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Controller

Company: Independent Institute
Location: Oakland
Posted on: August 5, 2022

Job Description:

*About Independent Institute: *The Independent Institute is 36-year-old non-profit, academic research and publication "think tank." Our headquarters centrally located near the Oakland airport houses 20+ professionals and staff engaged in outreach and fundraising, administration, marketing and communications, and publication production preparation, working in a collegial, quiet, and pleasant environment.*Job Responsibilities: *The Controller plays a central role in the organization's overall financial reporting, recordkeeping and HR administration, efficiently applying consistent standards of widely accepted accounting practices in maintaining the organization's financial integrity. In addition, the Controller plays a key role in advising Senior Management in matters pertaining to staff and the organization's operations in general.We are looking for a Controller who will be responsible for the day to day accounting and finance related functions within the company as well as the financial close and reporting processes. You must be versatile and comfortable working in a fast-paced nonprofit environment. This hands-on role both does a large part of the day to day processing as well as working cross functionally with other departments to provide meaningful financial reporting, including tracking and reporting on all planning objectives and action items; developing and reporting against department and organization budgets; alerting department heads and senior staff to variances and areas of concern; and making recommendations as appropriate.*Primary responsibilities** Manage accounts payable, project accounting, donor contributions, and payroll processing functions.* Take ownership of the monthly close process which includes preparing and reviewing journal entries, reconciliations, and account analysis.* Proactively identify issues and areas for improvement within the close process and implement process improvements.* Prepare monthly financial statements including the Statement of Activity and Statement of Financial Position. Must have a solid understanding of US GAAP and how the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statements are compiled and relate to each other.* Prepare and distribute department P&L's and other internal financial reports. Includes working cross functionally with department heads to provide budget vs actual financial statement analysis.* Assist in the preparation and design of the annual budgets (department and project). Assist project teams in understanding project budgets and projections* Responsible for managing the external audit process.* Work with external tax professionals and government agencies to ensure filings are completed in an accurate and timely manner.* Work with external parties to review and renew credit facilities and insurance policies* Manage accounting software.* Serve as contact for insurance brokers, bankers, and external accountants.*Qualifications: ** Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or business administration* 5-8 years of experience, preferably including non-profit* Experience managing the AP, AR, payroll, tax, compliance and close processes* Strong Excel skills* Experience using cloud accounting systems and maintaining the general ledger and chart of accounts. Knowledge of Xero, bill.com and spotlight reporting is a plus.* In-depth understanding of accounting and business operations best practices* Must be a self-starter who can work independently, with excellent communication skillsJob Type: Full-timePay: From $100,000.00 per yearBenefits:* 401(k)* Dental insurance* Health insurance* Paid time offPhysical Setting:* OfficeSchedule:* Monday to FridayCOVID-19 considerations:Independent offers large private, well ventilated (MERV15-filtered) offices.Ability to commute/relocate:* Oakland, CA 94621: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)Experience:* GAAP: 3 years (Preferred)Work Location: One location

Keywords: Independent Institute, Oakland , Controller, Accounting, Auditing , Oakland, California

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