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Accounting Financial

Elmhurst, NY
January 01, 2020

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Jose Songco, CPA


Professional Experience

International Council of Shopping Centers: Trade organization 2017 to present

Director, Accounting, Tax and Audit Compliance

Manage separate year-end external audit liaison and PBC (provided by client) submissions, financial and tax reporting (IRS Form 990) and write up of footnote disclosures, fund investments performance for the membership-based and events organization, and its stand-alone foundation.

New Jersey City University: Education/Non-profit 2016 - 2017

Associate Controller

Managed separate year-end external audit liaison and PBC (provided by client) submissions, financial and tax reporting (IRS Form 990) and write up of MD&A and footnote disclosures, and endowment fund investments performance for the university (GASB), the university foundation (FASB), and the affiliate entity for student housing (FASB).

Robert Half Management Resources / Protiviti (NY): 2011 - 2016; 2004 - 2005

Senior level management staffing firm:

Engagements/External client assignments:

Managed year-end external audit liaison and PBC (provided by client) submissions, general ledger accounting, financial reporting, endowment fund investments performance, budgeting, and tax reporting (IRS Form 990-PF) of two non-profit organizations (Teach for America and The Wallace Foundation).

Assumed duties and responsibilities of assistant staff director for federal government benefits administrator (Office of Employee Benefits - Federal Reserve) during the latter’s maternity leave. Managed pension and post-retirement benefits other than pension general ledger accounting, financial reporting and footnote disclosures (on cost, obligation, and fair value level measurement); SOX compliance and counterparty (benefit plans trustee and record keeper) due diligence requirements, and year-end external audit liaisons and PBC submissions.

Assisted the budget director in the disbursement budget monitoring of eight of a prominent museum’s (American Museum of Natural History) departments. Coordinated with museum department heads on the completion of their respective department’s budget. Coordinated with the generation and dissemination of monthly comparative profitability statements to global legal firm’s (Shearman & Sterling LLP) partners worldwide.

Assumed duties and responsibilities of assistant controller during a real estate agent and management company’s (Drummond & Hill Inc.) winding down of operations. Assisted health care firm (Touchstone Health Partnership, Inc.) controller on internal and external reporting, general ledger system maintenance and month-end closing.

Successfully concluded data testing and equity opening balance verifications of 525 entities related to enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions migration for two real estate services firms (Cushman & Wakefield; W.P. Carey).

National Grid (NY): Energy/utilities 2008 - 2011

Manager-External Reporting and Accounting; Supervising Lead-Regulatory

Managed and coordinated both internal and external submissions of regulatory, compliance and audit requirements (SEC/US GAAP and FERC/regulatory basis of accounting financial statements and footnote disclosures; Appendix A submissions to debt trustee institutions).

Managed accounting period close process; consolidation of US-based legacy affiliates of acquiring entity.

Maintained periodic Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) control procedures and logs and addressed control test and narrative requests.

Provided accounting research guidance and support on emerging accounting issues.

US POWERGEN Co., LLC (NY): Energy/utilities 2006 - 2008

Accounting Supervisor

Supported VP/Controller in managing accounting period close process and financial reporting.

Supported VP/Treasurer’s group on cash management and SOX control compliance.

Provided reporting and compliance requirements related to: a) business acquisition, b) business combination, c) S-1 registration and IPO process documentation requirements.

Managed integration project of procurement/purchasing system and accounting system.

MetLife (NY): Financial services 2005 - 2006

Senior Financial Analyst/Associate (full-time role)

Managed accounting and monitoring of software acquisitions and maintenance accounts.

Handled corporate and department-wide special projects affecting Enterprise Sys. Solutions Group.

Societe Generale - Constellation Group (NY): Financial services 2000 - 2003

Senior Accounting Analyst

Internal and external reporting of financial statements; coordinated completion and dissemination of quarterly board meeting packets. Managed automation of the company’s daily cash activity, NAV calculation pools.

Set up general ledger and financial reporting system for 18 securitization entities.

Areas of Practice

Public and Regulatory Reporting,

Financial and Investments Modeling,

Strategic Planning,

Cost Containment,

Contingency Planning,

Incentive & Compensation Analysis

Technical Accounting Research,

Financial Analysis,

Budgeting & Forecasting,

ERP System Migration,

Project Management,

Acquisition Resource Integration,

Due diligence Reporting

SOx Compliance Monitoring

Industry Lines




Professional Legal Partnership,


Financial Services,

Publishing & Printing

Computer Applications

PeopleSoft, Oracle, Great Plains, Blackbaud Financial Edge, Yardi, Workday, Elite, Peachtree, QuickBooks, MYOB, Cognos, Business Objects, TM1, MS Office Suite, Lawson, MAS 90

Professional Certifications

Certified Public Accountant (CPA), NY State Board of Accountancy

Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), AICPA


M.B.A. Finance and Controllership

De la Salle University

B.S. Accounting

University of the East

Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Certificate

New York University

Accounting and Taxation credits

Louisiana State University

Other Training

Dale Carnegie Course on Human Relations and Effective Public Speaking

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