The Pittsburgh Foundation

Assistant Controller Reports to Senior Controller

Position Status:  Regular, Full-Time, Exempt

Position Summary

The assistant controller is responsible for assisting the senior controller in managing the accounting and financial activities for the Foundation and its supporting organizations.  In addition, the assistant controller is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the accounting and finance systems, financial reporting preparation, and maintaining controls for the Foundation and its supporting organizations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee and manage the Foundations monthly, quarterly and annual closing practices for relevant and timely reporting to management.
  • Prepare quarterly and annual financial statements for internal and external users.
  • Assist the senior controller with the preparation of annual budgets and quarterly forecasts for the Foundation and its supporting organizations.  Assist with the quarterly analysis of budgets, identifying variances and resolving discrepancies.
  • Prepare annual grant making budget and administrative fee calculations.
  • Maintain oversight of all regulatory and tax filings such as Form 990 and the Bureau of Charitable Organizations renewal applications.
  • Responsible for the completion of various surveys for the council on Foundations and other entities.
  • Evaluates and recommends new and/or revised accounting policies and procedures when needed.
  • Serves as functional back up to senior controller during his absence.
  • Work with the senior controller and members of the finance and investment department to ensure that annual financial objectives and goals are met.
  • Remain up to date on community foundation and nonprofit best practices, accounting principles and regulations.
  • Assists senior controller and senior management in various assignments as needed.
  • Work as part of accounting team to deliver superior service to internal and external constituencies.

Key Skills and Abilities

  • Results oriented with superior skills in organization, planning and attention to details.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong communication, written and verbal, and interpersonal skills.
  • Proactive, self-directed and reliable.
  • High sense of integrity, honesty and ethics.
  • Strong ability to motivate and lead others.
  • Flexible and collaborative work style with a strong service mentality.
  • Advanced Excel skills, and familiarity with small business technology platforms.
  • Knowledge and experience with accrual based and nonprofit accounting systems.
  • Thorough knowledge of GAAP and FASB standards as they apply to nonprofits.
  • Familiarity with nonprofit endowment accounting and management.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Requires bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field.
  • Minimum of six years of relevant experience, preferably in a nonprofit or foundation environment.
  • Managerial or supervisory experience required. 
  • Possession of CPA certification is required; MBA is preferred.
  • Blackbaud Financial Edge experience preferred.
  • Fund accounting experience preferred.
  • Investment accounting experience preferred. 

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: jobs [at] pghfdn.orgNo phone calls please.


About The Foundation

Established in 1945, The Pittsburgh Foundation is one of the nation’s oldest community foundations and is the 13th largest of more than 750 community foundations across the United States.  As a community foundation, our resources comprise endowment funds established by individuals, businesses and organizations with a passion for charitable giving and a deep commitment to the Pittsburgh community. The Foundation has approximately 2,000 individual donor funds and, together with its supporting organizations, assets of over $1 billion.  Grantmaking from the funds benefits a broad spectrum of community life within Pittsburgh and beyond with over 2,000 grantees receiving funding annually.  The Foundation typically awards grants of more than $40 million each year.  Grantmaking from the Foundation’s discretionary funds leverages a broad range of resources and enables the Foundation to be an important change agent for the region.  Approximately 85% of all grantmaking dollars stay within the Pittsburgh region.