Apr 30, 2021


  • National Math & Science Initiative
  • Remote
Full-Time Finance/Accounting

Job Description

What do you do all day? 

At NMSI, our people mean everything to us; they are the lifeblood of the organization. Without our staff, NMSI is just an idea. As a senior leader on the Finance team, the Controller is responsible for developing and maintaining NMSI's accounting operations, including the accounting, payroll, accounts payable, and accounts receivable functions. This senior management level position also helps guide NMSI's strategic financial decisions and ensures that expenses are accurate and in line with projected revenue. The Controller reports to the Chief Finance Officer. This is a full-time role based out of a home office anywhere in the contiguous United States.  

What are the details?  

  • Contribute to the development of NMSI's strategic goals and objectives as a member of the Senior Management Team  
  • Oversee accounting operations including, but not limited to, financial statement preparation, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll 
  • Maintain finance policies, internal controls, accounting standards and procedures to ensure compliance with GAAP principles and Federal grant regulations 
  • Oversee contract and risk management 
  • Responsible for grant management, reporting, and compliance, including Federal grant compliance and reporting 
  • Oversee annual financial statement and single audit 
  • Manage the accounting operations team to collaborate with other teams, improve processes and provide professional development opportunities for team members  
  • Promote a team culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality  
  • Other duties as assigned


Want to learn more?  

The National Math and Science Initiative is a national non-profit organization dedicated to transforming math and science education in today's classrooms and ensuring that all students have the knowledge and skills to thrive in the global economy of the 21st century. Founded in 2007, NMSI began by dramatically improving student participation and success in rigorous Advanced Placement math, science and English courses in 85 courses across seven states. Today, NMSI has scaled its proven program to serve more than 1.5 million students, 50,000 teachers, 1,000 high schools and 45 universities across 40 states, and is having a demonstrable and lasting impact on student outcomes.  

NMSI Next, our five-year strategic plan, deepens our commitment to transform our current programs. In doing so, we will also launch a bold approach to partnering with school systems that drives outcomes not only at the student and school system levels, but also at the regional and national levels. NMSI Next is anchored on the concept that the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts and that our teamwork and program work go hand in hand.  Additionally, we believe that our impact at the school system, regional, and national levels will reinforce itself to ensure population level outcomes.  

We believe STEM education is the greatest lever to accessing opportunity and is unmatched in unlocking student potential. 

Specifically, NMSI Next will implement the following strategic levers so that all students, especially those furthest from opportunity, thrive and reach their highest potential as problem solvers and lifelong learners, pursue their passions and tackle the world's toughest challenges. 

  • Catalyze bold thinking and enduring solutions for all students nationally 
  • Collaborate with regional stakeholders to drive sustainable changes 
  • Provide school systems a world class K-12 solution set 
  • Build a strong, sustainable, and nimble organization positioning us to deliver exponential impact 



The organization has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities.   Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. 

National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NMSI complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which we have employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. 

Hiring Organization

National Math & Science Initiative


  • Education & Experience – You have a bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business, or Finance with 7-10 years of non-profit accounting and financial management experience, including experience with complex grants management. CPA is required. You have a deep understanding of GAAP and OBM compliance  
  • Inclusive – You can work effectively with people regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or job type—or any other factor that makes us unique! 
  • Organized & Productive – You are a master at planning your day and not letting distractions come in between meeting your goals. You can multi-task in a fast-paced environment with fluctuating priorities and deadlines.  
  • Reliable – You can work without direct supervision and efficiently manage tasks and time.  
  • Flexible – You are comfortable working in an ambiguous environment with competing priorities; you are willing to travel a few times throughout the year when necessary.  
  • Growth Mindset – You learn from failure and crave feedback because you know that it makes you better; you are also not afraid to give feedback to your manager or colleagues.  
  • Tech Savvy – You embrace technology as a tool to enhance your work effectiveness but not a tool to replace hard work. You have expert level experience with Excel. Experience with Financial Edge a plus.  

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Generous paid time off, including a week-long break around the winter holidays.

85% of premium paid for employee-only medical, dental, and vision coverage, with a portion for spouses and children. 

Competitive compensation commensurate with experience.

 401(k) retirement plan, with up to a 6% employer match.


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