Green America: Growing the Green Economy for People and the Planet

Controller/Accounting Manager

Hours: Full Time
Compensation: $60,000-70,000
Reports to: Executive Director (ED)
Benefits Excellent benefits including health care, dental care, casual and friendly work environment, and flexible 32-hour work week.


Green America is a 30-year-old, national nonprofit with the mission to create a green economy defined by environmental restoration and sustainability, social and economic justice, thriving and inclusive local communities, and personal health and well-being.

We inform people’s choices, organize consumer collective action, and bring together businesses and other stakeholders to achieve system-wide change. Our work environment is results-oriented and highly collegial.

We seek a Controller/Accounting Manager who will have overall responsibility for our organization’s accounting, finance, budget, reporting, and administrative functions. The Controller/Accounting Manager will ensure that the systems, processes, procedures and policies are in place for effective management of the organization, clean audits, compliance with applicable laws/regulations, and efficient operations of their department.

The Controller/Accounting Manager will report to the Executive Director (ED). Within the next 18 to 24 months, depending on our organization’s success/growth, we will likely look to create a new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) position. Serving in the Controller/Accounting Manager role would potentially serve as a stepping stone to that position.

The Controller/Accounting Manager will manage our accounting team, which is presently comprised of 2.5 staff, including this position. The person now leaving this role is expected to continue to serve in a part-time capacity long enough to assist the new Controller/Accounting Manager assume responsibility.

We have recently committed to upgrading our accounting system from QuickBooks to Intacct. As such, the ideal candidate will have advanced skills in Intacct, or equivalent.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, CPA licensure, and at least 3-5 years of relevant experience as a senior accountant and/or auditor; highly motivated to take on greater responsibility and an increasingly strategic role across the next several years.
  • Strong track record of progressively increasing responsibility in managing accounting, coordinating/leading audits, managing financial reporting and analysis, and budgeting.
  • Experience of final responsibility for the accuracy and quality of all financial data, reporting, and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area; meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to quality.
  • Technologically savvy with advanced knowledge of accounting, financial reporting, customer relationship management (CRM) and budgeting software, preferably with advanced skills in Intacct, or equivalent.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in support of line managers; exemplary communications skills, interpersonal skills, and professionalism.
  • Strong analytical skills, with ability to derive actionable insight from data, and ability to organize/present data in a way that is incisive and useful by others.
  • Ability to effectively present financial and budget information to the organization’s board in a manner that allows individuals who do not have a finance or accounting background to understand the financial condition of the organization.
  • Entrepreneurial, results-oriented focus, with demonstrated ability to work and solve problems independently in order to move initiatives from inception to completion; strong project management and organizational skills with ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead a team.
  • Commitment to our organization’s mission and values.


  • Manage the organization’s:
    • Payroll and benefits functions
    • Expense reimbursements
    • Account receivables, billing and collections
    • Accounts payable and payments
    • Member loan program
    • Credit card and PayPal processing/payments
    • Bank/investment accounts
    • Monthly reconciliations and closings
    • Cash flow management and reporting
    • Facilities lease agreements
    • Equipment purchases and leases
    • Postage accounts and permits
    • Other licenses and permits, as required
  • Oversee and lead annual planning and budgeting process in conjunction with the ED; review and provide input on plans and budgets; and provide analytical support and budget/reporting tools to managers as needed.
  • Proactively keep management team abreast of the organization’s financial status and trajectory; work with the ED and management team to develop/maintain key performance indicators and financial measures/reporting to inform management’s decision-making.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process; liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the board of directors; and assess any changes necessary.
  • Ensure compliance with external reporting requirements; generate filings and/or manage others in the generation of filings; and ensure accuracy, quality and timeliness of filings.
  • Review the organization’s internal controls and make changes as appropriate.
  • Ensure strict compliance with all applicable laws/requirements.
  • Proactively monitor and manage the organization’s ratings from ratings organizations (e.g. Charity Navigator) in coordination with the ED and management team
  • Maintain/revise the organization’s chart of accounts and accounting/reporting dimensions based on nonprofit best practice and the management/reporting needs of the organization.
  • Work with the technology director to achieve efficiencies by automating manual processes and integrating accounting/finance systems/processes with other systems/processes.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Martha van Gelder at

In order to be considered for this opportunity, in your cover letter, please explicitly and succinctly indicate how you fulfill the qualifications for this position.

This position is at Green America’s headquarters at 1612 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington DC 20006.

For more information about Green America, please visit
Posted 1/16/14

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