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Location: Headquarters, Washington, DC
Department: Finance and Budget
Supervisor: Vice President of Finance


The Controller is responsible for the full array of daily financial matters for Defenders of Wildlife.  S/he ensures optimum compliance with generally accepted accounting principles; the efficient and effective use of internal controls; and regular application of best practices.  The Controller has supervisory responsibilities over 2 accounting staff. 


General Ledger/Monthly and Year-End Close Processes

  • Oversees the monthly and year-end general ledger close processes
  • Reviews monthly general ledger reconciliations and ensures appropriate action is taken
  • Manages the preparation and distribution of timely and accurate monthly budget vs. actual analysis reports for use by staff and management
  • Performs reconciliations as necessary
  • Ensures general ledger data integrity
  • Maintains the general ledger account structure
  • Prepares general ledger reports to support analytical projects or as requested by management

Annual Audits and Regulatory Compliance

  • Manages annual financial statement audit and annual 990 preparation, ensuring all are completed in a timely manner
  • Manages the annual 5500 preparation and annual Pension Plan Audit
  • Manages the annual workers’ compensation audit
  • Manages the completion of quarterly lobbying reports
  • Manages the annual 1099 process
  • Remains current on the regulatory environment in which Defenders operates in order to ensure that all compliance requirements are met

Grants Accounting

  • Oversees grant process, including maintenance of chart of accounts; recording of all contracts and restricted subaccounts; and monthly grant reports and supporting schedules
  • Ensures accuracy of financial reports to grantors as requested
  • Manages filing/reporting/monitoring of all federal grants in compliance with OMB circulars A-110, A-122 and A-133

Cash Receipts

  • Oversees the in-house and external cash receipts processes, ensuring all in-house cash receipts are properly recorded in the accounting system
  • Ensures timely reconciliation of cash receipts to the donor database

Internal Controls and Financial Reporting

  • Maintains internal controls to safeguard assets, provide necessary checks and balances, and ensure integrity of underlying financial data

Supervision and Coaching

  • Communicates duties and responsibilities to direct reports and monitors performance
  • Provides regular coaching and counseling and identifies training needs 
  • Prepares and delivers annual performance appraisals for all direct reports


  • Undertakes special projects as assigned
  • Identifies and implements process improvements as needed
  • Serves as back-up to the VP of Finance


  • Education:  Bachelor's (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent in Accounting or related discipline
  • Experience:  5+ years of accounting experience, including non-profit accounting; 5+ years of supervisory experience
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  CPA preferred
  • Other:
  • Requires intermediate to advanced Excel skills; financial modeling experience would be a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with experience in delivering presentations and leading discussions
  • Strong proficiency with financial general ledger accounting systems.  Solomon experience would be a plus
  • Knowledge of tax laws and related issues for 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations, including UBI, lobbying disclosures, federal and state filings and internal controls
  • Experience in application of non-profit GAAP, including FAS 116 and FAS 117
  • Excellent leadership skills with a proven track record in staff recruitment, team development, and organizational development
  • Must be resourceful, dependable, accurate, and results-oriented with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to produce high-quality work products with minimal supervision and exercise sound judgment


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.


  • General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


Interested applicants please reference Controller in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, along with your resume and salary history to us via e-mail at:

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.