Controller (EFC)

Energy Foundation China’s vision is to achieve prosperity and a safe climate through sustainable energy. Its mission is to achieve greenhouse gas emissions neutrality, world-class air quality, energy access, and green growth through transforming energy and optimizing economic structure. They deliver their mission by serving as a regrantor, facilitator, and strategic advisor.

To learn more about EF China, visit their website.

The Opportunity  

The Controller will join the organization as it builds out the US-based Grants Management and Finance team, designed to oversee the full grants management cycle and support Foundation-wide finance capacity. Previously part of Energy Foundation US (EFUS), EF China now operates as an independent organization registered in the US. The Controller will be based in the EFUS San Francisco office and report to the Director of Grants Management and Finance. This new position will leverage a moment of organizational transition to reflect on financial systems and processes used to date, then iterate, refine, and optimize the finance work to authentically reflect the specific needs of EF China. The Director and the Controller will play critical roles in ensuring proper processes, reporting, compliance, quality control, and data management across their respective functional areas of expertise in grants management and finance. The Controller will also provide required finance and accounting expertise to meet the highest standards of compliance with US donor and tax regulations. Together with the Director of Grants Management and Finance, they will ensure the department establishes best practices in finance and grants management.

At a high level, key responsibilities include:

  • Strategic financial management and reporting
  • Managing annual audit and daily financial operations
  • Assessing and implementing financial systems


The Ideal Candidate 

The ideal candidate is detail oriented and a strategic systemic thinker who has the ability to map daily responsibilities to EF China’s overall mission, goals, and donor needs. The ability to pivot from day-to-day accounting to high level financial strategy work is essential, as is a willingness to adapt one’s skills to the most relevant needs of the organization as it moves through this transition.

Candidates must have a minimum of eight years overall accounting experience with a track record working as a financial controller. Experience working in nonprofit or foundation accounting, specifically in partnership with Grants Management or Fundraising teams, is highly preferred. Candidates must also bring exceptional analytical and Excel skills, and knowledge of working with general ledger functions, accruals, fund classification, month-end and year-end close, and assessing, implementing, and managing financial systems. Systems used by EF China include Adaptive, Fluxx, NetSuite, and JReports. A bachelor’s degree in accounting and experience conducting business across cultures is required.

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