Financial Controller

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



740 Broadway
Suite 1101
New York
New York
United States


Position Summary

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is seeking a highly skilled and experienced financial professional to serve as its Financial Controller. Reporting to the Executive Vice President, the Financial Controller will be responsible for all financial management activities and will provide counsel and advice to leadership, the Board, and other team members on all financial matters. Working with the senior team, The Financial Controller will oversee and implement a financial strategy for PPS which includes financial planning, investment strategy, accounting, budgeting, grant budget review, and audit and tax reporting functions. This position is based in our NYC office.

The Financial Controller will oversee one staff person and work closely with colleagues across the organization. S/he must possess strong accounting knowledge, preferably in the nonprofit sector. S/he will have strong interpersonal skills, exceptional written and oral communication skills, a hands-on management style, a strong desire to work in a fast-paced and team-oriented office.  

Primary Responsibilities:

Corporate Governance

  • Ensure compliance with financial governance and oversight best practices for nonprofit organizations
  • Ensure compliance with all IRS regulations governing nonprofits and other laws, rules, and regulations
  • Work with senior leadership on financial policy issues to ensure that financial policies are current, maintained, and followed.

Financial Oversight

  • Prepare and present annual PPS operating budgets
  • Dynamically forecast PPS’s cash flow, liabilities, and revenue projections; provide monthly and quarterly update reports accordingly.
  • Oversee payment policies and practices, review and sign-off on all disbursements
  • Oversee preparation of financial statement and oversee annual audit
  • Oversee maintenance of payroll and benefits payments, including for 403(b) and health plans

Banking and Investments

  • Manage PPS banking relationships
  • Ensure that the PPS investment policy is followed and updated as appropriate 
  • Manage relationship with investment advisors and strategically engage to ensure all accounts are maintained in financially sound institutions and earning appropriate return on investment

Donor Relationships and Grant Administration

  • Work closely with PPS partners and staff to ensure grant expense budgets are developed and managed in alignment with grant goals
  • Oversee required financial report to donors for grants
  • Oversee compliance with grant agreements and endowments with regard to budgets, spending, and investments

Back office Systems

  • Collaborate with operations to ensure appropriate use of best-in-class financial software systems

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree and/or CPA highly preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years combined public and private accounting experience
  • Proven management /operational ability along with experience building and/or strengthening complex financial systems and reporting
  • Experience in generally accepted account practices (GAAP) and internal control systems
  • Experience with nonprofit accounting practices and procedures highly preferred
  • Acumen in maintaining accurate financial records and preparing clear and accurate reporting for informational, auditing, and operational use
  • Ability to analyze and explain complex financial data in layman’s terms
  • Ability to work independently, prioritizing workflow to meet critical deadlines and paying exceptionally close attention to detail
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

About PPS

PPS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build strong communities. We are the central hub of the global placemaking movement, connecting people to ideas, resources, expertise, and partners who see place as the key to addressing our greatest challenges. Visit us at

Project for Public Spaces iscommitted to providing equal employment opportunity for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identification, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or veteran status. 


This is a full-time, salaried position with a benefits package that includes full health coverage, employee contributed 403(b), TransitCheck, and generous vacation and paid holidays. Salary is commensurate with experience

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

To apply, please send cover letter with salary requirements and a resume in a single PDF labelled “FirstLast_Controller" (ex. JaneSmith_Controller) to by November 9, 2018.  The subject of your email should “FirstName LastName – Controller.”