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  Job Description

ABOUT THE POSITION:  The Controller will manage financial reporting and analyses, internal controls, financial compliance, audit and tax functions and will coordinate the daily operations of all accounting functions.  The Controller reports to the Director of Finance and leads a team of six accounting staff to coordinate Payroll, G/L and Bank Account Reconciliation, Banking Operations, Accounts Payable and Receivable, Rent Collection, and Project Accounting.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Compass Housing Alliance develops and provides essential services and affordable housing for homeless and low-income people in the greater Puget Sound region. We envision a world in which every person lives in a safe and caring community. To learn more about the agency visit

LOCATION: Headquarters in Pioneer Square

REPORTS TO: Director of Finance


SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday Days

SALARY RANGE: DOE and within Compass ranges


Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice. The employee in this position must be able to read, write, and understand English.

 Internal Controls

  • Establishes and maintains accounting systems and internal controls that meet or surpass Generally Accepted Accounting Practices, Uniform Grant Guidance auditing standards and all compliance requirements of our public and private funders.
  • Documents and maintains complete and accurate supporting information for all financial transactions.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of policies, procedures and internal controls for accounting operations.
  • As the MIP administrator, continually updates the accounting system to accommodate new programs, companies, and user rights. Ensures that the financial reporting system meets the diverse needs of Compass Housing Alliance’s stakeholders.


  • Directly supervisees the Accounting Manager and Financial Services Accountant. Responsible to recruit, mentor, train, manage, and evaluate a diverse team, keeping a strong focus on Compass’s mission.
  • Coordinates the month and year-end closing processes, including indirect cost allocations.
  • Supports the Director of Finance in developing the annual agency operating budget.
  • Works with the Accounting Manager and Finance Director to prepare budgets and financial reporting for service contracts with the City, County, State, and Federal Government.
  • Files all City and State Excise and B&O tax returns.
  • Ensure excellent customer service by providing timely, accurate, and relevant information to all stakeholders.
  • Participates with the Management team to support the Compass Housing Alliance mission, develop new projects, and implement organization policies.

Audit & Reporting

  • Provides oversight and coordinates monitoring visits by governmental funders, including responding to information requests.
  • Prepares financials for funders and LIHTC tax partners and fields ad hoc requests for financial information from the same.
  • Grant Guidance auditing standards and all compliance requirements of our public and private funders.
  • Prepares all audit schedules and manages the annual audit process for all entities; provides liaison with external auditors.


  • Keep immediate superior promptly and fully informed of all problems or unusual matters of significance and take prompt corrective action where necessary or suggest alternative courses of action which may be taken.
  • Maintain a favorable working relationship with all other company employees to foster and promote a cooperative and harmonious working climate which will be conducive to maximum employee morale, productivity, and efficiency/effectiveness.
  • Project a favorable image of the organization in order to promote its aims and objectives and foster and enhance public recognition and acceptance of all of its areas of endeavor.
  • Perform all duties and responsibilities in a timely and effective manner in accordance with established company policies to achieve the overall objectives of this position.


  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Directly supervises up to 2 employees.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; monitoring performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.


  • Demonstrated competency in understanding compliance regulations for Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) properties, standards used for OMB A-133 audits, 990 filing requirements, and local tax code.
  • Strong analytical and reconciliation skills and the ability to dependably meet deadlines and prioritize work amidst competing demands
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse economic circumstances, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, physical and mental abilities, and sexual orientation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with ability to communicate effectively about technical problems and solutions. Strong problem solving, time and project management skills are required to be successful in this role.
  • Ability and aptitude with technology necessary for successful day-to-day functioning in business environment including various databases, Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook, etc., and Internet technology.
  • Valid WA driver’s license, proof of insurance, and a driving record that meets Compass standards, required.


  • A Bachelor’s degree is strongly desired, master’s preferred in Accounting/Finance or related field. Or relevant work experience, certificate and/or equivalent continuing professional development or education.
  • A successful candidate will have at least 5 years of progressive responsibility in areas of non-profit accounting.
  • Proven experience in a related industry and a working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Experience working in the MIP system, preferred.
  • Familiarity with issues of homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, sexual assault, and/or domestic violence, desired.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.
  • The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, type, and reach with hands and arms; and requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies up to 20 pounds.
  • Work takes place in an office environment where long periods of sitting, working on a computer, walking to various work areas, going up and down stairs, and standing are required.
  • Travel to program sites and meetings outside the office and around the county are necessary.

Mental efforts like attention to detail, interacting with others in-person and through email, using critical thinking skills to strategize, develop and implement business plans, create and edit documents, listen and participate verbally at meetings. 

In compliance with the ADA Amendment Act, should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources department via phone at 206-474-1100 or via e-mail at


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is normal. Compass programs are housed within a human services environment in the Greater Seattle area. Our diverse tenant community includes many single, formerly homeless adults who lack any family support system. Compounding the constraints of poverty, our client community includes the physically and mentally disabled, persons living with AIDS, those who struggle with chemical dependencies, veterans, and vulnerable, elderly adults. Working at Compass will mean that you will be in close proximity to the people we serve. This position is eligible for occasional remote work.


Compass Housing Alliance is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and treats all employees and applicants equally without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, color, creed, disability, familial status, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, parental status, political ideology, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, use of section 8 certificate, use of service animal, and all other groups protected by law, and promotes diversity in its workforce. Compass Housing Alliance takes affirmative action to implement programs and maintain practices and policies that eliminate barriers to equal employment opportunity. Our program is available for review by employees and applicants for employment in the Human Resources Office during regular office hours.

  Metro Area Seattle WA
  Job Location City Seattle
  Job Location State Washington
  Job Location Zip 98104
  Job Location Country United States
  Job Category Accounting and Finance
  Prefered Experience 5 year(s)
  Job Type Full time
  Job Posting Date Sep. 29, 2017

Organization Details

  Organization Name Compass Housing Alliance
  Organizational Focus Shelter/Emergency Shelter, Social Services
  Contact Person Danielle Shoemake
  Contact Phone none posted
  Contact Fax none posted
  Contact Email
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