Search For Common Ground


Position Summary

Search for Common Ground seeks a Controller to provide leadership and management of its consolidated financial reporting and accounting operations. Reporting to the Vice President of Finance, the Controller oversees the monthly financial closings of the US and Belgium-based affiliate and provides daily supervision of the Corporate Accounting. S/he ensures accounting procedures conform to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as well as to company policy and donor regulations surrounding grants and contracts financial management. S/he maintains accounting systems that ensure the proper accounting and recording of organizational resources and respective use provides financial analysis and other key management reports, and assists with budget preparation.  The ideal candidate will have proven experience in financial management in the INGO nonprofit sector, consolidated financial statement preparation, and analysis, accounting system implementation, design, and workflows, as well as vast employee management experience in a multicultural environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Ensure timely and accurate monthly financial closings for SFCG US and SFCG Belgium entities in accordance with GAAP and IFRS, respectively.  Supervise the vetting and consolidation of the country office financial reporting in the corporate accounting system.
    • Maintain the accounting systems and related workflows to ensure that they meet the organization’s growing needs.
    • Develop and ensure sound internal controls are implemented for the Corporate and International Accounting teams.
    • Manage the timely completion of annual audits for both the US and Belgian entities, and support the preparation of the IRS Form 990.
    • Resolve any audit internal control findings to strengthen systems as needed.
    • In coordination with the Vice President of Finance, oversee cash management of the corporate headquarters and country office programs, ensuring adequate funds are available to meet the needs of the organization.
    • Provide general accounting guidance and internal training and interpret donor financial regulations for the Finance and Grants & Contracts team members, as well as to county office project managers and finance personnel.
    • Supervise Headquarters functional areas, including Treasury, Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable, Payroll, and manage and validate General Ledger reconciliations.
    • Manage revenue recognition recorded for accuracy and completeness.
    • Manage Indirect Cost Allocations and support the NICRA rate implementation.
    • Ensure that appropriate intercompany transactions are captured, maintained, and billed as appropriate between affiliates.
    • Prepare reports needed for internal and external financial reporting purposes and maintain registrations required (e.g. annual PVO and State Charitable Organization registrations, etc.)


    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance and CPA/CIMA certification OR Master degree in Accounting.


    • Working knowledge of automated accounting systems and reporting tools, preferably in a non-profit environment; experience with Intaact accounting software preferred
    • Working knowledge of nonprofit grants and contracts financial management in a multi-donor environment, including USG / EU & DFID Donor Guidelines and USG Regulations (inc. OMB Circulars and audits under A-133)
    • Ability to read, analyze, interpret, and train on government and donor regulations
    • Strong spreadsheet and analytical skills;  proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google products required
    • Demonstrated commitment to developing and maintaining collaborative team relationships in a fast-paced work environment
    • Well-developed management and administrative skills, with proven ability to train and motivate personnel
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong and efficient communicator internally and externally
    • Excellent written and oral English communication skills to effectively interact with staff regarding detailed financial information, and business-related inquiries into financial and grant matters
    • Highly organized and detail-oriented with the ability to meet deadlines, both prescribed and self-imposed
    • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously

Desired Skills

    • Fluency of French language or another language preferred
    • Experience
    • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in accounting and financial management in the INGO nonprofit sector, with at least five (5) years at the senior management level.

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Type: Full Time