Department: Finance & Administration
Status: Full Time
The Assistant Controller position is responsible for financial accounting and reporting activities and staff, including maximizing capabilities of the financial system as it relates to reporting and providing accurate information to users on an ongoing basis. This person will also act as ongoing liaison between Finance and Information Technology as it relates to the financial applications of various Museum software as well as overseeing the Accounts Payable, General Ledger Management, and Accounting functions.
The Assistant Controller will report directly to the Director of Finance/Controller.
Essential duties and responsibilities for the Assistant Controller include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Oversight and management of the accounting functions to ensure accurate recordkeeping, reporting, and compliance in accordance with appropriate/applicable accounting principles and pronouncements.
- Providing guidance and direction on all accounting matters impacting the accuracy, substance, and presentation of financial statements.
- Oversight of financial accounting processes and procedures and related internal controls related to all funds (restricted and unrestricted); ensuring proper accounting of unrestricted and unrestricted fund activity; overseeing restricted account activity to ensure funds are used in accordance with donor restrictions and appropriately released from restriction; developing financial reporting tools to keep management abreast of financial status (restricted and unrestricted funds); and accounting for pledges/contributions in collaboration with External Affairs Division.
- Developing and distributing an on-line library of financial reports.
- Serving as ongoing liaison between Finance and Information Technology as it relates to the financial applications of various Museum software systems.
- Managing all Great Plains upgrades from a financial applications standpoint, ensuring appropriate coordination of upgrade with ongoing financial operations, maintenance of functionality, etc.
- Overseeing the Accounts Payable team and Payroll.
- Assisting the Director of Finance with projects and act on their behalf on an as-needed basis.
The Assistant Controller requires superior analytical skills, attention to detail, written and verbal communications skills, and exceptionally good professional judgment developed from a strong accounting background.
Required qualifications are as follows:
- Undergraduate degree in Accounting or equivalent from four-year college or university.
- Five to ten years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Excellent management skills, including at least 5 years of managerial/supervisory experience.
- Excellent knowledge of financial software systems.
Additional skills and experience that would be helpful to have:
- Great Plains General Ledger experience preferred.
- CPA preferred.
- Background in not-for-profit financial/accounting a plus.
The Museum of Science and Industry, one of the largest science centers in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive science experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. From groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else to Live Science Experiences that make you the scientist — a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix. Through its Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE), MSI offers a variety of student, teacher and family programs that make a difference in communities and contribute to the Museum’s larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. If you are equally passionate about our vision and want to be surrounded by a team of dynamic, smart and innovative people, the Museum of Science and Industry is the right place for you.
The Museum of Science and Industry is an AA/EOE/ADA employer.
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