Job Opening: Controller


The GroundTruth Project is an award-winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists in the U.S. and around the world. Our mission is to restore journalism from the ground up by supporting emerging journalists through field reporting that serves under-covered corners of the United States and the world. Our team is headquartered at WGBH in Boston, the flagship PBS station.

We are seeking a Controller to oversee and manage the day-to-day financial operations while maintaining the accounting records and internal controls in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. S/he will direct all accounting functions, vendor contracts, payroll, balance sheet reconciliations, annual audits, insurance and tax reports, as well as oversee accurate and timely preparation of internal financial reports and submission of external reporting. The Controller will collaborate with key members of the organization to create and improve systems, processes and policies in support of GroundTruth’s mission and vision. The Controller will report to the CFO.

This position is full time and will be located in the Boston area, but can be performed remotely due to the pandemic.


  • Oversee all accounting and finance processes, including accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll.
  • Ensures that all financial transactions and journal entries are recorded both timely and accurately in accordance with organization policies, GAAP and governmental regulations.
  • Ensure month-end closings are done on a regular and timely basis.
  • Review monthly balance sheet reconciliations, account analysis, and cash management
  • Maintain capital structure, charting of accounts and ensure maximization of accounting software.
  • Research treatment of accounting transactions to be in accordance with GAAP and government regulations, as well as international accounting practices.
  • Oversee the preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements and reports.
  • Oversee the preparation of Form 990, and other statutory reporting, and comply with local, state and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings and ensure all returns are filed timely and accurately.
  • Oversee the annual financial audit.
  • Formulate, recommend and implement sound fiscal policies, procedures and internal controls.
  • Provide leadership to accounting personnel through effective goal setting, delegation and communication.
  • Stay abreast of trends and changes in the accounting field.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.


  • Undergraduate degree in Finance, Accounting or related field required. CPA and/or graduate degree preferred.
  • At least six years of collective experience in Finance, Accounting or a related field, plus three years of supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a nonprofit with a mix of funding sources.
  • Thorough understanding of nonprofit accounting and Generally Accepted Accounting Standards (GAAP).
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze numbers; must be detail oriented with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines and objectives.
  • Proven experience using technology to improve financial management systems.
  • Adept at presenting complex financial information in a clear manner to various audiences including senior management, staff members and others.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate diplomatically in a diverse, multi-cultural environment.
  • Experience with accounting systems required.

Interviews will be conducted via video conferencing.

About The GroundTruth Project

Since its incorporation as an independent 501(c)3 organization in 2014, GroundTruth has built award-winning editorial teams to produce in-depth journalism that explores challenging global issues through local, on-the-ground reporting working in more than 50 countries. In 2018, GroundTruth launched Report for America, a new national service program that places talented emerging journalists into local newsrooms in under-covered communities across the United States. The RFA vision is to grow to 1,000 journalists by 2024.

The GroundTruth Project is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected status.