The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California. The Foundation’s current focus is a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided more than $2.0 billion in grants to organizations throughout California. With about $3 billion in assets, the Foundation will make grants of $128 million in 2021. We have about 55 staff across two offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Irvine Foundation is committed, internally and externally, to the values of accountability, curiosity, empathy, equity, nimbleness, partnership, and transparency.
Reporting to the Director of Finance (Director), the Controller is responsible for the day-to-day accounting for the Foundation’s financial transactions, as well as for developing, implementing, and ensuring compliance with financial policies and procedures consistent with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). As supervisor of all accounting staff, the Controller coordinates and reviews their work, providing technical guidance as needed and supporting their continuous professional and career development.
The Controller is responsible for maintaining and continuously improving the system of financial controls, including general accounting, investment accounting, tax compliance and planning, budgeting, banking, payroll, and benefits. In collaboration with the Director, the Controller develops and conducts financial and systems analysis, and recommends and enforces relevant policies and procedures conducive to smooth Foundation operations. Additionally, the Controller works with outside auditors and tax consultants to prepare the annual audit and all federal and state tax returns.
Accounting and Financial Reporting Functions
Control Assurance and Compliance
Finance Operations and Analysis
Communication and Staff Development
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Senior Manager, Executive Search
Reports to: Director of Finance