Controller, National

Reports to: Vice President of Finance, National

Desired Start date: August 2022 

Location: Chicago, IL 

Salary Range: $123,000 – $130,000 is the hiring salary range (i.e. the range a candidate would be offered to start). Please note: OneGoal aligns salaries to Cost of Labor, so the actual salary offered would be dependent on the Cost of Labor in the candidate’s living location.

About OneGoal

Despite decades of work and millions of  dollars invested, the degree divide continues to be one of our nation’s most complex and critical injustices, with deep roots in systems of oppression and racism.  Only 22% of students from low-income communities earn a college degree, compared to 67% of their peers from high-income areas. 

COVID-19 further exposed and exacerbated inequity, with communities of color and those in low-income areas impacted at disproportionately high rates. We are looking for individuals to join us in our fight for equity during this extremely critical time.

  • OneGoal has grown from a small afterschool program serving just 32 students in Chicago to a nationwide movement that is serving some 13,500 students in six communities.
  • Our model, honed over 14 years, has three core differentiators: A rigorous, culturally relevant content and experience, cohorts of students who can support each other over the course of three years, and a teacher who supports our most vulnerable students’ long-term ambitions.
  • 84% of OneGoal high school graduates enroll in a postsecondary institution and 75% of those who enroll persist one year after high school.

OneGoal is launching our 2025 Strategic Plan focused on improving our impact, scale, and sustainability. Our Controller will play an integral role in ensuring we are able to balance these three as we take on new and exciting opportunities to solve this problem at scale. By 2025, OneGoal Fellows will be on track to graduate at two times  the rate of students from similar backgrounds. We will have successfully diversified our product offerings to increase equitable postsecondary advising across entire systems. And we will be ready to achieve impact at scale, responding to the massive injustice of the degree divide with a bold solution of equal force.

The Role

Reporting to the Vice President of Finance and working closely with the leadership group of OneGoal, the Controller will manage a team of two accounting staff and additional part-time support, overseeing all accounting functions, systems, and processes for the organization. This includes leadership of all day-to-day accounting activities in accordance with GAAP accounting standards. They will set the vision and direction for accounting processes and controls and will lead with the highest sense of integrity and focus on accounting excellence in support of  strong program outcomes for our Fellows. 


You will do this by:

  • Serving as chief accountant for the organization (20%)
    • Be the resident expert in US GAAP
    • Lead accounting communication to the organization to alert staff of important developments in accounting and their impacts to operations, processes, and controls
    • Provide subject matter expertise on matters affecting/affected by accounting considerations to leadership and the organization


  • Leading efforts on accounting compliance, audit activities, and statutory reporting (20%)
    • Set a vision for culture of strong compliance and internal controls and build processes that reinforce that vision
    • Maintain internal controls and compliance on par with SOX, implementing and documenting standard operating procedures and controls and making adjustments as needed for areas like federal funding and single audit requirements
    • Lead audit prep, engagement, and execution and be the point person for the external auditors
    • Complete all statutory and 990/tax reporting


  • Setting the vision and direction for all accounting processes for the organization (20%)
    • Establish vision for accounting procedures and policies, and document all standard operating procedures and policies for accounting processes
    • Lead monthly, quarterly, and yearly  close process and drive cycle time improvements
    • Lead ERP system management of accounting processes, leveraging current modules and exploring new modules as needed
    • Identify and implement controls and policies needed to meet state and federal grant requirements


  • Managing the Accounting team in execution of monthly accounting processes (20%)
    • Manage 2 full time (Staff Accountant and Grant Accountant)  and 1 part time accountants (Bookkeeper) in execution of all accounting processes
    • Oversee execution of monthly close processes and all accounting operations
    • Ensure all members are aligned with team values and engaged in the implementation of your vision
    • Implement clear segregation of duties to maintain strong internal controls 


  • Increasing internal staff capacity to ensure team members are effective in their role (15%)
    • Champion, foster and embed an inclusive, equitable and unbiased approach into all management and coaching
    • Ensure team members are effective, developed and retained, without differentiation in retention based on sub-groups (e.g. race, ethnicity, gender)
    •  Effectively manage and work across lines of difference by taking an affirmative stance to difference that models an environment of inclusivity


  • Executing special projects/duties as assigned by manager (5%)

The Person 

Though the Controller is likely to see himself/herself/themselves in the following examples, these are not requirements. These examples are designed to help you determine if this opportunity aligns with your own passion and purpose.   


You believe deeply in our Fellows and their ability to graduate from college.

  • You believe that our Fellows face real systemic barriers to college graduation, and that empowering their families, their teachers and themselves to own their unique path will help them to overcome those barriers.


You are organized and have a keen attention to detail.

  • Things don’t fall through the cracks with you because you understand what’s at stake.  You’re proactive in establishing personal systems and processes to ensure your ability to keep track of high volumes of information, to easily access it and to use that information to make data-informed decisions.  
  • You are a strong planner and are constantly assessing your priorities to manage self/up/out on diverse projects, against competing deadlines and around unanticipated requests. This allows you to be responsive to the needs of others and solve problems as they arise. 


You are a strategic visionary – who puts it into practice.

  • You are driven by a bold vision of what’s possible, and can quickly and effectively build momentum around that vision across diverse constituencies. 
  • You can also break down a complex vision into clear, tangible, and measureable milestones for yourself and others. You see the big picture, but you thrive in the gradual pursuit.
  • You can see connections across lines of work and you maximize those connections by opening lines of communication and forming strong collaborative partnerships.


  You excitedly identify and confront challenges and opportunities.

  • You see challenges as opportunities to take your critical thinking skills and impact to the next level.  You operate with a strong sense of personal responsibility when it comes to solving challenges.
  • You analyze data and marshal resources to ensure our students and school partners have what they need to make college possible.


You value working collaboratively and innovatively.

  • You constantly strive to learn from and share learnings with your teammates, no matter your current knowledge or experience.
  • You know when and how to engage other key stakeholders that have the insight and positional authority to help you and others overcome obstacles and seize viable beneficial opportunities in a timely way.
  • You do not operate as a blind executor of pre-existing practices; instead, you thoughtfully evaluate the OneGoal program and identify ways to elevate our program’s effectiveness.


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Lived experience of the Fellows we serve (Preferred)
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting and CPA (Required)
  • MBA (preferred)
  • Deep understanding of and significant experience with accounting functions in a non-profit environment, including grant accounting, single audits, and designing internal controls (Required) 
  • Knowledge of GAAP and experience with conducting and leading monthly close processes (Required)
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, able to set up systems and processes to streamline accounting functions (Required)
  • Strong analytical skills to solve problems and use data to anticipate questions and problems (Required)
  • Capable leader with track record of reaching ambitious results in leading teams (Required)
  • Master level proficiency in Microsoft Excel and NetSuite ERP (Required), proficiency in PowerPoint and Word (Preferred)


This position requires that the employee be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 on or before the start date.  Consistent with applicable laws, OneGoal will provide reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified employees and prospective employees with a disability (as defined by applicable law) or sincerely-held religious beliefs, provided that such accommodation would not result in an undue hardship on OneGoal. 

Our Team 

Guided by a clear set of core values and beliefs, you will join an impressive group of more than 170 OneGoal staff across the country who believe in the untapped potential within students. The OneGoal team challenges themselves and others to regularly ask, “Is there a better way?” 


The Tangible Good 

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package* which includes medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, long-term disability, life insurance, retirement matching, paid parental leave, and more. We also offer a generous paid time off policy, including 20 paid vacation days, holidays and 9 wellness days (flexible sick time). 

*OneGoal reserves the right to change benefits at anytime according to business need.  


You believe in people and the promise of humanity and are committed to equity and inclusion 

You believe in an inclusive and culturally competent society and the essence of our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We believe that in order to create the change we seek, each person we hire brings a remarkable and diverse set of experiences, skills and characteristics that individually and collectively, will contribute to the radical change needed to move us towards a more equitable and just nation.


Throw Your Hat in the Ring

Please use the “Apply For This Job Now” link at the bottom of this page to complete an application, which includes attaching an updated resume and brief cover letter explaining your passion and alignment to this position.

If you require a reasonable accommodation to submit an application or to participate in the application or interview process, please reach out to our Human Assets Team to request an accommodation. Our Human Assets Team can be contacted at 773-321-2630 or


OneGoal is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of actual or perceived sex, race, color, ancestry, citizenship, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability (mental or physical), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, parenthood, genetic characteristic or information, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local law.