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Job Description

The Controller oversees the accounting and financial reporting functions of the organization and should have a strong knowledge of GAAP and financial reporting, as well as current GASB statements. The Controller is responsible for the integrity and completeness of the financial statements, ensuring that the individual financial transactions are timely and accurately entered. The Controller is part of the Financial Services Division of the primary government. This position serves under the direction of the Executive Financial Director of the Financial Services Division. It requires the ability to interface with various members of the Division, tribal leadership, the accounting team, and all operational divisions of the primary government. Individual must possess the ability to work and maintain highest degree of confidentiality due to the sensitive nature of the work.

Skills & Qualifications


Must possess solid communication, technology, analytical and management skills. Must have a strong understanding of both generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and governmental accounting standards (GASB) for governmental entities, fund accounting, grant accounting, accrual accounting, and other principles related to governmental accounting practices. Must provide the executive team with timely financial data to guide the reorganization’s financial decisions. Must possess the ability to analyze, understand, and communicate on issues related to accounting, journal entries, general ledger, financial ratios, financial statements, systems, and processes. Communicates regularly with and reports to the Executive Financial Director. Coordinates and prepares internal and external financial statements. Coordinates and supports activities of the external auditors, ensuring timely completion of annual audits.


Must possess a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Master’s degree in accounting and/or MBA, or CPA preferred. Minimum of seven years of relevant experience in a financial or accounting environment. Prior grant accounting or real estate and/or real property management accounting is highly preferred. Understanding and experience with “due to/due from” inter- fund transactions and reconciliations. Must possess an advanced knowledge of MS Excel and MS Office Applications including advanced formulas, pivot tables, V-Lookups, and other advanced methods for extracting and importing information in financial systems. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; bend so as to open/use lower drawers or cabinetry; to talk, hear, and see. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Duties & Responsibilities

Responsible for managing the internal audit, G/L accounting, payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable departments. Responsible for managing a staff of accountants to ensure timely and proper recording of all financial transactions in accordance with GAAP expense and revenue recognition guidelines for accrual-based accounting. Responsible for performing moderately complex work in accounting systems and related aspects of financial management including financial reporting, budget preparation and analysis, grant reporting, debt compliance/reconciliation, internal audit and cash management. Responsible for establishing month end process to ensure timely recognition of expenses, revenues and accruals. Responsible to work with members of the external audit team to ensure the timely and proper submission of audit workpapers, testing, and sampling. Responsible for the annual budget process, ensuring approved annual budgets are entered into the SmartFusion system. Responsible for assessing current accounting operations and procedures, offering recommendations for improvement and implementing new processes or new platforms to increase efficiencies and accuracy. Responsible for identifying, developing and monitoring financial performance metrics for both the department and the Nation. Responsible for overseeing regulatory reporting and financial compliance. Responsible for the hiring, training and retaining of the accounting staff. Responsible for ensuring that the Nation’s financial statements and accounting processes are compliant with federal guidelines, uniform guidance, best practices, and governmental accounting standards.

Salary & Benefits

$130,000-140,000 annually

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