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Employer Name: DESC SpiderID: 8739461
Location: Seattle, Washington Date Posted: 6/14/2019
Wage: 88,589.00 - 100231 Yearly Salary Category: Management
Job Code: 110972618

Job Description:

Location: Seattle, WA

Days Off: Saturday, Sunday
Pay Range: $88,589 - $100,231 annually
Shift: Office Day
Insurance Benefits: Dental, Life, Long-term Disability, Medical
Other Benefits: Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), ORCA card subsidy, Paid Time Off (34 days per year), Retirement Plan

DESC (Downtown Emergency Service Center) is a nonprofit organization working to end the homelessness of vulnerable people, particularly those living with serious mental or addictive illnesses. Through partnerships and an integrated array of comprehensive services, treatment and housing, DESC gives people the opportunity to reach their highest potential.

As the region's leading provider of services to multiply disabled, chronically homeless adults, DESC serves 2,000 people each day through a comprehensive continuum of care which includes emergency shelter and other survival services, mental health care and chemical dependency treatment, employment services and permanent supportive housing. This integrated service model is designed to help disabled homeless men and women secure and maintain appropriate, safe and affordable housing. DESC is recognized nationally and regionally as an innovator in developing solutions to homelessness.

The Controller will serve as a key participant in Senior Management, providing leadership and coordination in the accounting, administrative and budgeting activities of the organization.

Under the supervision of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the controller position is responsible for the accounting operations of DESC, including the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the company's reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).


  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.

  • Supervise the Accounting Supervisor, Senior and Staff Accountants and manage all accounting workflow through the department, including payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, federal contract invoicing and a representative payee program.

  • Participate in the development and implementation of policies and procedures and internal controls for accounting operations.

  • Coordinate all audit activity in relation to the financial statement audits, 403(b) audits, IRS Form 990, cost certifications and Uniform Guidance audits.

  • Support the CFO in the preparation of accurate and timely monthly financial reports to management, the Board of Directors, LIHTC investors and public funders.

  • Assist the CFO in preparation of annual tax reporting and quarterly financial compliance reporting for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit partnerships (LIHTC) managed by DESC.

  • Participate in the annual budgeting and planning process; work in conjunction with CFO to administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate.

  • Ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period and collate financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and foundation contracts/grants.

  • Assist CFO in organizational cash flow planning and forecasting.

  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal tax and reporting requirements.

  • Recruit, mentor, train, manage and evaluate a diverse team, keeping a strong focus on DESC's social service mission.

  • Maintain strong knowledge of DESC personnel policies, procedures and collective bargaining agreement.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Six years of progressively responsible accounting, management & supervisory experience.

  • BA in accounting, finance or equivalent degree.

  • Experience managing accounting work flow and implementing process improvements.

  • Personal qualities of integrity and credibility and a willingness to submit to an in-depth prior employment confirmation and background check.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in support of supervisory and accounting workflow management.

  • Ability to work flexible hours as required by program and staffing needs including evenings or weekends.

  • Technology savvy with advanced knowledge of accounting software and Microsoft Office.

  • Keen analytical, organizational and problem solving skills which allows for strategic data interpretation versus simple reporting.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board or other outside partners.

  • Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including non-finance managers.

  • Demonstrated respect for diversity and commitment to developing multicultural competency sensitivity.

  • Subscribe to the philosophy of cooperation and continuity across programs and of consideration and respect for clients.


  • CPA license (active or inactive).

  • Experience overseeing and implementing accounting software.

  • Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) or real estate development experience.

  • Experience in nonprofit management and fund accounting, including overseeing federal contract compliance, managing audits from independent CPAs and government agencies and working with complex organizational budgets.

  • Knowledge of Uniform Guidance requirements.

  • Experience with Abila MIP Accounting software.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to sit, communicate with other employees and vendors, is required to lift and carry items weighing up to 25 pounds and to operate computer hardware systems. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Considerable stress may occur.


DESC is committed to diversity in the workplace, and promotes equal employment opportunities for all staff members and applicants. The Agency will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in any employment practice, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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