Controller – Temple Beth Shalom

May 16, 2017
Miriah Pooler

Temple Beth Shalom is a vibrant and growing Reform Jewish congregation of more than 800 households. We are a caring community of individuals and families of diverse backgrounds and ages.  With innovative and nationally recognized K-12 and Children’s Center programs, and the spiritual guidance of two Senior Rabbis, we aspire to meet the spiritual, intellectual, social, and cultural needs of each member of our Temple family.

Our temple home is an active and busy center of community life. With the completion of a transformational building project in August 2016, Temple Beth Shalom has begun an exciting new chapter in its development.


Reporting both to the Temple Treasurer and Senior Rabbi, this full-time, hands-on Controller will partner closely with clergy, lay leadership and department heads.  S/he will possess outstanding accounting and analytical skills and also be skilled at addressing multiple priorities in a collaborative, nonprofit environment.

Primary Duties and Functions

  • Responsible for daily operations of the financial functions for the temple, including general accounting and recordkeeping consistent with GAAP standards, accounts receivable, collections and human resources/payroll.  Oversee accounts payable function.
  • Monitor and maintain system of accounting, internal controls, and exercise prudent financial judgment.  Make recommendations for improvements, policies and procedures, as appropriate.
  • Facilitate membership billing of all categories, collections and existing processes for financial assistance.
  • Compile monthly financial statements with related budget/forecast variance analysis, cash flow analysis and projections, investments accounting and analysis, fundraising accounting and analysis, and other financial statistical reporting, in various formats for multiple audiences.
  • Plan, facilitate, and manage the annual financial audit.
  • Stay abreast of state and federal guidelines for financial, wage and labor laws, ERISA, and GAAP
  • Administer internal payroll function and coordinate activities of outside payroll service.
  • Ensure the integrity of fixed assets accounting system and monitor the calculation of monthly and annual depreciation expense.
  • Provide accounting and business support services for all temple constituencies and assist in developing the annual budget/forecast process.
  • Administer employee benefits and other human resources functions
  • Supervise Finance Assistant and additional finance resources as required
  • Work collaboratively to introduce best practices and best systems for the fiscal and administrative operations of our growing community

Qualifications and Attributes

  • At least five years of experience with demonstrated leadership and expertise in accounting and human resources. Experience in a not-for-profit organization is preferred but not required.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required.  A Master’s degree in accounting is desired.
  • Mastery of GAAP is required. Proficiency with QuickBooks, Excel, and relational databases is required.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, written skills
  • Highly motivated, curious, creative, and energetic
  • Ability to conduct sensitive financial conversations with membership with grace
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to appropriately prioritize multiple tasks and adhere to deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a mission driven organization and deliver top level service with a positive customer service approach

How to apply

We urge all applicants to review the website,, to familiarize themselves with Temple Beth Shalom before applying.  Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter specifically outlining how he/she would fit into this role and email it to Please put “Temple Beth Shalom” in the email subject line. Please note that neither phone calls nor applications sent via U.S. mail will be accepted.

Temple Beth Shalom is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender identity, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.