Human Resources

Associate Controller

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Department: Financial Services & Operations
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Lakeshore Center (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Financial Services

Department: Financial Services & Operations

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The Associate Controller is an integral member of the Financial Services and Operations team, with responsibilities that include but are not limited to, supporting the Controller in the annual external audit and preparation of financial statements for the University (GASB standards) and Foundation (FASB standards), preparing monthly reconciliations, cash forecasting, and variance analysis.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Assist in the preparation of annual financial statements for the University and the Foundation.
2. Coordinate and manage the schedule for the annual external audit of the University and the Foundation.
3. Perform month-end and fiscal year-end closing activities, including the preparation of work papers for the annual external audit.
4. Prepare monthly reconciliations.
5. Perform variance analysis. Research and resolve reconciling items in a timely manner.
6. Coordinate the development and updating of financial and administrative operating policies, and internal controls.
7. Perform monthly cash flow forecasting.
8. Provide critical support in the preparation of other reports such as bond agency reporting, financial surveys, accreditation and other compliance filings.
9. Prepare regular and special reports and analysis for administrators as requested.
10. Supervise support staff.
11. Participate on University committees.
12. Other duties as assigned.
13. Seek new ways to improve efficiency and commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to every-day work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.
14. Apply safety- related knowledge, skills and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business, Finance or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Minimum of five (5) years of progressive, relevant work experience in accounting and/or finance operations that can be demonstrated to be applicable to the duties and responsibilities.
• Demonstrated experience in preparation of external audit work papers and financial statements.
• Proven ability to extract and analyze complex data and develop financial reports for financial analysis, forecasting, trending, and results analysis.
• Excellent computer skills including: experience using spreadsheets; experience using computerized accounting systems; proficiency with using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Power Point

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Professional experienced in Higher Education or similar Non-Profit.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Excellent interpersonal skills, customer service, written/oral communication, and presentation skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail.
• Demonstrated excellent decision-making capabilities, critical thinking and analytical skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently, be self-motivated and take initiative to solve problems.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team.
• Demonstrated ability to follow projects and issues to completion.
• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain constructive and cooperative interpersonal relationships.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain the security and confidentiality of sensitive data.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months

Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor


Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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