The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a high-caliber strategic policy institute that informs and shapes public policies to reduce poverty, promote equity, and build opportunity, while also supporting efforts to ensure progressive fiscal policies that can support these investments. It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing evidence-based policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state level, influencing policy outcomes on a range of critical issues, and advancing strong implementation through a variety of strategies. It focuses its efforts on improving the lives of people with low or moderate incomes and examines how policies affect particular groups, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people. The Center is known for its unique capacity to blend rigorous, timely analysis with effective communications that enable policymakers and the media to make use of its work.

The Center seeks a Controller to lead all accounting operations for the organization. With a budget exceeding $40 million and more than 160 staff members, this position manages and develops a team of three and oversees all accounting functions, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, audits, and regulatory compliance.

The Controller will work closely with program leaders and their teams to (1) educate them on finance and accounting procedures; and (2) explore how finance can best support program operations. They will collaborate closely with all staff responsible for budget and grant administration to ensure that they are keeping accurate and reliable reports on the organization’s sustainability.

As a senior member of the Finance team, the Controller will support the CFO in overall management of finance operations for the Center, work to proactively and creatively develop reports, improve systems, and deliver presentations to executive leadership and the Center’s Board to aid in decision-making by leaders across the organization.

The Controller plays a pivotal role in sustaining growth and success while continually assessing internal systems and needed resources with an eye toward future needs and budget realities. 


  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements. Maintain internal controls and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and expenditures.
  • Develop, track, analyze, and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner to support the needs of senior leaders to aid their decision-making.
  • Support and partner with with the CFO in preparation for engaging the Board’s finance and audit committee.
  • Manage and oversee all audit activity and regulatory compliance at the Center.
  • Lead the process for continuous improvement of accounting practices and procedures to increase efficiency within the Finance team and across the organization, including spearheading the implementation and operation of accounting software packages and tools.
  • Collaborate with the budget and grants administration staff in the annual budgeting and planning process for the Center by monitoring budget plans and actual results to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate.
  • Lead and manage a team of three full-time accounting staff members, leveraging their strengths to align with their roles and responsibilities, while supporting training to develop their skills and maximize their potential.
  • Provide leadership in strengthening internal finance communications with staff across the organization and promote a positive, supportive work environment.
  • Maintain and improve their professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related field required with a minimum of ten years of related experience, preferably in a nonprofit organization with a budget of at least $25 million.
  • CPA preferred.
  • Significant experience in and advanced knowledge of nonprofit accounting, including sophisticated fund and foundation grant accounting, compliance, and reporting.
  • Deep knowledge of automated financial systems and system integration with non-financial applications. Proficiency with Intacct strongly preferred.
  • Extensive experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll transactions and processes for a complex nonprofit organization with multiple funding sources to ensure flawless audits.
  • Thorough knowledge of GAAP including the accounting cycle, monthly and year-end closing, financial reporting, and analysis.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office, including medium to advanced Excel skills (proficient in complex spreadsheet design) and experience using SharePoint, Word, and Outlook.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with an ability to interpret and explain complex financial concepts and information to non-experts at all levels. Keen analytic, organizational, and problem-solving skills to provide strategic data interpretation, rather than simple reporting.
  • Outstanding skills as a manager and supervisor, with demonstrated experience leading others and a collaborative, supportive management style.
  • Commitment to recruiting, mentoring, training, and retaining a diverse team and ability to delegate and monitor accordingly.
  • Commitment to the Center’s mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people and advance racial equity as part of the Center’s work.

The Center is operating on a hybrid work schedule that includes at least two days per week in-person at our Washington, D.C. office.

This position reports to the Chief Financial Officer.

Terms of Employment: full-time, exempt.

Bargaining Unit Status: this is not a bargaining unit position.

Compensation: Salary for the role begins at $140,000 annually, with exact salary to be determined based on total relevant experience. Excellent benefits (including health insurance, vision and dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, and DCAP), and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Please upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center.

Please submit your application here.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, credit information, pregnancy or parental status, family responsibilities, personal appearance, creed, military or veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, union activities, disability, or other status protected by applicable law.