Youth Guidance
Illinois, United States
Member Company
17 days ago
Non-Profit / Charity
Job Function


Position Summary: The Controller leads all functional oversight over general accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, financial reporting, and budgeting. The Controller will maintain appropriate systems and procedures to support effective program implementation and conduct effective and efficient audits.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:


  • The Controller maintains and updates quality of GL data, accounting systems, and develops improvements and enhancements to systems and their related policies and procedures, including those for fund accounting, general ledger, financial reporting, AR/billing/collections, payroll, accounts payable, revenue/expense, fixed assets, etc
  • Comply with standard US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the recording of all accounting transactions/business activities.
  • The Controller organizes all work timelines for internal and external financial reporting including budgets, financial statements, tax returns, allocation schedules etc
  • Additionally, the Controller manages the preparation of the internal financial statements, approves reconciliations, approve month-end/quarter-end journal entries and adjusts entries, prepares timely and relevant financial analysis, and provides financial reporting support for the CFO          
  • The Controller manages the audit process, banking relationships, cash flow projection, and internal controls
  • Ensures compliance with insurance requirements and external filings/regulations
  • Additionally, the Controller oversees the assurance that the work of the back office team is accurate and that expectations are met
  • Oversees the preparation of financial statement forecasts and the cash forecast; makes appropriate recommendations to senior management
  • Oversees the management of bank accounts, and cash and investment balances. Develops models to monitor and manage financial risk (interest rate, liquidity)
  • Stays abreast of developments in non-profit accounting and recommends and implements changes to current processes as required
  • Perform ad-hoc analyses on financial statements and other financial and accounting issues
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:



·       Bachelor’s degree in Accounting required; CPA or advanced degree in Finance or related subject preferred;

·       At minimum, seven to ten years of accounting and finance experience, including prior experience managing an accounting department, is required;

·       Experience in fund accounting, in a complex nonprofit with multiple service programs, is required;

·       Experience in a nonprofit environment, and knowledge to assist program and other leadership in interpreting financial results of the Agency is highly preferred;

·       The ability to identify and implement process improvements is required;

·       Knowledge of computers, with the ability to understand accounting systems, PC spreadsheets, and other financial data systems is required;

·       The ability to direct the creation of clear and concise financial reports to aid in the functioning of the Agency, relying on a strong analytical background, is required;

·       Excellent oral and written communication and well-developed presentation skills are required;

·       Knowledge of and experience with Blackbaud Financial Edge accounting software is highly preferred.



  • Proven ability to work with and maintain confidential data
  • The ability to communicate effectively with co-workers and management about the finances of the business and justify certain financial recommendations
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent organization and project management
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Products (Excel, Word, etc)


Core Competencies


  • Communication: Uses effective written and oral communication with internal staff, teams, and community served; demonstrates empathy and listening
  • Client orientation: Recognizes needs of diverse stakeholders and approaches relationships with a service orientation, to ultimately maximize the impact
  • Equity mindset: Understands and is committed to goals of equity, consistently brings an equity mindset to the organization’s work and workplace
  • Growth mindset: Views growth as important for personal and professional development; seeks out opportunities to expand skills, even if the change is required, demonstrates curiosity and eagerness to learn
  • Ownership and quality of work: Effectively manages own work, and work of the team to ensure delivery of high-quality work
  • Supervisory skills: Effectively manages and develops others
  • Mission drive: Demonstrates commitment to the missing of the organization as a whole and alignment with organization values


Physical Demands


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • The ability to communicate information and ideas so others will understand; must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations
  • The ability to occasionally move boxes weighing up to 20 pounds across the office for various needs
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position seated or standing at least 50% of the time
  • The person in this position should be able to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.  and constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer. 


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


·        This job operates in a professional office environment, school setting and working with the public, all Youth Guidance employees must be fully vaccinated or approved for a medical or religious exemption. May work occasional weekends and local travel as needed.


  DEIB Statement


At Youth Guidance, we understand that diversity, equity, inclusion and Belonging (DEI&B) are fundamental to realizing our vision of bright and successful futures for all young people. We celebrate the diversity of youth and staff and recognize them as empowered leaders, problem-solvers, and experts of their own experiences. At the same time, we acknowledge that many systems and institutions meant to support youth and staff are inequitable and unjust.

As such, we are committed to advancing DEIB through our words and our actions, both internally and externally, by:

  • Strengthening cultural competence as well as policies, practices, and organizational structures that foster belonging and leverage the unique backgrounds and talents of staff;
  • Offering youth-centered programs that are accessible and responsive to people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, sexual identity, gender identity and expression, language, and cultural and religious beliefs and practices;
  • Influencing systems that youth, their families, staff, and communities are impacted by, such as schools, organizational networks, governmental bodies, researchers, and the funding community, to apply approaches that embrace DEIB in addressing the needs and supporting the aspirations of young people and those around them.


Youth Guidance is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging. Youth Guidance does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law and is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity along all of these lines. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Job ID: 74068549
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