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Director for Controller Operations

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University of Illinois at Chicago
Physical Address
809 S Marshfield Ave Ste 720
Chicago, IL 60612
Job Description

Director for Controller Operations

Job Category:
Academic Professional


Director for Controller Operations


University of Illinois System


The University System Office seeks Director for Controller Operations. This position reports to and functions under the general administrative oversight of the Controller. The Director for Controller Operations works closely with the Controller in helping to support the various activities and responsibilities of the Controller’s administrative units, assists in implementing strategic initiatives, managing operations, and serves as a liaison for the Controller. Additional responsibilities include:


1. Assist with development and coordination of strategic goals for the Controller and support efforts to align goals of units reporting to the Controller with the broader strategic plan.

2. Provide leadership in implementing and executing strategic initiatives on behalf of the Controller.

3. Represent the Controller at various University meetings as appropriate.

4. Collect, analyze and report on data and information relevant to issues for the Controller and develop recommendations.

5. Coordinate responses for requests for information from other offices.

6. Developing financial models through benchmarking and data analysis.

7. Prepare routine and special reports issued by the office.

8. Serve as budget process backup for System Offices, ensuring state and institutional budgets are properly accounted and reported; monitoring monthly and annual reconciliations/reports. Reviewing and recommending year end accounting entries, ensuring accurate state and institutional balances carried into the next fiscal year.

9. Organize and prepare agenda for meetings of the Controller.

10. Other duties as assigned appropriate for a Director.


Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting or related field with five years’ of progressive experience as budget, financial or business analyst or similar role. Other requirements include: excellent analytical and communication skills; expertise in MS-Excel (creating spreadsheets and advanced formulas) and familiarity with statistical packages; ability to present complex financial data using detailed reports and charts; ability to implement projects within timelines and budgets; excellent relationship building skills and ability to work collaboratively as part of an effective administrative team to reach goals and make decisions; demonstrated strategic leadership skills; highly developed verbal and written communication skills, as well as proven experience speaking to large and diverse groups and ability to communicate complex information; demonstrated experience in programmatic, budgetary, and personnel management; knowledge of and experience in administering and ensuring compliance with applicable state and federal statutes, regulations and policies.

Preferred qualifications: post-baccalaureate degree in business, finance, accounting, economics or related field; relevant professional certification (CFA/CPA); work experience acquired in a higher education institutions (preferably at the University of Illinois) in related areas to the position; knowledge of the structure, policies, and systems of the University of Illinois.

This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position. For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references by November 11, 2019 at

The System Office conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

System Human Resource Services

(217) 333-2600

The System Office is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity and diversity. The System Offices welcome applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual minority groups and other candidates who will lead and contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives.

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The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity
institution/employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or disability status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services.

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