St.  Catherine University


Dec 18, 2020
Jan 18, 2021
Employment Status
Full Time
The Business Office at St. Catherine University invites applications for a Controller position. This is a regular, full-time position.

Our Business Office is an agile and diverse environment and provides essential administrative support for financial matters for the university, including budgeting, financial analysis, financial reporting, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. The Controller provides hands-on leadership for financial and business affairs including overall administration of the budget process in conformity with the University's strategic plan; maintenance of internal accounting controls; financial reporting and external audit coordination; development of financial policies and procedures; investment management; insurance administration, management and administration of long-term debt including bonds; and restructuring the institutions financial and accounting systems.


  • The Controller will interface and present regularly to the University's leadership and will prepare information and materials for the Board of Trustees. As they key financial leader advising the SVP and CFO , the Controller will provide critical insight and analyses to support strategic planning, goal setting, and key policy and decision making.
  • Plan, prepare and implement insurance strategy and renewal processes.
  • Develop and maintain and oversee risk management policies, procedures and activities.
  • Engage with the investment advisor on the analysis, recommendations, results and reporting for the endowment & other investments.
  • Engage and partner with third parties for debt structure and on-going rating status.
  • Serve as financial advisor and engage in strategic planning, President's Cabinet and University collaboration
  • Communicate respectfully and build relationships of trust with people of all cultures and abilities, supporting university initiatives toward inclusive excellence.
  • Work in a team environment, focused on continuous improvement, managing all financial functions.
  • Direct all aspects of accounting operations including policies, procedures and reconciliations as they relate to general ledger accounting, cash and investment management controls and functions, invoicing and accounts receivable, accounts payable, fixed assets, inventory, payroll and card processing.
  • Oversee and evaluate tuition and collection procedures to minimize potential bad debt.
  • Maintain compliant and timely debt requirements, prepare recommendations and take action related to debt portfolio.
  • Act as the subject matter expert for financial information systems relative to leveraging system capabilities
  • Lead pre- and post- audit efforts coordinating resources needed across various impacted departments
  • Determine departmental goals and objectives, assign work and monitor completion of work.
  • Supervise the business and student accounts offices so that an efficient and orderly operation will be fostered and maintained.
  • Hire, train, coach and mentor direct reports, guiding them in developing position descriptions and performance indicators; reviewing and revising staff position descriptions, and supporting training initiatives.
  • Manage grant & gift reporting, records, requests for payments and cash flow assistance requests

St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a comprehensive Catholic university and home to one of the nation's largest colleges for women , with associate and graduate programs for all genders. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, the University integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine enrolls nearly 5,000 students in certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs in traditional day and evening/weekend/online formats.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Finance or Accounting
  • Five years of increasingly responsible senior management experience
  • Fifteen years of finance and accounting experience
  • Knowledge of fund accounting and higher education administrative support programs
  • Experience performing financial analyses and managing investment activities, and computer literacy for financial analysis and reporting
  • Expertise in positive, team-based management
  • Experience building strong, effective and respectful relationships

Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree or CPA
  • Experience in private, higher education, higher education, or in a nonprofit business.

We seek creative, adaptable staff who enjoy working in a university climate that promotes cultural diversity, multicultural understanding, and cultural fluency. Consistent with the university's commitment to women, diversity and social justice, preference will be given to candidates who manifest these themes in their experience and service.

EEO Statement

St. Catherine University is an equal opportunity employer. Our commitment to inclusion reflects the central value of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to “love of neighbor without distinction” and provides a learning and working environment that is enriched by the diversity of all our members. Individuals of religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, nation of origin, or disability groups that have traditionally had less representation in higher education are encouraged to apply. Should you need an interview accommodation please contact us at or 651-690-6565.

Application instructions for STAFF

Visit HERE to apply. Three references and successful completion of a background check will be required for employment. Application deadline is January 17, 2021.

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
Equal Opportunity Employer / Drug Free Workplace / Tobacco Free Workplace

Our university is a proud member of the Upper Midwest HERC and is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual career couples. For more information and to find other higher education jobs in the Upper Midwest region, visit:

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