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UPCEA Controller

Department: Finance & Accounting

Reports To: Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

UPCEA, a non-profit professional higher education association, has experienced exceptional growth in the past several years.  We support the advancement of online and professional education by empowering member institutions across North America and beyond.  We provide professional development, networking opportunities, research and consulting, and advocacy for the crucial roles of online and professional continuing education in today’s workforce.


UPCEA seeks a dynamic Controller to join our team during our next growth phase.  The Controller will oversee and manage all aspects of the organization's accounting functions. This includes ensuring financial accuracy, compliance with relevant regulations, and providing timely financial reports for internal and external stakeholders. The Controller also plays a key role in supporting the Finance Committee by providing financial information and analysis to make informed decisions.



     Manage all accounting operations, including ac.counts payable and receivable, payroll, general ledger, and financial reporting.

     Ensure accurate and timely recording of all financial transactions in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and relevant non-profit accounting standards.

     Oversee the closing process and prepare financial statements, including balance sheets, income, and cash flow statements.

     Manage and maintain internal controls to safeguard the organization's assets and ensure data integrity.

     Reconcile bank statements and other financial accounts monthly.

     Prepare and submit all required tax filings on a timely basis.

     Build the association’s annual budget in partnership with senior management, track performance, and provide timely financial projections to make informed decisions.

     Conduct variance analysis and recommend corrective actions as needed.

     Develop and implement accounting policies and procedures.

     Oversee accounts payable processing, ensuring timely and accurate payments to vendors.

     Manage payroll processing, including calculating salaries, deductions, and taxes, and ensuring timely and accurate employee payment.

     Manage external auditors during the audit process.

Finance Committee Support:

     Prepare financial reports and presentations for the Finance Committee and Board of Directors, including monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements, budget reports, and variance analyses.

     Attend and participate in Finance Committee and Board meetings, providing financial updates and answering questions.

     Assist the Finance Committee and Board in understanding complex financial information and making informed financial decisions.

     Develop and maintain financial policies in collaboration with the Finance Committee and Board.


     Bachelor’s degree in finance or accounting from an accredited college or university; CPA strongly preferred.

     Minimum five years of finance and accounting experience.  At least two years in nonprofit.

     Minimum three years of supervisory experience preferred.

     Demonstrated ability to handle confidential information securely and make difficult decisions when necessary.

     Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

     An effective communicator, externally and internally, within all levels of the organization.  Strong oral and written skills and a willingness to share information.

     A hands-on collaborator with integrity and a desire to work in a dynamic environment.

     Strong analytical skills and experience interpreting a strategic vision into an operational model.

     High proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel.

     Experience with Intacct and Bill.com preferred.

     Experience with an AMS is preferred.

     Comfort and willingness to learn new technologies.

     A collaborative and flexible style with a great sense of humor!

UPCEA appreciates your interest in this opportunity and encourages you to apply.  We will contact qualified candidates as we move forward in the hiring process.

UPCEA is an equal-opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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UPCEA is the online and professional education association. Our members positively impact millions of lives by continuously reinventing higher education. We advance the professional field through cutting edge research, professional development, networking and mentorship, conferences and seminars, and stakeholder advocacy. Our collaborative, entrepreneurial community brings together decision makers and influencers in education, industry, research, and policy interested in improving educational access and outcomes.

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