Director of Finance/Controller

San Francisco, CA, USA | Administration | Full-time


Common Sense ( is the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology.

Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on Netflix, Comcast, DirecTV, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 100,000 member schools across the country use our ratings and free curriculum and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, and legislators to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.

We are looking for a director of finance/controller with deep nonprofit accounting and management experience to lead our organization's accounting function. You have eight years of directly related work experience in accounting, preferably servicing a mix of for-profit and nonprofit organizations. You will work with the executive team and with all directors and managers throughout all departments in the organization. The position requires a balance of excellent mentorship and management.

LOCATION: San Francisco, CA

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-time (40 hours per week)

REPORTS TO: Chief financial and administrative officer


  • Manage the day-to-day accounting and monthly/annual financial reporting activities, including processing of contributions, grants, and pledges; grants management and reporting; invoicing of corporate partners; accounts receivable and collection management; development of budgets for grant proposals; and accounts payable.
  • Prepare the audit and Form 990 schedule. Be the main contact with outside independent auditors and tax partners.
  • Produce monthly financial statements and budget reports and assist with quarterly reporting to the finance committee.
  • Assist the chief financial and administrative officer (CFAO) with the annual budget process.
  • Mentor an accounting staff of three.
  • Maintain documents and improve accounting procedures and internal controls.
  • Manage accounting systems and supporting technologies.
  • Be the main contact with banking and credit/payment card partners.
  • Review payroll and 401(k) submissions from the HR department. Be the backup for the payroll and 401(k) function.
  • Be an advisor and resource to senior leaders and budget managers with regard to budget and other financial matters. 
  • Prepare tax filings, such as 1099s, sales and use returns, and other required filings.
  • Work with Labyrinth (our consulting firm) on the annual applications necessary to solicit funds nationally. File state 990s and other required finance/accounting regulatory documents.
  • Produce financial analysis and special studies.
  • Assist the CFAO with special projects and financial analysis.


  • 5 years' experience as a director of finance/controller for a nonprofit with a budget of at least $10 million dollars per year.
  • A four-year degree in finance/accounting is required; MBA is a plus. 
  • A CPA is highly desirable.
  • Experience being in charge of the audit preparation and Form 990 preparation and main contact for the auditors and tax preparers for a minimum of five audits. 
  • Experience preparing and reviewing payroll.
  • Experience reviewing contracts and consulting agreements.
  • At least 5 years' experience managing an accounting team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of FASB and GAAP standards for nonprofit accounting. Familiarity with recent revenue recognition rules for nonprofit and for-profit accounting. Experience with membership organizations is a plus.
  • Knowledge of IRS rules and regulations regarding contributed income and 401(k) plans.
  • Experience with Intacct and Concur.
  • Proficiency in Spanish, or any other second language, is a plus.


  • The chance to work with passionate professionals.
  • A great health and welfare benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, and a matching 401(k).
  • An organization that offers work/life balance.
  • The opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of kids and families!

Common Sense values the diversity of its employees and is an equal opportunity employer.

Common Sense Media will consider employment for qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. However, job offers are made on the condition that the applicant subsequently passes a criminal background check. If the background check indicates a prior criminal conviction, we will conduct an individualized assessment to determine whether the conviction should result in denial of employment.