Controller/Accounting Manager

  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Jan 19, 2022
Full time Research Science

Job Description

Controller/Accounting Manager

Union of Concerned Scientists

Cambridge, MA (remote work possible)



As Controller you will be responsible for the accuracy of UCS accounting system and financial reporting and supervise two accounting staff, liaise with auditors, and produce regular financial reports.  You will maintain the integrity of the accounting system, oversee all journal entries, and development of accurate and time-efficient accounting procedures.


As a manager within the Finance Unit, the Controller works closely with team members to ensure a united effort and effective outcomes. As with all Finance roles, a strong degree of customer service within and outside UCS, and confidentiality in line with UCS policies is required.



  • Manage monthly close, prepare journal entries, reconcile accounts, produce and distribute financial statements.  Ensures monthly close happens in a timely manner.
  • Manage and reconcile stock gifts, the selling of stock, and process bequests and annuities.
  • Reconcile revenue. Work with other staff to develop and maintain tools and processes for tracking, reporting, and reconciliation of financial records and transactions.
  • Track and monitor all restricted funding, ensuring accurate reporting to funders and budget to actual forecasting for the organization.
  • Directly contacts program and department directors, and other staff regarding monthly reports, revenue and expenditure accounts, the automated purchasing and financial reporting system
  • Partner with the Finance Team to meet known and new needs, such as grant reporting or tracking, payroll tracking, reporting needs, new payroll regulations, and annuity requirements
  • Maintain records of reports and documentation of procedures
  • Prepare audit schedules, liaise with auditors, and prepare information for tax and registration requirements, fiscal year-end, and fixed asset accounting
  • Provide resources and training as needed to other Finance team members so they can serve as a backup; serve as a backup for designated functions; Assist and train Staff Accountants
  • Oversee the submission of all Lobbying Reports filing and filings for states where Lobbying Disclosure is required. Resolve any issues regarding lobby reporting.
  • Oversee employee expense reporting, supervise and support the staff accountant responsible for this function.
  • Assist in preparing information for Form 990, charitable registrations, and other tax returns as requested by the Finance Director.
  • Supervise staff accountants



Qualifications and Experience

Must understand the importance of accuracy and confidentiality and have a track record of professionalism and judgment with confidential information. Bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting or business required. Superb organizational skills and proficiency in spreadsheet software/word processing are required.


Demonstrated proficiency in accounting principles and procedures is preferred, including accounts payable, payroll, or cash management. Knowledge of Great Plains accounting software is preferred. Must have supervisory experience This position requires seven or more years of comparable and relevant accounting experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting.


May spend extended periods at a computer.  Some limited travel may be required. Comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.


UCS is an equal opportunity employer actively seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities.



This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. Remote work may be possible with the ability to be in the office as needed. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.


Information about the organization is available at



More about the team:

Our team is made up of a dedicated group of researchers, scientists, communicators, campaigners, and advocates from wide-ranging backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team and a collaborative and supportive work environment where all staff can thrive. We continually strive to create an environment that is a welcoming place for the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, parents, empty-nesters, and people with a wide variety of interests and backgrounds.

A note on the pandemic:

During the coronavirus pandemic, our staff is working from home. We will resume working from our offices, travel, and in-person meetings when it is safe to do so.



To Apply: We know there are great candidates who won’t check all of these boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills that we haven’t considered. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. Please upload a cover letter and resume. In the cover letter, please confirm that the listed salary meets your expectations. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.


Deadline: January 31, 2022, or until filled.