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Category Accounting  

General Summary: The Controller will be accountable for all accounting and reporting functions related to The Maryland Zoo to include managing all functions and staff of the Finance department, in compliance with company policies.

Essential Functions:

Primary Function:

  • Coordinate annual audit of consolidated financial statement and preparation of annual tax filings, including interaction with independent auditors;
  • Compile and analyze financial information to prepare monthly reporting and all required outside reporting on a timely basis;
  • Review monthly general ledger balances and ensure the maintenance of accurate financial records;
  • Conduct periodic internal audits and internal control procedures;
  • Ensure all accounting procedures are in compliance with GAAP and IRS rules, and that newly applicable accounting principles are considered in the preparation of financial statements; and,
  • Assist in implementing and maintaining computerized systems in finance and other areas as applicable.
  • Evaluate and improve accounting processes and controls;
  • Handle customer inquiries (internal and external) regarding disbursements in an expedient and professional manner;
  • Perform other duties as assigned; and,
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures of the Zoo.

Communication (Internal and External):

  • Effectively communicate policies, procedures, and management directives to staff; and,
  • Interact with managers and support personnel for multiple profit centers.

Management of Resources (financial, human resources, facilities):

  • Provide sound training and development of staff through sound objectives, guidance, training and the appropriate delegation of responsibility;
  • Maintain overall management of all accounting functions including fixed assets, inventory, payroll and cash balance forecasting;
  • Lead the budgeting process;
  • Manage all Accounting and Finance Services staff; and,
  • Meet guidelines of the Cash Discrepancy Policy on a consistent basis.
Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Friendly and outgoing;
  • Possess a positive and patient attitude; and,
  • Possess excellent verbal communication skills as well as writing and math skills (i.e. addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentages.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Business Administration required; and,
  • CPA strongly preferred.


  • Minimum of four years experience in the accounting field;
  • Minimum of two years experience in a supervisory capacity; and,
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, including Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word.

Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to remain active for an eight hour shift;
  • Must be able to sit upright for long periods of time;
  • Must be able to walk large areas of the Zoo as needed;
  • Must be able to work in an outdoor weather environment in all seasons and weather, including heat/humidity, cold temperatures, and/or wet conditions;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to include weekends, holidays, and special events; and,
  • Must be able to exert up to 35 pounds of force to lift, push, pull, carry, or otherwise move objects.


  • Must be able to operate a variety of office machines and equipment including two-way radio, computer, telephone, scanner, copier, fax, golf cart, and calculator.

Traits Desirable:

  • Advanced analysis capabilities;
  • Experience with not-for-profit accounting;
  • Ability to work independently in a team setting;
  • Ability to work with individuals from a wide variety of ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds;
  • Flexibility to multi-task, handle high volume and meet critical deadlines in a customer oriented environment;
  • High level math proficiency;
  • Extremely well-organized;
  • Strong written and verbal communications; and
  • Possess excellent phone etiquette.

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The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified. Therefore, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Rotating  
Position Controller  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Location The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore  
About the Organization Founded in 1876, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internationally known for its contributions in conservation and research. More than 1,500 animals are represented in the Zoo's varied natural habitat exhibits in areas such as Polar Bear Watch, the Maryland Wilderness, African Journey and the award-winning Children's Zoo. Situated in Druid Hill Park near downtown Baltimore, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. For more information, visit  

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