Controller

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Summary:

The Finance Department at the ASPCA aims to be a trusted business partner for our people and our partners, turning innovative ideas into realizable solutions and bringing meaningful insights to decision-making. We work toward this vision by executing our strategic financial plan, directly impacting our mission to ensure animals live good lives, are valued by society, protected by its laws, and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Controller plays a critical role supporting this vision and will be responsible for oversight of the accounting and reporting operations for the ASPCA’s budget of over $350 million annually. The Controller will lead the Finance team in defining the process and implementing the infrastructure/systems needed to support the current and future growth within the organization. The person in this role will continue to build and manage effective and streamlined financial and accounting systems and is responsible for maintaining ASPCA’s internal control structure.  As a key member of the finance leadership team, the Controller will be involved in supporting presentations to the board finance and audit committees and will work closely with the executive leadership team.

The Controller will lead all day-to-day accounting operations and directly supervise a team of 15+ accounting professionals, including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and treasury. This position will ensure that the ASPCA has the systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and conduct flawless audits. The person in this role will work closely with program leaders and their staffs, not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures, but also to explore how the Finance function can support program operations. The Controller will contribute strongly to the leadership team to assist in managing the financial activities of the organization to achieve annual strategic goals and objectives.

The Controller reports directly to the SVP & CFO, has 4 direct reports, a total team of 15+, and interacts frequently with senior leaders across the ASPCA. This position is based at the ASPCA 8th Ave office in New York City with the flexibility to work a hybrid schedule, splitting time between 8th Avenue and a remote home office.

Responsibilities:

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
 

Management of Accounting and Reporting (40%):

  • Oversee accounting operations including day-to-day accounting transactions, preparation of periodic financial reports, and maintaining adequate systems of accounting records
  • Coordinate and supervise the activities of the accounting team to ensure the accurate and timely dissemination of financial management reports including internal monthly financial statements and external finance committee reports in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Manage and maintain a strict deadline to close the financial activities for the month including the preparation and analysis of the monthly Statement of Financial Position, Statement of Activities and Change in Net Assets, and Statement of Cash Flows
  • Prepare monthly and annual financial reporting materials and metrics for ASPCA’s senior management team and assists in the Finance Committee, Audit Committee and Board reports
  • Ensure that all regulations for 501(c) 3 compliance are met, including the filing of the sales tax returns, annual form 5500, charitable giving state filings, annuity reserve filings, and lobby activity reports
  • Oversee the review and completion for all filing requirements for payroll and accounts payable
  • Design, implement, monitor, maintain and enforce internal control systems, policies, and procedures to protect the organization’s assets, mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the organization’s reported financial results
  • Ensure that the organizational compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
  • Ensure that the ASPCA has the control systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and growth
  • Perform business process reviews and sub-ledger systems interface analysis to provide internal control procedures documentation, system recommendations, and lead implementations
  • Ensures the successful completion of the annual financial statement audit
     

Team Leadership (35%)

  • Manage, develop, and motivate the accounting team through strong communication and engagement which includes clear roles and responsibilities, check-ins and team meetings, and regular bi-directional feedback and career development
  • Provide mentorship and access to subject matter expertise for direct reports, encouraging ongoing growth and development
  • Engage in all necessary activities of the employee lifecycle
  • Help set Finance Team annual objectives, activities, and key results
  • Support team members to set individual annual goals that are aligned to the department’s key results
  • Assist the CFO on the organization’s financial and administrative processes, driving continuous development and systems improvements

Partner Cross-Functionally Across the Organization (25%):

  • Partner with the CFO and senior leadership to integrate the Finance function within the organization
  • Work closely with program leaders and their staff to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures and explore how the Control function can support program operations
  • Present on a quarterly basis to the audit and/or finance committees
  • Build and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders across the organization in order to help turn innovative ideas into realizable solutions and bring meaningful insights to decision-making

Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values:

  • Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
  • Believes in Team – that we are stronger together
  • Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
  • Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals

Education and Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s in accounting required.  Master’s in accounting strongly preferred
  • CPA preferred
  • Minimum of 10+ years’ professional experience required
  • Prior management experience required; experience managing managers and supporting indirect reports is a plus
  • Experience as a Controller with a division or organization of over $100 million required
  • Big 4 experience, a plus
  • Experience maintaining professional and technical knowledge in accounting in order to comply with Federal, State, and local legal regulations and file appropriate reports as necessary, including handling Form 990s; 5 years of experience strongly preferred
  • Experience within complex non-profits where there are multiple divisions is preferred  
  • Experience coordinating audit activities and managing ongoing reporting is required
  • Experience incorporating process improvement techniques to streamline financial operations is required

Qualifications:

Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts into more easily understandable forms, including data visualizations, to support and inform individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers, Ability to manage, develop, and engage a team of 15+ professional staff, Advanced knowledge of Federal, State, and local legal financial regulations, Highly flexible and adaptable, with operational growth as well as technology and systems, Keen analytic, organization, and problem-solving skills, which allows for strategic data interpretation, Operate with a positive customer service mindset, Strong communication and relationship building skills, Strong knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and internal controls, Technology savvy with experience overseeing software implementation; advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software; Workday and Adaptive Insights highly desirable

  

Language:

English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

Bachelors: Accounting (Required)

  

COVID Statement:
The ASPCA strives to maintain a COVID-free workplace. To that end, being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment for all ASPCA employees, including new hires, except where prohibited by applicable state or local law. The ASPCA makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that prohibit a person from being vaccinated.

Our EEO Policy:

The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws.  A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCA’s standard application process, which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA.  Please inform the ASPCA’s People Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

Individuals seeking employment are considered without regards to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status,  or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).

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About Us:
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans and must be protected under the law. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States.

The ASPCA is headquartered in New York City, where we maintain a full-service animal hospital, spay/neuter clinic, mobile spay/neuter and primary pet care clinics, a rehabilitation center for canine victims of cruelty, kitten nursery, adoption center, and two community veterinary centers.

The ASPCA also operates programs and services that extend nationwide. We assist animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources.

At the ASPCA, we are committed to fostering a collaborative and compassionate culture and we welcome all voices to contribute to our lifesaving mission. Our staff represent a vast array of backgrounds and diversity dimensions, bringing with them valuable experiences and perspectives. They join the ASPCA to learn, grow, and continually do their best work on behalf of animals. We are inspired by our staff, partners, and the communities we support across the country who work to improve animal lives. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the ASPCA because it elevates our organizational culture, aligns with our Core Values, and enables us to move further and faster toward the ASPCA’s vision – that all animals live good lives; valued by society, protected by its laws, and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.