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Position Title :Vice President, Finance/Controller
Hiring Company :SHEDD AQUARIUM SOCIETY
Resume Recipient :Hiring Company
Job Category :Accounting/GAAP/Reporting
Industry:Government and Public Services
Location:United States
Job I.D:14361
Nearest Metropolitan Area(s) : Chicago
Primary Location City,
State
: CHICAGO,IL
Description : Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Vice President, Finance & Controller is responsible for overseeing the accounting and day-to-day financial function of Shedd Aquarium to ensure accurate and timely accounting records and reports, while considering the adequacy and efficiency of procedures and internal controls. The Vice President, Finance & Controller will oversee the work of professional direct reports, including the payroll function. The Vice President, Finance & Controller works across all departments, building close relationships to help department leaders identify and meet their needs for financial data, ensuring proper accounting needs are for Shedd Aquarium.

Duties & Responsibilities:
• Demonstrate commitment to Shedd’s vision, mission, and values.
• Supervise assigned staff, by selecting staff, assigning jobs, training staff, coaching, developing, counseling, addressing appraisal and recognition, and recommending staff salary, promotions, and disciplinary actions.
• Recommend to the CFO accounting policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy of the accounting records while maintaining or improving internal controls and efficiency of staff.
• Determine the financial and operational impact of policy and procedure changes.
• Supervise the recording and reporting of unusual and significant transactions.
• Work with the Assistant Controller to ensure the monthly close is completed and detailed reports reviewed.
• Oversee the staff analyzing monthly departmental and Aquarium-wide financial reports for deviations from budget and emerging trends.
• Oversee the preparation of the annual audit and tax filings.
• In partnership with CFO and senior leadership, develop annual plan in alignment with organization strategy and targets.
• Oversee investments to ensure opportunities are maximized.
• Assist in the preparation of reports to the Board of Trustees and management.
• Recommend the budget for the Accounting Department.
• Assist in the development and preparation of the overall Aquarium budget and forecasts.
• Review payroll and accounts payable processing.
• Monitor contracts with significant vendors and contracts.
• Work with the Assistant Controlled to ensure the preparation of the monthly sales tax and transaction tax returns is completed.
• Monitor cash balances and schedules inter-fund transfers to ensure short-term cash needs are met.
• Work with staff to ensure appropriate monitoring of grant status, projects, restricted contributions, and contracts, including compliance with financial requirements.
• Provide accounting information to other departments as requested.
• Monitor debt outstanding, calculate accrued interest, and initiate the transfers of funds to be available for payments.
• Ensure continued compliance with solicitation registration.
• Ensure compliance with required lobbying/advocacy requirements.
• Support the activities of Board Committees.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Requirements : Qualifications:
Education:

Minimum Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Accounting
CPA is required.

Experience:
• Minimum of 10 years of experience working in accounting, with at least 5 years in a supervisory role
• Experience in not-for-profit accounting is strongly preferred
• High level of computer proficiency required, including advanced experience with computerized accounting systems, spreadsheets, and word processing.
• Strong analytical skills including the ability to work independently
• A flexible self-starter able to multi-task while also being highly detailed
• A collaborative approach with a strong service approach; a team player
• Effective interpersonal/communication skills. Ability to build relationships with external and internal partners, and communicate effectively (written/oral). Able to communicate effectively with senior leadership and suggest workable solutions
• Demonstrated ability to partner and influence at all levels in the organization as a credible, valuable source of information and integral part of the management team
• Highly organized with demonstrated ability to handle large amounts of data and priorities
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