We have your next position available! Our client is looking for a Controller for a direct hire/ full-time opportunity currently located in Arlington, VA. The Controller is an experienced, motivated, hands-on financial professional that reports directly to the Associate Vice President for Finance. This individual will serve in a leadership position during an exciting period of growth for the organization. The Controller will lead and manage accounting operations, financial close and statements, and external financial reporting, as well as provide reliable and substantiated accounting guidance on US-GAAP-compliant industry practices. The ideal candidate leads by example and enjoys developing and motivating the team as well as being a stellar partner within the organization.
Oversee the daily accounting, financial systems, and reporting operations to include G/L, A/R, Payroll, Endowment, Post Award Grant Accounting including but not limited to weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual processes (e.g., payroll, monthly close, endowment portfolio and post award grant management, etc.).
Provide expertise in the evaluation of new standards and pronouncements to determine their applicability, and leads the formulation, coordination, guidance, and implementation of applicable accounting policies, standards, and systems ensuring compliance with federal and not-for-profit accounting and reporting standards, laws, and regulations.
Establish, monitor, and enforce internal controls over financial operations and reporting to ensure timeliness and accuracy and oversee timely resolution of audit findings.
Oversee and manage the annual financial statement audits, serving as the primary liaison with the external auditors or other governing agencies.
Responsible for the development and distribution of quarterly and monthly financial statements as well as the review of processes to ensure timely and accurate financial information, to include statement of activity, statement of position, statement of cash flows, and cash flow projections.
Oversee the production of tax returns and ensure timely and accurate reporting to the IRS Form 990s, 1099s, 1042s, indirect cost rate agreement, debt covenant reporting, and reports related to Federal appropriations and grants.
Manage all regulatory requirements related to finance and accounting activities and reporting.
Responsible for development, coordination, and maintenance of all internal and public-facing financial reporting operations and support the executive team in regular financial reports to the Cabinet and Board of Trustees.
Advise senior management and department heads on accounting, reporting, tax, and other financial management activities.
Establish priorities and goals for the accounting staff, develop process workflows to achieve operational excellence.
Lead the recruitment, selection, and training of personnel to build a high performing team to carry out all accounting and financial systems and reporting functions.
Document accounting policies and procedures and train staff throughout the organization in alignment with compliance standards and best practices.
Bachelor’s Degree (accounting, finance, or related field)
Ten (10) years progressively responsible relevant experience, including at least seven (5) years of management experience
CPA certification required
Higher education, nonprofit, and/or federal experience is preferred
Master’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or related field
System implementation experience
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Ability to use strategic and critical approaches to decision-making
Ability to prioritize work with meticulous attention to detail and accuracy
Demonstrated ability to write persuasive analytical and technical reports for a broad array of audiences
Large ERP system experience (Workday Finance and query languages preferred)