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Location : 1100 North Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501
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A comprehensive university in Grand Junction, Colorado Mesa University provides exceptional educational opportunities on a state-of-the-art campus. As western Colorado’s largest university, CMU serves students on its main campus in Grand Junction, its satellite campus in Montrose, its community college, Western Colorado Community College and via online offerings.

Colorado Mesa University serves as the primary intellectual and cultural center of western Colorado and promotes the exchange of ideas that are of regional, national and international importance. Founded in 1925, it’s a dynamic university enrolling more than 11,000 students at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels.

At the heart of the CMU experience is an integrative and experiential approach to higher education that encourages students to think differently and empowers them to challenge assumptions. CMU brings students together with expert scholars and thinkers from different disciplines to make connections between ideas and gain the skills to solve the unstructured, complex problems they’ll encounter in life. Our focus is on providing quality academic programs, built on a strong liberal arts core that support students’ interests and regional employment needs, as well as technical programs that respond to vocational workforce demands.

The Grand Valley is home to some of the best outdoor recreation in the state of Colorado and the best part you won’t have to fight traffic and crowds to enjoy it. CMU is surrounded by the Grand Mesa, Book Cliffs and the Colorado National Monument. We have world-class mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, and rafting. In addition to a mountain resort that’s less than 45 minutes from campus for skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Living and working in Grand Junction, you will be able to explore one of Colorado’s best kept secrets.

Job Title: Controller

Department: Controller

Position No. AF0012

Employment Type: Administrative

Salary: $120,000.00 – 140,000.00. Commensurate with education and experience. Excellent health and retirement benefits package: Click here for more information!.

Application Deadline: Open until filled. To ensure consideration, complete applications must be received by 1/9/2022.

How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application by creating a profile and then providing personal and demographic information. In addition, please be prepared to upload a:

Cover letter
Include the name, phone number, email address and relationship of at least three professional references who can attest to your ability to perform the job you are applying for. Professional references should include at least one current or former supervisor. Professional reference may also include current or former employers, colleagues or other professionals who have first-hand knowledge and can recommend you for employment.
Copy of transcripts for all degrees completed (if your transcripts include a social security number or birthdate, please redact that information before uploading the document. Official transcripts will be required upon hire)

Direct Inquiries Contact: Laura Glatt, Vice President of Finance and Administration at 970-248-1867

SUMMARY: The Controller provides oversight for accounting and financial reporting while assuring financial internal controls are in place to ensure adherence with GAAP, compliance with all applicable Federal, State and University policies and procedures. The Controller will oversee the accounting/financial activities of the University, including accounting, financial reporting, state reporting, student accounts, accounts payable and payroll and reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Develop and maintain systems of internal accounting controls to ensure financial information is reliable for external and internal reporting purposes.

Maintain and update, as needed, CMU’s Fiscal Rules and other procedures to protect assets and ensure transactions are executed in compliance with laws, regulations and best practices.

Maintain Banner (CMU’s accounting system) chart of accounts.

Supervise and coordinate monthly closing procedures.

Prepare annual financial statements and required supplementary information in accordance with GAAP, including supporting notes/exhibits and State of Colorado ACFR footnote disclosures.

Remain current on and implement, as needed, GASB accounting pronouncements.

Periodically feed financial information to CORE (the State of CO accounting system).

Regularly reconcile bank statements, subsidiary accounts and other external records.

Coordinate CMU’s annual financial statement audit.

Review and approve CMU contracts as designated by the State Controller in compliance with Fiscal Rules and Regulations.

Cooperatively work with other departments to develop and implement accounting system (Banner) functionality, including integration of other third-party vendor systems.

Oversee payroll to ensure accurate and timely payroll consistent with state and federal laws and regulations.

Oversee student accounts to ensure accurate and timely student billing and collections.

Jointly, with the VP for Facilities of Capital Planning, oversee accounts payable which is within the combined Office of Purchasing and Payables.

Oversee and prepare bond post-issuance compliance.

Serve as contact for all accounting matters for CMU to manage the interaction with private entities, students and parents, other state agencies and entities to resolve problems and complaints.

Represent Colorado Mesa University on the Higher Education Fiscal Advisory Committee.

Continuously evaluate accounting and financial processes for efficiency and effectiveness improvements both within and across departments/units.

Develops and implements short and long-range departmental goals consistent with University strategic directions and senior management direction.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES The position reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration. This position directly supervises the Director of Student Accounts, Payroll Manager, Accounts Payable Manager CMU’s Fiscal Analyst, and other Business Office and Controller staff, where appropriate.

QUALIFICATIONS 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.



Accounting bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
CPA certificate. Employer may consider certification attainment within a minimally reasonable period of time after employment.
Proven experience related to the position duties.
Knowledge and understanding of GAAP, GAAS, FASB and GASB.
Demonstrated record of change management across multiple complex units and operations.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, especially on complex financial matters.
Ability to interpret, apply and effectively communicate regulations, policies and procedures.
Proven staff development and mentorship experience.


Experience with or knowledge of governmental or fund accounting.
Audit experience.
Experience with SCT Banner or similar enterprise resource system.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.


Ability to apply accounting models and mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to accounting situations.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form, to interpret an extensive variety of legal and regulatory documents and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee typically performs the duties of the job in an office setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Colorado Mesa University is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to improving the levels of access and success for underrepresented students within higher education.

Colorado Mesa University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. Applicant must be able to verify U.S. employment eligibility. Colorado Mesa University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a culturally diverse faculty, staff and student body. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact the CMU Human Resources Office by phone or email. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed.

Colorado Mesa University

Attn: Human Resources Office

1100 North Avenue

Grand Junction, CO 81501

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