Location: Philadelphia, PA
Application Deadline: October 27th, 2021
For consideration, please attach your Cover Letter and Resume to the online application in addition to answering the Application Questions.
Summary of Principal Responsibilities
The Senior Finance Controller supervises a team of finance and accounting professionals to ensure that the AFSC’s program and administrative units are supported with efficient, accurate, and comprehensive internal reporting, financial research, and analysis, grants fiscal management and compliance, budgeting and fiscal monitoring, general ledger accounting, and information systems. As a member of the finance department management team, the Senior Finance Controller collaborates with other key organizational stakeholders to develop, strengthen, and uphold AFSC policies and procedures that support strong financial decision-making and resource stewardship.
- Oversees and responsible for monthly general ledger information, monthly financial reports, departmental reports, monthly close process, and organizational monthly financial statements.
- Supervise and manage a team of finance and accounting professionals that provide financial, grant, and budget support to AFSC’s global program and administrative units. When needed, perform regional controller role to own portfolio of regions and units. Excellent communication and management skills are key as this role would work across multiple departments in varying environments.
- Provides and directs procedures and systems necessary to maintain proper record, compliance and separation of duties and maintains adequate accounting controls and services. Demonstrates critical thinking skill sets while being in compliance with standard account procedures and supporting the organization’s social justice goals and values.
- Appraises the organization’s grant expenditure and compliance financial position and issues periodic financial and operation reports (KPIs) to CFO and other entities as needed. Analyzes, consolidates, and directs all accounting procedures together with other statistical and routine reports.
- Directs and coordinates the establishment of budget programs including grant budgets.
- Support regional and unit leadership with effective financial information, analysis, and guidance.
- Maintain an understanding of regional operations and the impact of financial matters on programs. Assist and guide regional and central office staff in their understanding and analysis of financial information within multi-currency environments.
- Collaborate with regional and central office staff to monitor financial results against budget and identifying, explaining and resolving variances.
- Share dotted line supervision with the Grants Accounting Manager, who provides grant support and guidance, including assisting with and actively supporting proposal budget development, designing and generating financial reports for grantors and audits, and identifying and collaborating to resolve grant compliance issues.
- Manage relationships with auditors, including the grant auditors. Oversee compliance with general accounting principles as they relate to US and International Standards.
- Maintain and improve standard operating procedures for internal and grant reporting, grants fiscal management and compliance, budgeting and fiscal monitoring, and general ledger accounting functions.
- Manage closing schedules, coordinate closing activities and organizational audit.
- Ensure the integrity of internal financial reporting for regional and unit activity. Review and approve general ledger entries for reporting units: provide general ledger support to international regions. This includes (but is not limited to) expense allocations, cost distributions, transfers, adjustments, and revenue recognition.
- Develop, maintain, and improve training materials and documentation of procedures. Deliver in-person and virtual trainings.
- Be a technical resource for financial software systems, including but not necessarily limited to user account configuration and maintenance, upgrade and implementation support, as well as training development and delivery.
- Leverage strengths and develop knowledge and skills of the finance department team with accounting software, Microsoft Excel, and other tools that are available for the understanding and communication of financial information.
- Special projects as assigned by supervisor.
Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in experience, preferably in accounting, finance, or other related business field.
Experience: At least seven years of accounting and finance experience, with three at a management level, in a multi-divisional organization with international operations. Experience working with annual operating budgets of $20 million or greater involving high volumes of finance and accounting transactions with allocations across multiple programs or projects.
Non-profit experience highly preferred.
International non-profit experience a plus.
Other Required Skills and Abilities:
- Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non-violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.
- Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff.
- Ability to lead and mentor supervised staff. Demonstrated successful team building relationships.
- Experience with grants fiscal management as it relates to compliance and reporting for domestic and international funders.
- Experience coordinating audit activities, internal management reporting and developing budgets.
- Experience and demonstrated ability to effectively communicate quantitative information to audiences with diverse levels of financial sophistication.
- Intermediate to advanced skill with data analysis, report design and the presentation of quantitative information.
- Intermediate to advanced level skill with Microsoft Excel and working knowledge of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint or equivalent required.
- Experience working in an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) environment. Experience with Microsoft BC365 a plus. Experience is system integration. Ability to effectively document and improve work processes.
- Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision and cooperatively, as a member of a team. Must be organized and able to set priorities among a variety of tasks and to ensure timely completion of responsibilities. Able to work in a high-traffic area with frequent interruptions. Willing to work on various tasks as assigned.
- Able to work a flexible schedule as needed. Ability to work overtime in peak periods required. Willingness and ability to travel internationally.
- Ability to build working relationships across the organization and to foster friendly working environments.
Compensation: Salary Range 18, minimum $90,000 –Exempt – Comprehensive medical and hospitalization plan; term life, accident and salary continuation insurances, defined benefit pension plan, plus fringe benefits; participation in unemployment and worker’s compensation and social security.
The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
AFSC maintains a deep commitment to a mandate of are for our staff and communities, and thus requires vaccination for COVID-19; as well as adherence to social distancing, masking, and office occupancy protocols.
“AFSC’s Central Office and some of its offices in the U.S. are unionized workplaces. This position is not represented.”
The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.