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Director of Accounting Services

Job Posted:               January 29, 2018

Rank:                         Administrator VI

Search#:                     S17-023

Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university committed to academic excellence, access, social justice, and service for the public good. Founded as a teachers college in 1893, Southern has evolved over the past century into a comprehensive public university offering 114 graduate and undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. It is one of four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. The University is located in New Haven, a city rich with arts and culture, and less than 90 miles from New York City and 140 miles from Boston.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Controller, the Director is responsible for the overall direction of the Accounting, Accounts Payable and Payroll Departments, with specific supervisory responsibility for Accounting.  Utilizing Connecticut State, university ERP, and desktop computer systems, the Director meets the financial information needs of the University community, CSCU System Office, regulatory agencies and other interested external parties.  To support the University’s strategic goals and objectives, the incumbent provides management with financial practices, information systems and support services to help them achieve their goals and objectives.  By monitoring financial and operational reports plus activity indicators, the Director continuously appraises senior management on the organization’s actual performance.  Regularly interacts as a consultant with the President, Vice Presidents, Deans and other departmental administrators on the results of operations, financial controls, policies and procedures.  Budgetary policies and procedures are established and revised by the Director in collaboration with the Director of Budgeting.  Implements control and reconciliation procedures in accounting, accounts payable and payroll.  Participation in the continual evolution of financial and operational information systems is expected.


A Bachelor’s Degree in accounting or related field.  A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), MBA or Master’s Degree in accounting/finance/public administration is preferred. A minimum of six (6)  years of progressive experience in accounting/accounts payable/and payroll with the emphasis on work history including:  1)  preparation of monthly financial statements, 2)  three years directing the staff and activities of an accounting function, 3)  three years demonstrated experience interacting with senior level management, 4)  relevant finance experience in a non-profit organization, 5) relevant experience in accounts payable and payroll transaction processing, 6)  relevant experience in the evaluation in implementation of accounting control systems, policies and procedures, 7)  extensive experience in data extraction and import among mainframe and PC based applications, 8)  participation and support to strategic planning processes, and 9)  relevant experience providing consulting and support services to management.  Strong communication and interpersonal skills are necessary to accomplish the responsibilities of the position. These qualifications may be waived for individuals with appropriate alternate experience.


For priority consideration, please submit:

1)      Letter of application

2)      Resume

3)      Contact information for three professional references

to: Controller’s Office, Wintergreen Building, 501 Crescent St., New Haven, CT 06515-1355 at on or before February 13, 2018.  Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.   

Southern Connecticut State University is an Affirmative Action/
Equal Employment Opportunity Employer