Executive Director, Controller and Treasurer

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 450200 - Office of the Controller/Treasurer
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Under the general direction of the Associate Vice President for Finance, the Executive Director, Controller and Treasurer is responsible for managing the day-to-day financial activities of the University including planning, directing, and administering activities in the areas of Budget, Payroll, Sponsored Programs Accounting, Student Accounts Receivable, Financial Reporting, and Treasury Services.

Salary Grade:  20

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

Thank you for your interest in the Office of the Controller & Treasurer, where we help shape a better world by supporting Mississippi State University's mission in the state, the nation and around the globe. Our people provide financial services to help our customers succeed both today and tomorrow. Everything we do is based on a set of core values that guide our day-to-day activities and interactions.

Our People
We strive to attract, hire, continually develop, and retain the best and brightest individuals. We value, recognize, and reward quality performance. We challenge people to grow, encourage them to take risks, and understand the importance of well-being for each individual.

Financial Services
We facilitate a multitude of financial transactions and processes at the university, and provide assistance, advice, and answers on various financial matters. We strive to provide these services in a timely, accurate and comprehensive manner. We work collaboratively with our customers to be good stewards in safeguarding the resources entrusted to our care. We also ensure decisions, processes, and changes in strategic direction are compliant with rules, regulations, policies, and procedures at the Federal, State, IHL and/or institutional level.

Our Customers
If you are reading this sentence, then you are one of our customers! And we take a great deal of pride in serving you – our students, parents, faculty, staff and other university partners. We delight in having the opportunity and responsibility of providing you exceptional levels of service.

Today and Tomorrow
We understand the world is changing at a rapid pace, and the things we do today, will not be sufficient to meet the demands of tomorrow. Change is inevitable, and change is essential. To best prepare for the future that lies ahead, we are making every effort to develop a vision for what we believe the future will look like and take steps in that direction; seek opportunities to improve operations and skillsets through succession planning and professional development, use of innovative tools and technologies, and the generation of diverse ideas and concepts; and press the edges of tradition and challenge the status quo.

Core Values
We consider the following core values to be critical components of our success. These values are timeless, non-negotiable, and inform how we approach each moment of each day, rather at work or away.

Unwavering integrity
Courtesy and mutual respect for all
Open, honest, and inclusive communication

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Responsible for management of university debt, investments, working capital cash reserves and credit card processing.
2. Responsible for management of annual budget cycle, compilation of annual operating budget and subsequent reporting requirements to ensure the University meets or exceeds its budgeted financial objectives.
3. Responsible for University’s payroll process including computation and disbursement of net pay, withholding, remittance and reporting of taxes, retirement and garnishments.
4. Responsible for management of restricted funds including invoicing and collecting grant, contract and scholarship funds from third party sponsors. Includes recovery and distribution of University’s indirect cost recoveries (overhead).
5. Responsible for management of central accounts receivable process used to invoice and collect tuition, housing, meal plans and required fees from student population.
6. Responsible for ensuring the timely and accurate preparation of financial statements in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, as well as ad hoc reports requested by university administration.
7. Works closely with fiscal personnel of each university division to ensure pertinent information is shared in a timely manner and inter-departmental efforts are properly planned, aligned and executed.
8. Advises and provides direction to employees responsible for managing budgets and expenditures. Includes implementation of training and outreach programs to ensure university personnel have access to the tools, information, resources and advice needed to effectively execute their job responsibilities.
9. Administers and monitors financial policies, internal controls, and departmental procedures to ensure compliance with all Federal, State, Board, and International regulatory requirements.
10. Identifies potential fiscal and/or operational problems. When appropriate, leads effort to develop and implement solutions.
11. Facilitates annual, internal strategic planning process to develop, review and modify goals in areas of customer service; employee development; organizational design; operational efficiencies; and risk management and compliance.
12. Works closely with the Associate Vice President for Finance to develop and implement talent management and succession planning strategies.
13. Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field
2. Ten (10) years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
2. Certificate in Public Accounting (CPA).
3. MBA or other related graduate degree.
4. Experience working in Banner software application and Crystal Reports

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Well-developed interpersonal and customer service skills.
2. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
3. Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat.
4. Working knowledge of database query tools.
5. Independent self-starter with strong work ethic.
6. Experience in work settings requiring teamwork and high-volume assignments.
7. Ability to manage priorities and meet multiple daily deadlines.
8. Possess the ability to establish effective working relationships with other units on and off campus.
9. Demonstrate strong leadership skills.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Submit application, cover letter, and resume online at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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