The Bronx Defenders

  • Assistant Controller

    Posted Date 6 days ago(12/6/2018 2:45 PM)
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  • Overview

    The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an experienced Assistant Controller with a commitment to social justice and experience serving individuals in racially and socioeconomically marginalized communities.

    BxD is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the justice system, and, in doing so, is transforming the system itself. BxD seeks thoughtful, creative, energetic individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic and diverse staff. Our staff of over 300 includes interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, benefits specialists, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, all of whom collaborate to provide holistic legal and social service advocacy. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have pioneered a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for our clients.

    Each year, we defend 27,000 low-income Bronx residents in criminal, civil, child welfare, and immigration cases, and reach thousands more through our community intake, youth mentoring, and outreach programs. Through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community organizing, we push for systemic reform at the local, state, and national level. We take what we learn from the clients and communities that we serve, and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.


    Role And Responsibilities

    The Assistant Controller will have the primary responsibility for overall effective financial management of all assets and liabilities; supervising the daily operations of the Finance team; ensuring complete and accurate recording of transactions in the general ledger and prompt reconciliations; monitoring pledge and receivable collections; and working with the auditors ensuring overall compliance with accounting/tax pronouncements. The ideal candidate will be a proactive, hands-on strategic thinker who, in partnership with the Controller, will have responsibility for all aspects of the finance function. This is a full-time exempt 40 hour per week position.

    Accounting And Financial Control

    • Manage the accuracy and productivity of day-to-day activities of accounts payable, cash management, accounts/pledge receivables, bi-weekly payroll, inventory, fixed assets, credit card merchant accounts, and general and entity accounting functions within GAAP and an effective framework of internal controls
    • Supervises a team of finance staff in their accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and purchasing functions
    • Oversees accuracy of financial data entry, and acts as the accounting software power-user, training staff on proper usage
    • Review and approve all journal entries & reconciliations
    • Prepare monthly, quarterly and year-end financial statements and supporting schedules
    • Oversee allocations of overhead, occupancy and shared costs to programs
    • Works with Director of Development and their staff to prepare grant requests, and report on funds received.


    • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics, Finance/Accounting, Non-Profit Management or other related field preferred or equivalent 10 years’ experience in finance
    • Five to eight years of broad finance experience, including experience with budget planning, financial statement preparation, general ledger functions and the month-end/year-end close process preferably for a nonprofit organization,
    • Thorough knowledge of accounting principles and procedures
    • Experience with management and billing of city and state government contracts
    • Demonstrated excellence in managing finance, accounting, budgeting, control, and reporting
    • In-depth knowledge of Abila software preferred


    Salary is commensurate with experience, the salary range for this position is approximately $80,000 to $90,000.  Full-time employees are also eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision coverage; a 403(b) plan with employer contribution; a generous vacation, sick leave, and parental leave policy; and a professional development fund. More specific information about salary and benefits will be provided when and if an offer is extended.


    To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload both a cover letter and resume as a single document when prompted. Applications missing any components or not submitted in the requested manner will not be considered.


    The application deadline is Monday, January 3rd, 2019, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified.

    Please contact Candice Carnage, Chief Operating Officer, via email at with any questions regarding the position.



    The Bronx Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, orientations, experiences and communities to apply.


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