Controller/Vice President of Finance

Job Type

Full Time




131 West 25th Street
12th Floor
New York
United States



BRC is among the most comprehensive, effective, and fastest growing agencies in NYC serving homeless New Yorkers. With an $87 million budget and over 800 employees, BRC has 27 programs throughout the New York City area that work together to form a seamless continuum of caring and effective services to meet all of a client's needs. We employ a holistic approach, helping clients achieve health, wellness, and economic self-sufficiency, offering an array of housing and services for more than 10,000 of New York's neediest residents. BRC has an entrepreneurial culture with a track record of innovation. BRC is highly successful and has been recognized for it, most recently as a winner of the NY Community Trust's Nonprofit Excellence Award and as a national finalist for the Drucker Prize for innovative management. Staff at BRC work together collaboratively to address some of the greatest social challenges of our City and does so using a compassionate and respectful approach. In our most recent survey, 95% of our employees said they would recommend BRC as a good place to work.

Position Description:

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer/EVP Finance (CFO/EVP), the Controller position is a hands-on role within a larger 15-person Finance department and will be responsible for accounting, reporting, tax and compliance activities. There is a heavy emphasis on timely monthly closing cycle, reporting and compliance. BRC has complex program offerings and diverse funding sources, including city, state, federal, corporate, and foundation funding. The Controller will be involved in supporting presentations to the board finance and audit committees and will work closely with the Senior Leadership and Program Teams. Strong team management experience is key to being successful in this role.

The Controller will lead all day-to-day finance operations and supervise a team of 7 staff members including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, Medicaid billing, client accounts, and all BRC related housing entities. The Controller will ensure that BRC has the systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and conduct flawless audits. The Controller will work closely 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.

In addition, she/he will partner with the CFO, senior leadership, and the human resources (HR) and information technology (IT) staff to enhance and better integrate finance, HR, and IT functions.


  • Finance and Accounting Leadership
  • Oversee all financial accounting, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards, IRS and state regulatory requirements for BRC and all BRC entities.
  • Manage general ledger, reporting and tax compliance for all BRC related entities.
  • Ensure that revenue and expenditures are consistently aligned with operating budget overall, collate financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and foundation grants.
  • Maintain proper internal controls and safeguards for BRC assets, receipt of revenue, costs, budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Documents and implements an internal control system that continuously monitors critical areas of financial control, identifies problems and implements corrective action.
  • Coordinate annual general audit activities and liaison to external auditors. Ensures annual audits are performed in accordance with OMB Circular A-133, GAAP, and/or other applicable regulatory standards.
  • Manage Medicaid billing and collections including liaising with external billing vendor.
  • Manage organizational cash flow forecasting by working in partnership with the contracts vice president.
  • Continuously collaborate with program vice presidents and directors and establish and refine finance and administrative systems to support program operations.
  • Process or supervise the processing of all accounts payable and receivable transactions, billings and cash receipts and move to a paperless work environment.
  • Documents, implements, lead and manage monthly accounting close process in a timely matter so that management reports are consistently and accurately delivered.
  • Consistently analyze 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 CFO abreast of BRC's financial status.
  • Assist BRC's leadership in 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.
  • Support the CFO in engaging the board's audit and finance committees around issues and trends in financial operating models and delivery.
  • Ensure monthly preparation of bank account reconciliations and general ledger account analyses and reconciliations.
  • Prepare and disseminate monthly reports to CFO and VP of Contracts, COO, Program Directors.
  • Prepare and submit government filings and reports as required.
  • Manage relationships with external entities including banks, licensing and accrediting organizations, investors, and external auditors.
  • Enjoy mentoring accounting, executive, management teams and colleagues on financial and compliance matters.
  • Team Leadership
  • Leverage strengths of the current finance team members, help to clarify roles and responsibilities and develop and implement training programs in order to maximize and reach optimal individual and organizational goals.
  • Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment.

Specific Requirements Include:

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and unwavering commitment to BRC's mission; a proactive, hands-on strategic thinker who will own, in partnership with the CFO, the responsibility for finance.
  • Must have the highest integrity, be diplomatic, analytical, and possess sound judgment
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) are critical to success in this position. Experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board or other outside partners is essential.
  • Minimum of a BA; CPA and/or MBA preferred
  • A proven track record of coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, complex real estate entity structures, corporate and foundation grants is essential.
  • Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software.
  • Commitment to recruiting, mentoring, training, and retaining a diverse team; the foresight and ability to delegate accordingly.
  • Keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills which allows for strategic data interpretation versus simple reporting.
  • Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree