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We re hiring a full-time Controller to join our Nonprofit Outsourcing practice in our New York City, NY location.

As a key member of our NYC based Outsourcing team, the Controller provides high-level accounting services to CLA nonprofit clients in the Greater NYC Metro area. S/he is accountable for identifying and implementing best practices and adding value through the consistent delivery of high-quality work to multiple clients. The Controller maintains a deep understanding of the financial and operational aspects of the nonprofit sector and GAAP (FASB/SFAS) standards.

In a full-time role reporting to a CLA CFO, Outsourcing Principal and/or client CFO, the Controller shows excellent technical ability and a high degree of passion for doing impactful work. S/he also shows the accountability for actions and integrity that places honesty, trust, professionalism and conscientiousness above all else.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Monitor, coordinate and direct the quality and accuracy of work performed by accounting staff (client and/or internal), recommending and implementing actions as appropriate.

  • Develop, implement and monitor internal control policies, guidelines and accounting procedures.

  • Maintain knowledge of regulatory requirements and provide guidance on client s organizational policies and procedures.

  • Direct preparation of financial statements, business activity reports, financial position forecasts and reports required by regulatory agencies.

  • Analyze and interpret financial information for clients; monitor and make recommendations as appropriate.

  • Coordinate and direct client budgeting process.

  • Coordinate audit process and completion of deliverables, including annual tax returns and financial information.

  • Monitor financial record keeping to meet both client, audit and CLA internal quality needs.

  • Perform and direct best practices throughout client assignments.

  • Monitor and direct efficiencies and areas of improvement in scope and process at all clients.

Technical Knowledge

  • Full knowledge of GAAP (FASB/SFAS) accounting standards.

  • Deep knowledge of government (state and federal) policies and directives impacting the nonprofit sector and monitor impact on client operations.

  • Maintains a thorough working knowledge of accounting software packages.

  • Fully utilizes internal CPE learning opportunities to up-to-date technical knowledge.

Organizational Role

The Controller reports directly to the CLA CFO and/or Outsourcing Principal in charge of client relationships and regularly interacts with other functional groups within CLA. S/he supervises accounting services staff which may include CLA accounting services staff, client accounting services staff, or both.


  • Minimum of five years relative work experience as an Assistant Controller or Controller.

  • Education: BA/BS degree in accounting or related field required.

  • Nonprofit accounting experience is highly preferred but not required.

  • Prior consulting and experience working with multiple clients is preferred.

  • People management experience preferred.

  • Proficiency and aptitude for applicable software (Microsoft Excel, Accounting Software, etc.).

  • CPA preferred.

  • Willing to travel to local client sites within the Greater NYC Metro Area (5 boroughs).

CLA exists to create opportunities for our people, our clients, and our communities. We are a proud equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability status, protected veteran status, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law. Click to learn about your hiring rights.

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