Controller (Job #1813)

Job Type

Full Time Contract




1025 "F" Street, NW
Suite 800
United States


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a Congressionally-funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support democracy around the world, seeks a Controller. This position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:

The Controller provides daily oversight of all finance, accounting and related reporting activities under a current organizational budget of $180M+. Oversight includes supervision, guidance and development of five (5) staff who have functional responsibility over general accounting, cash management, accounts payable & receivable, and grants accounting.


The Controller ensures that proper systems, procedures, and internal controls are consistently in place to support effective financial and accounting operations, maintain compliance with GAAP and federal compliance, and achieve successful audits. Responsible for delivery of timely financial reporting to both internal and external stakeholders, the Controller also supports the organizational budget process and ongoing forecasting and variance analysis.


Provides leadership in maintaining strong internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization, promoting a positive and supportive work environment. The Controller collaborates closely with grantmaking & democracy promotion teams to ensure solid understanding of finance and accounting policies and procedures, and proactively explores continuous system and process improvements, and ultimately how the finance function and systems can support the efficiency and effectiveness of overall operations. 



·       Staff Supervision, Training & Development

­  Mentors and directs the daily work of a diverse team; ensures that all work is processed efficiently during peak workload periods by establishing individual and team priorities.

­  Conducts training for NED staff on finance, travel and accounting policies, procedures and forms utilization as may be needed.


·       Financial Accounting & Compliance

­  Ensures the organization’s compliance with GAAP, federal regulatory, and other donor requirements, as well as NED’s own policies and procedures.

­  Supported by the Assistant Controller, provides review and control services within the accounting group for daily grant, vendor, and employee disbursements.

­  Ensures effective cash management practices, providing oversight for the daily review and approval of federal drawdown requests on approximately ten (10) active U.S. Department of State awards.


·       Financial Reporting, Audit & Tax

­  Responsible for the timely preparation of monthly financial statements and year-end closing.

­  Supports the annual budget process, monitors progress, and draws conclusions on budget & forecasting variances as well as financial position.

­  Generates monthly departmental reporting of budget-to-actual activity and engages in necessary review with budget managers on significant variances.

­  Responsible for quarterly federal financial reporting (i.e. SF-425 filings), and award financial closeouts in collaboration with the grantmaking team.

­  Reviews and/or prepares required schedules and analysis for annual audit and adhoc financial verification audits.

­  Acts as a main point of contract with external auditors during onsite fieldwork.

­  Provides schedules for the annual IRS Form 990 tax information return and completes other tax/regulatory forms.


·       Other Responsibilities

­  Engages in special projects and/or fulfills other duties as may be assigned by the Sr. Director.



·          Knowledge/Experience:

­  Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance; CPA preferred.

­  10+ years of progressive experience in accounting and/or auditing, with 3+ years of experience in a managerial role supervising multiple staff.

­  5+ years of experience in mission-driven, nonprofit organizations subject to federal grants rules and regulations compliance, including demonstrated working knowledge and practical application of OMB cost principles, audit, and administrative requirements.

­  Prior experience in Microsoft Serenic Navigator preferred, with GIFTS experience a plus; advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software is required.

­  Intermediate to advanced level working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and other Office products. 


·            Other Qualifications:

­  Demonstrated knowledge of nonprofit accounting principles and practices, budget management, accounting report generation and utilization, and financial analysis.

­  Experience in effectively communicating key data, including staff trainings and presentations to senior management.

­  Willingness to work extra hours during peak workload periods, especially around annual audit. 

­  Fluency in spoken and written English; knowledge or fluency in additional languages is a plus.

­  Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.


·          Competencies:

­  Paramount professional integrity, honesty, initiative, confidentiality and dependability.

­  Commitment and ability to excel in a fast-paced environment; works effectively under time pressure and meets deadlines.

­  Highly professional demeanor, with strong interpersonal and customer service skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff.

­  Effective trainer for finance and non-finance personnel.

­  Employs team-building, mentoring approach to supervision and working style.

­  Ability to quickly learn new systems, processes and procedures.

­  Flexibility in approach to work processes and tasks.


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please send to, with Job #1813 –Controller - YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at Please, no phone call inquiries.