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Controller

Knoxville, TN

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Director
Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
$81,000 to $90,000 per year

Published on 7 Feb 2023

Expires on 1 Mar 2023

Controller

United Way of Greater Knoxville is a vibrant organization committed to mobilizing the caring power of the communities we serve in ways that benefit us all. Led by a dynamic leadership team, we have tremendous opportunities for growth and transformation. Due to the changing nature of our work, we are seeking relationship-driven, forward-thinking, and action-oriented individuals to join our team. We enthusiastically encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.

The Controller position is accountable and responsible for the accounting operations of United Way of Greater Knoxville (UWGK) and additional counties contracted with UWGK.

This includes producing periodic financial reports, maintaining an adequate accounting record system, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk. The controller is also responsible for enhancing the accuracy of the organization's reported financial results and ensuring that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles. The Controller will interact and engage with all departments and aspects of the organization’s finance work.  As we move quickly to meet changing needs in our community; the Controller sets a strong foundation of backbone support as a leader to assist with mission advancement; overseeing and monitoring department budgets with various, multiple, braided funding sources, which can include federal and state grants, foundation grants, individual donors, and workplace giving campaigns.  

Will adhere to the principles and philosophy of United Way of Greater Knoxville (UWGK).

What’s in it for you? 

  • Salary range: $88,000 to $100,000
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Inclusive Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance options that start on the first of the month after your start date
  • 100% paid Basic Life, Short-Term Disability, and Long-Term Disability
  • 100% paid Family Medical Leave, including four additional weeks of Paternal leave
  • Four weeks of Paid Time Off with no waiting period to use
  • Five days of Volunteer Time Off
  • Plus 11 Paid Holidays!
  • 401k eligibility starts on day 1 (Yes! On your first day!) with a matching contribution!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

An individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed below at a satisfactory level, with or without accommodation:

  • Impact: Lead an inclusive strategy to transform systems, promoting self-sufficiency and equitable outcomes.

  • Accounting - 
    • Management of Chart of Accounts and General Ledger
    • Monthly journal entries and close cycle, including balance sheet reconciliations (Pledge Revenue, Expenses, Payroll, etc.)
    • Develop, maintain, and test Internal Controls
    • Monthly Reporting Package: Statement of Activities/Income Statement (Restricted and Unrestricted Funding) + Cash Flow and Forecasting (Liquidity) + Budget vs. Actual with updated Forecasts
  • Technology - Lead on any technology changes affecting financial processes, more specifically, becoming a subject-matter-expert in Accounting software systems, CRM software systems, and reporting/analysis systems. 

 

Other duties as assigned

Revenue: Cultivate revenue streams that leverage relationships and opportunities.

Grant Management -

  • Oversee Grant Billings and Reporting
  • Ensure Grant Compliance
  • Coordinate financial information for program audits

Operational Excellence: Steward every resource to its highest and best use.

Policies and Procedures - 

  • Financial development and oversight of Financial Policies, Procedures, and Departmental Controls.  Must have an affinity for the creation/documentation of policies, processes, and procedures and data flow diagrams of said processes.
  • Maintain compliance with accounting standards, UWW standards, and government regulations.

Budget - 

  • Prepare and manage the annual budget process.
  • Prepare Budget adjustments as needed. 
  • Monthly Budget monitoring and Budget vs. Actual reporting

Payroll -

  • Review and approve bi-weekly payroll submission
  • Ensure correct payroll allocations to departments, grants, etc.
  • Coordinate and reconcile benefits with Human Resources
  • Review and approve compensation for new employees and job changes.
  • Provide backup to Human Resources for payroll administration.

Stakeholders: Maximize sustainable change through collaboration.

Reporting -

  • Manage Annual Independent Audits and Single Audits as necessary.
  • Oversee annual 990 submissions.
  • Ensure United Way Worldwide membership reporting requirements are met.
  • Monthly Budget vs. Actual reports to Program Directors
  • Establish and monitor Finance department objectives and key results (OKR/KPI)

Employees: Create an exemplary and people-centric workplace through active engagement.

Manage all Finance Functions and Team -

  • Ensure adequate cross-training of all roles and responsibilities and career development/succession planning for the team.
  • Team includes all roles supporting general accounting/reconciliations, grant accounting/reporting, payables, receivables (Donor Services), fixed asset management, treasury management, and more.
  • Create opportunities to strengthen organizational culture and improve the employee experience.
  • Engage in various UWGK committees, workgroups, and activities to support the strategic plan and mission.
  • Implement and define opportunities to include DEI in all aspects of work.

Stakeholders: Maximize sustainable change through collaboration.

  • Reporting -
    • Manage Annual Independent Audits and Single Audits as necessary.
    • Oversee annual 990 submissions.
    • Ensure United Way Worldwide membership reporting requirements are met.
    • Monthly Budget vs. Actual reports to Program Directors
    • Establish and monitor Finance department objectives and key results (OKR/KPI)

Operational Excellence: Steward every resource to its highest and best use.

  • Policies and Procedures - 
    • Financial development and oversight of Financial Policies, Procedures, and Departmental Controls.  Must have an affinity for the creation/documentation of policies, processes, and procedures and data flow diagrams of said processes.
    • Maintain compliance with accounting standards, UWW standards, and government regulations.
  • Budget - 
    • Prepare and manage the annual budget process.
    • Prepare Budget adjustments as needed. 
    • Monthly Budget monitoring and Budget vs. Actual reporting
  • Payroll -
    • Review and approve bi-weekly payroll submission
    • Ensure correct payroll allocations to departments, grants, etc.
    • Coordinate and reconcile benefits with Human Resources
    • Review and approve compensation for new employees and job changes.
    • Provide backup to Human Resources for payroll administration.

Revenue: Cultivate revenue streams that leverage relationships and opportunities.

  • Grant Management -
    • Oversee Grant Billings and Reporting
    • Ensure Grant Compliance
    • Coordinate financial information for program audits

Other duties as assigned

Minimum Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and/or 10+ years in financial leadership 
  • 5+ years in progressively responsible financial leadership roles
  • Strong knowledge of GAAP and ability to set applicable controls
  • Grant management experience 
  • Project management experience
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to present information and interact effectively with the Senior Leadership team and all department teams
  • Advanced Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Teams knowledge

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Advanced degree in accounting or related field, CPA
  • 3+ years of nonprofit work experience
  • 10+ years in progressively responsible financial leadership roles
  • Board and committee management experience
  • State and Federal Grant management experience  
  • Significant administrative experience as a Director or Department Head in a non-profit or public organization. 
  • Andar Software, Blackbaud Financial Edge, QuickBooks, or similar Customer Relationship Management software (CRM) related experience