Democracy Fund is a foundation working to defend American
democracy and challenge it to be more open and just. Created by
eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, Democracy Fund has
made more than $200 million in grants to support free and fair
elections, a vibrant and diverse public square, effective and
accountable government, and a just and inclusive society. In
addition to grantmaking, Democracy Fund advocates for better
solutions and works with partners to grow philanthropic support for
our democracy. To learn more, visit www.democracyfund.org and www.democracyfundvoice.org.
Democracy Fund champions leaders and organizations who defend
democracy and challenge our political system to be more open, just,
resilient, and trustworthy. We believe that experimentation,
learning, and adaptation are key to the health and resilience of
any system, whether it is our organization or the American
political system. As grantmakers, we focus on listening and being
of service to our grantees, who are visionaries and our
collaborators, and on ways we can more deeply embed diversity,
equity, and inclusion as values central to the success of our work
The Finance team ensures that Democracy Fund staff and partners
have the financial tools and resources they need to advance our
mission of a more inclusive, multiracial democracy. From leading
our budgeting and forecasting processes to sending timely payments
to partners to continually innovating our financial infrastructure,
the Finance team plays a critical role in delivering decision-ready
financial information and analysis to staff across the
We are seeking a controller who will lead and grow the Finance
team and play a major role in Democracy Fund’s continued success.
The controller has functional responsibility for financial audits,
accounts payable, monthly reconciliations and close processes,
payroll processing, and leave management, as well as ensuring
accurate financial records and accounting policies that are
consistent with GAAP standards. This role will report the senior
director of Finance and work closely with other members of the
Operations and People team and staff across the organization. In
addition to managing the day-to-day accounting and reporting
functions for Democracy Fund, the controller will support Democracy
Fund Voice (DFV), a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. The
ideal candidate will bring a mix of public accounting and operating
experience with nonprofits and multi-entity environments, with deep
accounting knowledge and a passion for managing both people and
The role’s primary responsibilities will include, but are not
limited to, the following:
- Manage the timely completion of the month-end closes for
Democracy Fund and Democracy Fund Voice; identify and implement
improvements to enhance the efficiency and accuracy of the monthly,
quarterly, and annual reporting processes.
- Oversee the day-to-day finance and customer support the Finance
team provides to the organization, ensuring timely processing of
expense reports, invoices, grant payments, biweekly payrolls, and
401(k) remittances, as well as responding to staff questions.
- Supervise the monthly rolling forecast process, ensuring that
teams understand the resources available; provide insights to
leadership on financial trends and issues, while staying up-to-date
on changes in the field and new systems and tools that could
continue to improve Democracy Fund’s systems and processes.
- Lead the annual audit, serving as point of contact for external
auditors, ensuring that key schedules and sample selections are
prepared, preparing audited financial statements, and supporting
- Lead the annual 990 processes, serving as point of contact to
external preparers, ensuring all key schedules are provided,
managing the review process among various stakeholders, and making
sure filings are timely.
- Oversee financial systems, policies, and procedures; identify
and lead process improvement initiatives.
- Serve as primary administrator for all financial systems, which
includes ensuring that training is continuously provided as the
organization and its systems expand.
- Collaborate with the senior director in the budgeting
processes, particularly preparing budget workbooks, providing
calculation reviews, and entering approved budgets into the
- Support the senior director of Finance in preparation for
quarterly board reporting.
TEAM LEADER AND MEMBER
- Empower direct reports to do their best work by providing
guidance, coaching, and feedback on their day-to-day
responsibilities, project management goals, and overall
- Contribute to a team culture that values collaboration,
positivity, and transparency and that seeks impact through
continuous improvement and learning.
- Work effectively with staff at all levels and across
departments, balancing projects and priorities for multiple team
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS
- Passion for strengthening American democracy.
- Deep commitment to racial equity and justice.
- Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, or
related field required, and CPA designation required.
- Minimum of 10 years of increasingly responsible experience in
accounting, budgeting, and nonprofit finance and demonstrated
experience in completing audits performed by independent or
external parties, month-end processes, and other financial
- A high level of integrity that embodies and reflects Democracy
- Strong proficiency in GAAP accounting, including current audit
- Experience managing multiple entities, with experience at a
private foundation or 501(c)(3)/(4) organization preferred.
- Proficiency using Excel to manipulate and analyze financial
statements and related data.
- Strong critical thinking skills, including the ability to
identify and summarize key points in any analysis.
- Well-developed prioritization skills and the ability to balance
both short- and long-term objectives, while paying close attention
- History of working across functions, building positive
relationships with people and teams throughout a diverse
organization, and maintaining effective cross-functional
- An ownership approach to your work, with a track record of
delivering business results through operational excellence in a
- Experience implementing new ideas and processes to drive
efficiencies and scalability.
- Willingness and ability to coach, mentor, and develop team
members and help them realize their full potential.
- Commitment to learn and grow in a workplace that values
diversity of many dimensions.
- Democracy Fund follows a hybrid-remote and in-office model that
enables flexibility and meets collaboration needs. New staff are
expected to reside in the DMV, though exceptions will be granted on
a case-by-case basis by the Personnel Committee. All employees,
regardless of location, will be expected in the office several days
Salary range begins at $155,160 per year.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to
our Jobs page. Applications submitted without a cover
letter or lacking the desired years of experience will not be
considered. Take this opportunity to tell us about
yourself and why you're interested in joining our team. No calls
Democracy Fund is committed to a diverse workplace, seeking
voices and expertise from people from across the political
spectrum. Our board, staff, advisors, and grantees include
Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Democracy Fund is an
Equal Opportunity Employer, where we encourage candidates of all
ages, color, ethnic background, country of origin, religion,
disability status, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity