Controller - Justice at Work

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Justice at Work is seeking either a full or part-time controller to help manage its ever-growing accounting needs.

JOB TITLE: Controller

SUPERVISED BY: Executive Director

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: Justice at Work is a 501(c)(3) legal services organization, whose mission is to support low-wage workers as they pursue economic and social justice. We advance these goals through the provision of free legal services, community education, and advocacy. JaW has offices in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Doylestown. We provide legal services throughout Pennsylvania.

Summary of Principal Responsibilities

To work closely and collaboratively with Justice at Work leadership to ensure the accuracy and integrity of Justice at Work’s accounting system and associated reports.

The Controller actively participates in financial and operational: a) reporting, b) research and analysis, and c) grant applications and post-award reporting and compliance; and d) developing and analyzing annual budget.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities: The key responsibilities of the Controller include the following:

  1. Serve as primary financial point of contact, providing day-to-day financial oversight and support and responding to inquiries and requests.
  2. Develop an understanding of operations and the impact of financial activities on programs. Assist Executive Director and Management Team in their understanding and analysis of financial information.
  3. Work directly with financial and operational report users to review and analyze reports against budgeted amounts to ensure financial and operational accountability.
  4. Create, maintain and update standard report formats and generate ad hoc reports as necessary and appropriate.
  5. Provide grant support, including assisting with proposal budget development, designing and generating financial reports for grantors and audits, and identifying and collaborating to resolve grant compliance issues.
  6. Actively participate in the annual budget and budget revision processes. Collaborate with staff to monitor financial results against budget and identifying, explaining and resolving variances.
  7. Process general ledger entries. This includes (but is not limited to) paying and entering bills, expense allocations, cost distributions, transfers, adjustments, and revenue recognition.
  8. Reconcile balance sheet accounts. Identify problems and take appropriate action for resolution.
  9. Special projects as needed, in collaboration with Executive Director.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent in experience.

Experience: At least five years of experience in a computer-based business environment with accounting, financial analysis, grants management and reporting responsibilities.

Other Required Skills and Abilities:

  1. Demonstrated working knowledge of Microsoft Excel including pivot tables and advanced formulas and skills in word-processing required. Working knowledge of Quickbooks preferred.
  2. Experienced with financial and operating data analysis, report design, and the presentation of quantitative information, including account reconciliation and budget to actual comparisons
  3. Ability to effectively communicate quantitative information verbally and in writing to audiences with varying levels of financial sophistication.
  4. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, to multi-task and to work collaboratively and cooperatively, as a member of a team. Must be organized and able to set priorities and to ensure timely completion of responsibilities. Able to work in a high-traffic area with frequent interruptions. Willing to work on various tasks as assigned.
  5. Able to work a flexible schedule as needed. Ability to work overtime in peak periods required.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff.


This work requires the following physical activities:

  • Sitting for long periods of time; occasional bending, squatting, kneeling, stooping; good finger dexterity and feeling; frequent repetitive motions; ability to speak and hear; or the ability to perform essential job functions with reasonable accommodation.
  • Lifting (up to 25 pounds of files, supplies or minor office equipment).
  • Requires substantial time spent typing.

Applicants should send a cover letter, and resume to Janeen Browne at

Justice at Work is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this position. These statements are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees in this position.

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