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Controller (Employment), Finance and IT


255 Carter Hall Lane
Millwood, Virginia, 22646
United States


Manages all Project HOPE’s accounting operations and financial systems. Provides timely and accurate actual financial data, including grant financial data to HOPE decision makers (including, but not limited to: CEO, Senior Vice President, International Operations, Associate Vice President, Vice President Development, Board of Directors, other Senior Managers) and to sponsoring agencies. Insures the integrity of financial information.

Principal Responsibilities

• Together with Senior Leadership team and CEO, define the financial model underlying the annual budget and strategic plans. Responsible for coordination and presentation of the annual budget.

• Generate high quality financial statements and forward-looking supporting financial analysis.

• Compiles and supervises preparation of monthly financials and management reports.

• Develop and maintain strong teams to ensure strong execution against organizational goals.

• Lead the continued improvement of the current financial planning and management tools and the capital and operating planning, budgeting and reporting processes both domestically and internationally.

• Evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s performance versus its mission, financial and risk objectives and “Best Practices” of high performing for profit and not for profit entities.

• Manages HOPE Investment portfolio along with AVP

• Responsible for financial policies – guiding others and updating as needed

• Supports Compliance Officer in Compliance policy creation and other initiatives

Ensuring Financial Accuracy

•Manages all the functions of HOPE’s accounting, grant accounting function, purchasing operations, and supervises their associated staff. This includes: Global Operations Accounting, Financial Accounting, Payroll, Time Accounting, Travel Expense Reporting, Purchasing and Accounts Payable.

• Responsible for liaison with HOPE’s independent accountants in the execution of the annual audits and preparation of HOPE’s IRS reports.

• Directs the continuous improvement efforts of financial operations including initiating and implementing computer system upgrades and enhancements.

Building effective working relationships with key leaders and staff:

• Earn the trust and respect of the CEO and the Senior Leadership Team.

• Embrace the Project HOPE culture and harness its strengths for positive change.

• Develop and mentor the financial staff and expand the depth and competency of the Finance organization.

Required Experience

• Deep financial leadership experience, including at least 10-plus years of financial management in a complex, global enterprise.

• Knowledge of and experience with domestic and international regulatory issues and non-profit operations.

• A deep commitment to the overall mission of the organization. Passion and respect for the global health issues that affect the organization’s work. Ability to quickly become conversant in the organization’s work and to communicate with all relevant constituencies.

• Strong academic credentials including a CPA.

Other Personal Characteristics

• Judgment. Excellent analytical and decision-making skills, in order to provide important advice on complex decisions on tight timetables.

• Integrity. High integrity and exceptionally well-developed personal and professional values.

• Energy, Drive, and Influencing Skills. A vigor for maintaining a best-in-class finance function and for the organization’s mission. Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to engage consistently with a broad and diverse audience.

• Self-starter and solutions-oriented. Comfortable working with minimal supervision. Demonstrated creative problem solving abilities; able to anticipate problems and contribute to solutions.

• Advisory style. A consultative style; possessing the ability to challenge assumptions in a constructive way. Comfortable and confident in offering helpful advice and counsel to colleagues at all levels.

• Communications. Excellent communications skills. Articulate and tactful. A natural inclination to keep the key constituents informed at all times, while maintaining privacy when appropriate. Able to translate complex financial and risk management principles into understandable concepts for individuals at all levels.

• Even-keeled. Capable of handling pressure, tension, ambiguity, changing priorities, and multiple points of view.


· BA/BS in Accounting required. Masters Degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration is a plus. CPA required.

· Minimum of 8-10 years’ experience in financial accounting in a not-for-profit or government contracting environment; plus a minimum of three years’ experience supervising the work of other accountants and/or budget analysts.

· Thorough knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS), FASB 116 and 117.

· Understanding of and experience with federal financial compliance, contracting, and auditing requirements as detailed in OMB Circulars A-110, A-122, A-133, 22CFR226 as well as the relevant government counterparts is exceedingly helpful.

· Demonstrated ability to use large scale automated accounting systems, knowledge of QuickBooks a plus.

· Direct experience in performing and reviewing fund and account balance reconciliations as well as preparing and reviewing ledger entries, adjustments and accruals.

· Experience in preparing materials for and responding to end-of-year audits.

· Experience in creating or modifying accounting or reporting procedures and policies to ensure proper financial control and data integrity.

· Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills.

· Experience in preparing and/or reviewing financial statements, including variance analysis, as well as the ability to explain these to persons with little financial acumen.

· Ability to work well under pressure, organize and set priorities, meet deadlines, handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

· Ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral.

  • Previous experience with an international non-governmental organization a plus.