Since 1982, over 150,000 youth have been helped through Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) programs. Y.O.U. helps provide equal access opportunities to teens and young adults, ages 14-24 living in economically distressed communities, succeed by providing educational and workforce opportunities, skills development, and access to career pathways. Our evidence- based practices guide our ability to deliver quality services to youth and employers alike. We offer mutually beneficial school and community based programs designed to meet the needs of Northeast Ohio employers, with a focus on those industry sectors that provide the most opportunities for career success.  At Y.O.U., we are dedicated to excellence and continuous improvement of the quality of our services to youth, employers, and the community.

Job Description

The Controller is central to the development, maintenance, direction and oversight of Y.O.U.’s finance and accounting activities. This role is responsible for planning and directing all accounting operational functions, managing the accumulation and consolidation of financial information for internal and external financial statements, coordinating the budgeting process, ensuring compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), analyzing and reporting cost variances, developing and maintaining relationships with community partners and vendors, and supervising the Accounting Team. The Controller is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.



  • Medical, dental, vision available with coverage beginning the first of the month following the date of hire.
  • Company paid life insurance, AD&D, Short-Term Disability, Paternal Leave, Employee Assistance Program and Long-Term Disability
  • Retirement plans which includes a 403B plan and a company paid Pension Plan
  • Generous paid time off package including 16 paid holidays
  • Flexible work schedule

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for fiscal oversight of the organization.  Plans, oversees, and directs the preparation of financial statements for organization and operations, including all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems, to ensure compliance with GAAP standards and regulatory requirements. Ensures monthly and annual financial statements are prepared in accordance with GAAP.
  • Works closely with the Board Finance and Audit Committees.  Builds trust among senior leadership and Board.
  • Responsible for organization’s fiscal processes.  Enhances overall financial stability and sustainability of organization by developing, implementing, and monitoring sound principals to support centralized accounting and reporting operations.  Provides technical advice and directs the revision of policies and procedures, as necessary.
  • Champions organizational budget and program budgeting processes to ensure a high degree of literacy among all budget stakeholders.
  • Directs and approves all grant, foundation, program, and project budgets to ensure the highest level of fiscal prudence
  • Oversees all financial, project/program, and grants accounting.
  • Ensures that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period.
  • Prepares financial reporting materials for government, corporate, foundation, and public grants.
  • Administers and reviews all financial plans and responsible for variance reports to compare budgeted to actual results.
  • Consistently analyzes financial data and presents financial reports in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Monitors progress and changes to keep senior leadership informed of financial status.
  • Manages organizational cash flow forecasting in partnership with program managers; continuously collaborates with program managers and executive team to assess the financial efficacy of program operations and establish finance and administrative systems to support program operations and internal and external reporting.
  • Oversees preparation of financial records for annual independent audit process and assists the audit team in preparation of Form 990 and other tax return documents, including Form 5500.
  • Leverages strengths of Accounting and Finance Team members and mentors and trains individuals to attain individual and organizational goals.
  • Provides leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization.
  • Creates and promotes a positive and supportive work environment.
  • Provides direction for the maintenance of internal controls and safeguards for receipts of revenues, costs, and program budgets.
  • Other duties and ad hoc analyses as assigned and required.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Taxation, Business Administration, Business Management, Economics, or other related field from an accredited college or university required.
  • CPA or MBA strongly preferred

Knowledge, skills & abilities

  • Minimum 8-10 years’ experience in accounting or financial management with minimum 3 years’ experience in nonprofit accounting and grant allocation.
  • Minimum 5 years’ supervisory experience.
  • Strong financial acumen and demonstrated competencies in accountability, attention to detail, improving business processes, preparing and using financials, and problem solving.
  • Sound knowledge of GAAP, accounting principles, rules, regulations, policies, and best practices.  Proficient in Microsoft Excel with advanced abilities
  • Strong business acumen and excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Possess high level of integrity and ability to use good judgement and discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information.
  • Highly attentive to details and strong organizational skills.

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