Assistant Controller

Company: Way Finders

Location: Springfield, MA

Job Function: Accounting


At Way Finders, we are passionately invested in lifting up the region’s people, places, and systems. Though our team performs a wide variety of functions, we are united by our shared mission: to build and advocate for a thriving and equitable region; to improve the stability and economic mobility of families and individuals; and to develop and manage a robust range of safe, affordable housing options.

Every day, our team helps people facing real challenges—with housing, jobs, personal finances, and other cornerstones of daily stability—to find real solutions. And we help communities and systems to grow in positive, strategic ways. We know that the right help at the right time can make all the difference; Way Finders provides transformative help to tens of thousands of people each year. Always with respect, always with compassion.


Interested in joining our team of dedicated professionals? Way Finders is currently seeking a full-time Assistant ControllerThe Assistant Controller furthers our mission through managing the accounting functions of the organization via maintaining financial records and monitoring compliance with various funding source regulations, tax codes, and generally accepted accounting practices.


The candidate will work in a hybrid-remote capacity but must live within commutable distance to the main office in Springfield, MA.  In-office work and local in-person meetings are regularly expected.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage accounting functions of the organization through accurate and timely maintenance of financial records, compliance with funding sources and tax codes, and the consistent application of accounting principles
  • Analyze financial data in a consistent and thorough manner, providing reports and communication of all financial statements, and keeping senior management abreast of the organization’s financial status
  • Lead the successful accomplishment of various accounting closings, financial statements, and audit exercises
  • Oversee and collaborate on the completion of all general ledger (GL) activity, including journal entries, accounts receivable, and reconciliations
  • Independently perform monthly, quarterly, and year-end close of the GL, working in close cooperation with others as necessary
  • Review all disbursement and cash receipts, ensuring proper cost center and GL allocation
  • Manage all cash flow and bank activity, including those in the departments of Rental Assistance and Property & Assets Management, with reporting as required
  • Participate in the development and ongoing application of the organization’s administrative cost allocation procedures
  • Establish and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with staff (including across departments), funding sources, constituents, and stakeholders to achieve goals
  • Proactively identify and inform the Controller of any matters that may adversely affect funding, financial status, or the organization; or may result in inquiries from a funding, legislative, or media source
  • Remain current on accounting principles, monetary/fiscal laws, and related regulations
Supervisory Responsibilities include:
  • Hire new/replacement staff in an efficient and equitable manner, following recruiting process guidelines
  • Set effective and achievable training plans for new staff members; evaluate and make process improvements based on feedback
  • Evaluate and provide timely feedback to staff on performance-related matters; assess staff members’ strengths and developmental needs; implement performance plans to ensure the development and/or maintenance of necessary skills while fostering a culture of teamwork and collaboration
  • Provide proper support and mentoring to any supervisory-level employees to ensure they take ownership of their own hiring needs


Requirements include:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting
  • 5 years’ progressively responsible equivalent accounting experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting
  • Preference for a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation
  • 3 years’ mid-level supervisory experience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (especially Excel) and Adobe; comfort learning new technologies
  • Familiarity with government regulations and reporting requirements for non-profit organizations
  • Ability to assess priorities, organize, and operate in a flexible manner while retaining a high level of attention-to-detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with all levels of the organization as well as outside contacts such as auditors, financial institution representatives, investors, board members, and other stakeholders

Compensation and Benefits

Benefits include:  Generous paid time-off | 12+ holidays annually | Health, dental, and vision insurance options | Educational assistance | Medical Reimbursement Account | Dependent Care Account | 403(b) retirement plan with employer match | Life insurance | Short-term and long-term disability insurance | Transportation benefits | Employee Assistance Program | Annual staff picnic!

Wage starts between $75,000 and $95,000 per year depending on qualifications. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

How to Apply