Senior Director/Controller in Houston, TX at BakerRipley

Date Posted: 5/7/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Expected Outcomes:

  • The Controller will be responsible for all accounting functions, grant compliance and internal controls for the organization. The position is responsible for directing all aspects of the fiscal functions of the organization in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and practices
  • The Controller will successfully manage the annual external audit process for the agency, working directly with the external audit firm and internal business process owners as necessary to ensure a successful and positive audit cycle 
  • Actively participate in the preparation, analysis and review of both internal and external monthly, quarterly and annual reporting requirements for program management, directors, executive and Finance and Administrative Committee
  • Lead a team of 40 to regularly prepare relevant management reports, including semi-monthly, monthly, quarterly and year-end reports for each area of responsibility
  • The Controller will be responsible for operationalizing strategies that directly influence the processes and functions within accounting

Essential Functions:

  • Lead and establish departmental strategies and goals that align with the agency’s strategic direction
  • Manage the accuracy and productivity of day-to-day activities around payroll, treasury accounts payable, accounts receivable, grant administration and reporting, fixed assets, and general ledger accounting and develop metrics to report on these activities against benchmarks
  • The Controller, in collaboration with the Chief Administrative Officer, is responsible for protecting the assets of the agency by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls that allow for staff to serve as positive stewards of agency dollars
  •  Lead tax reporting and compliance with all Federal, State, and Local laws
  • Comply with Federal, State, and Local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation, anticipating future legislation, enforcing adherence to requirements
  • Protect operations by keeping financial information and plans confidential
  • Complete operational requirements by scheduling and assigning employees and following up on work results
  • The Controller will exhibit mastery level knowledge of accounting in conformity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and will serve as a principal spokesperson for the agency on accounting matters
  • Participate as a subject matter expert on all agency-wide contractual projects including new program initiatives. Serve as the accountability point for all processes influencing the financial statements for the agency
  • Provide innovative ideas and concepts which enhance the agency’s operations on an ongoing basis
  • Serve as an effective senior leader by coaching, orienting, counseling, and developing an effective team
  • Carry out supervisory responsibilities which include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising and assessing team and individual performance
  • Ability to work with people in such a manner as to build high morale and group commitments to goals and objectives
  • The CAO retains the discretion to add or change the duties of the position at any time


  • Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, Adobe and Outlook
  • Knowledge of Financial Edge

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)