Child Mind Institute


To Apply

The Child Mind Institute has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search.  Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:

Anne McCarthy, Senior Director and COO
Harris Rand Lusk
122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605
New York, NY 10168


Please put “CMI Controller” in the subject line of your e-mailed application.


The Child Mind Institute (CMI) is seeking a highly motivated and skilled financial management professional to join its team as its Controller. The Child Mind Institute is a prominent not for profit organization addressing the mental and behavioral health needs of children and adolescents.

The Child Mind Institute was founded in 2009 by noted psychiatrist Dr. Harold Koplewicz.  Dr. Koplewicz knew that lack of understanding and the stigma associated with mental and behavioral health issues prevented many affected children from receiving the care that they needed, resulting in lower academic performance, substance abuse, and possible involvement with the juvenile justice system.  He wanted the work of CMI to focus on the health of the developing brain, applied research, and education for parents and policy makers to support children and adolescents when and where they need it most.

CMI has grown rapidly since its beginning, and now has an operating budget of approximately $50 million with around 275 employees.  The organization runs clinical programs in New York and San Francisco, engages in scientific research, provides education and supporting materials around brain health, and advocates for mental health programs for children and adolescents, among many other initiatives.  The financial support for this operation is complex as money comes in from the clinical programs, from grants, individual and foundation support as well as a number of other sources.

The Position:
The  Controller will serve as a key member of the finance leadership team. Reporting directly to the CFO, the  Controller will be responsible for leading the accounting and reporting operations for CMI, which includes financial management, planning and reporting, budget development, and general accounting, overseeing a team of five accounting professionals.   The Controller will also play a critical role in strengthening and overseeing fiscal management systems needed to support current and future growth while maintaining CMI’s internal control structure.  They will work closely with program and clinical practice leaders and their staff not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures, but also to explore how the accounting function can support program operations.  Ideally, the Controller will be familiar with medical practice financial management as well as have experience with government grant reporting.

The Controller is an important part of the CMI team and it is critical that they be capable of integrating smoothly into the senior management, fitting into the organization’s culture.  In conjunction with the CFO, they will provide counsel and support to the CEO and the Board of Directors, on all financial matters, Board reporting, as well as work on various strategic initiatives.

They will work with the executive, program and finance staff in a supportive and direct manner with a minimum of ego.  They will have strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, a hands-on management style, and the ability to address and solve problems or issues as they arise. In addition, it is expected that they will be diplomatic, will operate with the highest integrity, and will possess sound judgment – as well as a sense of humor.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Oversee accounting operations including day-to-day accounting transactions, preparation of periodic financial reports, and maintenance of adequate systems of accounting records in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Manage and coordinate the activities of the accounting team to ensure the timely close of monthly financial activities and preparation of accurate monthly and year-end financial statements.
  • Design, implement, monitor, maintain and enforce internal control systems, policies and procedures to protect the organization’s assets, mitigate risk, and enhance the accuracy of the organization’s reported financial results.
  • Ensure that all regulations for 501 (c)3, PLLC, and PC compliance are met, including the filing of all required tax returns including but not limited to the annual form 990, form 1120, A-133 and other related charitable and corporate state filings, etc.
  • Ensure that the required payroll reports are completed accurately and in a timely fashion and oversee the filing requirements within the accounts payable area (W9s, 1099s) etc.
  • Ensure that CMI has control systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and growth.
  • Perform business process reviews and sub-ledger systems interface analysis to provide internal control procedure, system recommendations and implementations.
  • Hire, develop, mentor and train team members to achieve individual and organizational goals; build a team that provides exceptional service and support.
  • Assist the CFO in strengthening the organization’s financial and administrative processes with an eye to continuously developing and improving processes and systems and specifically work collaboratively with the CFO on the RFP and implementation of a new ERP including the integration with other internal systems such as Salesforce, and electronic medical records systems.
  • Prepare monthly and annual financial and analytic reporting materials and key performance metrics for CMI’s leadership team and assist in the Audit and Finance Committee and Board reports.
  • Work with business, functional and program partners to prepare and design the annual budget process as well as regular forecasts throughout the fiscal year.
  • Ensure proper cash flow management and cash flow modeling, and forecasting.


  • Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in accounting or related business field required; C.P.A. required. Advanced degree in a business-related field a plus.
  • 10 plus years of professional experience; experience in a Big 4 a plus.
  • Experience managing professional accounting staff within a growing and complex organization, preferably as a Division Controller or Controller of an organization.
  • Proven track record of implementing or improving software financial systems and advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting systems; experience with Abila’s MIP a plus.
  • Experience managing the annual audit process by proactively managing the preparation of necessary financial statements, schedule reports, and supporting documentation and serving as the single point of contact with external auditors.
  • Strong knowledge of the principles and procedures of GAAP accounting, and strong knowledge of internal controls and experience maintaining professional and technical knowledge in accounting in order to comply with Federal, State, and Local legal regulations and file appropriate reports as necessary.
  • Financial management experience in dealing with all aspects of clinical program development, implementation and monitoring, from working in any medical discipline a plus.
  • Keen analytic, organizational and problem-solving skills, and experience providing leadership with process improvements and streamlining financial operations.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal savvy in building and sustaining working relationships with board members, colleagues and vendors.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and demonstrated ability to convey complex information to individuals at all levels.
  • Motivated self-starter with great attitude, flexibility, and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Able to work under pressure to prioritize and manage workload, manage simultaneous tasks and meet deadlines within a fast paced and changing environment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft software applications strong emphasis on MS Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Excel.
  • Strong teamwork ethic; positive, flexible attitude; and ability to take complete ownership of responsibilities.

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.  The Child Mind Institute is proud to be named a Great Place to Work-Certified company! Its competitive compensation and benefits include medical insurance, 401(k) with match, flexible work schedules, paid parental leave, dependent care and discounted tickets and entertainment perks program.

For more information on the Child Mind Institute, please visit their website at www.childmind.org

122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605, New York, NY 10168