Summary: The Controller will assist the Chief Financial Officer in overseeing the financial reporting, budgeting, training, and risk management activities of Heartland Alliance International. The Controller is responsible for maintaining fiscal records, providing financial information, preparing monthly financial reports, filing reports with regulatory agencies, managing financial risks and controls, preparing financial statements for audits, conducting financial analyses, and making presentations to organization executives and board members. The controller has secondary responsibilities to act in the absence of the CFO. The Controller works within a team environment with other finance department staff, organizational executives, and program management. The controller reports directly to the Heartland Alliance Chief Financial Officer.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead and oversee the activities of the accounting staff to ensure the accurate and timely processing of all transaction cycles; Maintain an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the accounting team’s goals and objectives
Manage the selection, training, development, and performance evaluation of accounting staff, including a staff of accounting professionals in the international arena
Maintain financial records in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles
Ensure timely completion and distribution of accurate financial records, monthly operating statements, financial reports, and analyses; make adjustments as necessary and highlight areas of concern
Prepare monthly financial critical indicator reports for executive and program management highlighting significant budget to actual variances and associated financial risks, detailed analyses of accounts receivable, financial forecasts, and other key financial insights
Present financial reports and analyses to organization executives and board members
Provide program personnel with financial information sufficient to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal budgetary, contractual, and reporting requirements; Effectively work with program personnel by providing timely financial information and analysis through group and individual meetings
Ensure compliance with government grant contracts and other regulations by ensuring the accurate and timely completion of financial reports and other filings
Prepare financial statements and schedules in support of the annual audit and government and other regulatory agency audits; effectively manage relations with auditors and regulatory agencies
Assist with preparation of program budgets in accordance with funder guidelines
Protect organizational financial assets by establishing, implementing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls, such as financial and accounting policies and procedures; provide recommendations for improvement
Establish or recommend to management, economic strategies, objectives, and financial policies • Other duties may be assigned
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance/Business and 5 years progressive relevant experience with an additional 2 years of international accounting experience, and demonstrated competencies with accounting for foreign currency, preferred experience in unstable banking/financial environments.
Certified Public Accountant is required.
Experience in government and not-for-profit accounting is required with current
Experience working in or with post-crisis areas is desirable
In addition to English, ability to speak and read Spanish and/or Arabic is highly desirable
Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret accounting principles, government regulations, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or questions from management, staff, Board members, auditors, and regulatory agencies. Ability to prepare and write narratives for financial analyses that conform to prescribed style and format in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Ability to effectively present information to top management, staff, and Board members.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations. Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.
Reasoning Ability: Strong analytical ability required. Ability to identify problems, ask questions, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to use Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. The individual must have thorough knowledge of fund accounting software.
Heartland Alliance, one of the world’s leading anti-poverty organizations, works in communities in the U.S. and abroad to serve those who are homeless, living in poverty, or seeking safety. It provides a comprehensive array of services in the areas of health, housing, jobs and justice – and leads state and national policy efforts, which target lasting change for individuals and society.