Director of Accounting

The Rockefeller Foundation
New York, New York, United States
Competitive salary
27 Oct 2020
28 Oct 2020
Job role
Finance director
Experience level
The Director of Accounting is an integral member of the Finance team. The Director will be responsible for general accounting, treasury, accounts payable, and grant accounting. This Director will also help to establish and maintain the Foundation's accounting principles, best practices, and policies and procedures accounting. This position reports to the Chief Financial Officer of the Foundation.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee the management of the general ledger, subsidiary ledgers, e.g. Atlas, and all accounting functions (i.e. accounts payable including grant payments, fixed assets, and cash management) for all RF related entities.
  • Manage the month-end general ledger closing processes, supervising the monthly and quarterly general ledger reconciliation process, including the review of monthly General Ledger Trial Balance.
  • Oversee vendor maintenance with a focus towards fraud prevention.
  • Oversee vendor payments to ensure timely payments across the organization.
  • Ensure maintenance of fixed asset and depreciation records.
  • Assist in ensuring that the necessary controls are in place to maintain the integrity of financial information.
  • Overseeing regional office financial activity.
  • Collaborates with the Controller on the annual audits.
  • Manage annual 990PF and 990 tax return preparation process.
  • Maintains Accounting Policies and Procedures manual.
  • Assists with the establishment of financial systems related to new RF entities or Public Charity.

  • Oversee treasury function, all RF banking relationships, bank reconciliations, credit line, and cash forecasting process.
  • Manage all cash management functions including cash concentration, wires, account funding.
  • In collaboration with the Controller and CFO, oversee cash management banking and financial institution relationships. Negotiate bank and service fees. Implement new bank technologies, products and services to simplify company operations.

Project and Staff Management:
  • Supervise three direct reports.
  • Partner with IT and Program teams on system enhancements, upgrades, etc., promoting system and operational improvements.
  • Engage in identifying cost and efficiency improvements throughout the Foundation. Partner effectively on relevant projects.
  • Participate in a wide variety of special projects and create ad hoc analyses and special reports as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills
  • Strong knowledge and experience in applying generally accepted accounting principles, procedures and internal controls.
  • Attention to detail; ability to work in fast-paced environment.
  • Mindful of deadlines and adherence to provide timely financial data.
  • Strong ability to collaborate, train and partner with teams within the organization.
  • Strong capability in the Microsoft Suite, particularly Excel, Word, Outlook; Strong experience with accounting software, especially Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains or similar programs.
  • You're committed to the mission of the Foundation, to inclusion, equity and diversity in every aspect of your work, and to challenging conventional wisdom through evidence, reason, and amplifying dissenting, unconventional, and marginalized voices.
  • We are currently fully remote, but once restrictions ease, this role will be based in the New York office.

Preferred Education and Experience
  • BS in Accounting or Finance; CPA or MBA preferred.
  • Nonprofit/Foundation experience preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years' Fund accounting experience required.
  • Minimum of 8 years managing an accounting staff with an operating budget over $15 million.
  • Proven experience in cash management.
  • Strong analytical, financial and systems skills are required.
  • Experience working in international business environment a plus.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains a plus.
  • Prior experience developing and implementing financial policies and procedures for a not-for-profit preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to form, lead and develop high-performing teams.
  • Strong knowledge of US GAAP, internal controls and financial reporting required.

  • Leadership: Vision, innovation, thought leadership, collaboration, integrity, accountability and emotional intelligence.
  • People Management: Skills in team building, coaching, mentoring, delegating, inspiring and motivating.
  • Strategic Ability: Ability to see opportunities, design innovative approaches backed by strong analysis and planning.
  • Execution: Strong project management skills, deadline management, sense of responsibility and accountability and the ability to effectively multi-task.
  • Partnership and Relationship Building: Strong professional representation of the Foundation, interpersonal relationship abilities, intercultural knowledge and appreciation, strategic partnership building.
  • Decision-Making: Ability to evaluate risks and opportunities, using analytical and strong problem-solving skills.
  • Integration: Ability to demonstrate inclusiveness, collaboration, respect and broad organizational interests.
  • Communication: Strong interpersonal and communication abilities; exceptional listening written and verbal skills.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:You are committed to the mission of the Foundation, to inclusion, equity and diversity in every aspect of your work, and to challenging conventional wisdom through evidence, reason, and amplifying dissenting, unconventional, and marginalized voices.

As an organization, we focus on six values to advance our culture and to continue our success. We are dedicated to being Transparent, Optimistic, Accountable, Collaborative, Trustedand Equitable. We operate from a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in everything that we do. It's not only the right thing to do - we couldn't make an impact without the diverse perspectives and experiences of our team members. We expect all employees at the Foundation to contribute by developing their unique perspective and talent, and to challenge conventional wisdom through evidence and reason, and by amplifying marginalized voices.

The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, the Foundation ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.

The Rockefeller Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.