Oct 15, 2019 Massachusetts


Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a Controller to join our team working to protect New England’s environment for all people. The Controller will be responsible for leading the accounting team and managing all accounting operations and financial reporting for CLF.

The Controller is a full-time, exempt position, reporting to the Vice President for Finance & Administration and will be based in our Boston office.

What you’ll do

The Controller will:

  • Plan, direct and coordinate the day-to-day accounting functions including general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, grant compliance and financial systems;
  • Ensure the accuracy and timeliness of the financial close process (monthly, quarterly, and annual year-end) including preparation of journal entries, additional supporting schedules, and key account analysis and reconciliations;
  • Oversee all grant accounting, managing releases and ensuring expenditures are aligned with grant and program budgets;
  • Coordinate the annual independent audit and any additional audits required by specific donors or funding agencies;
  • Ensure the timely resolution of any audit findings;
  • Manage tax planning and compliance with all federal, state, and local tax jurisdictions;
  • Provide timely and accurate financial information for use by leadership, budget managers, and the Board of Trustees and its Finance Committee;
  • Manage cash flow forecasting to meet operating needs;
  • Develop indirect cost rate proposals and allocation structures to support federal grants;
  • Manage all fixed asset accounting, including inventory tracking and depreciation maintenance;
  • Maintain and manage compliance for all contracts and agreements (vendors, fiscal agencies, tenants, etc.);
  • Prepare accurate and timely financial statements including year-end projections, financial position, financial activities, expenses by major categories, and cash flows;
  • Oversee accounting/financial software and maintain database integrity to provide detailed reporting;
  • Develop high quality, timely financial report materials for government, corporate, foundation, and individual grants for use by CLF staff;
  • Periodically assess accounting operations and policies, recommending improvements and implementing new processes;
  • Review, develop and monitor internal control procedures;
  • Keep current on all accounting and auditing standards, ensuring implementation and compliance;
  • Hire, supervise, coach and/or develop skilled accounting staff or contractors; and
  • Provide leadership in building effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, with a particular focus on customer service and problem solving.

What you’ll need

The Controller will interact regularly with CLF staff throughout the organization and must be comfortable working both independently and as part of a team. Experience in a non-profit, public interest, interdisciplinary and/or community-engaged advocacy setting is highly desirable. To be successful in this role, you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or equivalent, CPA preferred;
  • 8+ years of progressively responsible experience in accounting, including nonprofit experience;
  • Experience with grant accounting, tracking and reporting;
  • Proficiency with fund accounting financial software, including Financial Edge;
  • Strong affinity for web-based apps and streamlining/automating workflows;
  • Experience managing external audits and with Form 990’s;
  • Ability to create an environment of integrity and trust;
  • Analytical, proactive and able to solve problems quickly;
  • Sense of humor and ability to collaborate; and
  • Strong commitment to CLF’s mission and values of diversity, equity and inclusion.


CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open, inclusive, and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected.

About CLF

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems from climate change to ocean conservation to transportation. Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders—in state houses, court houses and board rooms, regulatory hearings and community gatherings—to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and those that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation.

To Apply

If this exciting opportunity appeals to you, please send your resume titled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g. “SMITH J RESUME”) and a thoughtful cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g. “SMITH J COVER”) to Please make “Controller” the subject of your e-mail. No phone calls please.

CLF embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.