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).

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Opportunity type
Administration (e.g., Finance, IT, HR)
Job 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 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 grant/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.

Application qualifications

-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.


Full salary and exceptional benefits program

How to apply

Please send resume and interest to Kate Aufderheide at [email protected] or to Latriece Kimbrough at [email protected]

About the organization

At the St. Louis Area Foodbank, we are working to create a stronger, healthier bi-state region where no one goes to bed hungry. Everyone deserves access to food and the promise of a healthy diet which is why the St. Louis Area Foodbank is committed to building a stronger, healthier bi-state region where nobody goes to bed hungry.

Mission: Building stronger communities by empowering people with food and hope.
Vision: Create a stronger, healthier bi-state region where no one goes to bed hungry.

Core Values
Stewardship: We strive for excellence by doing our jobs with high-quality standards. We take ownership of our work and fix our mistakes. We do the right thing because we work with integrity and have strong ethics and morals.
Teamwork: We are committed to serving both internally and externally by working together with team members and the community. We are passionate about what we do and strive to make our organization a great place to work.
Agility: We are committed to learning and growing together by being open-minded to new ideas for innovation. We are flexible and seek solutions by turning challenges into opportunities.
Respect: We are committed to treating each other how we would like to be treated. We take responsibility for our words and actions. We care about each other’s well-being and appreciate our differences as unique individuals.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­With the dedicated partnership of over 600 hunger-relief programs and local agencies – including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and residential programs – we are responding to hunger in communities across 26 counties in Missouri and Illinois by distributing food to more than 392,000 people every year.
Since opening in 1975, and with the tremendous support and generosity of this community, the St. Louis Area Foodbank has grown to become our region’s largest food distribution charity dedicated to feeding those in need. Together, we are feeding people and working to address the root causes of hunger for lasting impact every day.