Detroit Children’s Fund

Detroit Children’s Fund, a Detroit based, non-profit organization who believes that all children, no matter their circumstances, have the innate talent to learn, grow, and succeed in life is seeking a Controller.  DCF believes that the Detroit’s renaissance will not be complete until every child attends a high-performing school.

This unique, yet dynamic role will work to lead the daily, quarterly and annual budget and finance functions of the growing non-profit.  By working closely with the finance and accounting function of its philanthropic partner, the role will have access to organizational history, counsel and guidance to ensure success.

Reporting directly to the Partner & CEO, the Controller will work collaboratively with the non-profit’s leadership team and staff as well as with external partners.


  • Direct the Organization’s audit process, and act as the primary contact to the independent auditors. Coordinate between grants management, payroll, and finance to obtain all requested information needed by auditors. Manage the preparation of confirmations, complete accrual GAAP Financial Statements and required disclosures in footnotes, and answer auditor questions through the completion of the audit and publication of the financial statements.
  • Manage and prepare workpapers for Organization 990 tax return and complete filings for 1099s. Ensure completion and accuracy of the tax returns according to appropriate tax allocations.
  • Manage the Organization’s general ledger. Prepare the monthly cash financial statements, budget to actual, and other supporting schedules to be discussed and reviewed internally monthly. Review full general ledger quarterly and in preparation of the books year end closing. Prepare necessary monthly, quarterly, and year-end reconciliations.
  • Review and post all transactions. Review and sign operating checks and ACH payments.  Ensure appropriateness and proper general ledger classification.  Review grants/expenses and revenue received for appropriateness and proper classification.  Review bank reconciliation.
  • Oversee the accuracy of the Organization’s grant spending records for grants awarded to other organizations and assist Program staff in the evaluation of prospective grantees financial information. Maintain consistency of grant information between Sage Intacct and grants management. Maintain grants payable amounts for financial statements.  Maintain grants pipeline and track upcoming scheduled payments.
  • Oversee the accuracy of the Organization’s spending records related to grants received from other organizations and assist Development staff in the completion of financial reports and requested grant application items. Maintain consistency of revenue information between Sage Intacct and Raiser’s Edge by preparing monthly reconciliations. Maintain contribution receivable amounts for financial statements.  Maintain receivables and track upcoming scheduled payments.
  • Counsel and guide team to resolve questions that may arise.
  • Review personal reimbursements and employee expense reports for processing payments and accuracy of data to be entered into Sage Intacct.
  • Create required materials for quarterly Board meetings and semi-annual Executive Committee meetings (pre and post audit).
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • A strong commitment to equity and anti-racism including a strong belief in children of color
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree & CPA strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of five to seven years’ of experience in financial management and public accounting with specific job knowledge of the 990.
  • Commitment to the Organization’s mission and core values of stewardship, integrity, excellence, inclusiveness and equal opportunity, service delivery, effectiveness, and respect.
  • Demonstrated experience in financial management and accounting, auditing, revenue recognition, and budget development.
  • Understand 990 taxes.
  • Federal funding experience/tracking.
  • Ability to effectively self-manage.
  • Experience communicating key data, including presentations to the Board, Executive Committee, and outside partners.

This role is a full-time salaried position and reports directly to the Partner and CEO.  Detroit Children’s Fund offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits that include medical, dental, vision, 401k (with a match), life insurance, and disability coverage. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to no later than Friday, November 12, 2021. No phone calls please.

Detroit Children’s Fund is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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