ACCT · Charleston, South Carolina
Department ACCT
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor

The Coastal Conservation League is a nonprofit conservation organization that works with communities, elected officials, businesses, and citizen groups to protect the natural landscapes, abundant wildlife, clean air and water, and quality of life along the South Carolina coast. We are a group of passionate individuals and tackle issues such as flooding, offshore drilling, improving transportation, and smart growth along the coast of South Carolina. We have offices in Charleston, Beaufort, and Columbia as well as operate a food hub in the Charleston area, GrowFood Carolina.

Job Summary:

The Controller will plan and direct all financial processes of the organization.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Oversees all operations of the Finance Department, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, bank reconciliations, financial reports, budget process, investment management, payroll, and Board interface; currently manages two direct reports, Bookkeeper and Accountant.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Develops and maintains a detailed documented system of accounting policies and procedures; implements a system of controls over accounting transactions to minimize risk.
  • Regularly conducts internal audits to assure compliance with procedures; takes appropriate actions based on findings.
  • Oversees the production of periodic financial reports; ensures that the reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles and are complete and accurate.
  • Identifies and tracks key performance indicators for department workflows and organizational performance; seeks opportunities to improve efficiencies.
  • Identifies opportunities for system improvement through use of best practices and tools to evaluate software and other administrative tools.
  • Produces the annual budget and regular forecasts; reports significant budget differences to management.
  • Provides financial analysis, with emphasis on capital investments, cash flow, liquidity forecasting, donor activities, and contract negotiations.
  • Works with external auditors and provides needed information for the annual audit.
  • Manages multiple banking and investment relationships.
  • Ensures compliance with local, state, and federal government tax and compliance requirements.
  • Prepares and presents Board materials.
  • Utilizing resources, tracks investment performance and portfolio design of League assets.
  • May staff Board Committees including Finance, Investment, and Audit and Risk Management; may present to Board on a regular basis.
  • In addition to traditional non-profit accounting, supports GrowFood Carolina, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Conservation League, which includes retail accounting practices.
  • Performs other related duties as necessary or assigned.


Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent management and team building skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Proficient in accounting and tax preparation software.

Preferred Skills

  • Experienced in several software platforms; previous experience with conversion and/or implementation of common accounting software packages is desirable.
  • Prior experience working with non-profit, for-profit, and commercial retail sectors is desirable.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or similar software.
  • Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant designation preferred.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Business Administration required.
  • Five years or more of non-profit accounting experience required.
  • Prior experience working in a non-profit organization with retail sales income.


Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.
  • Able to travel as needed.

The South Carolina Coastal Conservation League is an equal opportunity employer. The Conservation League does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, age, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by state laws and/or federal regulations. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment based upon applicable qualifications, merit, and business need.

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    Charleston, South Carolina
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