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Accounting and Risk Manager

The Rockefeller Foundation is seeking an Accounting and Risk Manager .  The Accounting and Risk Manager is responsible for managing the Foundation’s accounting and risk management functions.  Reporting to the Controller this position directs general accounting, accounts payable, grant accounting, treasury functions, and risk and compliance over grantees and third parties. This position also helps to establish and maintain the Foundation’s accounting principles, best practices, and policies and procedures.

 Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Supervising the activities of two professionals;
  • Assisting the Controller in ensuring that the necessary controls are in place to maintain the integrity of financial information;
  • Manage the month-end general ledger closing processes, supervising the monthly and quarterly general ledger reconciliation process, including the review of monthly General Ledger Trial Balance;
  • Overseeing regional office financial activity;
  • Managing all treasury functions for the Foundation, including security administration of on-line banking platform users and coordination of the Foundation’s bank account openings and closings for all offices;
  • Along with the Controller, direct annual financial statement and benefit plan audits;
  • Manage annual 990PF tax return preparation process;
  • Monitor cash flow, including daily cash balances for all RF disbursement accounts, with an emphasis on fraud awareness and prevention.

Risk Management:

  • Plan, design and implement an overall risk management process for oversight of Foundation grantees and third party vendors;
  • Work with legal on grantee risk assessment process, analyzing risks as well as identifying, describing and estimating the risks of a particular grant;
  • Evaluate risk, comparing estimated risks with criteria established by the Foundation such as costs, legal requirements and environmental factors, and evaluating the Foundation’s previous handling of risks;
  • Work with legal to establish and quantify the Foundation’s ‘risk appetite’, i.e. the level of risk the Foundation is prepared to accept;
  • Risk reporting in an appropriate way for different audiences, for example, to the board of directors so they understand the most significant risks, to program teams to ensure they are aware of risks relevant to their grantees, and to other team members to understand their accountability for individual risks;
  • Conduct grantee and third party vendor audits to ensure compliance with agreements;
  • Direct external auditors for grantee and third party vendor audits conducted by them;
  • Provide support, education and training to staff to build risk awareness within the Foundation.

Qualifications and Competencies

Leadership: Vision, innovation, thought leadership, collaboration, integrity, accountability and emotional intelligence.

People Management: Skills in team building, coaching, mentoring, delegating, inspiring and motivating.

Strategic Ability: Ability to see opportunities, design innovative approaches backed by strong analysis and planning.

Execution:  Strong project management skills, deadline management, sense of responsibility and accountability and the ability to effectively multi-task.

Partnership and relationship Building: Strong professional representation of the Foundation, interpersonal relationship abilities, intercultural knowledge and appreciation, strategic partnership building.

Decision-Making: Ability to evaluate risks and opportunities, using analytical and strong problem-solving skills.

Integration: Ability to demonstrate inclusiveness, collaboration, respect and broad organizational interests.

Communication: Strong interpersonal and communication abilities; exceptional listening written and verbal skills.

Education, Training and Experience

  • Four year undergraduate degree in accounting or business management
  • CPA desired
  • 5 – 7 years of audit experience at a public accounting firm, with an emphasis on non-profit clients a plus
  • Keen eye for details and exceptional problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong math and computer skills, including Microsoft Office
  • Exceptional organizational and critical thinking skills
  • Reliable and thorough with a deep commitment to accuracy
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently

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 The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.  To this end, the Foundation ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed

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