AHRC New York City

Assistant Controller

To Apply

AHRC NYC has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:
Anne McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer
Harris Rand Lusk
260 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY  10016

Email cover letter and resume to: amccarthy@harrisrand.com

Please include “AHRC Asst. Controller” in the subject line of your emailed application

AHRC New York City (AHRC NYC) supports more than 15,000 people annually under its guiding principle of Equalism, upholding the highest standards in supporting people who are neurodiverse to lead full and equitable lives and who are part of a social justice movement grounded in common humanity.

AHRC NYC’s 4,000 staff are devoted to the highest levels of excellence and innovation in all aspects of their work to actively create a world where the power of difference is embraced, valued and celebrated.

AHRC NYC is meeting its objectives by not only providing supports to people and their families, but by also calling for change in legislation and public policy, and advocating for better education, living arrangements, prospects for work and fuller lives in the community.  It is an over 70 year old family governed organization, among the very best champions for people who are neurodiverse in New York City and beyond.

The Position:
AHRC NYC is seeking a highly intelligent, strategic, highly skilled, energetic, and experienced financial professional who has proven leadership in significant financial management positions to become its new Assistant Controller.  Reporting directly to the Vice President/Controller, they will be responsible for the day-to-day general accounting functions, including supervision of the accounting team, maintenance of accurate financial records, monthly and annual general ledger close process, cash, payroll, accounts payable, accrued expenses, fixed assets and investments.  Someone who is not afraid to roll up their sleeves to get the job done is needed as well as someone who can recommend new systems and procedures to streamline processes.

The Assistant Controller is expected to be an excellent people manager.  Candidates must be adept leaders with an ability to develop colleagues aligned with organizational values of accountability and autonomy.  In addition, the Assistant Controller must be capable of integrating seamlessly into the senior management role at AHRC NYC, fitting into the organization’s culture.   They will collaborate with the staff in a supportive and direct manner with a minimum of ego and 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 include:

  • Ensures accuracy, validity, and completeness of all general ledger account balances through regular review of all month-end and year-end journal entries.
  • Oversees work paper preparation and footnotes for year-end audit for AHRC and its affiliates.
  • Oversees work paper preparation for Form 990s and related tax returns for AHRC and affiliates.
  • Supervises, trains, and evaluates general accounting staff. Ensures that staff is adequately trained and has necessary skill sets to perform assigned tasks.  Determines training needs in consultation with VP/Controller and Chief Financial Officer.
  • Ensures cross training and adequate coverage of general accounting critical functions.
  • Maintains month-end and year-end general ledger close calendar. Manages and oversees month-end and year-end closing processes.
  • Working with VP/Controller, designs and implements, where appropriate, streamlined processes to record financial information.
  • Serves as Finance Department liaison with Internal Audit/Compliance when appropriate.
  • Reviews all necessary work papers to accurately account for AHRC’s investments.
  • Monitors cash balances.
  • Communicates regularly with financial institutions.
  • Oversees Bond and Loan Accounting functions.
  • Responsible for Accounting of Cash, Investments, Accounts Payable, Accrued Expenses, Fixed Assets, and all Pre-paid Expenses.
  • Ensures proper accounting of AHRC’s Temporarily and Permanently Restricted Net Asset balances.
  • Oversees Petty Cash Function.
  • Implements recommendations for development of policies and procedures for the Finance Department, as well as updating existing policies and procedures.
  • Orchestrates year-end accrual process.
  • Performs additional duties as requested.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting required, CPA designation highly preferred.
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience of public/private accounting. Audit experience and experience in a not-for-profit environment a plus.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in training and managing staff required.
  • Experience with automated general ledger system a must. Experience with Great Plains and management reporting preferred.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office applications, particularly in Microsoft Excel, essential.
  • Competence in managing accounting operations, particularly related to applications and systems, operations workflow practices, and recordkeeping processes.
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills, as well as solid organization skills with attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to work productively and collaboratively with all levels of staff multiple stakeholders (e.g., board members, department managers, operations staff, etc.).
  • Must possess ability to make independent decisions and handle stressful situations as circumstances warrant.
  • Demonstrable passion for the agency’s mission.

For more information about AHRC NYC, please visit their website at www.ahrcnyc.org

Other information:

  • COVID-19: All employees must show proof of vaccination for the COVID-19 virus, including booster shots.
  • The work is on-site.
  • Anticipated salary range is $125K to $150K.

AHRC New York City provides equal employment opportunity to all applicants, with employment based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (with or without sexual conduct), age, disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, creed, genetic disposition or carrier status, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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