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31 Jan 2024

Full-Time Controller

arvasquez@bdo.com – Posted by arvasquez@bdo.com San Francisco, California, United States

Job Description

Job Title: Controller
Location: San Francisco, CA
Status: Hybrid, 3 days a week in office
Reports to: Chief Finance & Operations Officer (CFOO)
FLSA Status: Exempt
Classification: Regular, Full-Time with Benefits
Schedule: Monday-Friday, some evenings, weekends, & events
Direct Reports: Accounting Manager and Staff Accountant

Opened to the public in 1993, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is San Francisco’s center for art and progress. We believe that artists, creative workers, and culture-bearers are uniquely equipped to interrogate our world’s hardest challenges by bringing storytelling, curiosity, and creativity together with social, racial, and economic justice.

Mission: To be a gathering space for creative expression that fosters meaningful connection for all.
Vision: To be a catalyst of creative exploration, expression and innovation that empowers artists, inspires community and drives lasting social change.

The successful candidate will embody our organization’s core values:

  • Belonging: We believe the arts are for everyone.
  • Inclusive Collaboration: We are stronger together.
  • Optimism: Art has the power to inspire change.
  • Curiosity: We believe that learning is at the center of all artistic expression.

The Controller at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) directs and manages all financial activities of the organization to include the production of monthly and annual financial reports, maintenance of the accounting system, as well as a comprehensive set of controls designed to mitigate risk and enhance the accuracy of the company’s financials. Supervising two direct reports, responsibilities include accounts payable (A/P) and accounts receivable (A/R); managing cash and investment accounts; analyzing operational data; recommending improvements in business processes; developing and implementing accounting policies and procedures; maintaining YBCA’s system of internal controls to ensure the integrity of the accounting system and protection of the organization’s assets. The Controller reports to the Chief Finance & Operations Officer (CFOO) and acts as a member of the expanded leadership team, directly impacting the success of the organization.

The salary range for this role is $115,00 – $150,000, dependent on experience.


  • Serves as a member of the expanded leadership team, participates proactively in strategic planning, organizational goal setting, and morale building.
  • Provides advice to the CFOO and CEO on compliance and risk matters.
  • Manages, supervises, trains, and develops two Finance team members: the Accounting Manager and Staff Accountant.
  • Develops, implements and manages the organization’s financial policies and procedures.


  • Maintains YBCA’s system of accounts, keeping books and records on all transactions and assets, ensuring the accuracy of the accounting system and record keeping.
  • Oversees 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.
  • Supervises the organization’s A/P and A/R functions, including proper handling of cash deposits.
  • Manages the month- and year-end accounting closing processes; and responsible for the accuracy of all general ledger account balances.
  • Ensures compliance with all GAAP requirements including nonprofit related FASB pronouncements.
  • Assures protection of YBCA’s assets through internal controls and internal auditing; managing the asset and depreciation schedules.
  • Acts as the liaison to the YBCA’s outside auditors, ensuring the audited financials and IRS forms are completed within six months of fiscal year end.

Financial Reporting 

  • Prepares accounting and financial reports required as a part of the day-to-day management of the organization.
  • Responsible for expense allocations and preparing formatted financial statements for the published audited financial statements.
  • Oversees the annual audit and preparation of the annual information returns and various reports to government agencies.

Minimum Requirements

  • A minimum of 6 years of finance and accounting experience with a portion in a supervisory or management role (or combination of a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance with a minimum of 4 years’ relevant finance and accounting experience).
  • Demonstrated ability to manage fiscal resources within budget parameters and provide accurate financial reports in a timely manner.
  • Extensive knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), general ledger accounting, cost accounting, financial systems and internal control methodology.
  • Experience with Excel, Microsoft Word and General Ledger software required.
  • Precision and attention to detail in financial reporting and analysis.
  • Ability to identify financial problems and implement effective solutions.
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation and conflict management skills including diplomacy, tact and ability to compromise to find viable solutions.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills for reporting and presenting financial information clearly and concisely.
  • Thrives in a highly collaborative environment that values diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, and works effectively with people of varied backgrounds, experiences, points of view, and aspirations.

Who Should Apply?
Research shows that candidates from groups closest to the harms of institutional racism and inequality often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the listed qualifications; we believe that no one meets 100% of the qualifications. We are less concerned about whether you’ve done everything within a particular job description and are more interested in cultivating a pool of candidates who want to join a connected, mission-driven, hard-working team.

Compensation and Benefits
The salary for this position is between $115,00 – $150,000 based on full-time hours, and includes a competitive benefits package.

Benefits include PTO, Holiday Pay, Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Accounts, Group Life and AD&D Insurance, Long Term Disability Insurance, Voluntary Life and AD&D, Employee Assistance Program, Travel Assistance, paid time off to volunteer, and ability to participate in the 403(b) Retirement Plan with match.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is committed to diversity in its programming and in creating a work culture and environment that is reflective of San Francisco Bay Area demography. The Center encourages and actively recruits applicants representing dimensions of difference that include — but are not limited to — age, national origin, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender or political affiliation.

YBCA will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).

YBCA is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities in all aspects of the employment process. If a reasonable accommodation is needed, please email ar*******@bd*.com with the subject line “YBCA-Accommodations Request”.

Health and Safety
At YBCA, we continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our community. Our current COVID-19 health and safety protocols meet or exceed local, state, and federal public health requirements. We require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Exemption from these requirements will be reviewed according to standards set forth by state and local health agencies and reasonable accommodations will be made for those providing valid exemptions.

Application Status
After you apply, you will receive a confirmation email to let you know that your resume has been received. A member of our recruiting team will personally review your application and, if you are a potential match for one of our open positions, we will be in touch. If there is not a match right now, we will keep your resume on file for future opportunities.

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Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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