Providence Health & Services Controller at the University of Providence, Located in Great Falls MT. in Portland, Oregon


This posting serves to establish interested candidates for a current opportunity for Controller positions at The University of Providence located in Great Falls, Montana

The University of Providence is seeking an outstanding, innovative and experienced individual to join our organization located in Great Falls, Montana, for the position of Controller.

The University of Providence (UP) is an accredited private, Catholic, liberal arts university, and is a member of the Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) family of organizations (not for profit).

Along with our School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, we have a new School of Health Professions. UP offers certificates, undergraduate and graduate degrees, and online programs in an ever increasing array of fields, and we are committed to our mission of preparing students for living and making a living. The shared values of respect, compassion, justice, excellence and stewardship shape the missions of both the University and PSJH.

The Controller will oversee and manage the University’s comprehensive accounting and Payroll operations, including general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, grant accounting, and endowment accounting. This position will guide financial decisions by establishing, monitoring and enforcing policies, procedures and internal controls. In addition, this position will be responsible for financial statements, month end processes, reconciliation, analysis, and audits. This position will supervise Accounting staff and will report to the University VP of Finance.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Coordinate the accounting operations of the University.

  • Provide guidance and direction to the finance/accounting team, and serve as the resource for department and University goals.

  • Oversee the development, revisions and administration of policies, procedures, and processes related to payroll.

  • Maintain an environment that focuses on superior service to all customers, including students, parents, faculty and staff.

  • Train, supervise, manage and evaluate the accounting staff to ensure accuracy of reporting, customer satisfaction and efficient operations.

  • Review and approve all accounting journal entries. Oversee investments and endowment funds and record monthly activity.

  • Assist the VP for Finance with the University Budget

  • Ensure compliance with Federal and State regulation and reporting requirements including FASB, GAAP, NACUBO, IPEDS, and Form 990.

  • Ensure compliance with Federal and State regulations applicable to payroll.

  • Serve as the University’s liaison for the independent auditor. Create master schedule of all activities related to the annual audit including due dates, data requirements, reconciliation spreadsheet and closing and adjusting entries for year-end close.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • At least 5 years of progressive experience in a professional accounting position; experience within higher education or non-profit sector preferred.

  • Working knowledge of theories and principles of FASB, generally accepted accounting principles and systems of internal control management.

  • Hands-on supervisory experience with all aspects of payroll operations.

  • Demonstrated experience with automated and integrated accounting software and Microsoft Office products.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • CPA or MBA.

  • Knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices associated with higher education.

  • Experience with Ellucian Banner ERP.

About the department you will serve.

University of Providence is part of the broader Providence St. Joseph health family of brands. PSJH provides a variety of functional, system and educational support services for eight regions from Alaska to California, including academic ministries like University of Providence and Providence High School. We are focused on supporting our Mission by delivering a robust foundation of services and sharing of specialized expertise.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details

Our Mission

As people of Providence, we reveal God's love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service.

About Us

Providence Health & Services is the third largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. Providence employs more than 82,000 caregivers (employees) across a five-state area; AK, WA, MT, OR, and CA. Our facilities include 34 hospitals, 600 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and other health and educational services. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Finance & Accounting

Location: Montana-Great Falls

Other Location(s): Alaska-Anchorage, Montana-Missoula, Oregon-Portland, Washington-Renton

Req ID: 179751