Open: 4/22/16

Closed: This position is open until filled.

DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) is the hub of a comprehensive effort to end intergenerational poverty in the District of Columbia’s Ward 7 Kenilworth-Parkside community and beyond. Founded in 2008 and operational since 2013, DCPNI has brought together neighborhood public and charter schools, community and faith-based organizations, resident leaders, local and federal government agencies, funders, corporations, and more than 30 program and service partners to collaborate in realizing our vision.

Summary: The Comptroller position is responsible for the day-to-day accounting operations of the organization, including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and grants administration. The Comptroller will produce financial reports and ensure that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles. The Comptroller ensures that DCPNI has the systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and conduct flawless audits. The Comptroller collaborates with program leaders to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures and explores how the finance function can support program operations. The Comptroller will be involved in supporting presentations to the board finance and audit committees and will work closely with the senior leadership team. The Comptroller will be responsible for the oversight of the day-to-day activities of the Grants Accountant/Bookkeeper.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Implements the financial policies and procedures, making recommendations for improvements
  • Ensure that accounts payable are paid in a timely manner
  • Ensure that all reasonable discounts are taken on accounts payable
  • Ensure that accounts receivable are collected promptly
  • Process payroll in a timely manner
  • Ensure timely completion of month-end closing adjustments and monthly bank reconciliations
  • Maintain balance sheet schedules
  • Ensure that payments are made on a timely basis
  • Import data from to QuickBooks
  • Establish, maintain, and reconcile the general ledger
  • Maintain purchase order system
  • Update and maintain the chart of accounts
  • Maintain an orderly accounting filing system
  • Maintain a system of controls over accounting transactions
  • Provide management and program cost reports
  • Produce monthly financial reports, and analyses as needed, in particular for capital investments, pricing decisions, and contract negotiations
  • Prepare and coordinate the provision of information for internal and external audits
  • Monitor cash flow and provide year-end projection updates
  • Comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements, tax filings, and license and registration renewals
  • Lead and coordinate the budgeting process with program managers
  • Support grant reporting process, federal and non-federal

Supervisory Responsibilities: Responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the Grant Accountant and Bookkeeper

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Strategic Thinking: Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization’s strengths and weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.

Cost Consciousness: Develops and works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; conserves organizational resources.

Leadership: Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; accepts feedback from others; gives appropriate recognition to others.

Managing People: Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement. Takes responsibility for subordinates’ activities. Makes self-available to staff. Provides regular performance feedback. Develops direct reports’ skills and encourages growth. Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external). Fosters quality focus in others. Improves DCPNI’s processes, programs and services. Continually works to improve supervisory skills.

Project Management: Exhibits the ability to manage multiple projects, resources and people with emphasis on schedules, leading teamss and managing deliverables

Business Acumen: Understands business implications of decisions; displays orientation to profitability; demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; aligns work with strategic goals.

Change Management: Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; builds commitment and overcomes resistance; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.

Oral/Written Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; writes clearly and informatively; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

Education and Experience:
Masters degree in accounting or business administration, or equivalent business experience and 8+ years of progressively responsible experience in accounting or financial management for midsized nonprofit organizations. Preference will be given to candidates with the Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant designations, and experience with management of federal grants and federal grant reporting.

Other Qualifications:
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills with ability to multitask prioritize and manage multiple priorities. Ability to work flexibly with competing demands in a rapidly changing environment. Ability to effectively manage and resolve conflicts and exhibit diplomacy with all constituents and represent the changing face of an organization both internally and externally. Demonstrated ability to write and speak clearly and informatively, and present financial data effectively.

Computer/Technology Skills:
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have proficiency in business accounting software; Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and QuickBooks in both MAC and PC environments. Knowledge of electronic payment applications such as helpful.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision plans; short-term and long-term disability insurance; 403(b) with match; generous leave policy, and more – all in a friendly, dynamic work environment. For additional information, please visit our website at

BACKGROUND CHECK STATEMENT: The selected candidate’s offer is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation, which may include: fingerprint checks, local agency checks, employment verification, verification of education, credit checks (relevant to employment) and other checks related to the position.

DCPNI is an Equal Opportunity and an Affirmative Action Employer (Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran)

To Apply:
• Qualified candidates should submit cover letter with salary preferences and resume to
• Please include “COMPTROLLER” in the email subject line.
• Phone calls and emails to DCPNI staff will not be accepted.