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People For the American Way

Published 23 days ago

People For the American Way and its affiliate, People For the American Way Foundation, are progressive advocacy

organizations founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of

freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights,

and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity.

The Controller will be a proactive, hands-on strategic thinkerworkingwith the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), having

responsibility for People For’sfinancial and accounting functions. The Controller supports the day-to-day

operations of the Finance department; this position ensures accuratereporting for revenue and expenses to our

accounting software system, which results in the monthly and annual financial statements. The Controller provides

back up for the other Finance department staff andreports to the CFO.This position is traditionally located in

Washington, D.C. but can also be remote (with the ability to travel to D.C. occasionally post-pandemic).


• Oversees all accounts, ledgers, reporting systems and monthly financial statements ensuring compliance

with appropriate GAAP standards, regulatoryreports, requirements and proper c3/c4 account allocations.

• Assesses information needs of senior leadership and develops systems to generate financial information,

reports, and analyses responsive to their needs.

• Prepare monthly bank reconciliation, monitor cash account balances, and prepare cash position report.

• Reviews payroll processing, prepares and posts related journal entries.

• Maintains internal controls and safeguards for receipt of revenue and expenditures including American

Express expenses.

• Working with our outside independent auditors supports the CFO in the annual audit, regulatory

compliance, and annual budget preparation process.

• Maintain fixed asset schedules and assure proper depreciation allocations.

• Drives continual improvement of accounting practices and procedures to increase efficiency both within

the Finance team and across the organization.

• Spearheads the implementation, operation, and continued improvement of accounting software packages

and tools.

• Provides leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff across the organization and

promotes a positive and supportive work environment.


• Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related field required with a minimum of ten years of related

experience, including c3 and c4 nonprofit organizations with a budget of at least $15 million.

• Certified Public Accountant (CPA) required.

• Significant experience in and advanced knowledge of nonprofit accounting, including sophisticated fund

and grant accounting, compliance, and reporting.

• Experience in coordinating audit activities

• Deep knowledge of automated financial systems and system integration with non-financial applications.

• Extensive experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, general ledger, accounts

payable, accounts receivable, and payroll transactions and processes for a complex nonprofit organization

with multiple funding sources to ensure flawless audits.

• Thorough knowledge of GAAP including the accounting cycle, monthly and year-end closing, financial

reporting, and analysis.

• Proficiency in complex spreadsheet design.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills with an ability to interpret and explain complex financial

concepts and information to non-experts at all levels of the organization.

• Keen analytic, organizational, and problem-solving skills to provide strategic data interpretation, rather

than simple reporting.

• Strong commitment to People For’s issues, campaigns and racial justice, including protecting our

democracy, defending fundamental rights, and fighting for policies that reflect progressive values

• Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, collaboration, collegiality, and a demonstrated commitment to

the People For’s mission

To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to:

People For the American Way is an Equal Opportunity Employer

People For the American Way and its affiliate, People For the American Way Foundation, are progressive advocacy

organizations founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of


Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional


1101 15th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005

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