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Denver Botanic Gardens-Controller-Tue, 07/02/2019 - 9:11am



Denver Botanic Gardens
909 York Street
Denver , CO 80206

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Job Description 

Job Summary: The Controller is responsible for planning, directing, monitoring, and coordinating the accounting activities of Denver Botanic Gardens in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, federal/state regulations, DBG policies and guidelines, and sound business practices.

Benefits: Major benefits include choice of medical plans, dental, vision and life insurance, medical and daycare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Healthcare Spending Account (HSA) ; a generous retirement plan plus paid holidays, vacation, personal and sick time and access to personal lines of insurance. Additional benefits include short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), an ECO pass and a complimentary Denver Botanic Gardens membership, access to Gardens education classes and summer concert tickets.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Ensure that accurate financial statements are prepared and maintained in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
Ensure the integrity of the general ledger, internal accounting controls and of all financial information; implement and maintain appropriate internal financial controls as necessary to safeguard Garden assets.
Responsible for coordination, preparation, and timely completion of annual external financial statement audit.
Strategize and coordinate the integration of sub-ledger systems with the general ledger.
Ensure that financial information systems meet the needs of Garden’s management and staff.
Establish and maintain processes for the financial administration and compliance needs of Federal, State, and private grants, including grant proposals and reporting.
Comply with all federal, state and local reporting requirements including, but not limited to: Federal Information Tax Returns (Form 990), Employee Benefit Tax Reports (Form 5500), Information Returns for Independent Contractors (Form 1099), Sales Tax and Occupational Tax Reports, City & County of Denver Annual Expenditure Plans.
Act as administrator for the corporate card program.
Manage the Accounting department to support DBG and the department’s objectives in the most efficient and effective manner, including providing supervision, coaching, training and support, and timely feedback; developing and promoting teamwork, and ensuring appropriate cross training.
Responsible for monitoring, analyzing and reporting of restricted and designated fund balances.
Preparation of monthly financial statements and reconciliations for Denver Botanic Gardens, Inc. and quarterly financial statements and reconciliation’s for Denver Botanic Gardens Endowment, Inc.

Other Job Responsibilities

Assist CFO with the development of accounting policies and procedures; review on an ongoing basis and make recommendations for changes as appropriate. Communicate policies and procedures to staff and facilitate compliance with such policies.
Facilitate understanding and use of financial information by department and project managers through formal and informal training, developing financial reporting improvements, and acting as a DBG resource for questions regarding Accounting policies, cash management, financial statements, and other financial matters.
Manage Accounting budget.
Represents the Accounting department at special events.
Supervises special projects as deemed necessary by the Chief Financial Officer.
Keeps abreast of trends and developments in field, applies appropriate changes.
Works with all departments to assure highest quality experience for all DBG visitors.
Maintains a positive, helpful and solution oriented demeanor when responding to or serving members and visitors.
Performs other duties as requested by management.

Education and Experience 

Position Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and active Certified Public Accountant designation required. Five years supervisory experience required. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Required skills include extensive knowledge of personal computer applications and a demonstrated ability to understand and work with integrated enterprise software applications; ability to interpret and apply various accounting standards relating to not-for-profit institutions; ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with tact and diplomacy; and the ability to exercise independent judgement.

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Full Name 
Sue Caravas