Common Ground
  • 10-Feb-2020 (EST)
  • Finance
  • Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA
  • $65,000 - $75,000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

16% fringe dollars to purchase cafeteria style benefits - Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD, STD, 403(b), FSA, and generous paid time off


The Controller is an at-will position that reports to the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFOAO). This position will ensure that Common Ground has the systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and audits.  This position will manage the accounting system, to include reporting, program analysis, and contract billing.   



  • Document and implement an internal control system that continuously monitors critical areas of financial control, identify problems and implement corrective action
  • Manage all financial transactions (either directly or through supervision), to include accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll to include petty cash, cash receipts and deposits
  • Establish, monitor, and enforce financial policies and procedures
  • Ensure annual audits are performed in accordance with applicable regulatory standards
  • Maintain daily cash schedule and assist with cash flow forecasting
  • Responsible for financial reporting, monthly, quarterly, and annually
  • Prepare and disseminate monthly reports to Managers, Directors, and Chiefs, as applicable
  • Track actual agency performance against the annual budgets by program
  • Manage relationships with external entities including banks, investment advisors, and insurance carriers
  • Direct and supervise fiscal coordinators, ensuring adherence to Common Ground personnel policies and procedures
  • Provide training and development, appraisal, and recognition, and provide discipline to direct reports, as appropriate and per policy
  • Develop quality indicator benchmarks
  • Monitor the indicators and update as benchmarks are achieved
  • Prepare funding source reports and invoice grantors/contracts
  • Complete monthly financial grant reporting
  • Ensure preparation of bank account reconciliations, general ledger account analyses and reconciliations monthly
  • Comply with attendance and punctuality policies, and all other Common Ground policies and procedures



  • Serve as the liaison to the external independent auditor
  • Provide information and monitor all external auditors in conjunction with the CFOAO
  • Monitor cash disbursements: i.e. audit bills, oversee the issuance of checks, general ledger entries, payroll
  • Perform other job-related duties, as assigned


SUPERVISION: Fiscal Coordinators




  • Internal controls and compliance
  • Financial reporting and how to add value to the agency
  • Controlling costs
  • Business transaction processes (AP, AR, Payroll, General Accounting, etc.)
  • Improving efficiency
  • Financial analytics and metrics
  • General business knowledge
  • Accounting Software
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, to include pivot tables, forecasting and conditional formatting



  • Complete complex mathematical computations
  • Type, enter data, file efficiently and operate office equipment
  • Demonstrate proficiency in relevant software and applications (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)



  • Develop and maintain effective business partnerships, internal and external
  • Motivate and inspire others
  • Manage change
  • Build a strong team
  • Relate to a diverse population which includes a variety of age, economic and educational backgrounds
  • Understand and follow verbal and written instructions
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing with precision and clarity
  • Actively listen
  • Problem-solve
  • Apply critical thinking/decision making skills
  • Demonstrate personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to the mission and vision of Common Ground



  • Master of Business Administration or Master of Accounting or equivalent
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in finance and/or accounting
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred



Physical Requirements:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Environmental Working Requirements:

Work is done in an office environment with exposure to computer screens. Assignments may require work to be done on an individual basis or in teams with members at various staffing levels. The work environment is that of a crisis center and may subject staff to behavioral and medical events that could be physically hazardous.

Other Requirements:

The ability to work various shifts and irregular hours; The Controller or their approved designee is responsible to answer the Common Ground cell phone or texts 24/7 for emergencies unless planned back up is arranged for times when the director is unavailable (e.g. vacation).

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