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Controller at Newsela
New York City, NY, US

Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that brings together engaging, accessible content with integrated assessments and insights to supercharge reading engagement and learning in every subject. We are dedicated to our mission to unlock the written word for everyone. More than three years since our launch, Newsela is already in 75% of schools, across all 50 U.S. states, in addition to being in over 180 countries. The result has been more engaged readers—and engaged readers are better learners.

Our growing company is looking for a Financial Controller to lead our core accounting team.  You will undertake all aspects of financial management, including corporate accounting, regulatory and financial reporting, management of the external audit, taxation as well as development of internal control policies and procedures. This positions reports to the Chief Financial Officer.


  • Oversee all accounting activities to include accurate and timely reporting of the Company’s financials in accordance with US GAAP standards, regulatory guidelines and company procedures
  • Design, document, implement and manage policies and procedures with respect to revenue recognition, accounts payable, accounts receivables, payroll, month end close and other accounting operations to ensure timely and accurate financial reporting
  • Manage and analyze monthly financial statements and reports to ensure integrity of the financial statements
  • Improve, monitor and enforce internal controls, policies and procedures
  • Manage annual external audit process
  • Partner with Sales Ops to support deals and review sales compensation plans
  • Review contracts for financial and accounting implications to the business
  • Assess next level G/L options and oversee implementation
  • Coordinate the preparation of regulatory reporting and research technical accounting issues for compliance
  • Oversee and manage accounting team and the month-end and year-end close process
  • Ensure quality control over financial transactions and financial reporting
  • Manage and comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings
  • Cash and payroll management

 Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
  • CPA
  • Over six years of related professional experience, including management experience
  • Hand-on experience managing the monthly close process
  • Demonstrated experience in a fast paced, fast growing technology company, ideally SaaS experience
  • Demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, training and mentoring a high performing accounting team
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively implementing financial systems
  • Demonstrated experience managing annual audits and all tax-related matters

Ideal Candidate

  • Advanced degree in Accounting
  • Proven success as a Controller in a Saas company
  • Big 4 experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Prides him/herself on accurate financial reporting
  • A self-starter with meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills

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