Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 22 June 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 23 May 2018

Job Description


Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development, and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil societies. ACDI/VOCA has approximately 50 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of approximately $174 million.

We are seeking a D.C.-based Controller to provide daily oversight of all Finance, Accounting and related reporting activities under a current organizational budget of $150M+. Oversight includes supervision, guidance and development of staff who have functional responsibility over general accounting, treasury, accounts payable & receivable/ billing, payroll, project accountant and financial Systems. The Controller works closely with CFO on preparing Board of Directors and Audit committee material and actively participate in Board and Audit committee meetings. The Controller ensures that proper systems, procedures, and internal controls are consistently in place to support effective financial and accounting operations, maintain compliance with GAAP and federal compliance, and achieve successful audits. Responsible for delivery of timely financial reporting to both internal and external stakeholders. The Controller collaborates closely with all departments within the organization to ensure solid understanding of finance and accounting policies and procedures, and proactively explores continuous system and process improvements, and ultimately how the finance function and systems can support the efficiency and effectiveness of overall operations.


Primary activities include but are not limited to: Establish and maintain internal controls to ensure accurate, complete, and timely recording and reporting of financial transactions; provide CFO with material for Board meetings and Audit Committee meetings and co-present information; actively participate and provide guidance and support in upper managements meetings and initiatives; ensures the organization’s compliance with GAAP, federal regulatory, and other donor requirements, as well as ACDI/VOCA own policies and procedures; mentor and direct the daily work of a diverse team of accounting professionals; ensure that all work is processed efficiently during peak workload periods by establishing individual and team priorities, cross-delegating as needed, cross training and managing overall expectations of stakeholders; ensure effective cash management practices, providing oversight for the daily review and approval of federal drawdown requests, and approve vendor payments; maintain on-going audit readiness of underlying transactions and supporting documents; review/prepare required schedules and analysis for annual audit and adhoc financial verification audits; ensure schedules for the annual IRS Form 990 tax information return are submitted timely and accurately; oversee treasury management, including cash management, bank account management, and banking partner relationships; supervises the management of the Federal Letter of Credit; overseas payroll management and reviews payroll journals, and payroll system improvements; and oversees project accounting and field office financial management, including accounting for commodity inventory.

In addition, the Controller will be responsible for making appropriate closing adjustments and performing year-end closing procedures. This person will recommend, design, and implement changes in accounting policies and procedures and account code definitions as necessary. They will also develops uniform accounting financial processes to record and support General Ledger entries. The Controller will advise on ERP system developments and changes as they relate to the general ledger and core financial modules. They will be the lead tester of new ERP systems enhancements and module implementations, and multiple systems integration to ensure the integrity of data and internal controls are maintained. This person will also produce financial and administrative reports on a special request basis to allow management to monitor operations, identify business risks, and generate pertinent information sufficient to direct needed action.


Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, International Development, or related field; MBA preferred. Minimum of ten years’ experience in Corporate Accounting and Finance; US CPA preferred. Solid documentation skills, ensuring proper audit trail. Advanced knowledge of USAID and OMB policies and regulations as they pertain to financial management required. Paramount professional integrity, honesty, initiative, confidentiality and dependability. Commitment and ability to excel in a fast-paced environment; works effectively under time pressure and meets deadlines. Highly professional demeanor, with strong interpersonal and customer service skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff. Keen analytical, problem-solving and financial troubleshooting skills. Confidence in addressing policy and procedure compliance questions. Effective trainer for finance and non-finance personnel. Employs team-building, mentoring approach to supervision and working style. Ability to quickly learn new systems, processes and procedures. Flexibility in approach to work processes and tasks. The ability and willingness to travel internationally is required. Fluency in English required. Additional French and/or Spanish language skills desired.

Please apply online at or respond with résumé, cover letter and salary history to Attn: HR/SLD, 50 F Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, D.C., 20001 or fax +1 202 469 6255. No phone calls please. Only finalists will be contacted. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. EOE/AA. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

About the Organization

ACDI/VOCA is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes broad-based economic growth and the development of civil society in emerging democracies and developing countries. Offering a comprehensive range of technical assistance services, ACDI/VOCA addresses the most pressing and intractable development problems. Driven by the goal of adding value to local enterprise, which underlies prosperity and stability, ACDI/VOCA works in five main practice areas: * Agribusiness * Enterprise Development * Financial Services * Community Development * Food Security The ACDI/VOCA Difference ACDI/VOCA has a proven record of development success dating back more than 45 years. This experience coupled with operational integrity, technical expertise and the ability to operate at scale means that clients and partners can always expect positive results from ACDI/VOCA. ACDI/VOCA is also distinguished by its: * identity as a nonprofit that means business * proficiency at grassroots, self-help organizing * private sector and market orientation * dedication to beneficiary gains in income, jobs and savings * leadership in value chain approaches to enterprise development * legacy of lasting institutions and organizations * vast talent bank * experience working on a regional/global scale * network of U.S. and international partners * systems approach to technical solutions and operations * grants-management capacity * cutting-edge approaches to fragile/failing states, trade capacity building, public-private partnership, information and communications technology and integrated HIV/AIDS programming * experience with large indefinite quantity contracts (IQCs)

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