Controller, Community Initiatives

Community Initiatives is an Oakland-based nonprofit service organization providing over 100 nonprofit projects with fiscal sponsorship services including tax-exemption, accounting and financial oversight, risk management and insurance, legal compliance, grants management, payroll, and human resource services. Our fiscally sponsored projects (FSPs) represent all nonprofit sectors––arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and public affairs. While many of our projects are in the San Francisco Bay Area, others operate in various states and international locations.

The Controller will lead all day-to-day accounting functions for an organization with revenues over $45 million and assets in excess of $35 million. The position reports to the CFO and manages a group of eight employees, directly supervising an Accounting Supervisor and a Project Accountant Supervisor.  The position is responsible for managing all accounting and reporting functions including General Accounting, Bank/Cash Management, Accounts Payable (including credit cards), Payroll, and Project Accounting (which includes billing/invoicing and grant reporting). The Controller will ensure that systems and procedures are in place to support the accounting activities and to manage the budget and audit processes.  The Controller works closely with staff throughout the organization, not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures, but also to explore how the finance function can better support operations.  This position also partners with senior leadership to integrate Finance, Client Services, HR, and IT functions.

 Essential Job Functions

  • Manage the Finance Department including tactical support for the accounting functions.
  • Oversee finance systems and processes; ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Manage the banking relationship including investment account and credit card facilities.
  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue and payment of expenses.
  • Coordinate all audit activity including 401k plan; prepare annual IRS Form 990 and CA RRF-1.
  • Clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of the financial status.
  • Assist leadership in the annual budgeting and planning process.
  • Support the CFO in engaging the board's audit committee around issues and trends in generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Assist Client Services personnel and fiscally sponsored Project Directors by answering questions and resolving problems; oversee all financial and grants accounting and reporting.
  • Manage all compliance and government reporting obligations, including the annual financial statement and A-133 Single Audit, annual 401(k) Plan audit, and IRS Form 990.
  • Work closely with the CFO to build and refine operational and technological systems and processes to maximize the potential of the Finance department including periodic staff training.


  • Minimum of a BA/BS with five to ten years of accounting and finance experience
  • Supervisory experience
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and unwavering commitment to our mission
  • Solid experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, and accounting
  • A track record in grants management and revenue recognition as it relates to compliance and reporting of government and foundation grants
  • Strong database and project management skills including knowledge of accounting and reporting software ideally cloud based systems experience
  • Strong Excel spreadsheet skills
  • Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written
  • High energy and ability to interact effectively with diverse constituencies plus a desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including non-finance managers
  • CPA with some public accounting experience preferred
  • Ability to work independently, while part of a team.

Working for Community Initiatives

This position is currently remote during the COVID pandemic but will be at our office in Oakland when safely possible.  There is the possibility of working remotely one or two days a week post-COVID.  This is a full-time position that includes excellent benefits and a competitive salary commensurate with experience.

Comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Fully paid medical, dental and vision
  • 401k and 3% employer match
  • Fully paid basic life insurance, LTD, STD coverage
  • 4 weeks paid vacation
  • 10 paid holidays
  • 4 floating holidays

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter with salary requirements and resume to

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Community Initiatives is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, disability or protected veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.