Work must be performed anywhere in United States
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Job Type
Full Time
Start Date
July 8, 2024
Experience Level
USD $106,000 - $135,000 / year


TITLE: Controller



DEPARTMENT: Finance & Administration

REPORTS TO: Chief Financial Officer

LOCATION:L Washington, DC hybrid or remote

About American Rivers

American Rivers is championing a national effort to protect and restore all rivers, from remote mountain streams to urban waterways. Healthy rivers provide people and nature with clean, abundant water and natural habitat. For 50 years, American Rivers staff, supporters, and

partners have shared a common belief: Life Depends on Rivers℠. American Rivers centers the ongoing work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all that we do. The beauty of rivers is that they connect all people and communities, and we seek to build and embody this diversity in our organization and throughout the conservation field. The life experiences, knowledge, innovation, and talent that everyone brings to our work provides perspectives, experiences, and competencies which are critical to our effectiveness in protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.


The Controller is responsible for the day-to-day accounting for American Rivers’ financial transactions, as well as for developing, implementing, and ensuring compliance with financial policies and procedures consistent with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”).

The Controller maintains and continuously improves the system of financial controls, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, banking and cash management, payroll, and benefits. This position oversees the monthly close, prepares monthly financial statements, and is the primary liaison between staff and the auditors. This position supervises the Senior Staff Accountant.


• Finance and Accounting

o Ensure accounts, ledgers, and reports comply with GAAP and regulatory requirements.

o Work with the CFO to develop and maintain a service-centered financial system that meets the information needs required for external reporting, internal financial planning, and program implementation.

o Prepare, review, and approve financial statements and month-end entries and accounting report package for accuracy and timely distribution to budget managers and management. Monitor financial performance and keep CFO informed of progress against the annual budget.

o Prepare annual financial statements and notes. Oversee preparation of annual tax returns.

o Maintain internal controls and safeguards for receipts, payments, fixed assets, and recording transactions.

o Serve as primary point of contact with outside auditors to coordinate audit activity.

o Recommend and implement improvements for accounting processes to increase efficiency and accuracy.

o Provide training and guidance to stakeholders on finance and accounting current best practices to support effective program implementation.

• Annual Budget and Analysis

o Work with CFO to coordinate the development of the organization-wide budget, working closely with all departments to analyze available funding and estimate likely resource needs.

o Participate in budget review meetings.

o Provide ad hoc and special financial analysis.

• Cash Management

o Monitor operating account balances and recommend necessary cash transfers among bank accounts and/or investment accounts.

o Administers bank portal.

o In consultation with the CFO, maintains and sets up new accounts as needed

with the bank.

• Internal Controls

o Develop, communicate, and update Finance and Accounting policies and procedures.

o Review and update Finance SOPs to clarify roles and responsibilities. Coordinate with the CFO to ensure a balanced separation of duties.

o Enforce established internal controls and recommend changes as necessary.

• Team Leadership

o Supports CFO with team management in line with AR’s vision and core values.

o Lead team members to develop skills and increase their knowledge base. Clarify roles and responsibilities while building a supportive team environment.

o Strengthen internal communications with staff; promote process efficiency and accuracy across functions and departments.


• Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance and CPA required.

• Minimum of 5 years of nonprofit experience. At least 5 years of supervisory experience and ten years of progressive experience in finance and accounting with management experience.

• Knowledge of tax laws and related issues for 501(c)(3) organizations, including UBI, lobbying disclosures, federal and state filings, and internal controls

• Expertise in accounting software and office software products (Sage Intacct preferred).

• Superior understanding of all aspects of nonprofit accounting, financial management, and FASB pronouncements.

• Experience in accounting for deferred gifts.

• Excellent organizational and management skills.

• Strong verbal and written communications skills.

• Ability to multi-task and prioritize duties.

• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion.

• Able to produce high quality work and exercise good judgment.

Candidates who are unsure if they meet all minimum qualifications or who have transferrable skills and

experience beyond the conservation sector are encouraged to apply.


Washington, DC hybrid preferred, though remote may be considered.


The salary range for this position is $106,000 - $135,000 annually depending upon qualifications and experience. Full-time employee benefits include health, dental, and life insurance; a retirement plan, training budget, sick leave, 11 paid holidays, four weeks of paid vacation, paid sabbaticals every seven years, and a 3% retirement match. American Rivers offers TIAA-CREF Social Choice, including green impact, as an investment option.


Our community’s core values motivate us to Lead with Collaboration and Trust, Infuse Equity and Justice, Deliver Results, and Ensure Staff and Volunteers Thrive. American Rivers offers staff professional development and training opportunities, engages in equitable hiring and retention practices, has taken the Green 2.0 pay equity pledge and participates in the transparency report, provides “no meetings” weeks, and hosts People of Color, Accessibility, LGBTQAI+, Women's Leadership, Parents and Caregivers, and DEIJ affinity groups and committees led by staff and board members.

American Rivers is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request reasonable accommodation, please contact the Human Resources department at 202-243-7050 or Please note that one week’s advance notice is preferred.

Applicant must be legally allowed to work as an employee in the United States.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Candidates of all personal and professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply

TITLE: Controller



DEPARTMENT: Finance & Administration

REPORTS TO: Chief Financial Officer

LOCATION:L Washington, DC hybrid or remote

About American Rivers

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Work must be performed anywhere in United States
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1101 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States
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