Job #1705: Assistant Controller- New York (10-8-21)

Job Title

Assistant Controller


New York


Commensurate with experience


About Central Park and the Central Park Conservancy:

Central Park is one of the most famous and beloved urban public spaces in the world. Designed by
Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1857, the 843-acre park was the first purpose-built
public park in the country and is a National Historic Landmark. The Central Park Conservancy, a
private not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1980 to rescue the Park which had fallen into
serious disrepair. Since that time, the Conservancy has overseen the investment of approximately
$1 billion in the restoration of the Park, and now hosts over 40 million visitors a year.

The Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and celebrate Central Park as a sanctuary from the pace
and pressures of city life, enhancing the enjoyment and wellbeing of all. The City of New York has
formally entrusted the care of the Park to the Conservancy which is responsible for every aspect of
the Park’s care, including landscape maintenance, capital improvements, and the visitor experience.
Committed to sharing the best practices in urban park management, the Conservancy also serves
as a resource for other NYC parks and for public-private partnerships around the world. The
Conservancy employs roughly 325 people and has an operating budget of $80 million.

Job Summary

The Assistant Controller will be responsible for the management and review of general accounting
functions at CPC. This includes general ledger maintenance, accrual processing, asset
management, statistical accumulation, and analysis. The position is also responsible for financial
statement and report preparation on a regular and special request basis. The Assistant Controller
will assist departments with annual budget preparation and budget reviews, as well as reviewing
entries to the general and subsidiary ledgers to assure accuracy.

Summary of Essential Job Functions

• Support the Controller in oversight and review of activities conducted within the accounting department
• Regularly review entries to the general and statistical ledgers to assure accuracy and compliance with established accounting principles and procedures
• Manage team’s professional development plans and train employees on CPC accounting processes
• Monitor established internal controls to assure proper compliance
• Maintain a documented system of accounting policies and procedures for the organization

Account Activity and Reporting
• Support the Controller in completing monthly, quarterly, and annual close process
• Prepare financial and statistical reports as required
• Supervise cash transactions, reconciliations, and report on cash account balances with projections
• Monitor and report accounts receivable and accounts payable activity for senior leadershipreview
• Review general ledger account balances and provide variance analysis
• Monitor corporate card activity for proper use and risk
• Reconcile payroll and 403b totals and complete retirement plan submission as part of the biweekly payroll process
• Manage revenue and contribution dashboards for senior leadership reporting
• Assist cross functional departments in the preparation of annual capital, expense, activity budgets and periodic budget to actual reports
• Assist in the preparation of cost reimbursement reports and other interim reports as may be required
• Update finance calendar to ensure the team meets reporting deadlines
• Maintain an orderly electronic accounting and compliance document retention system in coordination with other CPC departments

Compliance and Risk Management
• Coordinate and manage annual financial audits as required by CPC policy, government
regulations, and other external authorities
• Assist with the annual preparation and submission of Forms 5500 and 8955-SSA for 403(b) plan
• Assist in the preparation of IRS Form 990, state tax filings, and other required IRS filings
• Ensure compliance with regulations governing CPC's fund management (Federal and local)
• Monitor guidance and requirements from external stakeholders and authority agencies to
ensure CPC remains compliant with new regulations (Federal and local) Financial Systems
• Manage accounting system upgrades and system integrations with financial reporting and
analytical tools (i.e., reporting, budgeting, and payables systems)
• Identify opportunities to streamline activities through system improvements and advancedautomation

Key relationships
• Development, Women’s Committee and Special Events Teams
• Planning, Design and Construction
o VP Program and Project Management
o Manager Administration
• Legal and Compliance
o Senior Legal Counsel & Director of Corporate Compliance
• People & Culture
o Senior Director, People Services and Systems
o Director of Employee Experience and Engagement
o Payroll Manager
• Information Technology
o VP Information Technology
o Director of Information Technology
o Systems Manager
• Retail Operations
o Associate Director of Retail Services

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance
• CPA highly desirable or 7-10 years of accounting experience
• Strong understanding of GAAP accounting and non-profit finance
• Knowledge of Blackbaud Financial and Raiser’s Edge preferred
• Knowledge of data processing capabilities and procedures
• Strong communication skills
• Ability to build trusting relationships with various stakeholders
• Strong Excel skills or comparable database
• Critical-thinking skills with the ability to navigate complex and first-time accounting transactions, review, and site authoritative literature.
• Experience managing and mentoring team members
• Experience working in the non-profit sector preferred



Interested candidates should e-mail resume to Michele Schaffer at Please mention that you are a member of EisnerAmper's Friends of the Firm program. Make sure to include Job #1705 in the subject line and to copy on your email.