Fully Remote

Youth Collaboratory is inviting applications for the position of Controller. Serving as a member of the Leadership Team, the Controller’s primary responsibility is to ensure Youth Collaboratory’s financial strategies, tactics, infrastructure, and capabilities are strong, aligned and fully realized to support the organization’s strategic direction and goals. They will also be instrumental in creating a culture of trust and accountability, transparent communication, and continuous improvement. The Controller is a full-time exempt position, reports to the Deputy Director of Finance/Administration and supervises up to 2 direct reports.

To be considered for this role, you will need previous federal grant management experience. 
Salary: $100-107k

About Youth Collaboratory

Youth Collaboratory harnesses the power of the youth services community to innovate, evaluate, and drive effective strategies that assure the safety and well-being of youth and young adults, unlocking their limitless potential.

Our greatest strength lies in our ability to engage and retain a dynamic network of hundreds of organizations across all 50 states. Together, we are able to advance the work of communities in real-time, raise the level of conversation around key issues, increase cross-sector communication, drive national research, and increase support in three key focus areas:

In the last few years, our network has experienced significant growth – attracting innovators in practice, research, advocacy, and funding. Our core membership has grown by 250%, the organization’s budget has more than doubled and we are in the process of doubling our staff team. To make the kind of difference we want to make, we need to continue to strengthen our ability to support the growth and financial health of the organization.

More information about Youth Collaboratory can be found at

Primary Responsibilities

Support the Leadership Team in Operational Design and Management

The Controller will assist the Deputy Director of Finance/Administration with creation, monitoring, and assessment of financial plans to include analysis and projections of revenue sources, use of expenses, indirect cost reimbursement, cash flow requirements, and debt reduction. They will work closely with the leadership team to analyze financial results and assist with operational planning for proper financial management to ensure compliance with funding agencies and donor restrictions while utilizing resources appropriately.

Lead Day-to-Day Operations of Functional Accounting Oversight and Management

The Controller will be responsible for the overall administration of financial transactions, accrual accounting records, and reporting. They will oversee and manage preparation and administration of financial transactions, accrual accounting records, and reporting in compliance with internal financial policies, general accepted accounting principles (GAAP), applicable governmental regulations, terms and conditions of grants/contracts, and accreditation standards for non-profits.

Manage Reporting and Financial Analysis for Monitoring Agency Financial Health

The Controller will oversee and manage preparation of monthly and quarterly financial reports for presentation to senior management and board of directors including reports with variance analysis (e.g., balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow) that include appropriate and meaningful metrics to monitor and assess the overall financial health of the organization, donor restricted funds activity, cash flow projections, and any other reports that will assist senior management in making operational and financial decisions. They will collaborate with the Deputy Director of Finance/Administration and other leadership team members to design and develop financial and statistical reporting for all grants and contracts and develop and implement action plans for the overall financial health of the organization.

Support and Sustain Quality Budgeting and Forecasting

The Controller will work in collaboration with the Deputy Director of Finance/Administration to prepare an annual operating budget, including the design and execution of the process. They will work closely with department managers to gather information that ensures the incorporation of program goals and objectives throughout the budget development process. They will oversee the completion of the approved budget process within an appropriate financial reporting system.

Provide Leadership for All Audit Functions and Federal Grant Maintenance

The Controller, in conjunction with the Deputy Director of Finance/Administration, will design, review, and maintain policies and procedures and internal control systems. This includes the development of action plans relative to internal control needs, maintenance of grant/contract files, as well as maintenance and improvement of all aspects of financial operations. They will be responsible for the preparation and oversight of external financial audits.

The Controller will play a leading role in ensuring effective management of Youth Collaboratory’s federally funded grants. Activities may include, and are not limited to, budget preparation/modifications, requests for grant payments, and budget reporting as conducted through designated Federal reporting systems. They will ensure compliance with Federal grant guidance and regulations, such as oversight of monitoring (subgrantee and compliance grants), onboarding, SMFR processing, conducting fiscal monitoring, and providing support for Federal grant audits.

Maintain and Model Unwavering Commitment to Racial Equity and Anti-Racist Practices

The Controller will be expected to be accountable for leading equity and inclusion practice within the department, utilizing an equity lens to assure commitment and application of Youth Collaboratory’s equity values, and centering of Youth Collaboratory equity constituencies, with internal staff, external partnerships, and the communities we serve.


Here at Youth Collaboratory we value our team and to show that appreciation, we offer the following benefits:

  • 100% Remote
  • Medical Insurance - we cover 90% of the insurance premium for employees and offer optional family coverage,
  • Dental and Vision insurance - we cover 100% of the premium for employees and offer optional family coverage,
  • FSA option,
  • Disability and Life Insurance,
  • Simple IRA with 2% employer contribution,
  • Vacation, Personal and Holiday time; and a
  • Vacation bonus $1,000 for taking time off!
The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be first and foremost committed to Youth Collaboratory’s mission and the visionary evolution of its next level of impact. While no one person will embody all the qualities enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of Youth Collaboratory.
  • Aligns with and supports Youth Collaboratory’s Equity and Liberation commitment and commitment to Authentic Youth Collaboration .
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data in addition to producing financial documents with clearly organized information that supports monitoring and analyzation activities.
  • Able to see the interconnectedness between quality programming and administrative excellence. This includes an ability to translate financial concepts to – and effectively collaborate with -- programmatic colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds.
  • Technology savvy with knowledge of accounting and reporting software.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to work with diverse stakeholders.
  • BS/BA in Accounting/Finance required, advanced degree required.
  • CPA designation preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years of Controller/Finance Director level experience, including managing the accounting for a $3M to $6M social service, intermediary or similar nonprofit organization.
  • An additional 5+ years of progressive experience in general accounting with solid knowledge of GAAP nonprofit requirements.
  • Experience in federal funding, specifically with A122 Cost Principles.
  • Prior supervisory experience preferred.
  • Solid knowledge of financial analysis and forecasting.
  • Solid knowledge of financial analysis and forecasting including but not limited to: experience with audit and contract and grant compliance, experience with revenue cycle and month end close and proficient in Microsoft Office, and financial management software (QuickBooks preferred). Experience with Salesforce a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, and financial management software (QuickBooks preferred).
  • Experience with Paylocity or similar Time and Labor system preferred.
  • Eligible candidates must reside in the United States or it's territories and must be able eligible to work in the United States.
Youth Collaboratory is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit and hire without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, veteran status, or age.