The Director of Accounting & Financial Reporting reports to the Assistant Vice President for Financial Services and is responsible for ensuring the integrity and successful operation of the accounting department and its various reporting requirements. The Director is responsible for the preparation of the University’s financial statements, supporting schedules, and provides day-to-day leadership and management of the accounting department and property management.
Duties include, but are not limited to, the following: Prepare financial statements and related schedules in accordance with GAAP and state and federal regulations.
Develop, test, and maintain the chart of accounts.
Assist departmental personnel in the preparation and submission of information.
Review accounting transactions for accuracy, prepare journal entries, and analyze financial information.
Supervise accounting department staff.
Extract data from the accounting system for use in the formulation of reports.
Work with non-MSU personnel, such as the State and Legislative Auditors.
The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, the ability to prioritize heavy workloads, and working knowledge of accounting principles and various database management as well as have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a broad range of constituents.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Substantial management experience in accounting or financial environment.
Excellent computer skills, including database and query knowledge.
Demonstrated ability to produce complex documents (i.e. audited financial statements).
Advanced problem solving and analytical skills necessary to perform complex financial analysis.
Master’s degree in related field.
Certified Public Accountant.
Experience in higher education.
Knowledge of Banner Financial Systems.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience, achievement, and responsibilities.
Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled
Internal Number: 4C1257
About Montana State University
Montana State University was founded in 1893 as the Agricultural College of the State of Montana. By the 1920s, the institution's preferred name was Montana State College, and so it remained until July 1, 1965, when, in recognition of the advances in the college's commitment to scientific and humanistic research, the 39th Montana Legislature changed MSC's name to Montana State University. Located in Bozeman, the campus comprises approximately 1,800 acres and more than 40 academic and administrative buildings.
In 1994, the Montana Board of Regents approved a restructuring plan that created a four-campus Montana State University. The Bozeman campus was given administrative oversight of the what became MSU Billings, Great Falls College MSU and MSU-Northern. Statutory authority for Montana State University-Bozeman is contained in Title 20, Chapter 25, Section 201 of Montana Code Annotated.
MSU is organized into seven undergraduate colleges: College of Agriculture; College of Arts and Architecture; College of Education, Health and Human Development; Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship; College of Letters and Science; Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering; and Colle...ge of Nursing. Post-graduate master’s and doctoral degrees are offered through the Graduate School. One-year and two-year degrees, as well as certificates, are offered through Gallatin College MSU. The university’s Honors College offers curriculum for students to qualify for one of three honors designations on their transcripts in addition to the degree in their chosen major of academic study.
The campus offers more than 250 academic programs including 60 master’s degrees, three education specialist degrees, 28 doctoral degree options and many certificate options. In the 2020 fiscal year, Montana State University awarded 3,416 degrees, including 515 master’s degrees and 88 doctorates.
The university’s annual research expenditures — almost entirely federal dollars competitively won — set a record in fiscal year 2020 with total expenditures topping $167 million. The total marks seven years in a row that research expenditures have exceeded $100 million. The university is home to 300 laboratories, 44 research centers and seven agricultural research stations. MSU is the only university in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, North and South Dakota classified as having “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. There are only 131 universities nationally with the “very high” designation, and MSU is one of just two that also have the profile of “Very High Undergraduate” enrollment.