National Employment Law Project
New York
Mission Statement: 

NELP fights for policies to create good jobs, expand access to work, and strengthen protections and support for low-wage workers and unemployed workers.

Position Description: 

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) seeks a dynamic, experienced, and skilled finance professional to lead our financial operations.  We are seeking someone with expertise and experience in nonprofit accounting practices and rules and who has built and managed internal systems and controls for an organization that runs multiple programs and has an annual budget of at least $7 to $10M. NELP is at the forefront of ensuring that underpaid workers and their families receive critical supports during this crisis; this is an extraordinary opportunity to leverage your talent with numbers to be a part of this critically needed effort and a mission-driven organization.Who We AreNELP is a national non-profit with three offices in New York, Washington D.C., and Berkeley, with the core goals of building worker power, dismantling structural racism, and addressing economic inequality. We promote federal, state, and local policies to create good jobs, strengthen workers’ upward mobility, enforce worker rights, and improve benefits and services for unemployed workers. In collaboration with national and grassroots partners, NELP advances its work through research, advocacy, litigation support, and technical assistance designed to raise wages, end wage theft and workplace violations, strengthen unemployment insurance, ensure employer accountability for workers in contract employment, encourage fair chance employment practices, and promote a comprehensive policy framework to build a good jobs economy. For more information, see You Will DoAs NELP’s controller, you will manage high-level and managerial accounting and oversee the financial activities of the organization. You will handle all aspects of accounting from payroll to tax compliance. The Controller will report to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), and in partnership with the COO, assist with the development of internal control policies, procedures, and financial planning as needed.Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Manage all aspects of accounting, billing, financial statements, general ledger, cost accounting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, budgeting, tax compliance, inventory accounting, cost accounting, revenue recognition, and various special analyses.
  • Collaborate with the COO to develop team and financial objectives; track and report progress against objectives.
  • Assist COO with preparing the annual organizational budget, forecasting requirements, scheduling expenditures, monitoring/funding balances and analyzing variances.  Regularly review financial reporting and forecasts with the Executive Team.  Prepare reporting for the NELP board.
  • Partner with Human Resources on all salary and benefits related activities and initiatives.
  • Partner with NELP’s Development team and program management to develop and maintain tools for managing grants and support grant budget preparation, tracking and reporting.
  • Support NELP’s programmatic leads by providing financial education, as needed.  Build strong internal relationships to ensure that accounting functions support program delivery. Lead the team budget creation and management processes and conduct regular reviews of financial activity against budget.
  • Serve as the liaison to the NELP staff union finance committee, providing financial information and education.
  • Plan and prepare accurate and timely monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports.
  • Provide training to new and existing staff regarding expense reporting, PTO, and lobbying reports.
  • Serve as the primary lead for the annual audit; organize information and statements for audits and both internal and external auditors.
  • Define, benchmark, document, maintain and implement accounting policies and operational best practices.
  • Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal laws regarding finances, tax filings, reporting, including ensuring NELP complies with all additional legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Who You Are

  • You have 10 or more years of experience as an accountant, accounting supervisor, or manager (experience in a nonprofit environment a plus).
  • You have exceptional knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, cost accounting and cost control principles, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • You have advanced knowledge of bookkeeping and accounting best practices, laws, standards, and state/national regulations.
  • You are analytical and exceptionally curious. You have a skill for identifying unusual and unexpected changes in financial activity or trends and are tenacious in tracking down and understanding underlying causes. 
  • You are committed to continuous improvement and have experience in developing and implementing improvements or recommendations.
  • You are detail oriented. You enjoy working with numbers and have experience working with multiple stakeholders in developing forecasts and managing budgets.
  • You are systems oriented.  You have worked on or led teams to develop and implement new systems and workflows as needed to support the financial management needs of the organization or ensure compliance with laws and regulations.
  • You have a passion for financial analysis and have a talent for explaining complex financial concepts and data to non-finance professionals.  You have developed or maintained finance “dashboards” and data visualizations that improve organizational understanding of financial performance.
  • You excel at working with all levels of employees and external vendors (banks, benefits providers, payroll, insurance and other vendors).
  • You have excellent computer skills, experience in accounting software and Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel, FundEZ, or other system knowledge.
  • You are interested in expanding your analysis and knowledge about the role that structural racism plays in our society and institutions are committed to NELP’s priority of centering racial equity.
  • You are committed to contributing to a positive working environment by engaging collaboratively and respectfully.

Start Date, Location, Compensation & BenefitsThis full-time exempt position will be based in New York City. The start date will be as soon as possible. The salary range for the Controller is $85,000 to $105,000 depending upon years of experience. NELP also offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package, including full coverage of family health insurance, a medical reimbursement plan, generous vacation and sick leave, contribution from employer to a retirement plan, and a student loan repayment assistance for qualifying participants.

$85,000 to $105,000
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Application Instructions: 

Apply through our online database, submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to, choosing the “Controller” option under position. If you have questions regarding this announcement, please forward those to hr [at], noting “Controller” in the subject line. No phone calls or other email inquiries please. We will consider applications on a rolling basis. Applications due by September 30, 2020.NELP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.