Vermont Housing & Conservation Board
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Location: Washington County,
About the Job

VHCB administers a $100 million (+) annual budget which includes a variety of programs and funding sources, including a portion of the State Property Transfer Tax, and a variety of federal sources. VHCB works closely with not-for-profit partners throughout Vermont, in order to fund affordable housing and conservation projects, and also runs several programs that contribute to the success of its mission such as the Healthy & Lead Safe Homes Program, a statewide AmeriCorps program, and the Farm & Forest Viability Program. VHCB’s financial team supports the wide breadth of activities of the Board, and is instrumental in designing and implementing systems that provide an appropriate balance of accountability, compliance and flexibility in carrying out the mission.

The Controller works as part of the Financial Team, bringing a strong background in financial management, solid accounting skills, and an aptitude for analysis to lead the preparation of monthly financial statements, ensure the accurate accounting and reporting of federal and state grants management, lead the management of VHCB’s loan portfolio, and support program staff in the analysis of grant and program financial performance.  The Controller will provide guidance and oversight of work for the Assistant Controller and Financial Assistant.  The Controller position provides excellent opportunity for growth within the organization.

The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board is an innovative and award winning organization working to ensure affordable housing, farmland, jobs, and recreational assets for every generation of Vermonters.

 Key Qualifications:

  • Experience with handling the process of managing a complex general ledger to the preparation of periodic multi-fund financial statements;
  • A strong accounting background with an aptitude for analysis of fiscal data.
  • A minimum of five+ years’ in accounting. A degree in accounting or similar field helpful, but not required.
  • Working knowledge of governmental and/or fund accounting and GAAP;
  • Experience with federal grants management and federal administrative regulations;
  • Strong analytic skills, stellar attention to detail and concern for accuracy; ability to work well with others as part of team during cyclical periods of high demand; good organizational and time management skills, and work well independently;
  • Skill or interest in leadership.
  • Advanced use of Excel, various accounting software packages, pdf and word processing software. Experience with databases and document management systems helpful;
  • Demonstration of a curious nature, creative and energetic personality, and a commitment to the VHCB mission.
  • Licensed Certified Public Account is helpful but not required.
Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

VHCB’s mission is focused on providing equitable access to housing and land in Vermont. As a white-led organization, we recognize our need to listen with humility, to encourage open hearts, and to support those whose anger and rage comes from justice deferred and denied for too long. Our internal Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee is focused on organizing professional and personal learning and training for staff to understand systemic racism and implicit biases, recognize and disrupt white supremacy, and prioritize equity in the work we do. Externally, as a funding organization we are working to fund more projects and partners that focus on meeting the needs of BIPOC Vermonters. Our Land Access and Opportunity Board engages with Vermont organizations working on housing equity and land access to recommend new opportunities and improve access to woodlands, farmland, and land and home ownership for Vermonters from historically marginalized or disadvantaged communities who continue to face barriers to land and home ownership. We recently coordinated the Vermont Racial Justice Housing Jam, a four-part series examining how racial inequities impact access to housing in Vermont. We are committed to continued learning and growing and to making VHCB a more welcoming and supportive work environment.

Wage or Salary
$81,000 - $95,000