Goddard Riverside

Controller - Associate Vice President, New York, NY


Job Classification: Exempt, Full Time

Program/Department: Finance

Reports to: Chief Financial Officer

Days: Monday through Friday

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Salary Range: $170,000 to $200,000

Updated: April 2023


Goddard Riverside strives toward a fair and just society where all people can make choices that lead to better lives for themselves and their families.


Goddard Riverside Community Center (GRCC) is a well-established Manhattan community-based agency with an annual operating budget of approximately $ 36.5 million (not including affiliates). GRCC is one of New York City's leading human service organizations meeting the basic needs of children, youth and families, homeless people, and older adults through 32 plus programs at 20 sites across Manhattan.


The Controller position is accountable for the accounting operations of the company, to include the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the company's reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles or international financial reporting standards.



  • Supervises program accountants.
  • Maintain a documented system of accounting policies and procedures.
  • Manage outsourced functions.
  • Oversee the operations of the accounting department, including the design of an organizational structure adequate for achieving the department's goals and objectives.
  • Oversee the accounting operations of the affiliates, especially their control systems, transaction-processing operations, and policies and procedures.


  • Ensure that accounts payable are paid in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that all reasonable discounts are taken on accounts payable.
  • Ensure that account receivables are posted daily and collected promptly.
  • Ensure payroll is processed in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that periodic bank reconciliations are completed.
  • Ensure that required debt payments are made on a timely basis.
  • Maintain the chart of accounts.
  • Maintain an orderly accounting filing system and an accurate general ledger.
  • Maintain a system of controls over accounting transactions.


  • Manage and prepare cash flow reports and financial analyses.
  • Prepare and analyze financial statements and balance sheets on a regular basis.
  • Issue timely and complete financial statements.
  • Coordinate the preparation of the corporate annual report.
  • Recommend benchmarks against which to measure the performance of company operations.
  • Calculate and issue financial and operating metrics.
  • Manage the production of the annual budget and forecasts.
  • Calculate variances from the budget and report significant issues to management.
  • Provide a system of management cost reports.
  • Provide financial analyses as needed, in particular for capital investments, pricing decisions, and contract negotiations.


  • Coordinate the provision of information to external auditors for the annual audit.
  • Manage and prepare annual audits (including A-133 and daycare/head start audits) and other supporting schedules.
  • Monitor debt levels and compliance with debt covenants.
  • Comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements.
  • Manage and track all tax returns and other corporate filings.
  • Establish and monitor cost principles.

Additional Accountabilities

  • Responsible for all financial filings related to grant funding sources.
  • The controller will assume certain responsibilities of the CFO in their absence.


Educational and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or related field required.
  • Certified Public Accountant designation and/or audit experience strongly desired.
  • Five to 10 years' experience in financial management, accounting, and administrative operations including staff supervision.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Familiarity with nonprofit accounting standards and requirements.
  • Strong experience in cash flow management and financial analysis.
  • Highly effective leadership ability.
  • Ability to motivate staff and ensure productivity.
  • Computer competency and familiarity with/working knowledge of accounting software packages; knowledge of Intacct accounting systems is a plus.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Highly analytical, with a problem-solving focus.
  • Proactive.
  • Systems thinker.
  • Hands-on manager with impeccable integrity and a strong sense of ownership of departmental functions.
  • Comfort in being a part of a diverse team and flexible enough to work with all program areas of the agency.
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office products, especially Excel.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of duties and responsibilities that will be required of this position and title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Goddard Riverside is an equal opportunity employer. The agency does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, socioeconomic status, marital status, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or creed, disability, or political or sexual orientation. Diversity is celebrated as a strength at Goddard Riverside.Goddard seeks a diverse pool of candidates and will offer a competitive salary.

Applications, including cover letters and resumes, and nominations should be sent to the attention of Paul Spivey at GoddardRiversideAVP@PhillipsOppenheim.com.