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Location:Baltimore, MD
Benefits:Excellent Benefit Package Offered
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:If you are passionate about transforming communities with a mission-driven organization, then we have the opportunity for you!

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Controller will be responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities. This role will be involved in supporting presentations to the board and audit committee and will work closely with the senior leadership team.

The Controller will provide leadership and direction with budget development and financial analysis and ensure that the finance and accounting unit operates in an efficient and reliable manner, with the appropriate controls in place; ensure that LIRS has the systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and conduct flawless audits; and will work closely with program leaders and their staff, to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures and to explore how the finance function can support program operations.

The Controller will supervise the Accounting Team, work closely with the Director of Grants Financial Management and will partner with the CFO, senior leadership, the human resources and information technology staff to enhance and better integrate finance, HR, and IT functions.


Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is a national faith-based organization with an 80-year history, a budget of over $88 million per year, and over 80 headquarters staff. Widely recognized for our expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants in the United States,LIRS resettles refugees, reunites children with their families or provides loving homes for them, conducts policy advocacy, and advances the protection and rights of vulnerable migrants.

Headquartered in the beautiful Inner Harbor of downtown Baltimore we provide services nationwide through a network of affiliates. We offer flexible work hours, excellent benefits to include medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, professional development funds, parental leave and a 403(b) with organizational match.


Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Lead the development and maintenance of an accounting system that provides the appropriate level of internal controls, responds easily to growing and changing demands for financial information, and ensure compliance to GAAP, federal guidelines, and miscellaneous funder requirements.
  • Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of LIRS' financial status.
  • Assist LIRS' leadership in the annual budgeting and planning process; review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate. Oversee budgeting, and the implementation of budgets, so as to monitor progress and present financial metrics both internally and externally. Review and approve preparation and finalization of monthly and annual financial statements and other financial reporting materials and metrics for management and LIRS' board of directors.
  • Support the CFO in engaging the board's audit and finance committees around issues and trends in financial operating models and delivery. Oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period; collate financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and foundation grants.
  • Oversee internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Manages the Accounting and Accounts Payable staff.
  • Oversee all audit activity.
  • Manage organizational cash flow forecasting by working in partnership with the program vice presidents; continuously collaborate with program vice presidents to assess the financial efficacy of program operations and establish finance and administrative systems to support program operations.
  • Leverage strengths of the current finance team members, help to clarify roles and responsibilities, and develop and implement training programs in order to maximize and reach optimal individual and organizational goals.
  • Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or business administration required. Master's degree preferred. Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible accounting and finance experience, ideally beginning in accounting and audit, followed by experience gathering, evaluating, presenting, and reporting financial information to executive teams and external stakeholders. The incumbent will ideally have experience in a complex nonprofit that has multiple programs.
  • Strong experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, and general ledger.
  • Prior experience hiring, training and supervising accounting staff.
  • Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers.
  • Proactive, hands-on strategic thinker who will own, in partnership with the CFO, the responsibility for finance.
  • Experience in grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting of government, corporate and foundation grants.
  • Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software
  • Strong analytic, organization and problem-solving skills which allow for strategic data interpretation versus simple reporting.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board, or other outside partners.
  • Commitment to mentoring, training, and retaining a diverse team; the foresight and ability to delegate accordingly.
  • Commitment to LIRS's core mission and values and an ability to model those values in relationship with colleagues and partners.

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