading in innovative teaching and learning? Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. With our growing enrollment and global reach, we are enjoying increased prominence among Georgia's colleges. We offer more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to over 43,000 students. Our entrepreneurial spirit, high-impact research, and Division I athletics also draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Our university's vibrant culture, diversity, career opportunities, and rich benefits make us an employer of choice. We are searching for talented people to join our mission. Come to KSU and find your passion.


Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

Job Summary

Responsible for providing leadership and performance accountability to the Auxiliary & Groups unit within the Office of Fiscal Services. Provides leadership, strategic planning and organizational direction to various key auxiliary and group operations functions including Housing, Athletics, Bookstore, Dining, Transportation, Parking, Card Services, Sports Park and other areas. Supervises assigned staff to ensure that accounting principles are being consistently applied, internal controls are sufficient, and deadlines are met.


  • Oversees and supports the financial and accounting operations of KSU Athletics Department and KSU Athletic Association (KSUAA)
  • Prepares financial reports, management of the audit process and presentation of financial and budget information to assigned committees or boards
  • Reviews all reporting required by Athletics Department including NCAA, EADA, Atlantic SUN and Big South and Form 990 reporting for KSUAA
  • Oversees accounting operations of Housing services provided by KSU including leased housing properties from KSU Foundation
  • Ensures Housing operations and reporting are in accordance with the MOU established with the KSU Foundation
  • Works closely with Auxiliary Services leadership to support the department's strategic goals and objectives
  • Oversees accounting operations of Sports and Entertainment Park and related fields including budgeting, accounting and reporting needs
  • Reviews all Public-Private ventures and tracks performance of PPVs against proformas and complies with required BOR reporting
  • Oversees accounting operations of all Campus Services departments and locations
  • Coordinates information reports and requests; ensures accuracy and integrity of financial reporting for areas of responsibility
  • Reviews 5- and 10-year projections for auxiliary department budgets
  • Provides direction and guidance to auxiliary university departments regarding procurement, payments, employee reimbursements, cash collections, revenues, and accounts receivable policies and procedures, implementation of new practices and procedures
  • Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives
  • Oversees recruitment, training, supervision, and performance management of assigned staff
  • Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures
  • Monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement
  • Recommends and participates in the development of University policies and procedures as needed for area of responsibility
  • Provides strong technical expertise and direction, ensuring appropriate controls are in place to manage business risks
  • Manages through reliable systems and processes and works through the team and influences other department managers to drive results

Required Qualifications

Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Business from an accredited institution of higher education

Required Experience

  • Ten (10) years of accounting or financial organizational leadership experience related to the position, to include previous management and supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Additional Preferred Qualifications
  • CPA Preferred
  • PeopleSoft Experience a plus
  • Preferred Educational Qualifications
  • Master's Degree from an accredited institution of higher education in any discipline

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities


  • Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time meeting assigned deadlines
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing


  • Maintains current knowledge of Federal, State, BOR, and KSU policies and procedures
  • Maintains current knowledge of GASB and FASB guidance as it applies to nonprofit entities
  • Experience with large ERP systems (PeopleSoft and Banner strongly preferred); thorough understanding of processing systems and the ability to solve problems within the system.
  • Strong financial process knowledge with the ability to deliver results


  • Capacity to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven management skill and ability to attract, retain, motivate and manage talent
  • Effective team player, flexible, quick learner, and self-motivated
  • Exceptional team leadership, training and mentoring ability
  • Excellent analytical skills, detail-oriented and deadline-driven while maintaining the highest level of accuracy
  • Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management, team building, conflict resolution and presentation skills
  • Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e. Microsoft Office suite)
  • Strong attention to detail and follow up skills
  • Strong customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette

Equal Employment Opportunity

Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national, origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007. Participant ID: 61415

Other Information

  • This is a supervisory position.
  • This position has financial responsibilities.
  • No, this position will not be required to drive.
  • This role is considered a position of trust.
  • This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
  • This position may travel 1% - 24% of the time

Background Check

Standard Enhanced + Education

Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation. Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. Applicants for positions of trust with screening results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility.

All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process. Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials.

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