New York

Controller, Film Society at Lincoln Center

The Organization

Job Title: Controller  Business Unit: Finance
Supervisory Yes
Reports to: Chief Administrative Officer

About FLC

For over 50 years, Film at Lincoln Center has been dedicated to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema and enriching film culture. Film at Lincoln Center fulfills its mission through the programming of festivals, series, retrospectives, and new releases; the presentation of podcasts, talks, and special events; and the creation and implementation of artist initiatives. Since its founding in 1969, this nonprofit organization has brought the celebration of American and international film to the world-renowned Lincoln Center arts complex, making the discussion and appreciation of cinema accessible to a broad audience and ensuring that it remains an essential art form for years to come.

About the role

The Controller is responsible for managing the production of financial reports to the Trial Balance point, and providing information and analysis to assist management and company stakeholders in making educated financial and strategic decisions. This person will be the primary liaison with external auditors and will oversee all work papers, schedules, and supporting documentation for the annual audit.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversees all accounting activities to ensure the accurate and timely dissemination of financial internal reports in Trial Balance format.
  • Works closely with auditors to produce accurate and timely audited financial statements and 990’s.
  • Works closely with the CAO in reporting and tracking of actuals vs. budget and updating projections throughout the year.
  • Leads monthly reviews of every balance sheet account, reconciling and ensuring the accuracy of the amounts/accounts.
  • Prepares meaningful financial reporting materials for monthly financial reviews, and quarterly management reporting to ELT and Board committees.
  • Supervises the work of the Sr. Accountant in the areas of accounts payable, accounts receivable, vendor relations, and payroll processing.
  • Records all journal entries, adjusting entries, accruals.  Responsible for accurate COA coding across all posted journals, and verifies the accuracy of the final monthly General Ledger.
  • Establishes and maintains internal controls to verify the integrity of all systems, processes, and data.
  • Works closely with CAO  on management reporting, budgeting, cash management, compliance with GAAP, and other projects and tasks as directed.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and data integrity of all financial information in various cloud-based systems, including Financial Edge NXT, Tessitura, Paylocity, and various other financial services and apps.
  • Creates monthly reports for the ELT and board on earned and contributed revenue.
  • Responsible for the correct reporting, reconciling, and recording of all contributions, box office cash receipts, credit card merchant account settlements, subscription revenue, etc.  Manages cash reporting for operating, capital, endowment, and directed funds.
  • Works closely with external auditors during fieldwork to satisfy all information requests regarding trial balances, Balance Sheet reconciliations, confirmations, statistical sampling, and any miscellaneous requests.
  • Communicates with co-workers, management, vendors, and other stakeholders in a courteous and professional manner

Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Finance; CPA certification preferred
  • Must have 6+ years of hands-on accounting managerial experience preferably in a nonprofit organization with an arts/culture focus.
  • Strong general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, audit prep knowledge.
  • Knowledge of non-profit federal and state financial regulations
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work well under pressure
  • Must be a team player who welcomes collaborative decision making
  • Experience with Financial Edge NXT is required, and Tessitura is highly desirable.


  • Collaboration
  • Strategic leadership and execution
  • Data Analysis
  • Relationship  building
  • Integrity
  • Influence
  • Professional accounting Standards, Requirements, and Procedures Understanding and Compliance

Physical Demands:

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 is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

What we Offer

  • Work that makes a difference—the opportunity to contribute to an important mission.
  • Competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefits package.
  • Generous paid time off benefits.

This is a full-time, exempt position and eligible for benefits

Travel: None

Film at Lincoln Center is committed to a workforce that is representative of the varied audiences we are privileged to serve. We provide a work environment that does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. Film at Lincoln Center prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories


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