Full Time

Controller - St. Louis

Jewish Federation of St. Louis St. Louis MO

Reports To:  Senior Director, Finance
Salary:           $75K‐$85K

Position Accountabilities

The Controller is responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities.

  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Coordinate all audit activity.
  • Oversee all financial, projects/programs, investments, endowments, and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant, endowment, and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period; collate financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and foundation grants.
  • Manage and track the performance of invested assets in keeping with policies and investment guidelines.
  • Manage endowment reporting and spending.

As the number‐two executive to the Sr. Director of Finance, the Controller will be involved in supporting presentations to the board, finance, and audit committees.

  • Support the Sr. Director of Finance in engaging the board’s audit and finance committees around issues and trends in financial operating models and delivery.
  • Manage organizational cash flow forecasting by working in partnership with the Sr Director of Finance to anticipate cash requirements and optimize use of credit.

Lead all day‐to‐day finance operations of a budget of $15 million and supervise a team of 5 staff members, including: functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, Investments, and endowment administration.

  • Leverage strengths of the current finance team members, help to clarify roles and responsibilities and develop and implement training programs in order to maximize and reach optimal individual and organizational goals.

Ensure that the Federation has the systems and procedures in place to support timely, accurate, and relevant  information and conduct flawless audits.

  • Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of financial status;
  • Coordinate the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate.

Work closely with program leaders and their staffs, providing education on finance and accounting procedures, and exploring how the finance function can support program operations.

  • Collaborate with program directors/managers to assess the financial efficacy of program operations and establish finance and administrative systems to support program operations.
  • Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, or related field, required. MBA and/or CPA, strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ related experience.
  • Nonprofit accounting experience.
  • Experience leading teams to success and developing staff.
  • Mature leader with seven to ten years of accounting and finance experience, ideally beginning in accounting and audit, followed by experience gathering, evaluating, presenting and reporting financial information to executive teams and external stakeholders. The successful candidate will ideally have experience in a complex nonprofit that has multiple program.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and unwavering commitment to the Federations’ nonprofit’s mission.
  • Proactive, hands‐on strategic thinker who will own, in partnership with the Sr. Director of Finance, responsibility for making the Federation’s finance function a best practice operation.
  • Solid experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, and accounting for investments
  • A track record in grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting of government, corporate and foundation grants is essential.
  • Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software.
  • Commitment to recruiting, mentoring, training, and retaining a diverse team; the foresight and ability to delegate accordingly.
  • Keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which allows for strategic data interpretation versus simple reporting.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board or other outside partners.
  • Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non‐finance managers.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with other staff members, subordinates, administrators, and volunteers.

The Jewish Federation of St. Louis is the community’s central philanthropic, planning and communit-ybuilding organization. Founded in 1901, it is one of the region’s largest and oldest nonprofit organizations. Federation is committed to the development and enhancement of a thriving, vibrant Jewish community through the support of approximately 100 local, national and international agencies, programs, services and innovative projects.

The Jewish Federation of St. Louis offers an extensive benefits package including health, dental, 403(b), paid vacation, paid holidays, sick and personal time, life insurance, LTD and more.

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is an equal opportunity employer.


To Apply
Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to hr@jfedstl.org for consideration.