Washington, DC
United States

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The Controller is responsible for the cash receipts process, the restricted grant process, and month-end close process for Defenders of Wildlife. The Controller ensures optimum compliance with generally accepted accounting principles in completion of these areas of responsibility; the efficient and effective use of internal controls; and regular application of best practices. The Controller has supervisory responsibilities over three accounting staff members.  


Cash Receipts

Own the integrity of cash receipts data from the CRM Database and the import of this data into the Accounting Database
Oversee the recording of all third-party cash receipts and in-house cash receipts in the Accounting Database
Ensure proper application of accounting principles for cash receipts representing split interest agreements
Work closely with the Marketing department on all matters impacting the accounting and reconciliation of cash receipts from the CRM Database to the Accounting Database

Restricted Grants

Own the operations and integrity of the Restricted Grant/Project Management Database used to track and manage grant spending activity over the life cycle of the grant
Ensure proper accounting of restricted grants in accordance with FAS 116
Ensure proper accounting for all government grants in accordance with relevant OMB circulars
Oversee accounting for all restricted grants including allocation of overhead
Ensure timely reconciliation of all restricted grants, working with Development department and Program departments and Development to address any over or underspending on grants
Conduct monthly restricted grant meetings with Development department and Program departments to review status of all restricted grants
Work closely with Development department and Program departments to develop the annual Board Approved budgets for all restricted grants

Month-End Close

Responsible for the coordination of the month-end close process
Responsible for proper completion of monthly investment account reconciliations
Responsible for proper completion of additional balance sheet account reconciliations related to the cash receipts and restricted grants processes including accounts receivable (grants /bequests/ misc.), deferred revenue, etc.
Manage the communication and reporting related to month-end close to all relevant staff

Year-End Close

Responsible for the coordination of the year-end audit process and annual Form 990 process, including communicating with the external auditors, distributing audit requests to relevant Finance staff and ensuring that all audit requests are fulfilled
Work closely with the Marketing Department and Senior Manager, Compliance on annual data collection from the Marketing department related to cause marketing partners, commercial co-ventures, professional fundraisers, etc.
Work closely with Senior Manager, Compliance to ensure consistent reporting of all fiscal year-end data across the Audited Financials, Form 990 and state solicitation registrations.

Leadership, Supervision and Coaching

With the CFO, lead the Finance team in effective support of the Organizations’ Finance needs
Communicate duties and responsibilities to direct report and monitor performance
Provide regular coaching and counseling
Prepare and deliver performance appraisals for direct reports


Undertake special projects as assigned
Continually identify and implement process improvements
Perform all other related duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent

Experience: 10 years of relevant experience; 5 years supervisory experience

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for Controller

CPA Certification preferred
Experience in application of non-profit GAAP, including FAS 116 and FAS 117
Experience in application of OMB circulars for Federal Grants/Awards
Intermediate to advanced Excel skills
Microsoft Dynamics SL/GP or similar accounting database experience a plus
NetSuite OpenAir or similar project management database experience a plus
Revolution Online or similar CRM database experience a plus

All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Defenders requires employees who engage in in-person work activities, including business travel or onsite work, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  An applicant (i) who is disabled or pregnant or who has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination or (ii) who objects to being vaccinated on the basis of a sincerely held religious belief, observance or practice may request an exemption from this vaccination policy. This determination will be made on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with applicable law. Any medical information concerning an applicant's disability will be treated as a confidential medical record in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Please be advised this position is non union-eligible.  

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