Garrison, New York
Salary commensurate with experience and relevant skills
Sep 13, 2020
Oct 13, 2020
Job Function
Accounting / Finance
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level

The Garrison Institute is seeking an experienced accountant to oversee our financial management in the role of Controller. The ideal candidate will have proven non-profit experience as an accountant, preferably as a CPA in a senior role. As a strong communicator and skilled financial analyst, you will make it your mission to streamline our budgeting, payroll, and financial reporting processes. You will produce thorough financial-status reports for our CEO and Board to help improve our operational efficiency and aid in our continued growth.

Position Objective

·       Provide comprehensive financial updates to the CEO and Board by evaluating, analyzing, and reporting appropriate data points.


·       Guide financial decisions by applying the Institute’s policies and procedures to the current economic landscape.


·       Develop, implement, and maintain financial controls and guidelines.


·       Achieve budgeting goals with proper scheduling, analysis, and corrective action.


·       Help develop and support short and long-term operational strategies.



·       Manage and monitor all financial accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance and regulatory requirements as well as the requirements of private contributions and donations, loans, and contracts.


·       Maintain internal control safeguards for the receipt of operating revenue, costs and organizational budgets and actual expenditures.


·       In conjunction with the CEO, establish financial and operating benchmarks, budgets, program monitoring, and reporting standards.


·       Implement consistent accounting policies, practices, and procedures across all programs, upholding federal, state, and local legal standards by remaining knowledgeable about existing, new, and future legislation.


·       Develop and enforce internal controls to maximize protection of the Institutes’ assets, policies, procedures, and workflow.




Skills and Qualifications

·       Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, or related field


·       10+ years proven accounting experience, with 5+ years in a non-profit senior-level position


·       Professional accounting certification preferred including CMA or CGA


  • Strong working knowledge of detailed financial data analysis with a history of financial project management experience

·       Working knowledge of finance law and regulatory standards (GAAP)


·       Strong understanding of economic and banking processes


·       Payroll experience, with a focus on streamlining accounting processes


  • Working knowledge of federal, state, and local tax compliance regulations and reporting
  • CPA highly preferred
  • Support of the Institute’s mission is essential

Located on the Hudson River, an hour north of NYC, the Garrison Institute is housed in a beautifully renovated facility on the estate of a former monastery. The Institute presents a wonderful opportunity to work in a contemplative setting with an energized, thoughtful community of individuals.