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Controller - Diocese of Austin

The Diocese of Austin seeks a Controller for its Finance Department.

Ministerial Character

The Bishop is the visible principle and foundation of unity in the particular Church (the diocese) entrusted to him. In a unique and visible way, he makes Christ’s mission present and enduring as Shepherd of the Christian Community. In order to fulfill his mission, the Bishop employs suitable, chosen collaborators (clerics, religious, or lay people). He shares with them the apostolic mission and entrusts various responsibilities to them.

Each position employed in the Diocese of Austin helps to extend the ministry of the Bishop in particular ways as outlined in the job description. Therefore, the employee in this position is closely connected to and assists the Bishop in the performance of his ministry and thereby engages in ministry for the church.

Job Summary

The Controller is responsible for all areas relating to financial reporting. This position is responsible for developing and maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial statements. This position oversees all financial and related functions including budgeting, accounting, and employee benefits for the Diocese of Austin. The Controller reports to the Chief Financial Officer and operates under general supervision with wide latitude for the use of independent judgment and initiative.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Provide supervision to A/R and Purchasing Clerk, A/P Clerk, Accounting Associate and Payroll Coordinator.
  • Prepare monthly releases from restriction.
  • Prepare monthly financial statements for Diocesan funds: 01, 02, 03, 08, 09, and 10.
  • Ensure timely processing of Payables, Cash Receipts, Tax filings.
  • Coordinate and assist with preparation of external audits and actuarial valuations.
  • Supervise the reconciliation of the general ledger accounts.
  • Advise and support staff regarding the handling of non-routine reporting transactions.
  • Obtain and maintain a thorough understanding of the financial reporting and general ledger structure.
  • Prepare quarterly and annual consolidated diocesan and parish financial statements and calculation of financial rations for submission to banks and bondholders, including Moody’s (annual) and EMMA (semi-annual) reports.
  • Manage the Austin Pension Plan and Trust; produce financials, collaborate with Finance Manager on annual billing to parishes.
  • Support and coordinate the budgeting process and forecasting activities.
  • Serve as primary contact for departments in regard budget to actual analysis throughout the year and for preparation of the budget annually.
  • Review and analyze monthly financial statements and cash flow projections by department and fund for the Diocese of Austin, the Austin Pension Plan and Trust and the Catholic Foundation.
  • Analyze budgets and actual expenses to make recommendations for future decisions.
  • Assist in development and implementation of new procedures and features to enhance the workflow of the department.
  • Implement and enforce policies and procedures to safeguard diocesan assets.
  • Work with each direct report to establish goals and objectives for each year and monitor and advise on the progress to enhance the professional development of staff.
  • Use effective and appropriate supervision techniques to maximize employee morale and effectiveness.
  • Maintain a work schedule that maximizes availability to parishes, diocesan staff and other customers.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of accounting/financial matters and general business management, especially with regard to not-for-profit institutions.
  • Knowledge of budgeting principles and practices (including use of spreadsheet software), accounting principles, investment and financial reporting methodologies.
  • Ability to use effective supervision strategies and techniques with assigned staff.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast -pace setting, multi-task, and work under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to operate various word-processing software, spreadsheets, and database programs.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service and work effectively with staff, clergy, religious and laity.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and utilize effective time management techniques.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Ability to follow instructions furnished in verbal or written format.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Trainings:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in accounting from an accredited American university or equivalent in a foreign country.


  • Ten (10) years of full time wage earning experience in the financial reporting/general ledger area, preferably for a non-for-profit organization.
  • Five (5) years of full time wage earning experience supervising with responsibility for financial statement preparation and consolidation, tax reporting and budget preparation.

Catholic Requirement:

  • Must be a practicing Roman Catholic in good standing.


  • Certified Public Accountant, MBA, or equivalent.
  • Valid Texas driver’s license.
  • Must maintain compliance with the Diocese of Austin Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM) policies throughout the employment period.

The Diocese of Austin only accepts online applications. To apply, please visit our website http://austindiocese.applicantpro.com/jobs/

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