Controller for International Astronomical Consortium

Area : Los Angeles, California

Description : Our client is a non-profit astronomical consortium currently developing the world's largest telescope. The organization is dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge while fostering relationships among partner countries and their citizens. The company is seeking a Controller to manage its complex financial systems and assist its Business Manager in strategic planning activities and policy development. 


- Oversee a motivated and mission-driven team, managing accounting operations, financial and tax reporting, payroll, benefits, and other such duties as needed

- Establish and monitor operating policies, processes, and systems to ensure that the organization complies with all laws, regulations, and accounting standards

- Ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements. Respond and resolve federal, state and local tax notices

- Develop and oversee the operating budget and advise management on financial impact of new initiatives

- Oversee and facilitate special financial projects, software upgrades, and financial audits 

- Lead annual financial statement preparation process, including interfacing with external accountants

- Prepare and present financial reports to Board of Directors, Finance Committee, and Audit Committee

- Serve as the financial liaison between board and committee members, internal and external stakeholders, and the accounting team

- Prepare annual grant proposal and financial reports


- Bachelor's degree, required

- CPA or Master's Degree in accounting, highly preferred 

- 10+ years in financial management positions 

- Experience in the education or research sector, or with science-based nonprofit organizations, required 

- Previous supervisory experience and knowledge in accounting, budgeting, and financial analysis, required 

- Previous corporate experience, highly desirable

- Ability to design complex financial information systems 

- Exceptional interpersonal skills and analytical/problem-solving skills

- Desire to work within a complex, ever-changing, entrepreneurial work environment

- Passion for their unique mission (leveraging a diverse global team to understand the structure and evolution of the universe), a major plus

Published : Apr 17, 2018

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