• Finance & Accounting
  • Washington, United States


Job description

JOB TITLE: Controller 


REPORTS TO: Executive Director 

JOB LEVEL: Senior 

LOCATION: Washington, DC USA Headquarters Office

The Controller directs the financial affairs of Jane Goodall Institute USA (JGI) and prepares financial analyses of operations, including interim and final financial statements with supporting schedules, for the guidance of management. The Controller is responsible for the organization's accounting practices, the maintenance of its fiscal records and the preparation of financial reports. The position involves supervision over general accounting, external auditing, cost accounting, corporate budgetary controls, and the grants compliance manager. The Controller engages regularly with JGI’s field offices and leads capacity building efforts among the field office financial teams. 


Candidates in this position regularly perform the following duties and responsibilities:

Accounting & Record Keeping

  1. Supervise and maintain the integrity and accuracy of all financial records, overseeing all local and international financial transactions, ensuring that financial transactions are recorded in a timely manner and in compliance with US GAAP and/or any other applicable rules and regulations,
  2. Supervises general accounting, external auditing, cost accounting, and corporate budgetary controls.
  3. Oversees the timely preparation of monthly invoices.
  4. Oversees monthly indirect rate calculation and applicability to awards.
  5. Monitors the indirect costs rates and reports on the financial impact on the organization.
  6. Oversees timely preparation and submission of the annual Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate (NICRA) Agreement.
  7. Leads regular budget performance appraisal to ensure alignment with approved project and organization budgets.
  8. Ensures that all Program Managers receive budget project reports and monitors reports for unusual items that require attention of management.

Budgeting & Planning

  1. Takes lead role in the preparation of all departmental and organizational budgets.
  2. Provides support in the preparation of cost proposals for bids.


  1. Establish and ensure financial records are in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards and accounting principles.
  2. Ensures compliance with appropriate government and non-profit regulations while supervising the grant’s compliance manager and other relevant staff.
  3. Ensures compliance with all federal, state, and local corporate, payroll, and other applicable taxes.
  4. Interacts with external auditors and other regulatory agents with respect to the review of financial and contractual records.

Monitoring & Internal Controls

  1. Defines, implements and monitors organizational procedures and policies with appropriate internal control safeguards.
  2. Maintains consistent approval process for revenue, expenditure, budgets, payroll updates, documentation and the maintenance of related accounts and ledgers.


  1. Supervises and evaluates the performance of direct reports in the Finance Department.
  2. Manages, mentors, develops and guides the accounting staff to ensure quality and timeliness of reporting, proper maintenance of all accounting systems and functions and accounting accuracy.
  3. Recommends training opportunities for staff and to keep the staff at the highest level of skill necessary to meet organizational needs and objectives.
  4.  Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

ABOUT CANDIDATES for this position

Candidates with the following qualifications will be ideally suited for this position:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance (Master’s preferred)
  • 7-10 years relevant experience; preferably in the non-profit sector
  • Experience and training with applicable U.S. Federal government circulars (OMB Circulars A-110, A-122 and A-133) state and local regulations, and standard contract clauses
  • Extensive knowledge of the Uniform Guidance
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and communicate policies and procedures
  • Ability and willingness to travel to regions in Africa
  • Experience working with international colleagues and partners is a plus
  • Intermediate to advanced French speaking skills a plus

Competencies of all senior JGI staff include:

  • Experience managing, motivating, and inspiring excellence in a team
  • High ethical standards
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships and effective workgroups
  • Ability to effectively communicate at all levels and with multiple constituents
  • Independent thinker with strong customer service orientation, collaborative work style, and a team player
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Desire to work for a mission-driven organization

Compensation & Benefits

Salary commensurate with training and experience. Competitive benefits package.


JGI prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by U.S. or International law.