Atlas Corps Controller





Atlas Corps Controller


Reporting to the chief operating officer (COO), the Controller will be responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities. The Controller will be the primary staff liaison to the board finance committee and make presentations to the Board of Directors on Atlas Corps’ financial position on a quarterly basis. 

The Controller will lead all day-to-day finance operations of a budget of $3.5 million; work closely with the part-time chief financial officer (CFO) and supervise the work of a bookkeeper, intern and volunteers. The Controller will have functional responsibility for accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and grants administration. The Controller will ensure that Atlas Corps has the systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and conduct flawless audits (A-133 and standard). The Controller will work closely with program leaders and their staffs, not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures but also to explore how the finance function can support program operations.

In addition, s/he will partner with the COO, senior leadership, and the human resources (HR) and information technology (IT) staff to enhance and better integrate finance, HR, and IT functions.

Finance and Accounting

  • Directly responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and record-keeping.
  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain accounting procedures that ensure adequate internal controls and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Coordinate all audit activity.
  • Oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period; collate financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and foundation grants
  • Manage organizational cash flow forecasting by working in partnership with the COO; continuously collaborate with department leads to assess the financial efficacy of program operations and establish finance and administrative systems to support departmental operations.
  • Maintain institutional filings including property tax, state registrations, insurance, etc.
  • Conduct the monthly closings including indirect costs allocations, accruals and monthly reconciliations.
  • Maintain fixed assets and inventory control.

Budget and Reporting

  • Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of Atlas Corps’ financial status
  • Lead the CEO, COO and CFO in the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with the chief development and engagement officer (CDO) to develop policies, procedures and templates for proposal budgets; and work together to create budgets for specific proposals.
  • Support the CEO in engaging the Board of Directors and board finance committee around issues and trends in financial operating models and delivery.

Team Leadership

  • Leverage strengths of the current finance team members, help to clarify roles and responsibilities and develop and implement training programs in order to maximize and reach optimal individual and organizational goals;
  • Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; provide training, support and guidance to ensure that all staff have the knowledge required to comply with financial policies and procedures; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment. 

All team members are expected to:

  • Commit to team goals and support the work of colleagues beyond the responsibilities described here.  This may include attending events outside of business hours, supporting the Fellow screening process by conducting interviews and reviewing applications; preparing new Fellow housing; and greeting Fellows at the airport.
  • Support Atlas Corps fundraising initiatives by sharing opportunities to contribute to our mission through social media and other channels.
  • Seek out opportunities to improve and expand the work of Atlas Corps.
  • Seek out opportunities to develop new skills and knowledge, and grow professionally.
  • Contribute to an innovative, high-performing, team culture by engaging in behaviors like: sharing ideas; being open to the ideas of others; accepting and offering feedback; and supporting and treating your colleagues with respect.


The full benefits package includes a flexible work schedule and generous vacation and sick leave; employer-paid health insurance; and access to pre-tax transportation and retirement contribution options. Atlas Corps has flexible work hours that include the ability to work from home one day a week. Our office has a gym in the building and a commitment to employee well being. Additionally, Atlas Corps invests in staff professional development to prepare team members for increased responsibility over time. Depending on the background and desire of the candidate, this position would receive professional mentorship from the former CFO of Ashoka to help them be successful in this position. The starting salary for this position will be $55,000-$65,000. Salaries increase with tenure, increased responsibility and size of the organization.

More about Atlas Corps

Atlas Corps, started in 2006, is an international network of nonprofit leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address the world’s 21st century challenges. Our mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. Profiled as a “best practice” in international exchange by the Brookings Institution and World Economic Forum, featured in the Washington Post and Forbes as a model social entrepreneurship program, and recognized as a Top 10 International Voluntary Exchange Program by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 6 to 18 month, professional fellowships at organizations (like Ashoka, Peace Corps, and Nike Foundation) to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global changemakers. Our network of Fellows includes more than 450 nonprofit leaders from 75 countries and 130 Host Organizations. Recently, we launched a State Department partnership as part of a White House Initiative to engage 100 civil society leaders in our Fellowship - Emerging Global Leaders Initiative-Atlas Corps Fellowship.

To Apply

This is a full-time position with excellent opportunity for growth. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to: [email protected] with “Controller Application: [your name]” in the subject of the email. Please include the text of your cover letter in the body of the email. More information can be found at Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

As an equal opportunity employer, Atlas Corps is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in every facet of employment. We will always strive to choose the best-qualified individuals based on job-related qualifications, regardless of race, color, age, sex, national origin, citizenship status, handicap, religion, marital status, personal appearance, political affiliation, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, or matriculation. 

Atlas Corps offers health benefits, access to pre-tax transportation benefits and retirement accounts, professional development funds, and a flexible work schedule. 


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