Come and work for a cause you can believe in - at an organization that will believe in you! Lakeview Pantry is looking for a Controller.
NO CALLS PLEASE.
Reporting to the CEO and working closely with the COO, the Controller is responsible for planning and directing the finance and accounting operations, employee benefits, and payroll administration of Lakeview Pantry. The Controller position is both a hands-on and key management role in driving accurate account and the availability and accuracy of financial information for managers, grantors, and Board reporting. As a leader in the organization and hands-on team player, the Controller is responsible for financial reporting and analysis, grant reporting, managing accounts payable, payroll, month-end close, year-end audit and tax filings, and employee benefits review and management. This position offers broad and deep experience in all areas of finance and accounting, includes Board Committee exposure, and is focused on value-added impact to the mission.
Oversee all aspects of the financial management of the Pantry with the CEO and COO, ensuring finances are managed in accordance with established accounting policies, procedures, and Board directed requirements.
Work with the CEO and COO to establish an annual financial and capital budget and actively manage budget, projections and variance analysis. Identify and investigate financial discrepancies and resolve open items.
Recommend and implement benchmarks that will be used to measure performance. Provide periodic reporting and analysis of those benchmarks.
Oversee/Perform daily accounting needs, including accounts payable and bimonthly payroll administration in a timely and accurate manner.
Oversee reconciliation procedures between finance and development department for donations and grants received, to ensure accurate, timely reporting and follow-through.
Evaluate, recommend, and implement improvements to the Financial, Operational and Administrative internal controls.
Develop departmental reporting and analysis. Work with departmental managers to optimize use of resources.
Manage expense budgets to ensure accurate cost allocation (i.e. department, category, fund, activity, etc.)
Manage cash and investments consistent with existing policies and procedures. Develop and implement improved cash forecasting model.
Master and manage accounting systems and processes (i.e. A/P, A/R, inventory, etc.), driving improvements with system vendors and internal staff as appropriate.
Oversee financial management system upgrade to align with revenue and program tracking systems.
Complete month-end close activities, including preparation of journal entries, bank account reconciliations, variance analysis, and financial reporting to the LVP Leadership and Board of Directors.
Partner with external auditors to complete the year-end audit, including but not limited to preparing audit schedules and assisting auditors with inquiries to ensure compliance.
Oversee the preparation, accuracy and timely submission of required tax filings (i.e. 990's).
Prepare quarterly and year-end payroll tax filings, or oversee this process if payroll service is contracted. If contracted, evaluate and recommend a payroll service to be selected.
Prepare year-end Form 1099's required to report service provider payments to the IRS.
Oversee and administer the employee benefits programs including annual employee benefits review and open enrollment; manage the external benefits administrators/consultants. Provide ongoing benefits support for new, existing and exiting employees.
Partner with insurance broker on annual review and selection of commercial insurance.
Drive on-going process improvements to improve efficiency, information availability, and support.
Perform other related duties as necessary or assigned.
TOP CANDIDATES WILL HAVE:
Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Business Administration required.
5-10 years or more of related experience required; public accounting experience preferred.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation preferred.
Knowledge of nonprofit accounting and 990 preparation required.
City, State, and Federal grant reporting experience a plus.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Excellent organizational and time management skills.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Excel including complicated formulas and preferably macros, Word and PowerPoint.
Advanced Adobe PDF proficiency.
Skilled with Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Drive.
Outstanding accuracy and attention to detail.
Experience with various enterprise resource program accounting systems, including in-depth understanding of check runs, invoicing, cash application, bank reconciliations.
Understanding of and experience with ensuring strong accounting controls.
Ability to learn quickly and apply knowledge to systems and processes to improve organizational efficiency.
Works well in an open office environment with team and other colleagues.
Eagerness to learn, master and improve processes and reporting.
Demonstrate enthusiasm, optimism, reliability, adaptability, curiosity, creativity and relentlessness.
Ability to work excess hours during busy seasons as needed (calendar and fiscal year-end).
An understanding of, and belief in, the importance of food security for everyone.
About Lakeview Pantry
One of Chicago’s largest and longest-operating food pantries, Lakeview Pantry’s mission is to eliminate hunger and poverty in our community by providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people; increasing the independence of our clients through self-help initiatives and other innovative programs; and raising awareness of hunger and poverty and working towards solutions to eliminate them.