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Public Policy Institute of California | San Francisco CA 94111 USA | Full Time | Posted: 12/11/2012

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The Controller reports directly to PPIC’s Chief Financial Officer and is a member of the Finance and Administration management team. This position is responsible for all of the institute’s accounting functions, including financial reporting, general ledger, investments, accounts payable, payroll, cash and tax compliance.

The Controller supervises 2 FTE, a Staff Accountant and an Accounting Specialist. In addition to ensuring all financial transactions are properly recorded in a timely, complete, and accurate basis, the person in this position is also expected to promote the financial health of the institute. This includes reviewing all expenditures for appropriateness, ensuring donor imposed restrictions are satisfied, determining operating cash needs, performing monthly reconciliations (bank, budget to actual, etc.), ensuring that policies and internal control procedures are complied with and proactively seeking efficiency and value-added opportunities.

The Controller is responsible for preparing GAAP financial statements, coordinating the annual external audit with the independent auditing firm, preparing accounting and budgets reports for board meetings and sponsored projects, attend quarterly investment committee and annual audit committee meetings, prepare the required reporting for the building owned and occupied by PPIC (including reporting related to tenants’ leases and building-related bonds), computing indirect cost rates for federally funded projects, and compiling financial data needed for preparing the Form 990.


This position requires a highly motivated and skilled professional who functions well in a collaborative, team-oriented environment. To perform this job successfully, a candidate for this position should have both the relevant skills sets and relevant work experiences.
•Must have five or more years of relevant experience in a not-for-profit organization [501 (c) (3)] (preferably in a think tank, in higher education, or at a foundation) and in financial accounting, including at least two years management experience as a hands-on financial manager.
•Must have relevant experience supervising staff while sharing in the day-to-day work of the department.
•Must demonstrate a very high aptitude for attention to detail.
•Must possess core competencies including demonstrating high integrity, excellent decision making qualities, priority setting, strategic agility, and being innovative, results oriented, client focused, hard-working and accountable.
•Requires experience in preparing GAAP financial statements.
•Requires experience with grant management (i.e., with financial aspects of foundation, state, and/or federal grants) and sponsored projects, including budget preparation for proposals, project-level financial tracking, and reporting for sponsored projects and grants.
•Candidates must be self-starters with excellent technical and analytical skills in accounting and finance, as well as computer literacy with financial systems; general ledger software (Great Plains desirable), payroll (ADP) and Microsoft Office products (Access, Excel and Power Point).
•Must have well-developed people skills and interpersonal savvy, oral and written communication skills, customer service focus and demonstrated strong teamwork skills.
•Must have the ability to multitask, prioritize and have excellent time management skills.
•Must bring experience in monitoring and assuring compliance with the currently evolving definitions and requirements of sound corporate financial governance, fiduciary responsibilities, tax and regulatory requirements and reporting transparency.
•Prior experience in risk management, accounting for building/real estate, and debt financing along with a CPA license are highly desirable.
•A Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related field, or equivalent experience is required; a Master’s degree is preferred.

PPIC values the wide variety of backgrounds and experiences of our staff. Key elements in the consideration of qualified candidates include excellence; diversity of talents, backgrounds, and viewpoints; and a strong fit with the institute’s mission, values, and goals.


PPIC has offices in downtown San Francisco and near the Capitol in Sacramento. This position is located at our San Francisco location.

To apply, visit and follow the application instructions.

As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, PPIC is committed to excellence through diversity. We encourage women and members of minority groups to apply.

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Location San Francisco, CA, 94111, United States
Travel Required 1% of the time
Categories Accounting - Finance
Function Accounting/Finance
Experience Years 5 yrs
Visa Sponsorship Do not sponsor.
Pref Degree Masters
Certifications CPA is highly desirable.

Location Maptop

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Contact Name Anneke Gaul
How to apply Applications are no longer accepted for this job posting.
Job Code 201303