Business Office Director & Controller

Business Office Director & Controller Full-Time


Divine Word College is accepting applications for the full-time position of Business Office Director & Controller. The Business Office Director & Controller is an at-will employee of Divine Word College effectively managing all accounting processes, systems and records, and financial reporting in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). In addition, the Director/Controller reports to and works closely with the Vice President of Operations & Finance on all accounting and operational matters and is responsible for the annual College budget. The position requires an ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and to work collaboratively.

Primary Responsibilities


Manages the accounting function of the College:

  • Balances and maintains all accounting records and closes the books in a timely manner
  • Prepares and submits all necessary reports to government agencies, associations, grantors or other appropriate private organizations, including all corporation reports and 5500 forms for retirement (TIAA)
  • Collaborates closely the Vice President for Operations & Finance, Admissions Office and Development Office, and reports significant changes as soon as recognized

Processes Banking Operations:

  • Receives funds and makes deposits; disburses funds to meet regular obligations
  • Oversees the investment of excess funds on short-term basis
  • Makes appropriate journal entries and prepares monthly balance reports


Directs all Business Office activities:

  • Oversees College payroll, accounts payable, and keeps accurate records of revenues and expenses
  • Processes student accounts, including medical, tuition and other charges
  • Keeps property, plant, and equipment valuations up to date
  • Manages insurance claims as needed
  • Tracks restricted funds as received and released
  • Oversees front desk services
  • Manages the Business Office team, substituting as needed
Qualifications Include:
  • A CPA or master of accounting degree required
  • Experience in non-profits, education, and taxes is desired
  • High standard of collaboration and communication
  • Proven experience of managing a busy office environment and managing office staff
  • Proficient computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Quicken, Business Office software (MIP Fund Accounting), etc.)
  • Financial, accounting, and analytical skills

The full-time position benefit package includes life, medical, dental insurance, vacation, paid holidays, 403(b) Flex Plan and tuition exchange program for employees and family members.  In most cases the tuition exchange program covers 100% of tuition at any of the 440 participating institutions.

Council of Independent Colleges Tuition Exchange Program (

Catholic College Cooperative Tuition Exchange (


Send resume, cover letter, three professional references by email or regular mail to: Steve Winger, Vice President for Operations at: or Divine Word College, 102 Jacoby Drive, S.W.,  P.O. Box 380, Epworth, IA 52045-0380.

Application deadline: Review of applications begins March 1, 2023, and continues until the position is filled.

Divine Word College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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