Director of Finance / Controller

    • Job Tracking ID: 512912-606710
    • Job Location: San Francisco, CA
    • Job Level: Management
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: January 26, 2018
    • Years of Experience: 7 - 10 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Campus Location: Mission
    • Status: Regular Full-Time
    • Department: Header: Finance
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Summary: The Director of Finance is responsible for leading day-to-day management and operations for SPCA accounting activities and provides financial oversight and reporting to the various SPCA business divisions.

Essential Duties and Functions:

Accounting Management

  • Responsible for financial reporting, planning, and record-keeping. Oversee all accounts, ledgers and reporting systems, ensuring compliance with appropriate accounting standards and principles, regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain relationship with outside auditor and prepare all schedules and materials for annual audit
  • Oversee financial system systems implementations and upgrades
    • Maintain internal control and reporting systems
    • Oversee Revenue Recognition, Payroll, Accounts Receivables, Billing, Accounts Payable and General Ledger Accounting for all programs
    • Manage cash flow and forecasting. Develop a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism that includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs.
    • Optimize the handling of banking relationships to initiate appropriate strategies to enhance cash positions
    • Coordinate, analyze, and interpret trends of accounting information and business activities
    • Provide management oversight of designated accounts, including Gift Donations, Grants, and Bequests
    • Review and approve responsible accounts, journal entries, adjustments, accruals
    • Perform analyses and estimate major revenue and cost of revenue reserves and allowances


  • Ensure financial reports are constructed monthly and presented to relevant stakeholders within the business. Ensure queries are addressed appropriately and efficiently
  • Ensure external financial reporting requirements and commitments to the public and other stakeholders are adhered to within appropriate timeframes (quarterly and/or annually).
  • Ensure financial information is presented accurately and efficiently

Fiscal Administrative

  • Evaluate, develop and implement effective, efficient and up-to-date administrative systems and processes to best serve the organizations needs.
  • Establish, maintain, and monitor cash control systems for the organization.


  • Coordinate Finance Committee meetings of the Board of Directors. Working with the Co-President and committee chair, prepare and present materials and reports for each meeting as needed.
  • Work closely with senior staff to assist them in being effective as possible in program financial management, program budgeting and related activities.
  • As a member of the senior management team, participate in organization-wide strategic planning and implementation.

Staff Development

  • Provide oversight for the hiring, orientation and training of finance department staff
  • Provide leadership and direction to the department staff, set long- and short-term goals, develop action plans, and provide performance reviews.
  • Educate managers in different department
  • Keep staff members informed on Society wide announcements, policies, and protocols

Mission, Vision and Values

  • Thoroughly understand the Society’s mission and all of its programs; serve as an enthusiastic, effective advocate of these programs internally and throughout the community.
  • Practice and promote the humane treatment of animals
  • Provide quality customer service to clients, volunteers, and staff while actively promoting our mission, services, programs and events.
  • Promote donation and giving opportunities as appropriate.
  • Attend various special events, promotions, and community functions as a representative of the SF SPCA as requested.


  • Work cooperatively with all volunteers and recognize the talent and commitment they bring to the Society.


  • Ensure a safe work environment; following all safety guidelines and modeling safe work practices.
  • Take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a staff member, volunteer, client, animal, or the organization at risk.

Diversity and Inclusiveness

  • Work effectively with individuals and colleagues from diverse communities and cultures

Open Communication

  • Facilitate open, direct communication throughout the Society.
  • Embrace and promote the Society’s BLISS direct communication program.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

  • Work is performed in an office setting within an animal shelter and care facility
  • Regularly sits at a computer station, repetitively enters transactions 7 hours per day
  • Typically stands, bends, stoops, and crouches while filing documents manually
  • Frequently lifts, carries and positions objects weighing up to 30 lbs when moving supplies and records
  • Regularly moves about the campus to coordinate work
  • Occasional weekend and evening work
  • Consistently exposed to animals and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available

Reporting Relationships and Contacts:

  • Reports to CFO
  • Senior Accountant, Accounts Payable and Payroll Specialist report to this position

Education and Experience

  • Seven plus years of accounting experience with progressive management responsibility
  • Certified Public Accountant with nonprofit and/or healthcare experience a plus

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Commitment to the mission, values, goals, and success of the San Francisco SPCA
  • Demonstrated success in managing a diverse team of professionals and successful at facilitating collaboration and achieving goals
  • Successful experience in coordinating multiple projects; able to organize time efficiently and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated initiative
  • Strong technological aptitude, particularly Microsoft Office expertise, NetSuite experience a plus.
  • Knowledge of financial processes, procedures, and systems
    • Thorough knowledge of general accounting and the application of general accounting theory
    • Ability to analyze and recommend solutions to complex accounting issues with a minimum of supervision
    • Have a working knowledge of non-profit accounting and FASB accounting rules (cost accounting and decision support analytical tools)


Salary and Benefits:


The starting hourly rate for this position depends on the depth and breadth of experience. Regular full-time employees are eligible for benefits package including: paid time off, medical, dental & vision insurance, life insurance, long-term disability, tax-deferred retirement plan, pre-tax commute expense deductions, discounted veterinary care, employee discount on retail, pet supplies, and dog training classes.