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Location: Remote, Washington D.C Preferred

Start Date: ASAP

Reports to: Chief Financial Officer 

This is a full-time role.

 Essential Functions: Common Cause is looking for a Controller who will be responsible for ensuring accuracy and integrity of Common Cause’s accounting systems, including preparing financial reports and overseeing the annual audit. The Controller will lead a team of 4 which includes direct supervision of two Senior Accountants. This position will also work closely with the Development Team and other senior leaders in the organization.  The ideal candidate will be a strong systems thinker, excited to join and support a rapidly growing organization. This is a remote opportunity, but strong preference will be given to candidates who reside in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. The Controller will report directly to the Chief Financial Officer.


Annual Budget Preparation and Monitoring:

  • In conjunction with the CFO, coordinates budget preparation, collecting, analyzing, and consolidating financial information, and advising senior management on the collection and analysis of data.
  • Generates reports to assist program managers to carry out their budget responsibilities.

Accounting Operations:

  • Assists the CFO in the execution of accounting and financial policies and procedures, reviews procedures, monitors for compliance.
  • Ensures internal control requirements are met.
  • Oversees and supports the accounting team and all accounting functions (including AR, Ap, and PR) with dynamic leadership that creates an environment of trust and productivity.
  • Develops, analyzes, and makes recommendations relating to accounting and financial data processing systems to ensure effective and efficient financial operations.
  • Oversees the annual financial statement audit.
  • Manages and monitors all accounts, ledgers and reporting systems ensuring compliance with GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Oversees revenue processing, including review and approval, and the upload of all contribution data to the accounting system.

Grants Management:

  • Oversees grant management from a financial perspective to ensure accurate recording of restricted and unrestricted grants, proper spend down and adherence to grant budgets and schedules.
  • Working with the development team, assists with grant budget proposals and generates progress reports as needed to also include evaluating funding needs for all programs.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Business or 10 years of equivalent experience. Either a CPA Designation or MBA is preferred for this role.
  • Thorough knowledge of budgeting and accounting practices, processes, and procedures of non-profit organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, direct and coordinate accounting operations and direct personnel.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel and accounting software (Sage Intacct, Bill.com or similar programs a plus.)
  • Strong computer literacy to include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and SharePoint.
  • Effective written and oral communications skills.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • The ability to act with tact, discretion, and diplomacy.
  • Working Knowledge and proficiency with social media tools including Facebook and Twitter.

Salary Range: $120,000 – $140,000, plus generous benefits package.

Classification: This position is classified as supervisory and as such is not included in the union represented bargaining unit.

To Apply: Please email resume and cover letter to  hr@commoncause.org and include Controller in the subject line.  No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Covid-19 vaccines are required, except where prohibited by law. Reasonable accommodation will be provided when required by law.

Equity & Inclusion: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. Common Cause is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the organization and believes strongly in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce.

About Common Cause: Common Cause (501(c)(4)) and Common Cause Education Fund (501(c)(3)) are nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots affiliate organizations dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Common Cause has more than 1.5 million members (about the population of New Hampshire) and supporters living in every Congressional district in the United States, and offices in 30 states around the country.

Common Cause is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants of any race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, income class, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, or marital status, as well as applicants who have been previously incarcerated.

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