Assistant Controller

Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 4 weeks ago(7/8/2020 10:39 AM)
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TSNE (formerly Third Sector New England) ( is a management support organization that partners every year with hundreds of nonprofits, foundations, community-based groups, and others working for social change. Our mission is to provide information and services to build the knowledge, power, and effectiveness of individuals, organizations, and groups that engage people in community and public life. The ultimate intention of our work is to create a more just and democratic society.


We assist a wide range of organizations in the social sector with a mix of management support and capacity building services in consulting, financial and grants management, business administration, human resources, compensation and benefits administration, professional development training and research in nonprofit fields of practice.


As a leading voice and capacity builder in the nonprofit sector, TSNE is committed to learning and building our practices and values around diversity, inclusion and equity, and working in a culturally proficient way with our staff and the organizations and communities we serve. We actively cultivate a work environment that values the experiences of individuals in an open-minded and collaborative atmosphere.


The Assistant Controller manages the general accounting operations of approximately 55 Nonprofit Organizations in collaboration with the accounting team. This position reviews, analyzes and audits accounting transactions, reports and forecasts for validity, as well as troubleshooting. This position will also play a key role in the budgeting and reporting of internal programs.



  • Review and approve adjusting entries proposed by staff, ensure proper documentation and the validity of entry;
  • Complete account reconciliation on the general ledger;
  • Perform monthly, quarterly and annual review on various balance sheet and income statement accounts.

General Accounting

  • Take the lead on researching and preparing adjusting journal entries;
  • Maintain the Depreciation and Investment schedule in conjunction with the Senior Accountant.


  • Help with state registration reporting;
  • Coordinate financial audits with the Controller;
  • Help prepare documentation and back up for the annual audit;
  • Help to create and maintain financial reports.

Research & Education

  • Be a resource to staff on technical accounting issues;
  • Research and present accounting topics to internal staff;
  • Draft procedure and financial policy as well as accounting guidance;
  • Respond to inquiries related to depreciation and capitalization;
  • Help to create and maintain training materials.

Internal Financial Support

  • Help develop and distribute budget timeline and template for internal departments, ensuring that all budget managers follow the approved timeline; providing financials, payroll, and other relevant information as needed; collating all budgets together for CFO and Finance Committee review and Board approval;
  • Ensure that automatic monthly reports are sent to all internal budget managers, updating as needed and reviewing with managers when necessary;
  • Work with department manager to provide financial inputs on relevant business decisions;
  • Review and approve internal expense and revenue contracts.

Special Projects

  • Support the implementation and updates of new accounting related software.


Complete other tasks and projects related to the job, as needed.


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • Minimum seven years of progressive accounting experience with an understanding of all types of accounting transactions;
  • BA/BS degree in accounting or business, or equivalent experience required;
  • Strong knowledge of all nonprofit functional accounting areas required;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Ability to research and troubleshoot problems;
  • Experience creating financial reports, Intacct experience desired;
  • Federal Uniform Guidance knowledge desired;
  • Demonstrated track record proactively researching and resolving accounting inconsistencies;
  • Proficiency with accounting software and Microsoft Office;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to function independently and work as part of a team;
  • Commitment to the work of social and economic justice organizations;
  • Ability to work effectively with people of different cultural backgrounds;
  • Experience training a plus.

Physical Demands/Work Environment


The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.


TSNE envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  


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