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Position: Controller / Senior Accountant

Reports to: Chief Financial Officer  


As the Dance Group approaches its 40th anniversary in 2020, key investments in operations, capital and program expansion, and legacy planning are essential. The Finance Department, currently a team of four led by the CFO, is expanding with the creation of a new Controller/Senior Accountant position. The Controller will play a vital role providing leadership for the Finance team by overseeing two staff members and ensuring the success of the department and the organization.

This position will have the primary responsibility for overall effective financial management of all assets and liabilities; supervising the daily operations of the Finance team; insuring complete and accurate recording of transactions in the general ledger and prompt reconciliations; monitoring pledge and receivable collections; and working with the auditors ensuring overall compliance with accounting/tax pronouncements. The ideal candidate will be a proactive, hands-on strategic thinker who, in partnership with the CFO, will have responsibility for all aspects of the finance function. This is a full-time exempt 40 hour per week position.

The successful candidate will join a community of dedicated arts professionals who are propelled by Mark Morris’ commitment to artistic excellence and access to the arts and the impact that arts have in connecting and engaging communities. In our daily work, we are proactive, detail-oriented, and passionately interested in exceeding past success. We collectively strive to foster an environment where we are present, accountable, and supportive.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Accounting Operations

  • Manage the accuracy and productivity of day-to-day activities of accounts payable, cash management, accounts/pledge receivables, bi-weekly payroll, inventory, fixed assets, credit card merchant accounts, and general and entity accounting functions within GAAP and an effective framework of internal controls
  • Review and approve all journal entries & reconciliations
  • Ensure the appropriate recording of pledge and cash receipts; reconcile with development department records
  • Maintain a system of orderly accounting files and records
  • Make recommendations regarding the accounting of reserves, assets, revenue and expenditures

Financial accounting and reporting

  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and year-end financial statements and supporting schedules
  • Prepare and monitor short and long-term cash flow projections ensuring adequate liquidity at all times and ensuring that the Dance Group’s financial position matches expectations
  • Together with CFO, develop and track the annual operating budget and monitor financial activity throughout the year communicating and reporting to Department heads about trends, changes, and recommendations
  • Reconcile periodic activity with annual operating and capital budgets and produce accurate timely departmental and entity-wide financial reports.
  • Analyze program profitability and make recommendations for cost control
  • Oversee allocations of overhead, occupancy and shared costs to programs
  • Manage and track the performance of invested assets in keeping with policies and investment guidelines
  • Support CFO in reporting to the Board’s Audit, Finance and Investment committee.
  • Ensure timely preparation, review and submission of financial reporting requirements to government, foundation, and financial institutions

Tax reporting and compliance

  • Develop, implement and maintain required accounting practices, appropriate internal financial controls and other compliance documents to safeguard the assets of the organization and ensure the integrity of processes, financial data, and grant reporting
  • Together with the CFO, manage all aspects of the annual audit with external auditors for timely completion of the Financial Audit and Form 990 tax filing


  • Work closely with department heads and their staffs as a liaison to the finance team and learn how the finance function can support Dance Group operations
  • Maintenance of accounting systems, including the interoperability of sub-ledger systems such as Payroll, Raisers Edge and POS platforms
  • Identify process inefficiencies within the Finance department, if present, and recommend improvements

You are a great candidate for this job if you:

  • Have 3-5 years’ experience as a Controller/Senior Accountant or with equivalent responsibilities
  • Have a strong knowledge of accounting principles pertaining to not-for-profit entities
  • Have been working for the past 3-5 years as a public accountant with non-profit clients and are ready to cross over to the private sector
  • Have an eye for detail with the ability to see the big picture
  • Value personal qualities of integrity, accuracy, and collaboration
  • Have an interest in arts administration and are inspired by Mark Morris’ work and our programs!

You will be successful in this role if you:

  • Have keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills which allow for strategic data interpretation versus only reporting
  • Have an ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers
  • Have proficiency in Blackbaud Financial Edge accounting software and Raiser’s Edge fundraising/CRM database
  • Are proficient in MS Office Suite and have advanced excel skills

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Benefits package includes: Employee Health and Life insurance covered 100%, Flexible Spending Plan, Voluntary vision and dental coverage, Pre-tax Commuter benefit and 403(b) retirement plan
  • Access to the Wellness Center (MMDG’s on-site exercise facility), free dance classes for you and your family (adults and kids), subsidized studio rental rates at the Dance Center


  • Resume outlining your education and experience
  • Cover letter including salary requirement and three professional references
    • References will not be contacted without your prior consent
    • Applications without a salary requirement may not be considered
  • Indicate Controller on the subject line of email
  • Applications in electronic format accepted at


Discalced, Inc is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce


Housed in the Mark Morris Dance Center, in the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District, the Mark Morris Dance Group works daily to pursue excellence in artistry and education. Founded in 1980 by Mark Morris, the company includes 18–20 dancers and numerous musicians (from solo artists to orchestras and choirs) performing selections from its 150+ repertory, 45 full-time staff, and more than 100 part-time staff and teaching artists, all committed to bringing the best in performance and education to people in NYC and tour cities. The Mark Morris Dance Center is also home to The School, a Studio Rental program and a Wellness Center. The Dance Center provides 160 weekly classes serving 1,800 children ages 18 months – 18 years. The Adult Program serves approximately 700 students per week through a variety of classes, workshops, master classes, and intensives. MMDG’s Community Education Programs serve the greater New York City area working with NYC Department of Education public and charter schools and community centers that serve NYC Housing Authority, seniors, and special needs populations among others.

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