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Job at Compassion: Senior Manager of Accounting | Ajira


This senior manager leads the accounting team to maintain Compassion’s general ledger, work closely with internal clients across the organization to answer financial questions and provide advice on proper accounting, conduct accounting research and analysis, review and interpret historical transactional activity, and complete the month-end and year-end close process. The primary purpose of this position is to provide full management through subordinate managers and/or senior professional staff. This responsibility includes hiring, discipline, and termination, as well as, coaching, performance management, assigning, checking, and approving work to satisfy broad objectives and department strategies. The incumbent will ensure completion of department responsibilities, calling on available resources to achieve department objectives, working within approved budget.


Maintains a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Is a consistent witness for Jesus Christ, maintains a courteous, Christ-like attitude in dealing with people within and outside of Compassion, and faithfully upholds Compassion’s ministry in prayer.

•Acts as an advocate to raise the awareness of the needs of children. Understands Christ’s mandate to protect children. Commits to and prioritizes child protection considerations in all decision-making, tasks and activities across the ministry. Abides by all behavioral expectations in Compassion’s Statement of Commitment to Child Protection and Code of Conduct. Reports any concerns of abuse, neglect or exploitation of children through Compassion’s internal reporting process and appropriately supports responses to incidents if they occur.

•Provides leadership, planning and consultation to subordinates, executives, and peer management in the successful alignment of assigned department resources to ensure achievement of operational priorities and initiatives, integrating priorities within organizational strategies to ensure that department’s purpose is fulfilled.

•Contributes to or prepares and administers the annual budget and departmental expenses, ensuring accountability for on-time completion of deliverables based on department objectives, SLAs, and other Compassion standards, ensuring compliance with regulatory and board policies.

•Selects, manages and develops assigned staff, establishing goals and objectives, coaching and managing performance, including discipline, motivation, and annual reviews; supports continuous learning and development that enhances individual performance and organizational capability.

•Leads professional staff responsible to serve internal customers, answering financial reporting questions, explaining accounting principles, advising on proper recording of transactions, and informing others of financial policies and procedures. This includes partnering in problem-solving for both procedural and technical issues.

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•Serves as a subject matter expert on the organization’s financial general ledger system, including the chart of accounts, functional allocation, fund balances, segments and other attributes of the system.

•Oversees professional accountants who maintain monthly/annual financials including the close processes through preparation and/or review of key journal entries and account reconciliations.

•Leads accountants who analyze financial activity for errors or misclassifications and make corrections as needed.

•Manages accountants who prepare and distribute financial statement reports and provide additional information related to those reports for appropriate actions and decision-making.

•Is accountable for the performance and results of multiple related teams

•Develops departmental work plans guided by functional and organizational plans, impacts the department results by supporting and funding of projects, products, services and/or technologies

•Decisions are guided by resource availability and organizational objectives

•Full accountability for meeting talent (people) and fiscal (budget) goals for area of responsibility

•Manages multiple related teams, sets departmental priorities and allocates resources to align with organizational objectives and annual plan

•Guided by functional and organizational plans, impacts the department results by supporting and funding of projects, products, services and/or technologies

•Provides leadership to at least two managers and senior level professional staff



Has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.


Accountable for supporting, upholding, and engaging in Compassion’s core “Cultural Behaviors” in all internal and external communication and relationships.


Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance.

Work Experience

  • 10 years of relevant experience working in field of Accounting or Finance at a supervisory / management level.
  • Multi -country experience and familiar with the US GAAP accounting principles.
  • Experience leading cross-cultural teams.

Licenses and Certifications

CPA preferred or any other relevant certification in the field of Accounting and Finance.


This position has important lateral connections that provide guidance in areas of collaboration and/or shared responsibility with other positions.


Work Environment

Office – Standard Office Environment

Physical Demands

Sitting, standing, and/or walking for up to 8 hours per day

Travel Requirements

May be required to travel up to 10% of normal schedule


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