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CRISTA Ministries

Contact Person: Michelle May
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (206) 546-7326

JOB TITLE: VP & Controller
BENEFITS: Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
Paid Time Off & Paid Holidays
King’s tuition discount for children

The Controller is responsible for supplying great accounting and finance support, applications, tools, and services. Provide effective leadership to the Accounting and Mail departments which include payroll, accounts payable, cash management, gift processing, corporate accounting, and the corporate mail room. Provide financial reports and advice to CRISTA’s Ministries and corporate departments. Facilitate the preparation of CRISTA’s tax returns, overseas audit support for all financial audits and work with the CFO and others to ensure adequate internal controls and timely implementation of accounting guidance and regulations. Provides leadership, strategic and tactical direction for accounting staff and functions. Develop and adhere to accounting policies and procedures, performance management, training, and leadership development of Accounting/Mail staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (General overview and may not include all details of responsibilities)


1. Ministry Support and Financial Analysis:

Manage relationships with CRISTA executives, management, and staff to secure solutions that add value and help the organization fulfill its mission.
Responsible for financial reporting and financial audits of CRISTA including CRISTA’s 403(b) plan, WCDO, CRISTA Ministries Canada, as well as Single Audits (A-133) when applicable.
Facilitate preparation of federal tax returns including CRISTA, WCDO, CRISTA Ministries Canada, trust tax returns, and the CRISTA 403(b) Plan’s form 5500 and form 8955-SSA.
Oversee preparation of other state and federal filings including W2’s, 1099s, payroll taxes, state business tax returns, business license renewals, real and personal property taxes, federal census reports, unclaimed property and Office of Insurance Commissioner filings.
Ensure CRISTA’s employees and vendors are paid timely, accurately and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Develop, implement, administer and/or coordinate policies and procedures necessary for effective financial operations within ministries.
Work with team to create best practices in alignment with CRISTA and industry standards with respect to Media and King’s billing system and donation tracking and receipting.
Provide leadership to CRISTA’s purchasing needs including the corporate purchasing card program and related control procedures as well as ensuring procurement policies are in place and operating in accordance with the Uniform Guidance for federal grant funds.
Provide leadership for CRISTA’s accounting and finance needs following the highest levels of accountability, transparency, and integrity.
Consult on accounting and finance issues to CRISTA ministries and departments including the implementation of new accounting guidance.
Follow CRISTA policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
Complete ministry research and other reporting, or coordinate with external specialists, as required.
Participate in general management of CRISTA through Ministry Council, Capital Committee, 403(b) Advisory Committee, New Software review process, and/or Board of Trustees meetings as requested.
Oversee the mail center to provide high quality mail services.

2. Manage Accounting Department:
Manage the accounting department so accurate and timely financial information is provided to CRISTA and its ministries, CRISTA Ministries Canada and for external compliance.
Ensure the Accounting Department follows CRISTA policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
Ensure effective use of accounting related software and regularly review software to ensure software meets current business needs.
Manage relationships with external partners of the Accounting Department.
Develop appropriate short- and long-term objectives, strategies, standards, and performance evaluations for Accounting Department.
Create a culture of cooperation and mutually beneficial relationships that provides excellent customer service.
Create an environment of service and innovation that creates a win-win for internal customers and the accounting department.
Determine Accounting/Mail Department budget and resource priorities.

3. Financial and Operational Analysis:
Propose to the CFO changes in accounting and financial policies and procedures.
Ensure appropriate internal controls of CRISTA financial reports and systems.
Manage cash needs to maintain appropriate availability and returns.
4. People Management
Ensure ministry leaders provide excellent leadership and stewardship of employees to achieve high level of employee care, engagement, trust and satisfaction.
Connect employees to mission and vision.
Challenge direct reports with opportunities to grow spiritually, professionally and personally.
Accountable for accomplishing excellent performance management so employees are valued and know where they stand.
Manage employee metrics (turnover, workplace injuries, employee relations issues, pay practices) to prevent risks.
Work with central HR to identify top talent and succession plan for each ministry.

4. Work collaboratively with supervisor, coworkers, staff, and customers.

5. Perform other duties as assigned.
Personal conduct that reflects well on CRISTA Ministries and supports our personal conduct policy

Perform all duties consistent with the CRISTA Ministries Mission Statement


Supervise all Accounting Department staff with full authority to hire, evaluate performance, provide corrective action, and recommend termination.
Provides opportunities for employees to grow spiritually and integrate their faith at work.
Create a culture of cooperation and mutually beneficial relationships between accounting and all CRISTA employees
Effectively manage employees and teams by setting realistic goals and then achieving excellent results
Provide support in troubleshooting situations, regarding day-to-day financial operations and training as needed to new and existing staff.



Profession that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior.
Agreement to pursue a lifestyle on and off the job that is consistent with CRISTA’s mission, compatible with historical biblical standards of morality and that reflects the message, mission and character of Jesus Christ.
Agreement and support of CRISTA’s Statement of faith.
Demonstrates the values of a CRISTA leader.


Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the United States Department of Education or equivalent. Relevant work experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.


Five years’ experience in Accounting/Finance as a manager, senior manager, director or above with increased levels of responsibility
Has led teams of at least five people
Has technical knowledge of FASB policies, state and federal taxes
Experience in implementation of system changes/updates and correcting system issues with global impact
Keen understanding of internal controls and regulatory compliance


Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.


Able to work independently, efficiently, and professionally with a wide variety of personality types.
Exceptional team builder.
Innovator and problem solver.
Good communicator.
Able to present complex concepts to executive level with accuracy and poise.
Able to work collaboratively with supervisor, coworkers, staff, and customers.



Accounting experience with Not-for-Profit organizations
Three years’ public Accounting with mid-size or national firm
Two years’ audit or internal audit experience
Single Audit (A-133) experience

Working knowledge of Unit 4 Business World On, Adaptive, Paycom, or Salesforce.

Accounting experience with schools, camps, media, senior living facilities or a relief and development agency.