Hiring Organization Information
Comptroller | Kodiak Area Native Association | Kodiak, Alaska
The Position and Leadership Opportunity
Kodiak Area Native Association seeks a Comptroller with strong accounting and financial management experience, a high attention to detail, and an ability to work collaboratively and sustain relationships. The incoming leader will be a strategic partner to the Finance Director and is responsible for timely and accurate audits, budgets, reporting, and financial grants management.
The Comptroller will directly supervise a team of four, including an Assistant Comptroller, a Senior Staff Accountant, and two Staff Accountants, and will work closely with the Tribal Support Accountant. The Comptroller will guide and develop their team helping to grow their knowledge and abilities and ensure KANA continues its trend of over 15 years of clean audits. As a finance and accounting subject matter expert, the Comptroller serves as a partner and support to leaders at KANA, promoting knowledge and effective use of financial tools and policies and procedures. In addition to providing finance support to KANA, the Comptroller and the finance team support external KANA business activities and Kodiak area villages and Tribes.
KANA is the intertribal consortium of the federally recognized Alaska Native Villages and Indian Tribes in the Kodiak Island Area. The Comptroller will join a vibrant Alaska Native organization that provides exceptional patient-centered care, social services, and community development activities throughout the Kodiak Island Archipelago. In alignment with its mission to elevate the quality of life of the people we serve, the organization engages with the entire Kodiak region with a focus on Alaska Native Beneficiaries. This creates a unique and exciting environment to supervise and coach a team of finance professionals, provide technical finance expertise, and support the advancement of an organization with annual revenue of over $50 million, including more than 100 active state and federal grants.
Reporting to the Finance Director, the Comptroller supervises the finance team and is responsible for the timely, accurate, and meaningful preparation of the budget, financial statements, reporting, and financial grants management, as well as oversight of the annual audit. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Support the organization’s mission, goals, and quality standards. Incorporate KANA’s core values of Courtesy, Caring, Respect, Sharing, and Pride in all activities and decisions. Uphold KANA’s Code of Ethics by conducting professional activities with honesty, integrity, respect, fairness, and good faith in a manner that reflects positively upon the organization.
- Provide oversight, leadership, direction and mentorship to direct reports, ensuring effective operations of and efficient collaboration within team and with other KANA departments.
- Prepare financial statements and reports to enhance the organization’s profitability, optimize the use of the available resources, and increase the organization’s ability to expand community benefits.
- Provide financial grants management, including accurate accounting of grants and accurate and accessible reporting to program leaders.
- Manage annual audit preparation and coordination, including maintaining all systems to assure effective internal controls and that necessary information is accurately entered and readily available; provide oversight of the annual audit conducted by outside agency.
- Comply with generally accepted accounting principles and Financial Accounting Standards Board to maintain operation of the general ledger system.
- Monitor accounts payable and accounts receivable ensuring the correct and accurate accounting classification of transactions.
- Assist in the development and monitoring of the organizations’ annual budget; providing guidance and support in the budget creation process.
- Partner with and support leaders at KANA, promoting knowledge and effective use of financial tools, policies, and procedures; support development of program budgets.
- Partner with Finance Director to develop and monitor policies and procedures within generally accepted accounting principles.
- Oversee and manage accounting software system.
- Direct determination of depreciation rates to apply to capital assets.
- Serve as primary bank liaison and take the lead on cash flow management and analysis; inform leadership on cash resources available for investment, necessary for maintaining operations, or that are restricted for use.
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will possess many of following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
- A confident and humble leadership style; culturally competent with the desire and ability to connect with Alaska Native individuals, communities and organizations; enthusiasm to participate in community events and activities
- Able to thrive in a remote community, adapt to a challenging climate, and embrace KANA’s mission - To Elevate the Quality of Life of the People We Serve
- Takes a solution-oriented approach, is able to learn, innovate, and adapt in changing circumstances
- Emotionally intelligent with a strong awareness of self and connection to others
- Acts with integrity
- High attention to detail
- Bachelor’s degree in accounting; CPA strongly preferred; advanced degree or other applicable certifications are a plus
Skills and Expertise
- A minimum of five years of accounting and financial management experience
- At least three years of experience leading a team, including coaching, managing, and developing high-performance teams
- Demonstrated experience with financial grant management, especially state, federal, and tribal funding, and management of complex projects, budgets and resources
- Demonstrated working knowledge of non-profit standards and experience with financial grant management, especially public funding, and management of complex projects, budgets and resources
- Demonstrated experience with budget preparation, financial analysis, financial reporting development
- Demonstrated understanding and ability to apply generally accepted accounting principles.
- Proven ability to nurture and sustain relationships within an organization; working effectively in collaboration with all members of staff
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to communicate effectively and comfortably to a variety of audiences
- Effectively uses technology to support management and communications, including internet resources and applications, report writing and analysis, and the Microsoft office suite of products, especially Excel. Experience with QuickBooks, Great Plains, and NetSuite is a plus
- Experience working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tribal 477 programs
Ability and willingness to travel to remote communities in a small aircraft as needed