Financial Controller

Center for Court Innovation
New York City, New York (US)
Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.
Closing date
Feb 6, 2022

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The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms by guiding justice innovators, nationally and internationally. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities.

The Financial Controller supports the Chief Financial Officer by providing leadership of the accounting team.  The Financial Controller possesses strong analytical, technical, problem-solving, decision-making and communication skills, supervising the accounting team responsible for the completeness, timeliness and accuracy of financial transactions and clear and actionable financial reporting. The Financial Controller provides leadership of the monthly closing process, producing financial reports, and invoice & expense review and reconciliation processes.  Ensures the development, implementation and compliance with internal controls and segregation of duties. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead and manage transactional recording in the general ledger, including expenses/accounts payable, cash receipts/accounts receivable, payroll, journal entries and the monthly closing process;
  • Development of internal controls and updating of financial policies and procedures;
  • Ensure cash is received/deposited and disbursed in a timely, accurate and secure manner; and that bank reconciliations are performed in a timely and accurate manner, with appropriate follow-up and resolution of reconciling items;
  • Lead and manage the timeliness and accuracy of monthly, quarterly, and annual close processes;
  • Lead the successful implementation and utilization of NetSuite software;
  • Ensure data is migrated/tested and that the account structure is logical, comprehensive and user friendly;
  • Ensure system is integrated with other relevant systems (e.g. payroll/HR/benefits);
  • Ensure a smooth transition process, leading up to, and after separation from the Fund for the City of New York (“the Fund”), with access to financial transactions and records maintained by the Fund;
  • Monitor cash flow, prepare cash flow statements and projections, and communicate key cash flow information to relevant audiences;
  • Participate in the preparation and monitoring of the Center’s annual budget and forecast process. Ensure adherence to budgetary parameters; produce variance reports that are clear and easy for lay audiences to understand;
  • Interact with staff in operational and programmatic areas across the organization, to ensure financial information is being provided and received, deadlines are being met, and compliance with policies and procedures;
  • Interact with external parties, ensuring productive relationships with vendors, auditors, banks, insurers, investment/retirement plan administrators, other external vendors and partners;
  • Interface with the auditors to ensure a timely annual audit and IRS Form990 filing, with limited adjusting entries and management letter comments.  Timely follow-up, response and resolution to management letter comments.  Ensure a smooth first year stub period audit, providing the needed financial information as well as comparable financial information for management reports and analytical purposes;
  • Support the CFO with the review of organizational financial reports with the Executive Director, Executive team, and board members and advise on organizational financial matters;
  • Identify key performance indicators and actionable items for management;
  • Support the preparation, review, and certification of the indirect cost rate, periodically as needed;
  • Manage credit cards, including issuance, compliance with policy, proper utilization and restrictions/removal, as needed.  Ensure the security of the program, and timely recording and reconciliation with financial records and government contracts.  Ensure the timely receipt, processing of expense reports;
  • Other relevant duties, as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting;
  • Certified Public Accountant certification (CPA), or equivalent work experience essential;
  • Minimum 5-7 years of supervisory experience in nonprofit accounting;
  • Minimum 2-3 years of experience with government contracts;
  • Knowledge of NetSuite software is preferred, not required;
  • Experience leading an accounting team of at least 3 staff.
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