NOW HIRING: Controller

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Now Hiring Controller

About Foundation for Louisiana

Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) is a social justice philanthropic intermediary founded in 2005 as the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation to invest in the immediate recovery of Louisiana’s communities after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. While FFL was established in the wake of these disasters, our founders recognized the need to address the longstanding inequities that contributed to their disparate impacts and have shaped life outcomes for the most marginalized of Louisianans for centuries. Our programs grew in response to these needs, and today FFL focuses on racial justice, climate justice, criminal justice reform, economic justice, gender justice, and support for Louisiana's vibrant arts and culture.

Position Description

The Controller works under the supervision of the CFO and manages the Finance team (team of five). This position is a new position that will require a unique combination of skill sets. The role involves significant coordination, communication, and writing–the successful applicant should be adept at working with and across diverse audiences in a way that facilitates the full and equitable participation of all people. The Controller will serve as the internal staff lead for financial reporting.

This position is a new position that will require a unique combination of skill sets. The Controller assists CFO with communications and provides administrative support to the foundation to ensure the efficiency of financial systems to support grant-making and related community activities, and high-quality services to nonprofits, community partners, Board of Directors, and other key constituents. This position provides the individual with a unique opportunity to work with a dynamic social justice organization and a diverse team to build stronger more sustainable communities statewide.

The position can be based out of Baton Rouge or New Orleans. The position may require travel, particularly between the Baton Rouge and New Orleans offices. The Controller is a full-time exempt position. Candidates should have a willingness to work evenings and weekends on occasion.

Who Are You

You may have experience as a Finance Director, or you may have served as a staff accountant at a nonprofit. You should have a bachelor’s degree in accounting and 8-10 years of nonprofit accounting experience or a bachelor’s degree in accounting and 3-4 years of experience auditing nonprofit organizations. Regardless of where you are coming from, you have a deep passion for and wealth of content knowledge regarding various issues and areas of practice within the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. You are comfortable working in complex, frequently shifting contexts and approach your work in a deeply values-centered way. You are able to take and give meaningful feedback, to challenge and be challenged in ways that are generative and productive, and approach your work with a deep commitment to learning and reflective practice. Ideally, you are very familiar with Louisiana and the most pressing issues facing this state.

You’ll fit right in if you: 

  • Can work independently when needed and lead a collaborative finance team
  • Improve systems and processes
  • Serve as a resource for the organization (and your colleagues) by making sure financial data is accurate, on time, and within the rules set by the organization

Want to know what it’s like to work at our office? Don’t worry, we’ll involve multiple internal stakeholders in the interview process.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversight and management of key accounting functions (accounts payable, accounts receivable, preparing journal entries, detailed reports, and account reconciliations)
  • Ability to work with various project managers to guide the project and annual budget forecasting 
  • Evaluating and strengthening internal controls and accounting systems and recommending and implementing improvements 
  • Assist CFO in the production of financial reports to inform management in decision-making including the organizational budget 
  • Training, hiring, and supervising accounting staff
  • Leads the month-end closing and financial reporting process including account analysis and reconciliation
  • Prepares for and coordinates the annual audit and tax return

You're Good At

  • Centering diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of your work
  • Nonprofit Accounting
  • Using Abilia MIP Fund Accounting Software or equivalent software
  • Project Management
  • Problem-solving
  • Being organized
  • Communicating (verbally and in writing)
  • Paying attention to detail
  • Leading a team of people

It Would Be Great If You

  • Are fluent in the use of Salesforce, Dropbox and Trello/Asana/Hello Monday (or other project management software)
  • Have worked with fiscally sponsored programs
  • Have developed or implement new policies and procedures related to charitable donations

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary is offered at $85,000-$95,000 and will be based on experience
  • A generous benefits and PTO package includes 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision premiums; up to $50,000 employer-paid life insurance; and a401(k)-employer match

To Apply

Please send your resume along with a cover letter to Dana Delpit, Chief Financial Officer, Foundation for Louisiana, via email: jobs@foundationforlouisiana.org. If possible, utilize the Idealist application system to apply. No phone calls, please. Individuals fluent in Spanish and/or Vietnamese are encouraged to apply. The review of applications begins on March 15, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Foundation for Louisiana follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, criminal justice background and marital status. FFL is committed to providing staff with resources to work from home effectively.  Reasonable accommodations may be requested to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of the position.

We encourage applications from people with disabilities and are available to discuss reasonable accommodations for any applicant who may need them.   To inquire about accommodations, please email cgaulden@foundationforlouisiana.org or call FFL at (225)383-1672.  Please refrain from making phone calls for any reason other than to request application accommodations. 

This policy also applies to internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, outside vendors, members and customers, service clients, use of contractors and consultants, grantees, board members and dealings with the general public.