Job Description


Epicenter is the hub of the Greater Memphis entrepreneurship movement. With its network of partners, we deploy strategies to increase support to new and existing entrepreneurs for business growth.




The Controller will lead all day-to-day finance operations of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, payroll, and financial aspects of grants/fundraising administration. The Controller will ensure that correct systems and procedures are in place to support effective program implementation and conduct flawless audits. This position will serve as the principal liaison to the external auditor.


These duties and responsibilities are judged to be “essential functions” in terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Accounting and Finance

  • Working with the President and CEO, prepares the annual budget and financial forecasts. Monitors and analyzes monthly operating results against budget.
  • Coordinates the yearly financial audit with the organization’s audit firm.
  • Oversees all accounts, ledgers and reporting systems ensuring compliance with GAAP standards, regulatory requirements and rules for non-profits.
  • Prepares financial reports as requested by management and the board. Together with the President and CEO, attends board and committee meetings and presents, or assists in presentation of, budgets, forecasts and other financial matters.
  • Monitors internal controls and safeguards for receipt of revenues, costs, payables, program budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with the Board of Directors, donors, partners and the financial community.
  • Responsible for all tax planning and compliance with all federal, state and local tax laws.
  • Prepares required quarterly and annual reports to the State of Tennessee and coordinates preparation of Internal Revenue Service Form 990.

Grants Administration

  • Supports Grants Administration and the Director of Collective Impact in grant applications and reports, including preparation of grant budgets.
  • Tracks expenditures and classifies to grants as required.

Other Duties

  • Evaluates and recommends insurance coverage for protections against property losses and potential liabilities of all types.
  • Working with HR personnel and the organization’s payroll administrator, insures payroll is timely completed.


  • Personal qualities of integrity and credibility.
  • Must enjoy working with a team and on an individual basis.
  • A track record in grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting of government, corporate and foundation grants is essential.
  • Hands-on knowledge of Quickbooks accounting software.
  • Professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to simultaneously manage several projects.
  • Ability to work with board members, grantors and donors, and partners.

Education This position requires at least a Bachelor’s degree (B.S./B.A.) from a four-year college or university.

Experience This position requires at least five years experience in the non-profit environment and in these areas: coordinating audit activities; reporting; forecasting; budget development and profitability analysis; accounts payable; general ledger; payroll; restricted/designated funds; and accounting for investments.

Preference will be given to applicants with a current CPA license.


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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, hear, and use hands to touch, handle, or feel. The specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus, especially due to concentration on a computer screen and graphics.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The qualifications listed above are guidelines for selection purposes; alternative qualifications may be substituted if sufficient to perform the duties of the job.

Epicenter is an equal opportunity employer. In an effort to further actualize our organizational value of equity, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and differently-abled people are highly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to:

Via e-mail: Via mail: Epicenter Jobs, 902 S. Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104

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