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Controller - Job #0161


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Company: Habitat for Humanity of Long Island New York

Location: Long Island, NY (This role requires 4 days in office in either Ronkonkoma or Middle Island, NY)

Title: Controller

Organization overview:

Habitat for Humanity of Long Island (HFHLI) is an independently operated affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Since 1988, we have built strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership, providing a permanent solution for Long Island families struggling to find a place to call home. Our goal is to work in partnership with local businesses, volunteers and responsible, low-mid income families of all races, religions, and creeds to build an average of 6-8 homes annually.

Job Description:

The Controller is responsible for safeguarding the assets of the affiliate, including oversight of accounting, financial reporting, and budgeting functions. This position is responsible for accuracy, timeliness, and compliance related, directly and indirectly, to internal accounting, internal and external reporting, grants, tax compliance and will have one direct report. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct and, in some cases, oversee all administrative and operational accounting functions such as cash management, financial statements, payroll, accounts payable, and accounts receivable

  • Prepare the monthly financial reporting package and key performance metrics for the Board of Directors; prepare and communicate monthly and annual financial statements

  • Plan, coordinate, and execute the annual budget process in partnership with the CEO, Department Leaders, and Treasurer/Finance Committee

  • Monitor progress and changes against budget, forecast to end of the year, and keep the leadership team engaged with the organization’s financial status.

  • Conduct monthly meetings with Department leaders to review and monitor actual performance in comparison to budget goals. Recommend changes as needed.

  • Manage cash flow and forecasting; direct all financial, project-based, and departmental accounting

  • Perform research, benchmarking, and data analysis and make recommendations for the enhancement and improvement of existing or new systems and/or processes to improve/ streamline operations

  • Coordinate and lead audits and work effectively with external auditors and the internal committee of the board of directors.

  • Ensure compliance and accurate reporting on all grant obligations, including state and federal grants.

  • Ensure accurate and timely filing of federal and state-related accounting reports (990, CHAR500, etc)

  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal tax laws as well as internal control systems.


  • Must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in accounting

  • Certified Public Accountant preferred 

  • A minimum of ten years of accounting experience and experience managing a budget of $4M or greater

  • Experience as an auditor at a public accounting firm

  • Experience working in the nonprofit or educational industries preferred by not required

  • Proven management experience with accounting, billing, payroll, facilities, and/or IT functions, including staff supervision.

  • Must be proficient in QuickBooks.

  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.

  • Current knowledge of FASB/GASB and relevant regulations.


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