Position Description and Responsibilities:  This is a remote-work position, for which candidates should be based in Hawaii or the US West Coast. The anticipated start date for this position is 3 August 2020. 

The Controller is responsible for oversight of all accounting operations of the organization, to include the production of periodic financial reports for internal, external and donor constituents, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk, enhancing the accuracy of the company's reported financial results, and ensuring that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles (US-GAAP).

Reporting to the CFO, the Controller oversees all day-to-day accounting operations of the organization and supervises a team of 3 staff members.  The Controller has functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and grants administration and accounting, as well as training and identification of training needs.  The Controller ensures that SFP has the systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and support flawless audits of its financial reports and systems.   This position also works 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. 

In addition, the Controller partners with the CFO, senior leadership, human resources (HR) and information technology (IT) staff to enhance and better integrate finance, HR, and IT functions and streamline information flows.  

Key Responsibilities and Activities:

  • (20%) Oversee all accounts, financial ledgers, and reporting systems to ensure compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements; maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures; maintain a documented system of accounting policies and procedures, oversee training of finance team staff and identify training needs.
  •  (20%) Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate periodic donor and program status reports, as well as monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of SFP’s financial status.
  •  (20%) Oversee all financial, projects/programs, and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant, project and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period; and work with Development division and CFO to prepare financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and foundation grants.
  •  (15%) Manage the day-to-day financial and accounting activities including accounts payable, accounts receivable, bank reconciliations, and payroll. 
  • (10%) Support the CFO in engaging the board’s audit and finance committees around issues and trends in financial operating models and delivery.
  •  (5%) Coordinate the annual financial statement audit with external auditor and provide requested documents; coordinate preparation of Form 990 and ensure timely filing with the IRS; and ensure timely and accurate regulatory and tax filings to state and federal government.
  •  (5%) Assist CFO in the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and funding proposals and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate.
  •  (5%) Other administrative matters and assigned projects.

Essential Qualifications and Skills:

  • Seven to ten years of progressively responsible accounting and finance experience.
  • BS or equivalent in Accounting or Finance, MBA and/or CPA
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and non-profit regulatory filings.
  • Advanced skills in Excel, with ability to create and maintain complex pivot table reports.
  • Knowledge of automated financial and accounting report systems. 
  • Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and projections.  Working knowledge of short and long term budgeting, forecasting, and project accounting.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to work with and motivate multicultural teams to produce quality materials within tight timeframes and simultaneously manage several projects.  Ability to participate in and facilitate group meetings, both face-to-face and virtual.
  • Demonstrable leadership skills in managing a team
  • Ability to work productively and  manage a team in a remote office setting (i.e., primarily via Skype, email, webinars, and other electronic means, etc.)
  • Scheduling flexibility to accommodate a virtual organization with staff working from home offices around the globe e.g., ability to work with Indonesia based staff during their work day, ability to work with European based staff during their work day, etc.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to SFP mission. 

Desirable Qualifications and Skills:

  • Experience working for a non-profit organization, charity or NGO
  • Experience working with government and foundation grants 

Duration/Level of Effort: This is a full-time/ position.  Level of Effort is expected to be 40 hours per week.  

Compensation: Competitive and based on experience. 

Application:  The deadline is 10 July 2020.  All inquiries will be kept in the strictest confidence. 

Qualified candidates should submit the following to directly to [email protected] with the subject line “Controller”:

  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of interest (no more than 1 page)

Background on SFP: The mission of Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is to work toward rebuilding depleted fish stocks, reducing the environmental impacts of fishing and fish farming, and ensuring sustained economic opportunities for fishing communities worldwide. SFP improves access to information that can guide responsible seafood sourcing, and enhances the ability of seafood companies and partners to work with governments to improve policies and management practices in support of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Visit www.sustainablefish.org to learn more.