Job Opening: Controller
SOLA, a unique boarding school for girls located in Afghanistan, seeks a US-based Controller to be directly responsible for all financial functions and reporting. A member of the school’s senior administrative team, the Controller reports to the vice-president, and works closely with the president and senior administrative staff in both the US and Kabul.
SOLA is delivering educational and leadership opportunities for a new generation of Afghan girls so they may develop new solutions to Afghanistan’s challenges. SOLA will be an internationally accredited girls’ boarding school in Kabul with students in grades 6-12 from all Afghan provinces, major ethnic groups, sects, tribes and languages. This is a unique opportunity to help build the future of Afghanistan through its girls.
The Controller is the senior financial and administrative officer and a key member of the leadership team. This position reports to the vice-president with a strong collaborative relationship with the senior administrative staff. The Controller will be responsible for leading an internal team that manages finance, planning, accounting and budgeting.
Work with the president on financial planning and modeling in support of campus expansion, construction projects, and enrollment growth.
Review, modify, and implement financial management policies, business processes and controls to ensure complete financial integrity.
Direct the development and management of an annual operating budget as well as oversight of cash management, financial controls and accounting operations such as Billing, A/R, A/P, and GL.
Maintain a robust system of controls over accounting transactions.
Report financial results to senior staff and to the board in an accurate and timely manner.
Assess liability issues and oversee risk management and mitigation.
Implement robust contracts management and reporting system.
Oversee banking relationships in the US and in Kabul to support operations.
Oversee human resource administration with respect to compensation and benefits policies.
Manage vendor relationships for audit, IT, insurance, payroll and accounting.
Train staff in the US and in Kabul on policies, procedures and the use of key tools such as QuickBooks.
Ensure quality control over financial transactions, grants and financial reporting.
Assist the Director of Communications in writing grant proposals.
Track and compile financial information needed for donor and grant reporting.
Coordinate the provision of information to external auditors for the annual audit.
Coordinate the preparation of regulatory reporting to comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings.
Manage month-end and year-end close process.
Perform other duties as assigned by the president or vice-president.
Competitive based on experience and education
Requirements & Qualifications:
4-8 years of progressive financial and operations management and business leadership experience.
Three or more years’ experience in finance/operations administration in an independent school or a non-profit organization strongly preferred, but candidates with for-profit experience may also be considered.
A team player with excellent judgement willing to embrace SOLA’s mission in the spirit of problem solving, delegation and congenial supervision.
Familiarity with financing, human resources, financial audits, and day-to-day business operations.
Solid analytical and problems solving skills with the ability to connect financial data with business decisions.
Attention to detail within larger strategic goals.
Fluency in financial management software.
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with Board committees.
Excellent communication and relationship-building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, changing environment.
Self-starter who is forthright with a deep sense of integrity.
Bachelor’s degree required, CPA and/or advanced degree strongly preferred.
Qualified candidates may submit a cover letter and resume to SOLA’s vice-president, Ms. Elise Riegel, at firstname.lastname@example.org.