JOB TITLE:        Controller

FLSA STATUS:  Exempt/Full-Time

REPORTS TO:   Chief Operating Officer

LOCATION:       Washington, DC

EFFECTIVE:     May 2017


The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan membership organization that has operated at the federal, state and local levels for over 90 years. With over 700 local and state affiliates, the League works to improve governance and to increase the public’s engagement with its government. At the national level, League activities are coordinated and staffed by two distinct but complimentary organizations: The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and the League of Women Voters Education Fund. 


The Controller is a highly responsible financial management position reporting to the Chief Operating Officer.  This position is responsible for maintaining and managing the day-to-day financial and related business operations and activities which includes accounting policies and procedures, financial reporting, third party invoicing and collections, financial planning and budgeting, cash flow management, and negotiating purchase agreements to ensure and maintain regulatory compliance with relevant laws and regulations and GAAP, and adhering to internal policies and procedures. This position is also responsible for analyzing financial complexities and will lead the annual budget and audit processes. The goal of this position is to provide dependable, responsive financial services and accurate financial information in a customer-oriented and efficient manner.


  • Manages and maintains day-to-day financial operations and activities of the League ensuring compliance with related laws and regulations.
  • Directs the League’s day-to-day accounting operation including maintenance of the general ledger, accounts payable, payroll, accounts receivable, and grant accounting functions.
  • Oversees and coordinates the annual audit process and liaises with external auditors; assesses any changes necessary; negotiates/monitors audit firm’s contract and works closely with auditors to prepare and complete year-end audit and tax filings.
  • Communicates effectively with all staff on financial operations, activities and reports to ensure accurate, concise, consistent and timely financial reporting.
  • Manages the organization's banking and financial services needs and relationships, coordinates annual reviews of all relationships & contracts.
  • Maintains effective internal control procedures and safeguards for revenue receipts, costs, program budgets and actual expenditures, and for accurate recording of grants and expenses and account balances.
  • Performs and supervises month-end accounting and financial statement generation, and analyzes monthly financial reports and forecasting.
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local legal requirements by researching existing and new legislation, consulting with outside advisors, and filing financial reports.
  • Ensures that Finance staff members deliver a high degree of friendly, accurate and useful customer service to staff, consultants, vendors and others.
  • Staffs Finance and Audit committees of the board.
  • Oversees and manages outsource firm and works with COO to determine optimal staffing model. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in accounting; CPA is preferred.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years relevant accounting experience that includes experience in administration of financial operations in the nonprofit sector in organizations with multiple legal entities, preferably 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations.   
  • Demonstrated skill in developing and analyzing budgets, forecasting and preparing financial reports.
  • Grants accounting experience required. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and knowledge of practices and procedures related to automated accounting systems with the ability to clearly explain complex financial and technical information in lay terms.
  • Must be able to supervise and coordinate all accounting operations; possess strong accounting skills and the ability to maintain financial operational systems. User knowledge of Intacct accounting software,, CRM systems and ADP.
  • Proficiency with all MS Office applications required including advanced level Excel skills.
  • Strong financial leadership and interpersonal skills and ability; and experience working with nonprofit Board and serving as a point of contact for all financial matters.
  • Savvy business professional who is solution focused and is passionate about the sustainable financial health of an organization.
  • Ability to thrive in a changing environment, handle ambiguity and be well organized; excellent verbal and written communication skills a must.
  • Good judgment and quick-thinking with a results-oriented approach to work and management; impeccable attention to detail, and outcomes and deadline oriented.
  • Ability to deliver high quality work, quickly, in a dynamic organization under time pressure.


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