About The Paley Center for
The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion
about the cultural, creative, and social significance of media for
the professional community and media-interested public.
Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international
collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media
community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between
media and society. The general public can access the Paley Archive
– including special African-American, Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women’s and
Music collections – and participate in programs that explore and
celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and
the leaders who are shaping media.
Through the global programs of its Media Council and
International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral
setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and
debate about the evolving media landscape.
Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the
Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering
innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit
Reporting to the CFO, the Controller role is a high-energy,
entrepreneurial, results-driven, highly organized professional who
thrives in a fast-paced environment and who will serve as a key
member of the Executive Team and as an ambassador for a media
focused non-profit, cultural institution.
The Controller is responsible for oversight of all accounting,
budgeting, reporting, treasury, and investment functions of the
organization in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting
Principles (GAAP) and all non-profit regulatory requirements.
This is a hands-on position that includes all aspects of the
accounting function and integrates strategic fiscal planning with
management and performance of everyday operations. The
Controller will have the business acumen necessary to develop and
achieve credibility for the finance group by providing timely and
accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports and financial
trends in order to assist the CFO, senior executives and the Board
in performing their responsibilities. In addition, this position
will demonstrate exemplary ethical conduct and leadership.
The position oversees the accounting and finance team, and works
collaboratively and responsively across functional departments and
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Lead all day-to-day finance operations with functional
responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts
receivable, payroll, and cash management.
- Oversee all accounts, ledgers and reporting systems ensuring
compliance with GAAP standards, regulatory requirements, and rules
for non-profits (NYPMIFA).
- Monitor internal controls and safeguards for receipt of
revenues, costs, payables, program budgets and actual
- Supervise the monthly closing process and maintain a monthly
calendar and checklist of due dates for financial statements,
internal reports, and contract deliverables.
- Review required journal entries and adjustments as well as
complex entries for accuracy and completeness and responsible for
the accuracy of all general ledger account balances.
- Supervise the production of monthly financial statements,
internal management reports, and corresponding variance
- Maintain and coordinate the completion of supplementary account
schedules for financial reporting.
- Coordinate and supervise the annual audit process, liaise with
external auditors, prepare financial and regulatory audit schedules
and supporting documentation, and ensure compliance with local,
state, and federal financial reporting requirements.
- Prepare year-end tax reports and other regulatory filings as
- Recommend benchmarks for measuring the financial and operating
performance of departments.
- Oversee and optimize cash management, including developing
policies and managing cash flow on a short- and long-term basis
through regular projection reports, and monthly bank
- Manage and track performance of invested assets in keeping with
policies and investment guidelines.
- Review and reconcile organization’s fixed assets.
- Manage and administer organization’s banking, corporate
insurance, and credit relationships.
- Supervise the organization's payroll function, verifying the
accuracy of payroll as well as the proper filing of all payroll tax
returns and payroll tax deposits.
- Oversee organization’s employee benefits administration
including medical and dental insurance plans, flexible spending
programs, 401(a) and 403(b) profit sharing and retirement plans,
commuter benefits plan, life insurance, etc.
- Enhance and/or develop, implement and enforce policies and
procedures of the organization by way of systems that will improve
the overall operation and effectiveness of accounting and financial
- Provide leadership to the current accounting team members,
including direct management of a staff of two employees, and
support the CFO.
- Provide financial information for various grants as
- Participate in other projects as assigned by the CFO.
Our successful employees meet the following criteria:
- Extremely organized with proven ability to meet deadlines and
- Exceptional business writing skills and outstanding verbal
- Strong leadership and management skills with ability to lead
cross functional teams.
- Ability to take ownership of all tasks and manage
- Positive and professional demeanor with excellent
interpersonal, administrative and managerial skills.
- Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks while
maintaining attention to detail.
- Resourcefulness, creativity and strong problem-solving and
- At least 10 years of experience as a controller in a non-profit
organization or as a public accountant dealing with non-profit
- Candidates must have a proven track record working with
non-profit organizations and a hands-on knowledge of Microsoft
Dynamics GP and Microsoft Management Reporter.
- A Bachelor’s Degree in accounting or finance required; Master’s
preferred; CPA qualification desirable (but not required).
- Strong technical accounting skills including understanding of
- Expertise and best practice knowledge on streamlining and
implementing consistent accounting processes.
- Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial
reports, statements, and projections.
- Supervisory experience with a demonstrated ability to motivate
staff, work effectively with colleagues and report upstream
- Highly accountable and trustworthy with the ability to deliver
results in a fast-paced, collaborative team culture.
- Excellent ability to set priorities and manage against
timelines, including with multiple concurrent deliverables.
- Must have well-developed written, oral, interpersonal
communication skills with a high degree of sensitivity for
- Experience presenting financial status in an understandable way
to financial and non-financial colleagues.
- Must be highly organized with a keen attention to detail.
- Complete COVID vaccination and booster.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The Paley Center for Media maintains a strong policy of equal
opportunity in employment. It is our objective to recruit,
hire, and retain the most qualified individuals without regard to
race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity,
national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other
characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or
local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all
aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation,
benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and