Through clinical services, education, and research, The Family Institute at Northwestern University is one of the nation’s leading relationship-based behavioral health organizations committed to strengthening and healing families, however you define family. We provide services across all life stages, for individuals, couples, and children and adolescents. Each year, we provide over 90,000 therapy sessions and educate over 700 graduate students to meet the emerging behavioral health needs of our communities. When you join The Family Institute, you are joining a team of over 280 collaborators comprised of clinicians, educators, researchers, therapists-in-training, and administrators across four service sites, all focused on advancing the world of behavioral health.
What You Do - THE ROLE:
The big goal of the Controller is to design and operate an efficient, effective finance function to ensure sound use of financial resources. Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Controller is responsible for the coordination and oversight of the finances of the Institute including revenue, expenditures, payroll, budgets, audits, cash management, reporting, and financial analyses. The Controller will be accountable for designing and implementing strong internal controls, sound policies and procedures, and robust financial reporting. They will drive financial analyses in collaboration with the CFO and serve as a thought partner to envision new ways of working. They will embrace TFI’s core values, mission, and vision every day to build stronger teams to meet mission.
PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Controller role is both operational and strategic, managing a solid finance function that enables efficient and effective programs.
Serve as thought partner to the CFO in leading the finance function of the organization, modernizing the department, and developing tools
Oversee all finance transactions including payroll, payables, receivables, and general journal entries, ensuring accuracy and timeliness
Develop and implement strong internal controls over transactions to guard against the risk of errors, omission, and fraud including collaboration with the billing department
Compose and maintain financial policies and procedures that protect the organization’s assets, ensure compliance, and establish consistent practices across the organization
Act as lead user of the accounting and reporting system, including upgrades or transitions
Lead the annual external audit and other state and federal tax reporting requirements to include the 990 and 5500s, ensuring compliance and clean reporting
Serve as liaison to Northwestern University’s finance department
Contribute to the development of grant accounting and compliance policies/procedures as the organization seeks new sources of federal funding
Supervise the Staff Accountant, overseeing their performance and professional development
Strategic & Analytic
Monitor the organization’s cash and investments position and develop forecasting tools
Develop the Institute’s budget with the CFO, in conjunction with the Directors of programs from the beginning planning sessions through final approval of the Board of Directors
Prepare schedules, reports, and analytical tools that reveal the economic drivers of activities and promote transparency of financial performance
Partner with others to enable sound decision making in areas such as compensation models, expense control, and growth projections
Proactively strategize with the Revenue Cycle Manager (and the Revenue Cycle Management Team) to maximize reimbursements, analyze payor mix, and manage receivables
Participate in special projects and perform duties as assigned
Demonstrate an ongoing investment in professional development and in keeping updated on technical knowledge and skills relating to finance and accounting
Knowledge and Skills:
General knowledge of accounting and payroll systems, preference for experience with Great Plains, BI360, and/or Paylocity
Able to deliver effective results, meet tight deadlines and targets
Strong attention to detail
Communication skills to include interpersonal, teamwork, and collaboration skills.
Problem solving and analytical skills
Excellent interpersonal skills; customer service oriented
Previous experience in a healthcare setting preferred
Minimum Hiring Specifications:
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or related field
5-7 years of finance or accounting experience
Preferred previous management experience
Interested in joining our Team? See our Careers Page on our website for information on benefits, current employee testimonials, and application instructions.
The Family Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
About The Family Institute at Northwestern University
Since the 1960s, The Family Institute at Northwestern University has been committed to strengthening and healing families and individuals from all walks of life through clinical service, education and research. The Institute provides counseling and psychotherapy throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and now helps more than 7,000 people annually.
The Family Institute also operates graduate programs in marriage and family therapy and counseling at Northwestern University and conducts important research projects that lead to better understanding of mental health issues. The distinguished professional staff and faculty include internationally recognized experts who combine the roles of therapist/teacher/scientist.