University of Alaska Foundation Controller

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Classification:Fiscal Manager 2
Grade:Grade 81
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:UofA Enterprise Entities
School/Business unit:EE UA Foundation
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Business/Accounting/Finance

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska seeks a Controller for a very unique opportunity at the UA Foundation which seeks to solicit, manage and invest donations for the exclusive benefit of the University of Alaska. The Controller position is responsible for all accounting functions at the University of Alaska Foundation. The UA Foundation supports fundraising activities of university development offices and serves as the conduit for private gifts to the university.  We invite you to join our customer focused team!


10Investments (Consolidated Endowment Fund): Uses endowment management software to track ownership interests and allocate investment returns/fees to individual endowments invested in the Fund on a periodic basis as directed; Verifies monthly capital contributions and withdrawals to/from the Fund; Calculates the annual spending allowance for endowed funds.Essential
10Tax & Regulatory Compliance: Coordinates preparation and filing of applicable federal and state tax returns for the UA Foundation; Responsible for providing information to ensure complete and accurate filings; Coordinates charitable solicitation registrations in states where the UA Foundation conducts fundraising activities; Maintains the UA Foundation’s nonprofit corporate registration with the State of Alaska.Essential
15Audit: Responsible for the preparation of the UA Foundation’s financial statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principals; Leads accounting staff in completing audit support schedules and work papers; Periodically evaluates accounting estimates and maintains proper internal controls to ensure the financial statements are free from material misstatements;Essential
5Budget Management: Assists with the UA Foundation’s annual operating budget development process; Responsible for setup and maintenance of departmental budgets and reports in accounting software; Manages operating budget for Foundation Accounting department; Responds to budget questions and helps to interpret accounting information for non-financial managers.Essential
5Process Improvement: Assists in developing solutions and providing problem resolutions for customers of the UA Foundation; Promotes collaboration between accounting and other departments; Takes initiative to streamline accounting processes and engages accounting staff in continual process improvement; Responsible for accounting department’s key performance indicators.Essential
55Accounting: Reviews journal vouchers and reconciliations prepared by accounting staff; Oversees month-end closing process to ensure completeness, accuracy, classification, and timeliness of accounting transactions; Provides day-to-day guidance, training and direction to accounting staff; Responsible for accounting software setup and administration; Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Finance.Essential

The mission of the UA Foundation is to seek, secure, and steward philanthropic support to enhance excellence at the University of Alaska. The values of the Foundation team are Trust, Excellence, Service, and Teamwork. Technical skills and knowledge are important for the position, but the Controller must also be a customer focused team leader committed to accounting process improvement.


Advanced knowledge of fund accounting and generally accepted accounting standards for nonprofits
Ability to lead and supervise staff
Aptitude for innovative thinking and creative problem solving
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to foster effective working relationships and build consensus from staff in other departments


4 years of progressively responsible professional fiscal experience in nonprofit accounting;
3 years in a supervisory role with hiring, training, and performance evaluation responsibilities

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, or equivalent experience. MBA preferred. CPA or other professional certification also preferred.


This is a full-time, Grade 81, minimum $30.56/hr, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.  This position is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on December 2nd, 2019.   To ensure your application is considered, apply by 11:55 pm, 12/01/2019.  Applications received after this date may not be considered. A complete application will include a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references.


The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:


Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace. University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace


Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.


It is the policy of the University of Alaska that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UA.

Contact Information: If you have any questions regarding this position please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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Applications close: Alaskan Standard Time

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