SDSN is hiring for the position of Accounting Manager / Assistant Controller in our New York office. See below for more information about the open position.

Accounting Manager / Assistant Controller

Organizational Overview

SDSN Association was created in March 2014 as an independent 501 3 (c) organization to support the mandate of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN). UNSDSN was launched at the behest of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon to mobilize research, academia, the private sector and civil society to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDSN Association is based in New York.

The SDSN Association formally operationalized in January 2016. As a result, the organization is in a stage of start-up, and the Accounts Manager/Assistant Controller is a key part of the Administration/Finance team, responsible for the smooth operating of the SDSN Association.

Position Overview

This position is for a self-starter who has the ability to multi-task on a daily basis and is an expert in bookkeeping practices in a non-profit environment. Must be knowledgeable in the complete accounting processes through general ledger and financial reconciliation, computerized accounting programs and other software (experience with Intacct preferred). Must be able to work independently and as a part of an energetic team. Must have strong written, verbal, analytical, interpersonal and problem solving skills and must possess the ability to work positively and supportively with all members of the organization.

Job Responsibilities

  • Undertake all accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general ledger, month-end close process
  • Provide day to day support for accounting functions for organization
  • Work with the Finance and Operations team across multiple locations to ensure organization wide book keeping
  • Provide research analysis and strategic reporting to senior management
  • Coordinate annual and grant specific financial and organizational audits on behalf of the organization
  • Participate in the design and revision of the organizational financial architecture and systems on an ongoing basis
  • Train Program Managers on using and managing the financial system as needed
  • Maintain an orderly accounting filing system
    • Enters journal entries and other transactions
    • Maintain schedules to track assets and liabilities including prepaid expenses, deferred revenue, asset depreciation and expense amortization
    • Participates in monthly close including journal entry preparation and input
  • Accounts Payable
    • Administer all accounts payable coding and disbursements
    • Assure proper implementation of controls and approval policies
    • Provide oversight of Purchasing processes and controls
    • Monitors vendor liabilities to ensure timely payment
    • Perform monthly bank reconciliation to assure recognition of all transactions
  • Accounts Receivable
    • Monitor cash receipt and deposits and process donor ACH payments
    • Perform monthly bank reconciliation to assure recognition of all transactions
    • Manage donor database in the accounting system to track gifts by donor and donor intent
  • Payroll and Benefits
    • Works closely with payroll administrator to complete semi-monthly payroll, benefits, and track vacation
  • Reporting
    • Create reports and assure accuracy of on-line reporting tools
    • Work with staff to provide additional reporting capabilities as requested to report on projects and donor activity
    • Comply with local, state, and federal government reporting and filings – prepare and distribute 1099 forms
    • Assist with preparation of form 990 and annual report
  • Audit & Tax
    • Manage audit process and prepare draft financial reports
    • Develop all Prepared by Client material for auditors including financial schedules and requested work papers
    • Perform any other tasks as requested by the Chief Financial Officer.


  • Bachelor’s degree, accounting or business degree required
  • Experience with non-profit accounting required, international accounting and regulatory requirements is preferred
  • Familiarity with Intacct is preferable.
  • Analytically rigorous with good problem solving skills
  • Permission to work legally in the United States


  • The position is based in New York
  • The position is full-time
  • The appointment will start on May 5, 2017 and will be for an initial period of 1 year, renewable thereafter


Compensation for this position is competitive and is commensurate with experience. This position also includes a generous benefits package: 401 (k), 30 vacation days, paid sick, personal days and holidays; medical, dental, vision insurance.

How To Apply

Please send covering letter and resume by April 25, 2017 by email to: