Assistant Controller


Openings: 1


Gustavus Adolphus College is one of the nation’s leading private liberal arts colleges serving over 2,200 students. The College aspires to be a community of persons from diverse backgrounds who respect and affirm the dignity of all people. Known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-away, and service-learning programs, Gustavus is located on a scenic 340-acre hill in St. Peter, Minnesota only one hour southwest of the Twin Cities.

JOB SUMMARY:  The primary purpose of this position is to be a key member of the Finance Office leadership team, managing a team of accounting professionals, contributing to the accounting, financial reporting and control functions of Gustavus Adolphus College.   The Assistant Controller will support the Controller with various accounting tasks including the development and monitoring of internal controls, monthly close, preparation of audit work papers and financial statements, monthly budget oversight and supervision of accounts payable. 

The position has oversight responsibility for treasury functions including purchasing card, short-term investments, wire transfers and bank account reconciliations; oversight and direct responsibilities in the preparation of the College’s annual financial and compliance audits; oversight and responsible for recurring federal or state regulatory reporting (sales tax, escheatment); and maintaining the integrity of the College’s financial accounting system.         

This highly-visible position is a new for the College and part of ongoing succession planning in which the candidate will be provided leadership and professional development opportunities in exchange for being a key contributing member of the Finance and Administration Office and member of the College community.


  • Assists with establishing and reviewing internal controls to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and GAAP;
  • Key player in evaluating, mitigating, analyzing and documenting enterprise risk management;
  • Detailed and on-time accounting, investment and related gift/grant oversight;
  • Assists in the month-end close process, ensuring timely reconciliations of accounts;
  • Hands-on ownership in the preparation of audit work papers and audit report, including effective upgrade implementation of audit comments;
  • Prepares Budget Committee reports;
  • Assists with preparation of year end surveys;
  • Oversight and provide work direction for the accounts payable function;
  • Identifies significant solutions that will increase efficiency in processes, technology, and reporting;
  • Ensures compliance with IRS regulations and College policy;
  • Assists Controller in identifying areas where efficiencies can be achieved along with implementation;  
  • Maintains exceptional relationships with other College constituents, which includes providing assistance to other departments on accounting, Finance Office information or processes;  
  • Backup to the Controller, including contributing to various College committees and representing the department when the Controller isn’t available;
  • Special projects as assigned or apparent and other duties that involve the broader community;
  • Viewed as a collaborative partner to constituents inside and outside of the department, promoting a stronger understanding of finance-related outcomes;
  • All other duties as assigned.



  • BS/BA in business, finance, accounting, or related field;
  • Active CPA designation;
  • Extensive knowledge of MS Office (especially Excel) and accounting software;
  • Proven experience as assistant controller or other similar leadership positions;
  • Proficiency in preparing financial reports, regulatory reports, maintaining account balances, managing files, and producing information for internal and external audits;
  • Solid knowledge of GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) and accounting laws and regulations;
  • Excellent knowledge of accounting and financial processes (budgeting, financial closure, reporting etc.);
  • Significant understanding of data analysis, forecasting, and problem-solving skills;
  • Organized, detail-oriented professional with the ability to carry out tasks autonomously and collaboratively;
  • Ability to manage communication, with confidentiality; 
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, especially to non-financial people.


  • 7-10+ years of accounting
  • CPA
  • 5+ years of leadership experience
  • Higher education/nonprofit experience
  • 5+ Internal controls/auditing 
  • Supervisory/Leadership experience
  • Relationship-building skills
  • Progressive experience

Application Procedures: To apply for this position, please continue the process on our website, to complete the online application. A complete application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee. 

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Contact information for three (3) references 

Gustavus Adolphus College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities. 

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Kelly Waldron | | 507-933-7506

Posted: Thu Jun 1, 2023

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