Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

Job Description

Join an amazing, mission-driven organization! For over 100 years, Girl Scouts has empowered girls to lead, break barriers, and create positive change. Girl Scouts’ powerful all-girl space fosters collaboration over competition, and inspires girls to go beyond dreaming to actual doing.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEMA) has an opening for a full-time CONTROLLER. This is a hybrid work arrangement position with an office location primarily in GSEMA’s Andover or Waltham office. 

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Controller is accountable for leading the finance function of GSEMA and assisting the CFO in the sound fiscal control and management of the council’s financial operations. The Controller will be responsible for the daily functions of the accounting team, GAAP accounting, and will be primarily responsible for maintaining the financial and administrative infrastructure of the company. The incumbent will oversee financial accounting functions, cash management activities, month end closings and tax filings including the Form 990 filing and other local, state and federal filings, and be point person on external audits. The Controller is responsible for preparing and analyzing financial reports for the executive team, the Finance Committee and Board of Directors.

As the Controller, you will:
  • Prepare, analyze and present monthly operating reports, year to date and full year forecasts to management, and address any areas for improvement.
  • Oversee and drive the month-end close process and maintain the integrity and accuracy of the general ledger including account reconciliations.
  • Utilize best practices to implement more efficient accounting procedures and financial controls.
  • Establish and institute internal controls.
  • Ensure GAAP accounting practices and maintain sound accounting policies and procedures.
  • Manage accounting team and functions including Revenue streams, Accounts Payable, Payroll, Investment (Endowment) accounting, expense recognition and the General Ledger.
  • Maintain cost data and report cost information to management.
  • Prepare consolidations, financial reporting to local, state and federal agencies.

Here is what you will need to be successful in this role:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting; MBA is a plus
  • Minimum of 10 years of successful experience in accounting management and supervisory positions, preferably in a not-for-profit organization.
  • Knowledgeable and professionally competent in all areas of accounting controls, finance, bank relations, cash management, finance reporting, risk management and other related functions.
  • Demonstrated skills in strategic planning, budget development, and performance management.
  • Thorough knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and practices, budgeting and taxation issues, federal grants and private contributions for non-profit operations, as well as reporting requirements.
  • Thorough knowledge of audit requirements and practices.
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory ability; able to mentor and develop department staff.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Windows and Office software; experience using Abila MIP or other cloud-based accounting platforms.
  • Strong communication skills; able to communicate clearly both orally and in writing, and effectively convey technical or complex information to a wide audience.
  • Capacity to, independently and as part of a team, plan, organize and prioritize work, while managing multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to effectively identify, analyze and solve practical problems and successfully manage a variety of variables and personalities; ability to adapt in a changing environment.
  • Bilingual skill is a plus.

Amazing benefits of this role:
  • Hybrid working arrangement with work from home and in-office (Andover or Waltham, MA); 37.5 hour work week
  • Full benefits, including medical, dental, retirement savings, paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays and more
Travel Requirements: Must have access to reliable transportation to travel to GSEMA offices/service centers as required.  Possession of a valid driver’s license and access to motor vehicle is preferred.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions of the job.

A full job description can be found on the application page.

Girl Scouting is open to all youth members and adults by delivering the Girl Scout message of pluralism and diversity to members of the council. Diversity and inclusion is more than an initiative; it is a set of shared values that defines the fabric of our mission. Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is an equal opportunity employer. 

Read more about our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Racial Justice!

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