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First Presbyterian Church of Nashville


First Presbyterian Church of Nashville


Job Summary

Reporting to the Church Administrator/COO, the Controller is responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities. The Controller will be involved in making presentations to the Treasurer, the Finance Committee and the Generosity/Stewardship Team and will work closely with the senior leadership team of the Church.

The Controller leads all day-to-day finance operations of the Church and supervises the Finance team with functional responsibility for accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and designated funds. The Controller ensures that the Church has the systems and procedures in place to support effective ministry program implementation and conduct flawless audits. The Controller works closely with ministry leaders and their staffs, not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures but also to explore how the finance function can support ministry operations.

The Controller will additionally partner with the human resources (HR) and information technology (IT) staff to enhance and better integrate Finance, HR, and IT functions.

Job Responsibilities

Finance and Accounting Leadership Responsibilities

  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue and expenditures.
  • Coordinate all audit activity.
  • Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of the Church’s financial status.
  • Assist the Church’s leadership in the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate.
  • Support the Church Administrator/COO in engaging the Church’s Treasurer, Finance Committee and Generosity/Stewardship Team around issues and trends in financial operations.
  • Oversee all financial, project/program and fund accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with restricted donation and ministry budgets; collate financial reporting materials as required for restricted donations.
  • Manage organizational cash flow forecasting by working in partnership with ministry leadership; establish finance and administrative systems to support ministry operations.
  • Serve as lead resource and contact for all financial software (Shelby Systems, Ministry Platform Stewardship, Online Giving and Paycor) and ensure updates are properly installed/utilized.

Finance Team Leadership

  • Hire, train and retain skilled accounting staff.
  • Leverage strengths of the current Finance team members; help to clarify roles and responsibilities; develop and implement training programs in order to maximize and reach optimal individual and organizational goals with specific emphasis on adequate cross training among Finance staff.
  • Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the Church; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment.

Accounting Duties/Responsibilities

  • Reconcile bank, investment, and balance sheet accounts monthly.
  • Reconcile designated fund accounts monthly.
  • Track inter-fund asset and liability accounts and perform monthly bank transfers.
  • General ledger review and maintenance – ensure the accuracy of deposits and expenses made to/from the appropriate GL accounts and/or bank accounts.
  • Prepare various monthly journal entries for adjustments, expense allocations, change in value, van usage, food service reconciliation, credit card fees, and revenue accruals.
  • Responsible for month-end and year-end closing procedures.
  • Prepare and distribute monthly and annual financial statements to the Church Administrator/COO, Church Treasurer, ministry leadership staff and Church Officers.
  • Oversight of the Early Preschool Ministry and Recreation Ministry finances.
  • Prepare and remit quarterly sales tax returns for the bookstore.
  • Coordinate timekeeping and payroll systems.
  • Develop systems to process payroll account transactions (e.g. salaries, benefits, garnishments, deductions, taxes and third-party payments).
  • Oversee processing of payroll changes (e.g. new hires, terminations, raises) and system upgrades.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant laws and internal policies.
  • Manage the bi-weekly and monthly payroll process utilizing external vendor (Paycor).
  • Liaise with auditors and manage payroll tax and workers compensation payroll audits.
  • Liaise with external vendor (Paycor) to ensure timely preparation of required employment tax forms, deposit of payroll taxes, and annual distribution of W-2 forms.
  • Prepare 1099-Misc forms at yearend for qualifying vendors.
  • Prepare a yearly budget draft for review and adoption by the Church Session.
  • Prepare for and cooperate with those appointed to perform a yearly audit of financial records.
  • Perform other necessary and related work as may be assigned.

Supervisory responsibilities

Provide supervision, direction and support to all Finance team members delegating work tasks as appropriate.



  • Knowledge of, and demonstrated proficiency with, computerized accounting systems and financial budgets/forecasts/statements (Shelby Systems and Ministry Platform church database management software a plus).
  • Must be motivated and self-directed; a proven strategic problem-solver and relationship manager with a results orientation; works well in a team environment.
  • Attention to detail and ability to organize, prioritize and manage multiple projects and diverse teams of people to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer skills including Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills with the ability to concisely explain complex ideas.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and unwavering commitment to the Church’s mission; a proactive, hands-on strategic thinker who will own, in partnership with the Church Administrator/COO, the responsibility for all financial activities of the Church.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting from an accredited educational institution; CPA designation is a plus.


  • Seven- ten years practical experience in accrual-based accounting and account reconciliation.
  • Solid experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, and accounting for investments.
  • Experience in a complex nonprofit and/or church accounting that has multiple programs utilizing fund accounting and reporting, preferred.

Additional Information


  • Employer-paid medical insurance
  • Employer-paid disabilty and life insurance
  • Ten paid holidays
  • Vacation
  • Enrollment in employer-paid defined pension benefit plan after one full year of employment
  • Optional employee-paid benefits include dental insurance, vision insurance and contributions to Flex Spending and 403(b) accounts

How to Apply

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to

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  • Date Posted: January 25, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Accounting / Financial Management
  • Service Area: Religious
  • Start Date: 03/01/2021
  • Working Hours: M - F, 8:30am - 4:30 pm, some evening meetings