Director of Financial Services/Controller

Job Title:Director of Financial Services/Controller
Reports To: Vice President Finance & Campus Operations
Location: Flexible
Pay: $75,920 – $101,273

General Statement of Job Function

The Director of Financial Services (Controller) is responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities. The Director provides accurate and timely financial information to the Vice-President of Finance, Executive Leadership Council, Board of Trustees and other constituents, for external reporting and operational decision-making purposes.

The Controller will lead all day-to-day finance operations of a $15 million budget and supervise a team of 5 staff members, including functional responsibility over all financial operations including financial reporting; general ledger accounting; accounts receivable/student accounts; budgeting; financial analysis; endowment, grant and gift accounting; taxation issues and payroll services.

Essential Functions

  • Ensures protection of financial assets by establishing, monitoring and enforcing strong internal controls.
  • Establishes, monitors, and enforces corporate accounting and financial policies and procedures.
  • Complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating future legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; filing financial reports; advising management on needed actions.
  • Prepares and/or reviews interim financial statements, periodic reports, analytic data and other accounting reports as needed.
  • Oversees annual year-end audit process, ensuring the preparation of all required schedules and reports for outside auditors.
  • Prepares annual budgets, trains new budget managers and facilitate communication with departmental managers regarding oversight and spending.
  • Ensures proper monitoring of budget spending, communicating areas of concern and corrective action recommendations to budget managers and/or Administrative Committee members as appropriate.
  • Analyzes investment transactions and market value of endowments, annuities and other investments.
  • Oversees all monthly, quarterly and annual payroll processes for timeliness and accuracy.
  • Supervises Bursar activities ensuring compliance with Federal regulations and optimizing cash flow from student accounts.
  • Manages accounts payable function in regards to cash flow requirements, proper classification of expenditures and budget parameters.
  • Ensures adequate staffing of accounting and finance functions by recommending staffing levels, recruiting, selecting and training employees.
  • Maintains financial staff performance by coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
  • Sets and accomplishes annual goals in support of the Strategic Framework set forth by the Vice President of Finance and the President.


  • Five years of experience as a Senior Accountant, Controller, Financial Manager or Auditor
  • The position requires a bachelor’s degree in business, accounting or finance or experience commensurate with a degree
  •  CPA and/or MBA preferred. 


This is an extraordinary opportunity for a mature leader with five to ten years of accounting and finance experience, ideally beginning in accounting and audit, followed by experience gathering, evaluating, presenting and reporting financial information to executive teams and external stakeholders. S/he will ideally have experience in a complex nonprofit that has multiple programs.

  • Committed personal relationship with Jesus Christ required and a lifestyle consistent with the Seminary’s Community Values and Behavioral Commitments
  • Agreement with Denver Seminary’s statement of faith
  • Must be knowledgeable in all phases of accounting, finance and business operations
  • Must have the strategic, analytical and technical ability to organize, communicate and manage projects effectively, accurately and confidentially
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and unwavering commitment to Denver Seminary’s mission; a proactive, hands-on strategic thinker who will own, in partnership with the CFO, the responsibility for finance
  • Solid experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, and accounting for investments
  •  A track record in grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting of government, corporate and foundation grants
  • Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software
  • Commitment to recruiting, mentoring, training, and retaining a diverse team; the foresight and ability to delegate accordingly
  • Keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which allows for strategic data interpretation versus. simple reporting
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board or other outside partners
  • Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers


Denver Seminary prepares men and women to engage the needs of the world with the redemptive power of the Gospel and the life-changing truth of Scripture. Through our educational programs and mentoring process, the Seminary challenges students to grow spiritually, intellectually, and professional in order to lead God’s people in the accomplishment of His mission in the world.

The position of Director of Financial Services supports this mission by:

  • Robust system of internal controls that is understood and adhered to by staff.
  • Accounting policies and procedures that are clearly articulated and enforced to ensure quality, consistency and uniform compliance.
  • Accurate and timely issuance of all interim and annual financial statement reports and disclosures.
  • Accurate and timely filing of various required periodic reports and tax returns.
  • Accurate, efficient and responsive business office and administrative support processes. 
  • Compliance with accounting, federal funds, and regulatory body requirements and standards.
  • High quality of internal and external customer service in all phases of fiscal operations.
  • Goal setting and attainment that support the Strategic Framework and initiatives of the VP of Finance and Campus Operations and the President.
  • Thoughtful, well documented data and analysis to support Seminary decision-making.

Typical Physical Demands and Working Conditions

Normal office working conditions including computer usage may require occasional standing, walking, long periods of sitting, climb stairs, balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Denver Seminary is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence in all areas of ministry and operations.

For Supervisors:

Actively participate in any legal proceedings involving Denver Seminary as requested. This may involve employee and or student interactions.

Application Process

Willingness to support Denver Seminary’s vision, sign the National Association of Evangelicals Faith Statement, and abide by the Seminary’s Community Values and Behavioral Commitments is required.

Please complete our online application form.  

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