What are your career goals?
- Travel (including international)
- mission/service/giving back,
- working with a variety of clients
- professional development
What are you looking for?
- Information about working for GCAS
- A full-time job
Who we are
A global, organizationally independent, auditing services firm serving the Seventh-day Adventist Church throughout the world with 250 auditors located in 45 countries
Who we serve
- Educational institutions (colleges, universities, and schools)
- Typical non-profit organizations (conferences, associations, unions)
- Manufacturing organizations (publishing houses)
- Retail stores (Adventist Book Centers)
- Other miscellaneous entities (medical, media organizations, retirement homes)
What we do
- Financial statement audits
- Compliance testing with denominational policy
How we do it
Except for the impact on independence because of the denominational relationship with clients, GCAS complies with generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS). GCAS reports on whether client financial statements have in essence been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
Who we’re looking for
Full-time entry-level auditing position. See full details under Developing Your Career/Promotions.
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Where we’re located
Silver Spring, MD
Global AreasThere are five GCAS Areas around the world, with the Trans Euro Asia covering the United Kingdom , Europe, Russia , India, as well as countries in the Middle East. In the Trans Euro Asia Area there are eight regional offices. Each office has a Regional Manager, Audit Managers, Audit Seniors, Audit Staff, and sometimes an Audit Specialist. Approximately 35 auditors work in the Trans Euro Asia Area.
- Trans European - Region A - St Albans, England
- Euro Africa - Region B - Berne, Switzerland
- Euro Asia - Region C - Moscow, Russia
- Greater Middle East - Region D, Beirut, Lebanon
- Southern Asia - Region E - (North/North East), Shillong, India
- Southern Asia - Region F - (Central), Pune, India
- Southern Asia Region G (South West) - Bangalore, India
- Southern Aisa - Region H (South East)- Hosur, India
Other Areas (Click on each link to view a map of that area)
What we’re looking for
- Committed Seventh-day Adventist
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Eligible to sit for the ACCA exam
- Passion for learning
- Team and leadership skills
Equal Opportunity Employer
The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is an equal opportunity employer which does not discriminate in employment policies and practices on the basis of race, national origin, gender, color, age, marital status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. The employment practices of the church reflect religious preferences and therefore the church hires only Seventh-day Adventist church members in good standing.
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What is it like to work here?
Each auditor has an assigned workspace in the GCAS home office, whether an individual desk in a shared office, or a cubicle arrangement. In some cases, individuals work out of their home office.
Significant travel (30-50%) is required for all GCAS positions as field work is performed in client offices throughout the Region.
New hires participate in a number of training seminars which could include include a week-long orientation at the GCAS world headquarters office in Silver Spring, D. The agenda includes overview of office procedures, HR issues, and basic GCAS audit approach and methodology.
New hires participate in three training audits, spaced at least six weeks apart and completed within 12-18 months of hire. Training audits are conducted by TEA and NAA audit trainers and use lecture-style instruction combined with hands-on auditing and review in a live audit client environment. For each new hire, an attempt is made to vary the entity type (conference, school, ABC, etc) to provide experience with various entities. Assignment of audit section assignments is rotated on each training audit, so the new hire has exposure to as many different audit sections as possible. By the third training audit, the new hire will be assigned "in charge" responsibilities including review, exit interview presentation, and financial statement finalisation.
Completion of the ACCA exam is required within seven to ten years of employment with GCAS. Studying for and taking the ACCA exam qualifies as CPE for those who have not yet passed the exam. Time off for study and taking of the exam is given, and expenses are reimbursed under a variety of options chosen mutually between the employee, Regional Manager and TEA Associate Director.
GCAS requires that each member of its professional staff obtain a minimum of 20 hours per year and at least 120 hours every three years. Studying for and taking the ACCA exam qualify for CPE for those who have not yet passed the exam.
Trans Euro Asia Area “Seminars”
The Trans Euro Asia Area (TEA) holds in-house professional development seminars every year. Plenary and break-out sessions provide the majority if not all the annual CPE requirements for most GCAS auditors.
Developing your career
Annual awards are given to recognize achievements by regional offices as well as individuals. Individual awards include Auditor the Year, based on nominations from auditors throughout the Trans Euro Asia Area, and Regional Manager of the Year. In addition, service awards are given for increments of 5 years of service.
GCAS staffing levels include Intern, Audit Staff, Audit Senior, Audit Manager, Audit Specialist, Regional Manager, Associate Director, and Director.
The Audit Staff position is an entry level three-year program. Audit Staff work under the supervision of an Audit Senior or Audit Manager in performing the following audit functions: extracting trial balances and preparing lead schedules using audit software, assisting in performing compliance and substantive testing during work in the client's office, and assisting in preparing client financial statements and reports. Additional work in auditing trusts may also be available for those who wish to specialize in that area. Usully three to five Audit Staff positions become available in the Trans Euro Asia Area each year. By the end of the second year, the Audit Staff is expected to be in charge of audits (under the supervision of Audit Seniors or Audit Managers). Between the end of the second and third years, with satisfactory work progress and completion of the Knowledge module and midway completion of the Skills module of the ACCA exam, an Audit Staff can generally expect to be promoted to Audit Senior. Promotion is based on timely progession through the ACCA exams, attititude and aptitude and overall proficient performance evaluations.
An Audit Senior requires successful completion of the ACCA exam and satisfactory service of two to three years as an Audit Staff or other relevant/comparable audit experience. Tasks include performing functions of audit planning and preparation in accordance with international audit standards adopted by the SDA denomination; performing compliance and substantive tests on audits (in audit office as well as at the client’s office); preparing and reviewing client financial statements and audit reports; serving as in-charge auditor on audits as assigned by the Regional Manager; supervising work performed by Audit Staff and other audit team members; and presenting audit reports to client governing committees, audit committees, and constituency sessions. Promotion requires satisfactory completion of the GCAS training and orientation program, demonstrated ability to manage small to medium-sized audits (school or small conference), successful completion of the ACCA exam, satisfactory communication and inter-personal skills, and overall proficient performance evaluations.
Promotion to Audit Manager is based on a demonstrated ability to manage large and/or complex audits, superior communication and inter-personal skills, and overall proficient performance evaluations. Promotion may also require potential to manage a portfolio of audits.
Promotion to Audit Specialist is based on successful completion of training in a specialized audit area, superior communication and inter-personal skills, and overall proficient performance evaluations.
A Regional Manager is in charge of one of the regional TEA GCAS office (see locations listed in Where We’re Located) and reports to the TEA Associate Director. Regional Managers will have demonstrated an ability to manage large and/or complex audits and a portfolio of audits, superior communication and inter-personal skills, and overall proficient performance evaluations.
When positions become available in other TEA Regional Offices and a GCAS auditor would like to transfer from his or her current office, preference will be given to current GCAS staff who: 1) have been employed by GCAS for at least three years, 2) completed at least the Essentials module of the Professional Level of the ACCA exams, 3) received satisfactory performance appraisals, and 4) have had no adverse disciplinary actions during the past three years. Where required, obtaining the necessary work permits would be the responsibility of the individual.
Philosophy of Remuneration
As outlined in the General Conference Remuneration Scale document, working for the Seventh-day Adventist Church involves a commitment to mission and spirit of dedication, service, and sacrifice. The focus is on sharing Jesus and the hope of salvation with the world.
Starting pay for Audit Staff is quite competitive with that offered by large accounting firms. Specific wage ranges are based on the cost of living in the geographic location of the regional office. A Staff Auditor is eligible for a pay increase when varying stages of the ACCA exam are passed.
Work Week Hours
While GCAS auditors typically work a standard work week, there are times when additional time in the evenings or on weekends is needed to complete the audit, observe physical inventory counts, prepare for constituency session reports, or other unusual obligations. There is no overtime pay, as GCAS auditors are “exempt” salaried employees.
Travel Expense Reimbursements
Travel expenses are reimbursed according to policy including mileage, per diem, lodging expense, etc. Full details are available in the TEA Practices and Procedures Manual.
Paid Time Off
Paid holidays are based on the approved holiday schedule in each respective Division.
Paid vacation varies based on years of employment with the denomination.
GCAS auditors participate in the Retirement Plan operating in the Division in which they are employed.
Health Care CoverageMedical, dental, vision, and prescription insurance provisions are in place. Full details are outlined in the Policy of each Division.
Other InsuranceOther insurance options available include a Personal Effects Floater (PEF) for travel, Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D), and Life Insurance options.
Professional Membership DuesGCAS reimburses professional organizational dues for two professional bodies, the ACCA and other relevant professional dues. See the Practices and Procedures Manual for additional details.
With approval from the Regional Manager, a GCAS employee with several years’ experience may request consideration for participation in an international audit.