The New England Council seeks an experienced accounting professional to serve as Controller/Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration. With offices in Boston, MA, and Washington, DC, The New England Council is a non-partisan regional business association representing nearly 600 businesses and organizations throughout the six New England states. The Council has a staff of 13 employees, and annual revenues of $4 million. and Reporting to the organization’s President & CEO, the Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration will be responsible for managing the entire range of tasks required to support the organization’s accounting and human resource functions. This position is accountable for all aspects of the internal financial reporting function managing daily accounting operations; financial closings, budgeting, external audit, internal controls, administering benefit plans, payroll, as well as company policies and procedures.
Location & Schedule
This position is based in the Council’s Boston, MA, office, which is currently operating on a hybrid work model with all staff expected to be in office in Boston several days a week, and working remotely the remainder of the time.
- Maintain the accuracy of the general ledger and accounting records, perform month-end and year-end closing, prepare monthly journal entries and account reconciliations
- Prepare internal financial statements in accordance with GAAP, financial highlights, analysis of budget variances and monitor financial targets
- Develop and prepare comprehensive annual operating budget, assumption analyses and financial forecasts
Administer qualified benefit plans; enrollment, reporting compliance, salary deferral and employer contribution deposits and participant census data for Annual Valuation Report and Form 5500 tax return
- Coordinate and manage the annual external audit of the company financials, prepare audit analysis and financial statement footnote disclosures. Assemble tax schedules required for Form 990 tax return
- Assess and develop best practices and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls
- Monitor aging of membership and sponsorship billing
- Manage all aspects of the payroll function
- Process vendor accounts payable and manage for timely payment
- Manage and review the adequacy of commercial insurance policies, provide annual self-audit census data for worker’s compensation policy
- Manage company compliance with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings
- Evaluate the effectiveness of accounting software and supporting database, as needed
- Oversee and support Information Technology requirements including network equipment
- The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, self-motivated, results orientated, and work well in a small team environment.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in Accounting or Finance; a CPA is a plus.
- Minimum 7 years of accounting and financial experience, exposure to non-profit organizations a plus
- Highly detail oriented, analytical, and organized with the ability to manage competing priorities
- Ability to self-direct, set deadlines and meet them
- Thorough and current knowledge of accounting principles and procedures
- Experience with general ledger functions and month-end/year-end close process
- Strong financial and analytical skills with the ability to create meaningful and timely managerial reports, financial statements, and related footnotes
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills working cooperatively and collaboratively with all levels of employees, executive management and outside third parties
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications, Sage 50 Accounting software experience a plus
Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package including medical and dental coverage, 401(k) plan with employer contribution.