Treasurers & Controllers
Also called: Chief School Finance Officer, Controller, Finance Director, Treasurer
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Treasurers and Controllers might sound like shipmates who guard the loot on a ship at sea, but in reality they are much more prudent. Treasurers and controllers direct financial planning, procurement, and investment strategies that keep businesses not just running, but growing. As a treasurer or controller, you are responsible for managing your organization’s budget, and for developing policies that promote accurate financial documentation, efficient cash and credit management, and ethical investments. You must be aware of federal and state rules, and current accounting standards. These jobs are all about documentation. Financial statements, business activity reports, financial position forecasts, and annual budgets are just a few of the regular, critical methods of recording financial activity that a treasurer must master. Strong writing and math skills are needed to communicate with the regulatory agencies within and outside of your organization. A job as a treasurer or controller demands the specialization of a master’s degree or higher, often in accounting or financial management. Five years of experience in financial management is a typical prerequisite. Treasurers and controllers may not get to work with chests full of gold and rubies, but the organizations that rely on their careful planning and direction are very thankful for the work they do.
What they do:Direct financial activities, such as planning, procurement, and investments for all or part of an organization.
On the job, you would:
- Supervise employees performing financial reporting, accounting, billing, collections, payroll, and budgeting duties.
- Coordinate and direct the financial planning, budgeting, procurement, or investment activities of all or part of an organization.
- Develop internal control policies, guidelines, and procedures for activities such as budget administration, cash and credit management, and accounting.
- accounting and economics
Math and Science
- arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
- English language
Safety and Government
- law and government
- thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
- reading work related information
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
- thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
- figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
- communicate by speaking
- listen and understand what people say
- choose the right type of math to solve a problem
- add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Ideas and Logic
- make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
- use rules to solve problems
- quickly know what you are looking at
People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Analytical Thinking
- Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software