Topic: Los Angeles (Hollywood/Santa Monica), CA

Subject: Part-Time Comptroller for Non-Profit in Los Angeles Metro Area
Michael Hamman
Member: 1999
Submitted on 04-08-16 7:58 pm

Who do you know who might be a fit?  I am the CFO who will oversee this new position.  Referrals appreciated!

Michael Hamman



Comptroller – Non-Profit Foundation

25-30 hours/week, Working Remotely

About the Unstoppable Foundation:

Our Mission is to ensure that every child has access to the lifelong gift of an education.  Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Unstoppable Foundation is an international non-profit humanitarian organization that brings sustainable education to children and communities in developing countries, thereby creating a safer and more just world for everyone. We provide the resources for classroom construction, teacher training, extracurricular activities, books, and basic school supplies -- everything a community needs to make the dream of education a reality. 

Unstoppable Foundation is growing rapidly but operates very efficiently, with an annual budget of $3 million. Working hand-in-hand with our implementing partners in developing countries and utilizing the 5-Pillar - Sponsor a Village development model, to date we have built 76 schoolhouses, and are providing an education and a warm, nutritious meal to 8,000 children every day. Our work has been focused on Africa, but we recently expanded to India as well.  

With our domestic outreach programs we also educate individuals on the need for Education for Every Child and Unstoppable Success, and we provide ways that businesses can integrate a social purpose to ignite their organization and at the same time help solve the world’s greatest challenges.

For more information on the Foundation, our 5-Pillar Sponsor a Village Model, and our impact, please visit


Position Overview:

This is a newly created position necessitated by the Foundation’s growth. We are currently a virtual organization, so the Comptroller will work remotely initially. However, we plan to open an office on the west side of Los Angeles, so Candidates currently located in the LA Metro area are preferred. The position will be approximately 25-30 hours/week initially, with the potential to convert to full-time in the future, as the organization continues to grow.

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Comptroller will oversee all aspects of the Foundation’s accounting and financial systems, as well as financial and management reporting. As the number-two financial executive, the Comptroller will work closely with the leadership team, and will support reporting and presentations to the board, board committees, and major donors.

The Comptroller will lead all day-to-day accounting and finance operations, and will provide supervision of the accounting-related activities of the Office Manager/Bookkeeper. The Comptroller will own responsibility for the Chart of Accounts, as well as functional responsibility for accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and financial and management reporting.

Working with the CFO, the Comptroller will also ensure that the Foundation has the systems and procedures in place to ensure all assets are secured, that results are accurately reported in the annual Form 990, and that that audit results are flawless. Working with the leadership team, the Comptroller will have a key role in educating the team regarding finance and accounting procedures, as well as implementing these procedures, and exploring how the finance function can better support them and the Foundation’s programs.



Finance and Accounting Leadership:

1.     Manage the month-end Closing process and oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems, ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements;

2.     Ensure compliance with Foundation policies regarding vendors, bank reconciliation, records retention, asset and data security, audit requirements, and system integrity. 

3.     Process monthly payroll and ensure all activity is properly recorded.  Administer employee benefits and track Sick Pay/Vacation accruals and usage;

4.     Maintain internal controls and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, budgets, and recording of actual expenditures;

5.     Coordinate the provision of information for external auditors, including providing audit responses and implementing management and fiscal control improvements.

6.     Coordinate data and preparation to support completion of Form 990 tax returns;

7.     Maintain accessible central digital file of the Foundation’s corporate documents, other critical organizational documents, and contracts.    

8.     Consistently analyze financial data and prepare financial reports in an accurate and timely manner. Provide monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of the Foundation's financial status;

9.     Assist the CFO and Foundation leadership in the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results to identify, explain, and address variances as appropriate;

10.  Oversee all financial, project/program and grant accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period; collate financial reporting materials for all grants received;

11.  Manage organizational cash flow forecasting by working in partnership with the CFO and leadership team.  Collaborate with leadership team to assess the financial efficacy of programs and operations;

12.  Assist with special projects as assigned.  

Team Leadership:

1.     Leverage strengths of team members, help to clarify roles and responsibilities, and provide training as needed to maximize and reach optimal individual and organizational goals;

2.     Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with all staff; assist with creating and promoting a positive and supportive work environment.





This is an outstanding opportunity for a mature accounting leader with 5-8 years of accounting and finance experience, with a significant portion of that in an equivalent role in a successful, growing non-profit organization. The successful Candidate will ideally have the following experience and qualifications:

1.     Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or equivalent experience;

2.     Advanced skills in Quickbooks Nonprofit and Microsoft Excel; solid experience with ERP-style Donor management systems;

3.     Analytic, organization, and problem solving skills which allow for strategic data interpretation versus simple reporting.  Organized, detail-oriented, and with a passion for numbers;

4.     Solid experience coordinating accounting activities and managing reporting, budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, and payroll;

5.     Comprehensive knowledge of non-profit accounting standards and issues, as well as nonprofit tax issues, accounting for restricted funds, and grants management;

6.     Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment, meet deadlines, and adapt to changing priorities.  Able to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels, including non-finance managers;

7.     Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to Foundation leadership and potentially board members and external stakeholders;

8.     Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and unwavering commitment to the Foundation's mission; a proactive, hands-on strategic thinker who will own, in partnership with the CFO, the responsibility for finance.


Additional Information:

·       Employee, 25-30 hours/week, with potential increase to full-time in future;

·       Compensation commensurate with experience;

·       Work remotely initially, but preferably located in Los Angeles area;

·       Paid Sick and Vacation Days.



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