The Controller is a hands-on financial leader who ensures that organizational objectives are met by maintaining all accounting systems and providing reports and analysis as directed by the CFAO. Work with CFAO and CEO to help ensure the fiscal integrity of the organization. Support the efforts of NSC’s Executive Team, which includes the CEO, CFAO, Chief of Staff (COS) and Chief of Development Officer (CDO).
This position is based in Washington, DC.
We are looking for someone with:
A deep understanding of financial management and accounting in grant-driven nonprofit organizations;
The ability and desire to develop efficient financial systems that can support the work of our policy experts and organizing staff;
A relentless attention to detail, with exceptional organization and time-management practices; and
A passion for NSC’s mission to promote greater economic opportunity for a range of students and workers in this country.
Planning: Assist CFAO in developing financial forecasts to ensure NSC’s near-term stability and assess future growth potential.
Budgeting: Assist with annual budget development process in collaboration with CFAO, Executive Team and Senior Managers. Manage budget revisions during fiscal year.
Reporting: Prepare monthly financial reports for Executive Team, and quarterly financial reports and forecasts to be presented by CEO to the Board. Prepare quarterly departmental reports for senior managers and assist managers in their review and interpretation.
Grants Management: Assist CFAO, CDO and Senior Managers in development of grant budgets to ensure their consistency with organizational budgets and forecasts. Provide monthly review of grant spending and prepare interim and final grant reports for funders.
Compliance: Monitor and update Accounting Policies and Procedures to ensure high-quality internal controls and compliance with GAAP standards
Systems: Maintain accounting systems, overseeing all accounts, ledgers and transactions. Prepare payroll, including management of payroll vendor, and maintain all personnel records. Process payables, receivables, and employee expense reporting. Maintain accounting software. Provide input for systems improvements. Coordinate payables data entry by Office Manager.
Audit: Manage preparation for annual audit, including interactions with auditors, preparing audit schedules and draft financial statements. Ensure timely completion of audit drafts, final audited financial statements and 990.
Cash: Maintain cash flow projections to provide effective cash management and early warning for potential cash flow challenges. Manage cash balances, including contributions to Board reserves. Manage staff credit cards.
Grants Management: Track receivables and spending for all grant funds to ensure proper collection and expenditure of funds in accordance with grant budgets.
Benefits: Participate in annual review and renewal of benefits. Maintain relationship with benefits broker. Enroll new employees in benefits and ensure proper termination of benefits for departing employees. Prepare semi-monthly and annual pension reports.
Minimum five years of accounting and financial reporting experience. Experience in accounting for nonprofit sector or small business is preferred. Additional formal training in accounting, financial management or business administration is a plus.
Strong understanding of grants management.
Experience with automated accounts receivable, member management database system and credit card processing.
Excellent understanding of accounting systems, including strong proficiency in Excel and QuickBooks.
Desire to be part of a small pro-active team that highly values collaboration.
About National Skills Coalition
The National Skills Coalition is a broad-based network of leaders (business, labor, educators, advocates, et.al.) who want America to grow its economy by investing in its people, so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper. A greater diversity of Americans will have access to a better life, and a greater diversity of U.S. businesses will see growth, if job-driven, skills-based training is a more central part of our nation’s workforce, education, economic and anti-poverty policies. With an annual budget of $4.5M and a staff of 25, we engage in coalition-building, analysis, technical assistance, communications and advocacy to advance state and federal policies informed by the partnerships and expertise of our members. NSC’s national advocacy network draws from over 35 states, including several national initiatives as well as more than 20 active state coalitions.