The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the largest nongovernmental foundation supporting retinal disease research in the world, funding rigorous scientific discovery and clinical trials to preserve and restore vision. Our headquarters are in Columbia, MD with regional offices in New York NY, Chicago IL, Raleigh NC and Santa Monica CA. Working with preeminent scientists, the FFB has funded recent breakthroughs in gene therapy, stem cells and bionic retinas, providing an historic opportunity for a promising new era in human clinical trials.
Over the past four decades, FFB has expanded its influence by raising more than $750 million to fund thousands of research studies at prominent institutions worldwide. We are seeking a Controller based in our Columbia headquarters office. The position reports to the Vice President, Finance.
Responsibilities will include:
Primary Responsibilities: The following are representative of the duties and responsibilities associated with this position and are not meant to be an all-inclusive list:
Guide the Finance department to ensure implementation of the strategy set forth by the Vice President, Finance
Manage the day to day operations of general accounting, Accounts Payable and Payroll staff, including clear direction, appropriate delegation and systematic feedback on key activities
Manage the monthly closing process and distribution of departmental and executive financial reports
Manage the fiscal year end closing process, including preparation and review of audit analysis schedules
Assist with the development of automated reporting and tracking mechanisms to replace existing manual processes
Direct general accounting, property accounting, internal controls, forms control, financial records retention programs
Under the direction of the VP, Finance, coordinate preparation of all budgets. Analyze expense and revenue results against approved budgets. Exercise accounting control to ensure budgeted expenditures do not exceed amounts authorized
Assume responsibility for the correct and accurate accounting classification of all expenditures, and documents, including capital and others
Interact with Foundation's independent auditors on tax return preparation and annual audits
Manage and direct timely filing of reports and charitable registrations with regulatory agencies, including compliance with fundraising laws and regulations
Collaborate with Senior Manager, Gift Processing and Senior Manage, Database to ensure that databases and related systems are in alignment with the accounting system (MIP)
Administer and manage the Finance department’s expense budget within guidelines to contribute to the cost-effective operation of FFB.
Act as back-up to Vice President, Finance, as necessary and within approved authority
Please send resume with salary requirements. We offer a competitive salary and benefits, as well as a terrific team to work with! FFB is an equal opportunity employer.
The selected candidate will possess:
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, CPA required
Minimum 10 years financial experience. Minimum 5 years non-profit experience required
Knowledge of regulatory compliance and government grant accounting, including GAAP, tax laws and regulations
Highly knowledgeable and experienced with Payroll system, databases and Microsoft Office Suite applications
Forward thinking, creative individual with high ethical standards
Must possess sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment and strong business operational focus
Requires a demonstrated ability to lead and motivate people and obtain results through others
Strong interpersonal and management skills
Must be organized, dependable and able to meet deadlines by effectively prioritizing workload
Articulate in written and verbal communication
Excellent judgment and decision-making skills
About Foundation Fighting Blindness
Company Summary: The Foundation Fighting Blindness has one clear objective: accelerating therapeutic advances for the treatments and cures of rare genetic diseases of the retina, including retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, Stargardt disease and related conditions. These diseases, which affect more than 10 million Americans and millions more throughout the world, often lead to severe vision loss or complete blindness.
Working with preeminent scientists, the FFB has funded breakthroughs in gene therapy, stem cells and bionic retinas, providing a historic opportunity for a promising new era in human clinical trials. We are the largest non-governmental source of research funds for inherited retinal degenerative diseases. Over the past four decades, FFB has raised more than $750 million to fund research studies in both academic and industry labs worldwide.