Compassion International

US Controller

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Colorado Springs, CO


This director leads the accounting function to maintain Compassion's general ledger, work closely with internal clients across the organization to answer financial questions and provide advice on proper accounting, conduct accounting research and analysis, review and interpret historical transactional activity, and complete the month-end and year-end close process. The primary purpose of this position is to provide direction through subordinate managers and staff to a major sub-function or geographic region of the ministry. This responsibility includes hiring, discipline, and termination, as well as, coaching, performance management, assigning, checking, and approving work to achieve global strategies and objectives. The incumbent collaborates with other senior leaders and contributes to the development of functional strategy and makes decisions based on operational strategy and priorities.

Essential Job Functions


  • Maintains a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Is a consistent witness for Jesus Christ, maintains a courteous, Christ-like attitude in dealing with people within and outside of Compassion, and faithfully upholds Compassion’s ministry in prayer.
  • Acts as an advocate for children – raising the awareness of the needs, neglect, nurture, and potential of children in poverty and challenging and enabling those within one’s influence to greater involvement and effectiveness on behalf of children.
  • Provides leadership, planning and consultation to subordinates, executives, and peer management in the successful alignment of assigned department resources to ensure achievement of operational priorities and initiatives, integrating priorities within organizational strategies to ensure that department's purpose is fulfilled.
  • Compiles or prepares and administers the annual budget and departmental expenses, ensuring accountability for on-time completion of deliverables based on department objectives, SLAs, and other Compassion standards, ensuring compliance with regulatory and board policies.
  • Selects, manages and develops assigned staff, establishing goals and objectives, coaching and managing performance, including discipline, motivation, and annual reviews; supports continuous learning and development that enhances individual performance and organizational capability.
  • Leads, through subordinate management, professional staff responsible to serve internal customers, answering financial reporting questions, explaining accounting principles, advising on proper recording of transactions, and informing others of financial policies and procedures. This includes partnering in problem-solving for both procedural and technical issues.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert in accounting and finance disciplines to establish strategy and policy ensuring that Compassion adheres to sound financial principles in its activities, recordkeeping, and reporting.
  • Oversees an accounting subfunction or region that maintains monthly/annual financials including the close processes through preparation and/or review of key journal entries, account and reconciliations; and is responsible for payroll and/or tax compliance.
  • Leads a major accounting group that analyzes financial activity for errors or misclassifications and make corrections as needed. Ensures staff maintains financial integrity of the Compassion and adheres to recognized standards such as GAAP. Works with internal and external auditors.
  • Directs managers and accountants who prepare and distribute financial statement reports and provide additional information related to those reports for appropriate actions and decision-making.



  • Has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.


  • Bachelor's Degree Accounting, Finance, Management Information Systems, Business Administration, or related discipline

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 10 years experience as a Finance Controller. 
  • Strong leadership experience supervising Accountants and the Payroll function for medium to large sized organizations.

Licenses and Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant credential required.

Working Environment: Office – Standard Office Environment

Physical Demands: Sitting, standing, and/or walking for up to 8 hours per day

Travel Requirements: May be required to travel up to 25% of normal schedule

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