The Pulitzer Center on Crisis reporting is looking for a dynamic forward-thinking Comptroller. This position works closely with our finance team to create and analyze financial reports and ensure legal requirements compliance, process accounts payable and receivable, and manage invoices and tax payments. The position requires a strong sense of time management, organizational skills, and attention to detail.

The Pulitzer Center is a nonprofit organization that supports the development of independent, quality journalism worldwide with an ambitious network of educational partnerships at the K-12 and college levels. We support more than 150 reporting projects a year, working in partnership with dozens of media outlets worldwide, hundreds of secondary and middle schools, and a Campus Consortium network of 35-plus universities, community colleges, and historically Black colleges and universities.

Specific Job Duties/Responsibilities

Key Responsibility 1: (70%) Day-to-day Accounting and Bookkeeping activities.

  • Record day to day financial transactions and complete the posting process.
  • Ensure or verify that all transactions are recorded in the correct day logs and ledgers.
  • Bring the books to the trial balance stage
  • Complete tax forms as needed.
  • Enter data, maintain records and create reports and financial statements
  • Process accounts receivable and accounts payable.
  • Work with staff to ensure proper coding of all expenses including credit card transactions.
  • Coordinate work with external accounting capacity as needed.
  • Comply with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying requirements; enforcing adherence to requirements; filing reports; advising management on needed actions.

Key Responsibility 2: (20%) Special Projects

  • Work with the CFOO on yearly audits.
  • Implement improvements to accounting processes.
  • Introduce technology and data management improvements.

Key Responsibility 3: Participation in efforts and projects that support Pulitzer Center culture and values (10%)

  • This may include task forces, training sessions, meetings, committees, special projects, organizational events, and any other activities that support the Pulitzer Center.
  • Take part in the Operations Team planning process.

Key Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
  • Proven bookkeeping experience
  • Advanced spreadsheet skills with Excel and/or Google Sheets.
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Experience using Sage Intacct accounting software.
  • Experience using three or more of the following software systems and technologies:
    • Google Docs and Sheets.
    • Salesforce.
    • Project Management systems such as Asana or Trello.
    • Expense management systems such as Fyle, Tallie, Expensify, and Ramp.
    • AR/AP systems such as Tipalto or Bill.com
  • The ability to work independently and to have an open and collaborative approach.
  • The desire and ability to learn new skills.
  • Language abilities in addition to English are a plus. Special consideration is given to those who speak one or more of the following languages:
    • Portuguese
    • French
    • Bahasa Indonesian

Education and Experience

  • A minimum of two years of experience that relate to the responsibilities included in this job description.
  • BS degree in Finance, Accounting or Business Administration or equivalent experience in addition to the above experience requirement.

Please apply before midnight on November 26, 2021, using this form. The form asks you to upload a resume, provide a personal statement of interest (no more than 500 words), and answer three short questions related to your qualifications for the position. The form also requires you to provide contact information for three references.

Salary will be commensurate with work experience and academic qualifications. This position includes excellent benefits and a collegial work environment.

Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis until the deadline.


The Pulitzer Center is an equal opportunity employer. The Center is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us, whether in terms of race, religion, color, age, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, physical challenge, or marital or family status, are (i) understood, respected, and appreciated, (ii) recognized as a source of strength, and (iii) valued as qualities that enrich the environment in which we work.