WGTS 91.9/CUCB Inc. - Controller

Location: Takoma Park, MD
Date Posted: 05-01-2018
Position is Available Immediately and is Open Until Filled

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WGTS 91.9 is a listener-supported Federal Communications Commission licensed noncommercial radio station that is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; it is a self-supporting media ministry under common control of the Washington Adventist University Board of Trustees.

The Controller will lead and direct the accounting function for the station.  Directs all analysis and reporting of financial information including budgets, planning, and required filings and reports. Reports directly to the Vice President and General Manager, and serves as an advisor regarding the effective use of resources.  Researches, analyzes and reports on accounting data to management, the treasurer, and board of directors to ensure effective fiscal operations.   
An ideal candidate will present themselves in a mature, trustworthy fashion, be an excellent one-on-one communicator, and will personally believe deeply in the media ministry, its methods and its mission.
  • Ensures that financial records are maintained and in compliance with station policies and US GAAP.
  • Responsible for reviewing monthly/quarterly account reconciliations and other documents to ensure compliance.
  • Works closely with the CUCB, Inc (WGTS 91.9) treasurer in preparing financial reports as required and in reviewing processes and controls. Assists Treasurer in accessing or extracting data from the financial management system.
  • Prepares rolling 12-month forecast and assists in preparation of annual budget.
  • Acts as the focal point for Independent Auditors, overseeing and ensuring the completion of the quarterly reviews and annual audit including written documentation.
  • Accountable for ensuring that policies and procedures (internal controls) are in place to provide reasonable assurance that the station’s assets are protected.
  • Complies with federal, state and local financial legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation, enforcing adherence to requirements and advising the Vice President and General Manager on needed actions.
  • Ensures that the computer system continues to operate as required. Involved in validating/designing suggested changes to ensure accounting requirements continue to be met.
  • Compiles and sorts documents, such as invoices, work orders, checks, vouchers, and substantiates business transactions by auditing documents.
  • Reviews all invoices for appropriate documentation, signatures, and approval prior to payment and distribute checks accordingly.
  • Verifies and posts details of business transactions, such as funds received and disbursed; totals accounts to ledgers or computer spreadsheets and databases.
  • Verifies the accuracy of A/P batch output to ensure correct coding of vendor, cost center, general ledger account, invoice amount, and matching these to check or ACH output.
  • Monitors loans, accounts payable, and receivables to ensure that payments are up to date.
  • Investigates problems that vendors or purchasing agents have with obtaining payment for bills.
  • Negotiates with and responds to all vendor inquiries.
  • Reconciles vendor statements, researches and corrects discrepancies.
  • Reconciles bank statements.
  • Processes check requests.
  • Maintains customer confidence and protects operations by keeping financial information confidential.
  • Directly responsible for closing of monthly financial records.
  • Completes monthly, quarterly and annual reporting packages.
  • Tracks station credit card charges and reconciles statements.
  • Codes data for input to financial management systems.
  • Performs periodic and as needed inventory of office equipment and supplies.
  • Tracks and manages the depreciation schedule.
  •          Participate regularly in station activities such as concerts and special events.
  •          Attend and participate in team meetings.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or related field
  • Three to five years related experience, preferably in a non-profit environment
  • CPA certification preferred
Language Skills:
  • Superior command of English grammar and spelling. 
  • Advanced verbal and written communication abilities.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
Mathematical and Technology Skills:
  • Extensive computer skills, including intermediate or higher level proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, and Word).
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.
  • Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent.
  • Ability to learn new software packages.
Other Skills and Abilities:
  • Strong knowledge of US GAAP, internal controls, and financial reporting, required.
  • Ability to deal with complex problems.
  • Exhibits superior leadership skills and ability to work effectively and constructively with a wide variety of people from many backgrounds and cultures.
  • Has demonstrated success in working as a member of a team and developing effective working relationships with board members, staff, volunteers, the general public, and donors.
  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
  • Possesses innate capacity for planning and organizing.
  • Must be able to remain calm and in control during stressful situations.
  • Proven ability to work unsupervised and make decisions and solve problems independently, effectively and creatively.
  • The ability to work as a member of a team and independently.
  • An impeccable attention to detail and reliability.
  • Commitment to professional ethics in working with highly confidential, sensitive information.
  • Must qualify and be able to drive company vehicles and maintain a clean driving record.
Benefits package includes:
  • Healthcare, including vision, dental and prescription drug
  • Flexible Spending Plans
  • Competitive 403B plan Retirement Plan
  • Tuition assistance for employee, spouse, and dependents
  • Life insurance including supplemental and accidental death and dismemberment policies
  • Long Term Disability
  • AFLAC insurance
  • Legal Assistance Program
  • Employee Assistance Program

WGTS/CUCB Inc. is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  As such, WGTS/CUCB Inc. has the legal right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist ("SDA") Church in its hiring process. In the event that a qualified SDA candidate is not identified, WGTS/CUCB Inc. will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand and respect the mission, purpose, and identity of WGTS/CUCB Inc. as a condition of their employment.
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