The Study Abroad Office currently manages and administers over 400 approved programs in more than 70 countries worldwide. This position serves as the Audit Controller (manager) for the UNC Study Abroad Office (SAO), specifically as it relates to the management of student receipts and reconciliation of cash to receivables generated by the many self-supporting independent program-budgets the SAO creates and administers internationally each year. This position directly reports to the Director of Finance and HR, but also has dotted-line reporting to the Cash Management team at Central Accounting Services.
The position's primary purpose is to advise the Director of Finance & HR and the Associate Dean of Study Abroad on formal accounting best practices and ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), especially as they relate to the receipt-based funds and cash accounting activities, and to produce an effective and dynamic audit system utilizing financial information from many different reporting sources (CC CPS_ queries, InfoPorte Roll-Up report, SAS reports, etc.). The corresponding reports generated from these systems must be analyzed and synthesized into user-friendly internal reports that support the cash to receivables and expenses, by individual program, and can be easily read and interpreted by a diverse group of stakeholders, with varying levels of financial expertise, who engage with the SAO.
This position will create, employ and continuously improve audits tailored to the cash side of the SAO program funds to ensure financial solvency of each independent program budget as well as the general pass-through fund, from which the partner/provider tuition and fee invoices are paid on behalf of the students studying abroad.
This position will bill tuition and fees to the UNC Student Accounts of the 1,800+ students, who study abroad each year, on behalf of their associated program. Additionally, this position will reconcile all student billings and associated revenue received, in USD, to the total invoices paid, in both USD and other currencies, to ensure that all billings equal paid invoices once exchange rates are applied. This position will also work with the UNC OneCard Office to facilitate payment of the SAO student application fee and the corresponding receipt revenue from that office.
Finally, this position will work very closely with central Accounting Services and Cash Management to maintain financial continuity and effectively respond to the unpredictable nature of paying international vendors, often in foreign currencies with fluctuating exchange rates, while maintaining stasis of our many program funds and special pass-through fund supported by student receipts. This is a position of trust, requires a high-level of financial expertise and entails a high consequence for error.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in business administration or a related discipline; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Essential skills for success in this position include: strong written and oral communication skills; ability to successfully and professionally communicate to a wide variety of students, staff, faculty and partners; accuracy in work; attention to detail; ability to learn and interpret all State and University policies pertaining to proper and ethical accounting practices; excellent organizational and time management skills; ability to prioritize level of urgency of student and staff needs; ability to switch back and forth between tasks frequently. The selected candidate should be an independent self-starter, but willing to work as part of team on projects. Extensive experience and expertise in MS Office, specifically Excel, is also essential.
Bachelor's degree and minimum of 2 years of accounting experience, preferably one of those years in a higher education setting and including receipt-based funds. Prefer knowledge and experience with UNC Chapel Hill accounting and reporting systems including, ConnectCarolina (PeopleSoft) and InfoPorte. Significant ad-hoc financial reporting experience and knowledge of GAAP strongly desired. Prefer prior experience working with international currencies and exchange rates. Previous experience living, working and/or studying abroad is also preferred.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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