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.


We are seeking a full-time Controller with experience as an accountant in the nonprofit industry, preferably in a senior role. As a strong communicator and skilled financial analyst, this person will streamline our budgeting, payroll, and financial reporting processes. The Controller will also produce thorough financial-status reports for senior leaders to help improve our operational efficiency and aid in our continued growth.

The ideal candidate is someone with at least six 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 oversee the Finance team. This position is hybrid and will be located in the Manhattan Office.


  • Oversee all accounting processes and the accuracy of financial reporting in conformance with GAAP
  • Oversee preparation of all regulatory filings
  • 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
  • Assist in design of program budgets and work with departmental directors to monitor revenues and program expenditures
  • Issue monthly reports of budget versus actual, with updated year-end projections
  • Review unusual variances in budget and cash flow, and provide timely updates and explanations to management
  • Supervise the management of cash flow to maintain a required fluid cash position
  • Protect AAF assets by maintaining, updating, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls, financial policies, and reporting systems
  • Communicate with, train, and update AAF’s leaders and staff on internal controls, and fiscal policies and procedures
  • Maintain the performance of financial staff by coaching, counseling, planning, monitoring and appraising job results
  • Provide oversight and periodic review of general ledger transactions for all accounting cycles, including receivables, payables, and payroll, making sure to analyze accounts and record and adjust entries as needed
  • Protect AAF operations by keeping financial information and plans confidential
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, or comparable academic preparation or experience
  • CPA or advanced degree in Finance or related subject preferred
  • 5-7 years of relevant work experience, including running the finance department of a nonprofit with at least a $10 million budget and being responsible for supervising a team of two or more
  • Excellent financial analytical skills
  • Extensive knowledge of nonprofit financial accounting and reporting requirements
  • Knowledge of QuickBooks Online
  • Familiarity with the City of New York Health and Human Services Cost Policies and Procedures manual a plus
  • Experience with transition to and implementation of cloud-based accounting systems desired
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, teamwork, and communication skills
  • Exceptional detail orientation and time management skills
  • Alignment with AAF’s values of policy advocacy, public awareness, and nonprofit support
  • Ability to work closely with a diverse team

All new hires must be vaccinated and must stay up to date with vaccines against the COVID-19 virus 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: Salary range is between $115,000 – $130,000 per year, commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes generous paid time off, health, dental, vision, and life insurance, as well as a 403(b) plan.

To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and writing sample with [Last Name] Controller in the subject line to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will begin immediately. No phone calls, please.

The Asian American Federation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.