The Controller reports to the Executive Director (ED) and regularly interacts with the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Clergy, and all members of the Leadership team. The position will supervise three to five direct reports and is accountable for the planning and execution of all of the Congregation’s Finance and Accounting activity.
Accounting, General Ledger, Administration and Operations
Supervise accounting activities
Review and ensure application of appropriate internal controls.
Financial and management reporting data
Enhance and implement financial and accounting systems
Support various HR activities
Manage preparation and support of all external audits
Manage cash flow forecasting and planning to ensure funds availability
Monitor and manage inter-fund transactions and donor restrictions
Oversee investments; work with the Investment Committee & Treasurer
Understand all lending arrangements and compliance
Financial Analysis, Budgeting and Forecasting
Prepare and present monthly financial budgeting reports
Identify, develop and execute financial analysis of business initiatives
Develop and maintain the operating and capital budgets
Oversee vendor relationships, pricing and payment terms
Strategy, Planning and Management
Support ED in overall strategic and business planning
Provide recommendations to short and long-term financial plans
Assess and evaluate financial performance of the organization
Support a collaborative and positive overall work place culture
Comply with the authorization and segregation of duties matrix
Financial Relations and Policies
Remain current on applicable laws regarding operations, taxes and HR
Work with the ED and board committees regarding insurance coverage
Develop effective accounting processes and policies
Bachelor Degree in Accounting or Finance, Masters preferred
10+ years total accounting or finance experience.
Knowledge and understanding of non-profit GAAP.
Experience managing and or upgrading accounting systems.
“Hands On” Systems Experience – Blackbaud experience preferred
Strong communication and presentation skills
Willingness to understand and respect the practices of the Jewish faith
Proven history to serve as a working leader
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Excellent data upload/download skills, all Microsoft applications
About Congregation Beth Israel
Founded in 1854, Congregation Beth Israel is a vibrant and diverse Jewish community in Houston, Texas. The oldest congregation in the state with a rich history and legacy, it is one of the largest Reform Congregations in the country with more than 1600 members. Home to one of Houston’s premier Reform Jewish day schools and a nationally acclaimed religious school, we are a welcoming and inclusive congregation that shares a commitment to Jewish life and learning for families, singles, Jews-by-choice, mixed faith families, LGBTQ individuals, and people of all ages.