NRGI has a staff of over 100, supporting our global advocacy and regional programs in more than 20 countries. NRGI has registered offices in New York, Accra, Beirut, Dar es Salaam, Jakarta, Lima and London, and additional colleagues working in Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Cameroon, DRC, Guinea, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Uganda, Tunisia, and Ukraine. As a complex and dispersed organization, a strong operational backbone is key to our impact on the ground and to advancing our mission.
Reporting to the chief financial officer (CFO), the Controller will be responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities. As the number two executive to the CFO, the Controller will be involved in supporting presentations to the board finance and audit committee and to the senior leadership team.
The Controller will lead all day-to-day finance operations of a budget of approximately $16M and supervise a team of three local and five remote staff members including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and grants administration.
The Controller will lead the administration of donor grants throughout the grant life-cycle. S/he will assist with the grant proposals, reporting on expenditures and closure. A key responsibility will be to structure our financial system (NetSuite) to optimize aggregation of grant financials and facilitate reporting to donors.
The Controller will ensure that NRGI has the systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and conduct clean audits. The Controller will work closely with program and project managers to educate them on finance and accounting procedures and to support their work.
In addition, she or he will partner with the CFO, senior leadership, and the human resources (HR) and information technology (IT) staff to enhance and better integrate finance, HR, and IT functions.
Finance and Accounting Leadership
Oversee NRGI’s accounts, general ledger and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements;
Provide needed support with NRGI’s annual budgeting and planning process;
Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenues, payment of expenses, and management of program budgets;
Lead tracking and reporting on grant budgets including taking direct responsibility for several large, complex government, corporate, and foundation grants; serve as the primary liaison to donors ensuring that expenditures are aligned with grant budgets;
Review draft donor agreements, help negotiate terms and set up grant awards in NRGI systems; coordinate preparation and submission of donor financial reports;
Support the development team on proposal and budget preparation as requested;
Serve as a primary resource for staff in New York and country offices who support NRGI programs, projects, donors and administration;
Develop financial reporting in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements and keep senior leadership abreast of NRGI’s financial status.
Regularly analyze financial data for key trends, anomalies and adherence to budget; keep CFO informed and correct variances as appropriate;
Coordinate all audit activity; ensure compliance with federal, state, and local legal requirements;
Support the CFO in reporting to the board’s Audit and Finance Committee;
Manage and keep leadership informed on cash position and projected cash flows;
Lead projects to maximize the potential of finance and administrative systems to improve efficiencies and better support program operations;
Support CFO in tracking and reporting on invested assets in line with NRGI investment guidelines.
Structure the Finance team optimally in order to maximize the strengths of the current team members;
Ensures roles and responsibilities of each team member are clear and that each has a development plan in place;
Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization;
Create and promote a positive and supportive work environment in line with NRGI’s organizational values and working principles.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for a mature leader with approximately ten years (or more) experience as a not-for-profit controller or senior deputy controller. The candidate for controller must have extensive experience in not-for-profit accounting, managing grant budgets, financial analysis, audit, financial reporting and in leading a finance and accounting team. Specific requirements include:
Strong not-for-profit accounting background including budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, and financial reporting;
Extensive experience in financial management of donors and grants from both the public and private sectors including grant proposals, tracking and reporting on grant expenditures and optimizing accounting systems to support the above;
Proven experience in ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements;
Advanced knowledge of accounting software, ideally with NetSuite experience
Solid experience in coordinating audit activities
A clear track record in grants management and reporting
Keen analytic and problem solving skills
Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management
Ability to support program managers with interpretation of finances
Proven background of leading a finance/accounting team including training, mentoring and retaining a diverse team with ability to delegate when appropriate
Strong communications skills
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and unwavering commitment to NRGI that helps promote a positive and supportive work environment.
Minimum of a Bachelor degree in accounting or finance, with CPA and/or MBA preferred
Working Environment:Full-time position, official hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; flexibility required when extended hours are needed to meet deliverables.
A CPA certified professional
Experience working for a non-profit organization
Experience with grant reporting
Experience working for an international organization
About Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)
Background/NRGI Summary: The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) is a nonprofit policy institute and grant-making organization that promotes the responsible management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the benefit of all. Improving natural resource governance is one of the most significant development challenges of the decade and will determine the future of 1 billion people globally who live in scarcity in the midst of resource abundance. Countries with non-renewable resource wealth face both a challenge and an opportunity—when used poorly or squandered, non-renewable resource wealth can cause economic instability, social conflict and lasting environmental impacts; used well, they can create prosperity for current and future generations. NRGI is a recognized leader in the field of natural resource governance, helping people to realize the benefits of their countries’ endowments of oil, gas and minerals in order to build a more stable and sustainable future. For more information, please visit www.resourcegovernance.org