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Make-A-Wish Foundation of America

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Director, Financial Controller

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Make-A-Wish America is the national headquarters for our organization, providing resources and support for our Chapters around the country. The Finance Team is focused on supporting our chapters through a shared financial services model, providing chapters with financial processing, reporting, and tax filings. They also maintain the financial health of the national office through budgeting, monthly reporting, accounting, reconciliations, and payables.  



The Director, Financial Controller is responsible for maintaining all procedures and controls related to the company's financial accounts. Owns and manages financial and accounting systems and functions for the National Office.


Where You Come In 

As the Director, Financial Controller you will:    

  • Implement and own the accounting and finance infrastructure required for the successful execution of the company’s accounting, transaction monitoring, and financial reporting activities, which includes accounting policy.
  • Identify and implement systems required for monitoring, reporting, analyzing, and controlling the company’s accounting activities according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Identifying and implementing systems required for managing major gifts, grant project, and other special finances and complying with applicable local, State, and Federal regulations
  • Oversee a team of accounting professionals that manage daily accounting needs of the organization including deposits, disbursements, transfers and reconciliations.
  • Oversee all aspects of month-end financial close process to ensure monthly financial information is accurate and books are closed in a timely manner.  
  • Manage accounting for all National revenue sources cash and in-kind, e.g. endowment funds, charitable gift annuities, corporate alliances and investment accounts. 
    Oversees and reviews restriction requirements, including preparation of net asset roll forward.
  • Collaborate with Legal to review and approve contracts.
  • Collaborate with Financial Planning and Analysis function to analyze financial statement variances.
  • Provide accurate and timely financial data for budgetary and financial decisions, tax planning, and return preparation.
  • Manage relationships with external partners such as banking, investment advisors, and acts as the primary contact in the annual external audit process communicating with external auditors, Finance team and National Office staff.
  • Conduct ad-hoc financial analysis and provides recommendations to support strategic decision-making.
  • Perform other job-related duties, as assigned. 


What You’ll Need  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, or related field.
  • CPA designation required.
  • 5-7 years of experience in accounting or related field.
  • 3-5 years in a management or leadership role required.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of nonprofit organizations is preferred.
  • Position may require travel to organizational conferences and events. 




  • Comprehensive benefit package, effective day 1: Medical, Vision*, Dental*, Wellness
  • Competitive compensation with annual incentive potential    
  • Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account Options    
  • Health Reimbursement Account fully funded by Make-A-Wish 
  • Short Term Disability*, Long Term Disability* and Life Insurance 
  • Additional Insurance Plans: Accident, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity, Pet Insurance through Figo 
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with 5% match after one year of service
  • Eligibility for student loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program    



  • Up to 15 PTO days 
  • 10 Sick Days 
  • 11 Paid Holidays 
  • 2 Volunteer Days after one year of service 
  • 2 Personal Days accrued annually   
  • Maternity Leave      


  • Employee Awards and Recognition Programs    
  • Individual and Leadership Development     
  • Discounts and special offers for theme parks, events, hotels, concerts, and movie tickets   

*Monthly premiums paid for the employee for vision, dental, and short/long term disability. 


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Vision 

Make-A-Wish is committed to championing diversity, equity and inclusion, fostering an organization that is accessible and welcoming. In turn, we are uniting communities to help make more wishes possible.

  • Our mission is most effectively fulfilled through a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as core values and practice.
  • It is only through our mosaic of different cultures, perspectives and experiences that we can grant life-changing wishes to every eligible child.
  • As the world’s largest wish-granting organization we stand against racism and intolerance and are committed to representation and acceptance, creating a sense of belonging, and practicing fairness in creating opportunities for our wish families, volunteers and staff. 
  • Diversity: Diversity at Make-A-Wish is about recognizing and valuing our differences as well as focusing on our shared meaning and humanity.​ Diversity is the collection of unique attributes both visible and invisible, traits, and characteristics that make up individuals. They include race, gender, abilities, values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, preferences, behaviors, socioeconomic status, physical appearance, age, sexual orientation/identity, and more.
  • Equity: Equity at Make-A-Wish is ensuring all Wish Kids, families, and volunteers and our stakeholders, regardless of background, receive the resources and support to ensure highly impactful outcomes.
  • Inclusion: Inclusion at Make-A-Wish is creating an environment where Make-A-Wish Kids and families, colleagues, volunteers, and stakeholders feel they are welcomed, respected, and valued, and those feelings are both real & perceived.
  • Belonging: Belonging at Make-A-Wish describes the experience of being accepted, included, and respected by those around you.  You have a sense of community and connection with others and feel that your full potential is engaged in the Make-A-Wish mission.



We respect and ensure equal opportunity, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, perceived disability and other legally protected characteristics. Make-A-Wish America utilizes E-Verify in its hiring practices to achieve a lawful workforce.







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