DOROT is looking for a Controller!
For the duration of 2021, this is currently a remote opportunity with headquarters located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The Controller will periodically need to report to locations in NYC and Westchester.
DOROT, was founded in 1976 by Columbia University students seeking to make a difference for older adults in their community. We provide a dynamic partnership of seniors, volunteers and professionals dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults to help them live independently as valued members of the community. Our wide array of programs – conducted onsite, in the home and in the community – are designed to combat loneliness and social isolation. During the pandemic, DOROT’s programs have pivoted to offering services virtually, via Zoom and over the phone. Compassionate care and a commitment to excellence are hallmarks of our programs and staff.
DOROT’s client’s range in age from 60 to over 100, vary in physical mobility and economic status, and come from diverse backgrounds. DOROT serves the Jewish and wider community and offers a lifeline of support to older adults in Manhattan and Westchester and beyond.
DOROT is an innovative leader in mobilizing volunteers of all ages to improve the lives and health of the elderly and address the challenges of an aging society. We bring the generations together in mutually beneficial partnership, engaging over 6,000 volunteers a year in meaningful and impactful programming.
About the Opportunity
The Controller is responsible for leading all of the strategic and routine operations of the Finance Department – including developing financial strategy, performing “what if” modeling, preparing financial statements and other reports and analyses for administrative and program staff, committees and board, and external stakeholders as well as maintaining accounting policies and records. The Controller works in tandem with the Chief Financial Officer in the preparation of the annual budgets, audits, financial analysis and planning as well as other projects as they arise.
What You’ll Do
The Controller is responsible for the following in addition to any other projects as assigned by their manager, the Chief Financial Officer:
- Financial Strategy, Vision and Leadership
- Works with CFO to establish a planning and analysis culture including budgeting and forecasting.
- Supports the design and execution of a strategy to ensure the Finance & Operations functions are equipped with the right systems, structures, people and partners to effectively deliver team and organizational goals.
- Advises the CFO and other key members of senior management on financial planning budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters.
- Serves as the management liaison to the finance and audit committees; effectively communicates and presents critical financial matters at select board of directors and committee meetings.
- Maintains continuous lines of communication, keeping the CFO informed of all critical financial issues.
- Provides support to Program and Development colleagues in financial policy and procedures by building trust and strong working relationships with senior staff and peers.
- Financial Operations & Infrastructure
- Ensures financial tools are operationalized in such a way to highlight meaningful insights and guide short- and long-term decision-making, including revenue forecasting and programming decisions.
- Upgrades and implements an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures.
- Plans, coordinates, and executes the annual budget process.
- Leads the implementation of Blackbaud Financial Edge GL Budget, A/P, Treasury, and Expense Management modules
- Works on integration of Raiser’s Edge and Financial Edge software
- Ensures adherence to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) by establishing financial reporting systems and controls to ensure compliance
- Oversees staff in the proper maintenance of accounting records, including monthly analysis of accounts, preparation of journal entries, month and year-end closing, and work paper updates.
- Coordinates and oversees the annual audit for the agency.
- Oversees internal policies, procedures and systems and maintains a documented system of accounting policies and procedures.
- Identifies and recommends updates to accounting processes and procedures.
- Financial Analysis & Reporting
- Oversee analysis and modeling efforts to inform strategic plan and long-term agency plans and needs
- Provide strategic financial leadership and analysis in the areas of employee benefit packages and payroll.
- Produces interim financial statement reporting and analysis monthly to CFO and quarterly to Finance Committee.
- Prepares annual operating and capital budget; as well as quarterly modifications including interacting with program directors as issues arise advocating for budgetary revisions.
- Develops a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism and oversees cash accounting including bank reconciliations, cash management and routine cash flow needs.
- Coordinates and oversees revenue recognition and cash receipt process with the Development Department.
- Ensures timely filing of Form 990 and NYS Char 500.
- Leads the team to ensure that the accounting transactions, donor contributions, vendor payments, and employee wages are paid accurately and timely and properly coded and recorded in the General Ledger to facilitate the preparation of the Financial Statements.
Who You Are
- You want to make an impact and bring about change. You understand what it means to be both a thoughtful and strategic planner while balancing the ability to translate that plan into concrete results - you are ambitious and work to align financial systems to support the organization where it is today and plan for tomorrow. Whether it’s on your own, or through staff, consultants, or partners. Your experience, transparency, and organization allow you to get the nuts and bolts in place in record time, always with support and input from the rest of the finance team and organization.
- You are an independent self starter and a dedicated team member. You are comfortable working independently and understand your role and priorities in the context of the organization’s quarterly goals and overall mission. You’re also a pro at managing up, helping bring in the CFO and other members of the Executive Team when and where you need them with the greatest of ease. You can work on any project, with any team, to get to the end result. You are humble and driven to ensure your team succeeds. You have a “figure it out” mentality and definitely have demonstrated the experience of running the engine of many programs in the larger non-profit sector.
- Financial details are the name of your game. Tracking details and keeping things moving forward are high priorities for you. You are a problem solver who connects the dots between what is promised and what needs to be delivered and who helps people get things done on time and on budget. Your attention to detail allows you to share just the right level of detail and relevant information with both internal and external colleagues to keep DOROT moving forward.
- You’re values-aligned. You share DOROT’s commitment to excellence, communal responsibility, compassion, integrity, and innovation. You care deeply about making a difference and work each day to make a demonstrable impact for the older adults and volunteers we serve.
How You’ll be Measured
At the end of year one, as the Controller you will have implemented an integrated Blackbaud Financial Edge and Raiser’s Edge system in partnership with consultants. You will have reviewed and updated our financial policies and processes and brought us to a fully digital environment. A new budgeting environment has been developed; making it easier for our program Directors to understand and update quarterly forecasts. Our accounting practices will be updated and best practices implemented. You will have built strong relationships with your peers and earned their trust.
- Bachelor’s degree ideally in accounting or some finance related field with a CPA or MBA preferred
- Eight years or more of related not for profit finance experience
- Experience with and knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning, Human Resource Information Systems, General Ledger or other software implementations
- Proficiency in Blackbaud software packages (Financial Edge and Raiser’s Edge)
Why Work with Us
At DOROT, we believe that the power of connection can be transformative. Working with us means that you will have:
- Flexibility in your working schedule. This includes things like working from home, flexibility to support your family, etc. This also means that you have just over 1 months’ time each year to spend it how you like thanks to a generous PTO policy.
- Access to health care when you need it most. Whether it be medical, vision, dental, disability or life insurance, we’ve got you covered and offer a bevy of benefits to ensure that you and your family are taken care of during these uncertain times.
- Support to plan for your future. We offer a 403(b) contribution of 3% after your first two years with us with the opportunity for increasing contributions as you stay with us over time.
- Experience professional growth. DOROT is financially strong and in growth mode; an organization where you can make a difference.
This search is being managed by TalentED Advisors, a New York based talent strategy and management firm which partners exclusively with non-profit organizations. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter detailing their interest in our mission and qualifications for the position to: https://talentedadvisors.applytojob.com/apply/1AqaxWbw7c/DOROT-Controller?source=Idealist
Of course DOROT, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer providing for employment or advancement without discrimination because of race, color, religion creed, political association, ancestry, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, domestic violence or stalking victim status, national origin, citizenship, age, veteran status, pregnancy, handicap disability, genetic, genetic characteristics, or other protected status.