Chief Financial Officer/Controller

Chief Financial Officer/Controller


The Chief Financial Officer/Controller provides leadership in the planning and management of the University’s financial resources, and in the communication of its financial information to internal and external constituents.


  • Ensures that the University has a clear business model that includes all CIU divisions (higher education, Ben Lippen Schools, and Pineview Properties) and is effective, sustainable, and in keeping with CIU’s mission, vision, and core values.
  • Participates in the President’s Cabinet to assess the financial aspects of plans under consideration, and to give input on the allocation of financial resources to support the institutional strategy.
  • Provides financial reporting to the CIU Board of Trustees, the BLS Board of Directors, the executive team, and external constituents (e.g., accreditors, donors, regulators, etc.).
  • Oversees budget management and investments management (endowments and other scholarship funds of $40 million).
  • Oversees internal and external financial reporting (GAAP financial statements; Form 990; management “dashboard” reporting; and ad hoc reports as needed to appraise and show operating results), as well as budget development and reporting.
  • Oversees the annual external financial audit preparation process.
  • Provides monthly, quarterly, and yearly financial reports for upper management.
  • Monitors the University’s cash position, and initiate actions needed to meet the organization’s needs and maximize resources.
  • Maintains highly collaborative relationships with academic leaders and other administrative leaders to promote fiscal awareness and accountability.
  • Stays abreast of relevant professional and tax standards so as to keep CIU in compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Ensures that adequate controls and procedures are in place (and documented) to safeguard assets and produce reliable financial information.



  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to CIU’s biblical and community life and doctrinal standards, mission and goals.
  • Proven senior level management and organizational skills with ability to manage departments, projects, tasks and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated expertise in financial planning, reporting, management, and analysis in an organization with a diverse financial structure and fund accounting system.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or related field.
  • Five years of proven financial management experience within a large, complex organization.
  • CPA certification preferred.



BLS/CIU provides a benefits package that includes:

  • Health Plan;
  • 401(k) plan with match opportunity;
  • 100% of employee’s cost of group life insurance;
  • Long term disability insurance;
  • Vacation days, holidays, sick leave, family leave;
  • Educational benefits: tuition reduction for PreK3-Graduate.


Interested and qualified candidates will complete the CIU Employment Application.

Columbia International University
Time Period
40 hours/12 months

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Supplemental Form and Instructions

CIU faculty positions will need to submit a curriculum vitae (CV). Once you have completed your online application, you will have an opportunity to submit a cover letter and resume.

Instructional Staff Supplement Form (PDF)

Ben Lippen Employment Application (PDF)

BLS Online Studies Adjunct Application

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