Controller

Reporting to the Museum’s Chief Financial Officer, the Controller has responsibility for all aspects of the Museum’s accounting functions including production of interim and year-end financial statements, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and development of a comprehensive set of internal controls designed to mitigate risk and enhance accuracy of the Museum’s reported

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From Tuesday 01 January 2013 to Tuesday 01 January 2013

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Reporting to the Museum’s Chief Financial Officer, the Controller has responsibility for all aspects of the Museum’s accounting functions including production of interim and year-end financial statements, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and development of a comprehensive set of internal controls designed to mitigate risk and enhance accuracy of the Museum’s reported financial results.

In addition, the position ensures compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and/or other applicable reporting standards. The Controller manages all Accounting staff.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain a documented system of accounting policies and procedures.
  • Prepare timely interim and year-end financial statements and manage the monthly accounting close calendar to ensure completeness and accuracy of reported results.
  • Manage accounting for the Museum’s investment portfolio including timely posting and reconciliation of monthly investment activity to the general ledger.
  • Prepare journal entries for all short and long-term debt obligations including financial statement disclosures; working with Finance, monitor compliance with debt covenants as applicable.
  • Ensure timely review, approval and posting of journal entries prepared by Accounting staff.
  • Review and approve bi-weekly payroll processing.
  • Develop policies and procedures to ensure timely and cost effective processing of Accounts Payable.
  • Coordinate completion of all tax and regulatory reporting including filing of annual Form 990.
  • Provide ongoing monitoring and reconciliation of endowment gifts and related restrictions by working closely with the Development and Finance teams.
  • Coordinate and manage the external audit process including review and approval of audit schedules, provision of timely information to auditors and follow-up on audit recommendations as necessary.
  • Develop and maintain analytical tools to aid in the financial reporting process.
  • Establish a service-oriented, proactive and responsive philosophy within the Accounting team.
  • Plan, assign, direct and review the work of Accounting staff.

Additional responsibilities:

  • Recruit, train, supervise and evaluate Accounting staff.
  • Participate in Audit committee meetings of the Board as needed.
  • Perform other ad-hoc projects as necessary.

Skills, knowledge and abilities:

  • Knowledge of automated accounting/ financial reporting systems. Experience with the Blackbaud suite of products preferred.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong technical Accounting skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task and simultaneously manage multiple projects.
  • Self-starter with ability to work as part of a team.

Education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance from an accredited institution.
  • Active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) License.
  • Minimum of 8 years of progressive Accounting experience including previous supervisory duties.
  • Experience with Not-For-Profit accounting preferred.