Pathfinder Overview

Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.

Assistant Controller

Watertown, MA

Summary: Establishes and maintains internal controls to ensure accurate, complete and timely recording and reporting of financial transactions. Develops process improvements to streamline and improve accounting and administrative operations. Provides review and control services within the accounting group. Tracks and reconciles subsidiary ledgers for significant balance sheet accounts. Trains staff. Represents the Controller during the Controller’s absences.

Key Job Outcomes: 

  • Accounting Management: Directs all aspects of accounting function and maintains accounting records of the organization in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and grant requirements. Evaluates existing financial and monitoring systems and procedures used by Pathfinder. Identifies and responds to changing needs for financial information. Develops process improvement in collaboration with programmatic and operations staff. Designs, documents, and institutes internal controls throughout the US office.
  • Liaison: Acts as the main support for Finance staff in the countries. Collaborates with the Controller in monitoring country office finance activities.
  • Financial Statements Preparation Oversight: Works with the Controller and Accounting Manager on the preparation of monthly and annual financial statements, including the A-133 reports, as well as invoicing, Form 990, and other financial reports to donors.
  • Financial Records: Supports the maintenance of the accounting records of the organization in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and grant requirements.
  • Accounts Payable, Travel Expense Functions and Sub-ledger Activities: Manages the Accounts Payable and travel expense functions of the US country office. Supervises sub-ledger activity related to grants receivable, pledges receivable, and fixed asset subsidiary ledgers.
  • Training and Development: Oversees and trains appropriate staff to ensure internal controls work effectively. Assists in training of country office staff. Leads Serenic training sessions for country Finance staff.
  • Tracking Assets: Creates, implements, and maintains a system of tracking and maintaining US country office assets charged directly to grants and awards. Works with the development group to analyze and record contribution revenue
  • Management and Supervision: Recruits, hires, develops and directs the activities of professional accounting and support staff within the department.
  • Project Management and Participation: Leads, manages or participates on cross-functional project teams.

Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies:

  • Accounting Principles and Practices: Advanced knowledge of and proven ability to apply accounting principles, standards, guidelines, and practices. Deep knowledge of FAR and GAAP. Ensures proper accounting for grants, contracts, and revenue recognition.
  • Records and Reporting: Proven ability to prepare and deliver required financial reports. Proven ability to follow guidelines for financial record keeping.
  • Training and Development: Proven ability to train and coach others on finance and accounting topics.
  • Operations: Advanced knowledge of Pathfinder operations in developing countries.
  • Leadership and Management: Proven ability to lead, supervise and coach members of staff in different locations.
  • Job-Specific Software Applications: Advanced knowledge of accounting software applications. Vast knowledge of the Microsoft Navigator accounting Software: Serenic
  • Monthly and Year-End closings: ensures the timely and accurate recording of financial information and reconciliations to facilitate the monthly and year-end closing.
  • Consolidation Coordination: manages consolidation process to ensure global consolidation allocations and processes are accurately recorded on time.

Minimally Required Organizational Competencies: 

  • Analysis and Sound Judgement: Mastery of analytical and trouble shooting skills. Ability to make sound judgments. Ability to improve processes, promote excellence and demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Languages: Proven ability to write and speak using local language and English language
  • Communication: Advanced oral and written communication skills using different forms of media, and in particular, financial reports. Proven ability to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers.
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services: Foundational knowledge of family planning and reproductive health principles, practices and services of assigned program, including program strategies and indicators.
  • Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health Services: Demonstrated commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices
  • Influencing and Customer Service Skills: Proven ability to influence using diplomacy skills with key stakeholders. In-depth demonstrated customer service skills.
  • Organization, Planning and Multi-tasking: Mastery of organizational and planning
    skills, project planning and management skills. Proven ability to set priorities, meet
    deadlines and multi-task with minimal supervision. Proven ability to coordinate
    audit activities, and reporting, budget development and analysis activities.
  • Self-Management and Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of
    the team, ability to be detailed-oriented and consistently accurate, ability to
    manage stress effectively in a fast-paced environment, and ability to quickly learn
    new systems, processes and procedures and adapt local practices to global
  • Matrix Management: Ability to thrive in a matrixed organization.
  • Confidentiality: Proven ability to maintain confidentiality on work-related issues.
  • NGO experience: extensive experience working within an NGO.

Required Education, Training and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field, or equivalent
  • 7 years’ public accounting experience
  • Work experience with a multinational organization

Other Information:

  • Travel required (10% or less)
  • Uses cellular and desk phone; laptop or desktop computer

Pathfinder International is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Pathfinder International does not charge candidates Recruitment or Application fees for any position, to which they may apply globally.