Date Posted: 04/13/2022
Type/Department:Administrator in Business Office
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Hampshire College

Department:  Business Office    

Job Title: Controller

Position Type: Full Time

Schedule: 35 Hours a week

Pay Range/ Status: $90,000 - $98,000 / Exempt

Location: Hampshire College Campus in Amherst, MA

Reports to: Vice President of Finance and Administration, Treasurer

Anticipated Start Date: June 1, 2022


Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is located on a beautiful rural campus in Amherst, Massachusetts. We provide residential undergraduate education to nearly 600 students. Each department at Hampshire College contributes to the collaborative culture of the organization and plays an important role in the success of the College. The business office provides the Hampshire community with best-practice financial support, guidance, and consultation, and is committed to delivering consistently accurate fiscal information for use in strategic planning and institutional growth. As part of the business office team, you will be instrumental in the department achieving its mission and goals!


The controller directs and coordinates all accounting and recordkeeping related functions within the College, including oversight of monthly reconciliations and financial closing processes, annual audit process, annual nonprofit tax return process, cash flows, banking, investments and endowment accounting, fund accounting, financial statement preparation and general ledger maintenance. The controller directly oversees the staff accountant, financial analyst and the senior accountant, ensuring consistent and timely period closings. The controller reports to the vice president of finance and administration, treasurer (VPFA).

The controller is also a senior member of the finance and administration division leadership team and plays a critical role in the division providing effective services to the College community meeting the needs of students, employees, and other constituents. The controller is responsible for leading staff members, maintaining high standards and conditions, and fostering a positive and inclusive environment, leading to a quality experience for customers. The controller establishes the workplace climate and norms of the operation by expecting high standards of customer service, content area knowledge and education, by having a demonstrated commitment to providing high-quality service for the Hampshire College community.


  • Planning, organizing, scheduling, assigning and reviewing the work of others.
  • Selecting, training, instructing, appraising, counseling and motivating assigned staff. 
  • Maintaining records and preparing reports and correspondence including required regulatory reports and records.
  • Computer proficiency (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and web-based software).
  • Communicating; both verbal and written communication, as well as presenting information to groups.
  • Customer service to include responsiveness, providing a friendly approach, and problem-solving.
  • Organization and the ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Project management to include developing project plans with steps and timelines and ensuring project is seen to completion within set timeframe.
  • Time management to include ensuring deadlines are met or completed ahead of commitment.
  •  Passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.
  • Demonstrates skill in understanding of cultural differences.
  • Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.
  • Experience with the following systems is welcome, but not required: Colleague and Fundriver/Balance. 
  • Working knowledge of merchant accounts, online banking systems, grant reporting systems, email and calendar management. 
  • Must have supervisory experience.
  • As an exempt employee, the incumbent may be asked to work variable schedules to include evenings and weekends.


  • Four-year college degree or equivalent
  • Minimum of five years job-related experience

Alternatives to formal education and paid work experience may be considered as equivalent qualifications to include military service/training, volunteering, activism, and other non-traditional programs and experiences related to the position.


Hampshire College offers an excellent benefits program for eligible employees such as medical, dental, vision, life insurance, generous retirement plan contributions, flexible leave plans, and many other fringe benefits. For information on Hampshire College, including more information on employee benefits and our company culture, visit our website at


Hampshire College is an equal opportunity employer and deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are particularly committed to revealing and combating the social and institutional structures that support racism and white supremacy in all phases of employment and college life. We believe that the educational and employment environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to work and grow. We encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, veterans, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. Hampshire College is committed to removing barriers to employment faced by equity-seeking groups and encourages (but does not require) members of these groups to self-identify in their application materials. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in the work environment are particularly encouraged to apply.


Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at

Review of applications will begin on May 2, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.