Empowering New York’s Asian American Community Since 1989

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The Asian American Federation (AAF), founded in 1989, is New York City’s most powerful leadership voice for better policies, services, and funding that lead to more justice and opportunity for Asian New Yorkers. Our mission is to raise the influence and well-being of the pan-Asian American community through research, policy advocacy, public awareness, and nonprofit support.

In collaboration with 70 member and partner community-based organizations, we serve the interests of 1.7 million New Yorkers from 20 ethnic groups—diverse in language, culture, and religion—that make up New York’s Asian community, by providing expert research and unrelenting advocacy; working with lawmakers to change policies; and training Asian nonprofits to better serve their communities.

We fight to keep the pan-Asian American community visible and to ensure our needs are met, our contributions are valued, and our stories are told.


AAF is seeking a full-time Controller with extensive experience in technical accounting within the nonprofit sector. The Controller will play a crucial role in maintaining the accuracy of financial records, implementing efficient accounting processes, and ensuring compliance with accounting principles.

The ideal candidate is someone with 7+ years of experience navigating the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) guidelines; working with financial reports and budgeting; who has the ability to forecast; and who is extremely detail-oriented, with a passion for process improvement. This person will report to the Deputy Director and manage one accountant.


  • Prepare AAF’s financial statements and lead the preparation of the annual audit;
  • Review any gifts and grants received to ensure proper accounting and reporting, as well as spending compliance of grants with donor restrictions;
  • Maintain current knowledge of GAAP; federal and state policies and directives; and accounting changes;
  • Execute and oversee day-to-day accounting processes and financial reporting in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP);
  • Lead the preparation of regulatory filings and AAF’s financial statements;
  • Collaborate with departmental directors to design program budgets and monitor revenues and expenditures;
  • Provide monthly reports on budget versus actuals, with updated year-end projections;
  • Analyze and address unusual variances in budget and cash flow, providing timely updates and explanations to management;
  • Supervise cash flow management to maintain a required fluid cash position;
  • Ensure the confidentiality of financial information and plans, enforcing internal controls and reporting systems;
  • Coach, counsel, and oversee the performance of staff accountant;
  • Periodically review general ledger transactions, including receivables, payables, and payroll, making necessary adjustments;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 7+ years of relevant work experience, including experience in a senior financial role within a nonprofit;
  • Strong financial analytical skills and extensive knowledge of nonprofit financial accounting and reporting requirements;
  • Knowledge of QuickBooks Online;
  • Experience with cloud-based accounting systems desired;
  • Exceptional detail orientation and time management skills;
  • Alignment with AAF’s values of policy advocacy, public awareness, and nonprofit support;
  • Familiarity with the City of New York Health and Human Services Cost Policies and Procedures manual a plus;
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or equivalent academic background or experience is ideal, with a preference for candidates pursuing a Master’s degree in Accounting;
  • Ability to work closely with a diverse team.

All new hires must be vaccinated and must stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered a position with AAF, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by AAF.

Compensation & Benefits: This position is based in New York City, with a hybrid work environment. Salary for this position is between $100,000 to $105,000, commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits package includes 100% employee health care, dental and vision coverage, disability insurance, commuter benefits, as well as a 403(b) plan and generous paid time off.

Contact: Shelby Woods and Trisha Sutrisno of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials by filling out the Talent Profile.  All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

The Asian American Federation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email [email protected]. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.