Brilliant Corners

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Finance | San Francisco, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Organization Overview Founded in 2004, Brilliant Corners provides innovative housing and housing-related services to California’s most vulnerable individuals, with an emphasis on those transitioning from, or at risk of, homelessness or institutionalization. We develop, own and manage multi-family supportive housing and licensed residential care homes, and implement a broad array of scattered-site, one-on-one supportive housing, and clinical case management programs through partnerships with developmental services, homeless services, veterans’ services and health care sectors.  

 In short, we do good work.  

We have offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, currently have 150 staff and are growing daily. We’re looking for inspired, talented people who want to be part of a team that’s affecting profound change and is having fun doing it.   

Position Summary

Brilliant Corners seeks a highly qualified and motivated individual to be part of the Finance team of a rapidly growing housing nonprofit organization managing a diverse array of government-funded supportive housing properties and service programs.  This position requires professional level accounting work in the areas of nonprofit and property management accounting, staff supervision, monthly and annual accounting close, and the development, implementation, and oversight of internal control policies and procedures. Primary responsibilities require the supervision of accounting staff, ensuring timely and accurate monthly closing and billing, and compliance with internal controls.

The Controller will report directly to the Director of Finance and is the key accounting presence in the organization.  The controller will “own” the accounting function, including processes and systems, and will supervise and work closely with a team of accountants. The candidate is required to maintain a collaborative working relationship with Brilliant Corners managers and other related personnel. The ideal candidate is an experienced accounting professional with considerable knowledge of nonprofit, property management, and governmental accounting principles as well as GAAP and the ability to exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines. This is a full-time exempt position. 


Essential Duties

· Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems for Brilliant Corners and related entities, ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements

· Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures

· Plan and manage all audit activities

· Oversee all financial, project/program, and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets through the grant/fund period

· Close books on a monthly and annual basis, ensuring that internal and external monthly reporting is timely and accurate 

· Submit monthly billing to customers and manage collection of accounts receivable

· Support annual, contract, ad hoc and grant budgeting processes

· Supervise the accounting team, clarify roles and responsibilities, develop and implement staffing plans and training programs in order to position individuals to achieve personal, departmental, and organizational success

· Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment

· Cross train with other staff accountants to support them as needed

· Lead the ongoing development and improvement of accounting systems

· Develop, implement, and ensure compliance with internal control policies and procedures

· Other duties as assigned by the Director of Finance


You sweat the small stuff. You’re diligent about maintaining accurate, up-to-date records because you know that strong knowledge management is the foundation for solid decision-making. This attention to detail permeates your work.

You thrive in an entrepreneurial environment. You’re resourceful and at ease with ambiguity and rapid change. You possess a positive, can-do attitude, and are adept at identifying creative solutions to obstacles. You can juggle many important responsibilities at once and you’re rigorous about prioritizing.

You can juggle, at least figuratively.  You’re known as someone who gets things done quickly and calmly. You can handle many responsibilities at once and you instinctively discern between what’s important and what’s urgent.  Things don’t fall through the cracks.

You know how to lead. You understand that, to be successful, it takes a team. You enjoy seeing others succeed and thrive, and you know how to make that happen.  

You love a good puzzle. You’re excited to soak up information while learning and continuously improving. You bring a problem-solving orientation to your work and instinctively seek opportunities for reflection and feedback. You have a knack for strengthening processes to improve quality and efficiency. 

Professional Experience

· Bachelor’s degree in accounting; CPA and/or MBA desired

· Five years nonprofit accounting experience

· Expertise with Intacct, QuickBooks and other nonprofit accounting applications

· Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, databases, etc.)

· Three years of supervisory experience; commitment to recruiting, mentoring, training, and retaining a diverse team

· Thorough understanding of GAAP requirements


Knowledge, Skills and Ability

· Language skills:  Strong verbal and written communication skills. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common technical publications, government contracts, leases, regulatory documents, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to write reports that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, boards of directors, and public groups.

· Mathematical skills:  Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as interest, proportions, percentages, and area. Ability to apply basic math and geometry concepts to practical situations. Facility with Microsoft Excel and ability to use a financial calculator.

· Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical, diagram, and written form and to deal with multiple abstract and concrete variables.

· Keen analytic, organization, and problem solving skills

· Ability to organize, prioritize and manage multiple priorities and function independently and as a team member

· High degree of discretion and excellent judgment

· Excellent interpersonal and business communication skills, both written and verbal and strict adherence to confidentiality

· Understanding of concepts, principles and practices of funding agency relations and compliance requirements as well as donor expectations regarding gift stewardship 

· Ability and willingness to contribute to the high functioning of the Finance team

· Sensitivity to vulnerable populations and the issues they face, and ability to work with people from diverse educational and personal backgrounds

Position Details

Title: Controller

Reports to: Director of Finance

Location: 1390 Market Street, Suite 405, San Francisco, CA 94102

Type: Full-time, non-exempt

Salary range: $4230.76-4,807.69, per bi-weekly pay period;  (equivalent to $$110,000-125,000 annually)

Benefits: Health, dental, vision, retirement match, long-term disability, life insurance, flex spending, commuter plan, sick leave and vacation pay Travel: Occasional attendance at board meetings, community meetings and other events in the San Francisco Bay Area. Occasional attendance at events outside the San Francisco area, including events in Los Angeles, may also be required

Start date: Open until filled

Brilliant Corners does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.