At Central Synagogue


Posted on January 6, 2017

Our Vision
Central Synagogue is a thriving reform congregation in midtown Manhattan, serving 2,300 families and the larger community. We work tirelessly toward a world in which Judaism is central to the lives of Jews everywhere and is a profound and positive force for humanity. We are relentless in our pursuit of that goal, constantly evolving to reach far beyond the walls of our synagogue to learn, worship, serve and continually redefine what it means to be Jewish today. For more information about our organization visit

Job Summary/Objective
The Contoller reports to the Executive Director of the organization and manages of team of 5 finance professionals. He/she is responsible for oversight of day to day financial operation, financial reporting and analytics, development of our annual budgets, and management of our annual audit. The individual will use technology to create efficiencies in our processes and to ensure we capture data and conduct analytics to drive key decision making within the synagogue. He/she will establish strong working relationships with other senior leaders across the synagogue helping to identify policy and process improvements to ensure the synagogue achieves its financial goals. He/she will have oversight of the Audit Committee.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the day to day accounting function including accounts receivable, payables and payroll.
  • Manage cash flow, restricted funds, and billing function. Collaborate with Director of Program Management and Membership on billing and dunning processes.
  • Leverage automation to drive efficiencies and increase availabity of data, for example, on discretionary expenses and fixed assets inventory.
  • Provide actionable reporting by department to Synagogue leadership, the Finance and Executive Committees, and Board of Trustee as required. Provide insights on risks and opportunities, and prepare periodic forecasts for both revenue and expenses.
  • Develop and lead the annual budget process for both operating and capital budgets. Support the Executive Director in development of budget guidelines and consult with department heads in achievement of the established goals.
  • Manage ongoing refinement of current policies related to Finance including our Purchasing Policy and Clergy Directed Funds Policy.
  • Develops and maintain procedures and controls to assure the integrity of the accounting system and manage the annual audit process working with the Audit Committee.
  • Oversee and ensure compliance with all tax, regulatory and payroll requirements.
  • Manage talent on team providing strong leadership to support employee development.
  • Manage departmental budget

Core Competencies

  • Ability to manage in a fast paced environment, able to manage competing priorities.
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Proven experience managing teams.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Able to work independently with strong initiative.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in accounting or finance; CPA and/or MBA preferred and 10-12+ years prior finance experience, some nonprofit experience preferred but not mandatory
  • Experience with accounting, budgeting and financial planning.
  • Demonstrated experience leveraging technology in a financial environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with staff and across various stakeholders, with strong influence management skills.
  • Strong people leader who builds outstanding teams and successfully manages talent.

Full-time, FLSA classification (exempt and not eligible for OT).

Monday through Thursday 9:00am-5:30pm, Friday 9:00-4:30pm, or equivalent.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job and may change at any time.

Application Process
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter addressed to Marcia Caban, and three references to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please reference “Controller” in the subject line of your email. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

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Central Synagogue, a 503(c) religious organization, employs 80 full-time and 30+ part time staff positions in more than a dozen departments, including our Religious School; Nursery School and Early Childhood Center; clergy study; membership, finance, communications, technology, development, maintenance, events, and administrative support teams. Our staff, which we consider "a team," is committed to excellence in our work. Central offers generous benefits and paid time off to its employees. We invite you to review our current openings and apply here. Central Synagogue is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

X Central Synagogue will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, sex, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, military status, marital status, physical and mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. It is the policy of the Congregation that certain positions must be filled by persons of the Jewish faith as a bona fide occupational qualification. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment. All employees, regardless of position, are expected to maintain and contribute to this policy.