St. Louis Area Foodbank

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General Description/Position Summary:

The Controller position is responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities that assists with the advancement of the St. Louis Area Foodbank's mission. The Controller will lead the daily finance operations and manage the accounting team members including functional responsibility for all the general ledger activities, contractual compliance and grant reporting. The Controller will assist the CFO in ensuring that appropriate systems and procedures are established and maintained to support effective program implementation. The Controller will work closely with program leaders and staff to educate the organization on accounting procedures as well as explore ways the finance function can best support program operations. Additionally, the Controller will support leadership in developing strategies to enhance and better integrate the various organizational systems (Inventory, HR, IT and Finance).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements:
    • manage the annual time study and implement the results
    • routinely review and update the cost allocation process
  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Coordinate all audit activity and gather 990 information.
  • Consistently analyze financial data and present accurate and timely financial:
    • clearly communicate financial statement information
    • monitor financial progress and changes
    • inform leadership of new or unusual trends
  • Assist with the annual budgeting and planning process:
    • administer and review all financial plans
    • perform variance analysis and provide explanations explanations as needed
  • Support the CFO in engaging the board's audit and finance committees around issues and trends in financial operating models and delivery.
  • Oversee financial, project/program and grants accounting:
    • ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grantt/contractual period
    • gather financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and foundation grants.
  • Manage organizational cash flow forecasting by working in partnership program leadership:
    • assess the financial efficacy of program operations
    • establish finance and administrative systems to support program operations
  • Manage and track the performance of invested assets and ensure consistency with policies and investment guidelines.
  • Leverage strengths of the finance team members:
    • clarify roles and responsibilities
    • develop and implement training programs to help each team member maximize individual and organizational goals
  • Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization
  • Create and promote a positive and supportive work environment.


  • Bachelor's degree required; CPA and Master's degree in accounting or business administration preferred.
  • Mature leader with 5 to 7 years of accounting and finance experience; ideally in a complex nonprofit organization.
  • Solid experience coordinating audit activities, managing grant reporting, budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, and accounting for investments and inventory.
  • Proficient with Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other web-based applications. Microsoft Dynamics experience and Ceres or the ability to learn required.
  • Strong interpersonal, analytic, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including non-finance managers
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work at special events and/or other projects that may occur in the evenings or during weekends. Meeting attendance may require overnight travel.

Must be able to pass criminal background check and drug screening.

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