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About the Organization As a research and action organization, Center for Policing Equity (CPE) produces analyses identifying and reducing the causes of racial disparities in public safety. Using data-driven approaches to social justice, we use science to create levers for social, cultural, and policy change.

We are research scientists, race and equity experts, data virtuosos, and community trainers. We use data to build a more fair and just system. We partner with law enforcement and communities. Our aim is to bridge the divide of communication, generational mistrust, and suffering. But most of all, we are the path that science can forge towards public safety, community trust, and racial equity.

Location Remote  
Close Date  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  



Position Description

  • Are you a justice nerd who is passionate about social justice?
  • Are you a seasoned accounting wiz?
  • Do you believe that financial integrity, transparency, and accountability leads to good organizational decision making?
  • Are you insatiably curious about operational efficiency and love to discuss tools and systems improvements that lead to more effective ways of working for a team?
  • Do you get a lot of satisfaction from helping someone understand the importance of financial storytelling?
  • Do you thrive working in a rapidly evolving environment that requires innovation, agility, and managing ambiguity?
  • Do you excel at using your planning and management skills to deliver excellent thought partnership?
  • Are you able to identify trends and anticipate challenges and opportunities?
  • Do you enjoy working as part of an “all-hands-on-deck” team?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you may want to check out this exciting opportunity with the Center for Policing Equity (CPE)!

CPE is looking for a Controller, reporting directly to the Sr. Director of Finance. The Controller will play a critical role in financial operations, including long-term financial sustainability and partnering with the Finance and Operations team in strategic decision making as the organization continues to scale. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented, professional, independent, and reliable while providing financial and accounting support to the entire organization. Duties will include (but are not limited to) the areas listed below.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership (10%)

  • Support with fostering a culture that encourages diversity, equity, inclusion, collaboration, accountability, and transparency. Contribute to the organization’s overall success and sustainability.
  • Support with developing the organization’s financial strategy and vision, integrating business planning with financial management as the organization continues to grow and embark on a new strategic plan.
  • Support with developing and managing important KPIs to provide continuous evaluation and planning to keep the Finance and Operations team focused and on track toward long-term goals.
  • Support with financial modeling and scenario planning.
  • Manage bookkeeping consultants/staff.

Finance and Accounting Leadership (70%)

  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements, including proper expenses allocations. Ensure timely and accurate financial transaction entry.
  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual and monthly close process.
  • Support with all audit activities.
  • Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep the Senior Director of Finance abreast of any concerns.
  • Assist in the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate.
  • Support the Senior Director of Finance in engaging the board’s audit and finance committees around issues and trends in financial operating models and delivery.
  • Manage all financial, project/program and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period; collate financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and foundation grants.
  • Manage organizational cash flow forecasting by working in partnership with the program leads; continuously collaborate with program leads to assess the financial efficacy of program operations and establish finance systems to support program operations.
  • Manage organizational Balance Sheet, including the performance of invested assets in keeping with policies and investment guidelines, cash flow, receivables, and credit card payable.
  • Update and implement all necessary finance and accounting practices; improve the organizations internal policy and procedures manual, and implement proper controls and financial oversight of accounting processes and transactions to achieve a clean financial audit.
  • Effectively communicate and present critical financial matters to the Senior Director of Finance.

Operations (10%)

  • Work with the Finance and Operations leadership team to support internal controls and budget management in the areas of recruitment, payroll administration, benefits administration, compensation/bonus structure, events management, facilities management, inventory/asset management, business insurance, and other infrastructure needs.
  • Work with the Finance and Operations leadership team to play a key role in CPE’s efforts to further its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work, including raising and leaning into important and sometimes uncomfortable conversations with authenticity, thoughtfulness, openness, and sensitivity.
  • Manage and minimize risk by monitoring risk management policies and procedures to ensure that program and organizational risks are minimized.
  • Collaborate with other CPE team members and participate constructively in team meetings and project planning.


Our ideal candidate is/has:

  • Passionate about CPE’s mission.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Experience of final responsibility for the accuracy, quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination; experience supporting organizational budgeting processes for a complex, matrix organization.
  • Ability to translate financial concepts to – and to effectively collaborate with – programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds.
  • Successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision making.
  • Excellent relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders and contractors.
  • Excellent communications skills both written and verbal.
  • A collaborative project manager: Can manage multiple projects involving different individuals, teams and vendors to meet collective goals on time and with excellence, and can model and extend these practices throughout the organization.
  • A supportive manager and developer of people and teams: Has experience creating a productive, inclusive team culture.
  • Unquestionable integrity and experience managing complex financial scenarios.
  • An excellent ambassador: Can clearly communicate both one-to-one and with a staff as a whole. Models the values of CPE.

Application Guidelines

Please submit your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and what you would bring to CPE. Open until filled.

Hiring Process

At CPE, we are committed to providing candidates with a robust, yet inclusive and transparent hiring process. We understand that interviewing can be a stressful and time consuming process, and aim to set you up for success and minimize that stress and uncertainty. In terms of timing, steps three to eight below will typically take anywhere from 4 - 6 weeks. Finally, we use scenario-based exercises throughout our recruitment process to expose you to our work and to evaluate your potential to contribute to our team. Our recruitment process stages are outlined below:

  1. Review of your resume/CV, and/ or any relevant work samples submitted for initial screening
  2. Q&A with the hiring manager, allowing candidates an opportunity to discuss and inquire about salary, role expectations and priorities, the hiring manager's leadership style, organizational culture, values, "unwritten rules", and any additional questions the candidate may have before deciding to proceed with the process (NOTE: This is a great opportunity for candidates to get a better understanding for what it is like to work for CPE. This conversation will not be used to evaluate candidates in any way. This conversation is meant to serve as an open and honest opportunity for candidates to learn more about CPE's work environment before the candidate decides to continue in the hiring process.)
  3. Candidate's submission of a one-way video interview via Spark Hire
  4. First round interview with the Talent & Culture team to assess culture and values fit
  5. A Performance Task to evaluate and review the candidate's technical and strategic-thinking skills
  6. Second round interview with several of the candidate's future team members, including direct reports, if applicable
  7. Final interview with the organization's President and COO and the hiring manager
  8. Reference checks
EOE Statement The Center for Policing Equity strives to build a diverse team that is inclusive of multiple perspectives and welcoming for people of all backgrounds. Women and members of underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.  

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