Controller for International Nonprofit

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $70,000.00
Maximum: $80,000.00



Start Date:


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99 M Street Southeast
District of Columbia
United States


About Atlas Corps

For 12 years, Atlas Corps has been a leader in developing the world’s best social change professionals through its prestigious “Atlas Corps Fellowship.” The Nonprofit Times named the CEO of Atlas Corps on the Top 50 "Power & Influence List" in 2016 and 2017, in large part due to the influence Atlas Corps has with many of the country's top nonprofits and philanthropic companies. Atlas Corps has both a unique program and a unique financial model. The primary program of Atlas Corps connects leading social change organizations in the U.S. with rising social change leaders from around the world for a 12 to 18 month, professional fellowship – we bring leaders from around the world to volunteer in the U.S. The unique financial model is one where Host Organizations pay a fee that covers 66% of the organization's expenses. The U.S. Government (USG) covers 20% and traditional philanthropy (individual, corporate and foundations) covers 14%. Over 12 years, Atlas Corps has grown steadily and demonstrated proof of concept. Now a $4.5m nonprofit with 16 full-time staff, Atlas Corps has engaged more than 600 leaders from 88 countries. Our Fellows share their expertise and learn from top social change organizations like Ashoka, CARE, IBM, Malala Fund, Peace Corps, Habitat for Humanity, and many others.

We believe that talent exists everywhere in the world, but opportunity does not and we want to create a world where the most talented, diverse, social change leaders are working together to address the world’s most critical social issues. If you want to work on a team tackling that challenge, then we’d like you to consider becoming part of our team. 

About the Position

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Controller will play a core role in all finance, accounting and reporting activities.


The Controller works closely with the part-time Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and a full-time bookkeeper, intern and other volunteers. The Controller will have functional responsibility for accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and grants administration. The Controller will maintain systems and procedures that support effective program implementation and flawless audits (A-133 and standard). The Controller will coordinate with program leaders and their staffs, not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures but also to explore how the finance function can support program operations.


We are seeking someone experienced enough to be a key team member helping grow Atlas Corps from a $4.5m to a $10m organization over the next three years, and someone who is both a strategic thinker and hands-on enough to step in wherever needed within a small finance team. 



Finance and Accounting

  • Directly responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and record-keeping.
  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems, ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain accounting procedures that ensure adequate internal controls and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Coordinate all audit activity.
  • Support financial, project/program and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period; collate financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and foundation grants.
  • Monitor organizational cash flow and alert the Executive Team of pending overages or shortfalls.
  • Conduct the monthly closings promptly, including indirect costs allocations, accruals and monthly reconciliations.
  • Maintain fixed assets and inventory control.
  • Ensure that financial records and accounting software entries are accurate and up-to-date.

Budget and Reporting

  • Support the analysis of financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of Atlas Corps’ financial status.
  • Support the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate.
  • Comply with policies and procedures and provide input on templates for proposal budgets; and support the Development Department in preparing budgets for specific proposals.


Team Leadership

  • Engage in effective and timely internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; provide training, support and guidance to ensure that all staff have the knowledge required to comply with financial policies and procedures; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment.

All team members are expected to:

  • Commit to team goals and support the work of colleagues – Atlas Corps works closely together as a team.
  • Seek out opportunities to improve and expand the work of Atlas Corps.
  • Seek out opportunities to develop new skills and knowledge and grow professionally.
  • Contribute to an innovative, high-performing, team culture by engaging in behaviors including sharing ideas; being open to the ideas of others; accepting and offering feedback; and supporting and treating your colleagues with respect. 


  • At least 5 years of on-the-job nonprofit accounting experience.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field.
  • CPA desired with public accounting experience or an MBA or Masters in Finance/Accounting.
  • 4 or more years non-profit experience with grant accounting/reporting.
  • Significant experience working with and presenting to senior management, and working with external auditors (3 years preferred).
  • In-depth, comprehensive understanding of accounting in accordance with GAAP, applicable regulations, and policies and procedures as well as experience with federal grants and implementation of OMB Uniform Guidance.
  • Knowledge of best practices for internal controls
  • Commitment to perform with the highest of standards and quality and an unquestioned level of integrity and personal character.
  • High sense of urgency with a hands-on approach combined with the ability to provide leadership, work prioritization, and structure in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Strong and effective leader, people developer and team player.
  • Managerial experience preferred.
  • Direct and concise communication skills. Active listener. Ability to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers.
  • Possess strong quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (particularly with Microsoft Excel).
  • Commitment to diversity and sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural differences.
  • Clear understanding of, and commitment to, the Atlas Corps mission and goals.
  • Experience in annual NICRA submissions preferred.
  • Strong cash flow planning and management skills.


Benefits: The full benefits package includes a flexible work schedule and generous vacation and sick leave; and employer-paid health insurance. Atlas Corps has flexible work hours that include the ability to work from home one day a week. Our office has a gym in the building and a commitment to employee well being. Additionally, Atlas Corps invests in staff professional development to prepare team members for increased responsibility over time. Depending on the background and desire of the candidate, this position would receive professional mentorship from the former CFO of Ashoka to help them be successful in this position. The starting salary for this position will be $70,000-$80,000. Salaries increase with tenure, increased responsibility and size of the organization.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply

Please email with "[YOUR NAME] Controller Application for Atlas Corps" in the subject line. Please be sure to include a cover letter and your resume. In the cover letter please highlight your salary expectations.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

As an equal opportunity employer, Atlas Corps is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in every facet of employment. We will always strive to choose the best-qualified individuals based on job-related qualifications, regardless of race, color, age, sex, national origin, citizenship status, handicap, religion, marital status, personal appearance, political affiliation, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, or matriculation.