Corporate Controller

Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy
Baltimore, MD
Nov 24, 2021
Nov 26, 2021
Accountant, IT
Full Time
Come join and be part of new accounting team at AURA's Central Administrative Services group that supports the day-to-day operations for a $170 million division. AURA's Centers enable the next decade of astronomical discoveries through world-class facilities and science.Reporting directly to the CFO, the Corporate Controller will serve a critical role supporting AURA's mission. The ideal candidate will have accounting and financial management experience in federal government services and contracting marketplace to direct and manage AURA's corporate accounting activities. This role will coordinate AURA's accounting practices, across all of the Centers, ensuring compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), provide accurate and timely reporting of AURA's financial position, emphasize proper internal controls while supporting business objectives and the strategic plan. Provide the leadership to create an environment and culture of continuous process improvement throughout the accounting and financial function and all related activities.Essential Functions:Provide timely and accurate monthly financial statements for internal customers; responsible for all quarterly and annual financial reporting within the organization.Design and implement consolidation methodology in Deltek Costpoint in order to shorten the monthly, quarterly and annual close cycle.Manage the corporate treasury function, including ensuring the bank reconciliations are prepared and reviewed monthly and investment gains/losses are monitored.Prepare all intercompany accounting related transactions.Lead technical accounting research and activities and ensure company financial statements are recorded in accordance with GAAP; assess impacts to existing processes and accounting.Manage and coordinate the external audit and annual tax preparation process as well as present findings to the Audit Committee.Prepare financial support for and act as liaison for ad hoc audits by government agencies. Ensures internal controls are appropriately refreshed and documented to support these efforts.Ensure compliance with all tax reporting requirements including income tax, sales tax, and employment taxes.Manage the year-end close process, audit preparation and on-site audit work for annual external financial statement audit. Work closely with CAS and STScI accounting teams and audit personnel to ensure that all audit tasks are completed with accuracy and timeliness.Create and prepare financial reports for the CFO to deliver to the Board of Directors.Support the annual budgeting processes as necessary.Assist in the development, implementation and documentation of new accounting and finance policies and procedures to improve the efficiency and accuracy and ensure consistency across the organization.Other duties as assignedRequired Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities:Master's Degree required; active CPA licenseMinimum of 12 years of progressive experience, including in a leadership positionFamiliarity using Deltek Costpoint to manage day-to-day operationsEstablished expertise of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) including experience with not-for-profit accounting and financial reporting standardsKnowledge and understanding of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)Demonstrated knowledge of the OMB Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance), Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and/or Cost Accounting Standards (CAS)Ability to drive process improvement; excellent oral and written communication skills.Experience working in a multi-cultural environment, in an international organization and/or in a high technology industry sectorExperience implementing ERP software and managing the associated organizational changeResults oriented with a high level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential informationExcellent management abilities, adept leader capable of inspiring and motivating teams through change, and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels, orally and in writingPreferred Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities:Experience using Deltek Costpoint's COGNOS reportingExperience using Deltek's multi-currency/multi-companyFluency in SpanishPhysical Demands: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.This work is mostly carried out in an office environment. Long periods of sitting may be required.Given the international nature of AURA's work, you may need to travel to the various observatory sites (Arizona, Chile, and Hawai'i) and other locations for business purposes.AURA offers a mix-model workspace (office & virtual) and stimulating environments for all.We also offer an excellent benefits package and competitive salary. Highlights:Health Benefits - Start first on the month following hireRetirement Options:401(a) Money Purchase Pension Plan / 10% Employer Contribution403(b) / Your own retirement contributionPaid Time Off:Vacation / Accrual of up to 24 days per/yr.Paid Sick Leave / 8 hour per/mo.Holiday Time / 10 days per/yr.And much more so please explore:Our benefits at: career opportunities through our website at: as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at APPLY: Share your experience by uploading a resume and completing an online application. Applications received by June 30, 2021 will receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered until the position is filled. Please list 3 professional references in your application (references will only be contacted later in the recruitment process) and attach a cover letter and CV or resume (PDF files preferred) to your application. Please name any attachments with the following format: LastnameDocname. Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to employment@.Direct link: UPDATE: Effective December 8, 2021, AURA will require all US based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Vaccination will be a condition of employment, with exemptions granted only for valid medical or religious reasons. This is requirement for all employees working onsite or from home (telework or hybrid remote work schedule). Currently the vaccination requirement does not apply to any future AURA employees working in Chile, regardless of their nationality or type of contract.AURA currently offers a mix-model workspace (office & virtual) and stimulating environments for all, with most staff working virtually from home during the COVID-19 crisis through December 2021. The safety of our staff and community is our top priority. We will continue to interview and screen candidates in this new virtual landscape and offers of employment can be extended and new hires will onboard virtually. Employees are required to be residents in their base job location within a limited time from their start date.Preference will be given to qualified internal candidates and to qualified Native Americans living on or near the Tohono O'odham reservation in Arizona.Veterans, disabled individuals, or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process should request assistance at employment@.The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and three international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA's role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the NSF's NOIRLab, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA. As a recipient of US Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements which are included for protection and to assist us in our recordkeeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.IND1Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with DisabilitiesThe contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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