Mar 09, 2023


  • The Holdsworth Center
  • Hybrid (Austin, TX, USA)
Full-Time Finance/Accounting

Job Description


The Holdsworth Center seeks a ​Controller​ who believes in the promise of public schools to deliver excellent and equitable results for students, and who believes their unique skills and inner purpose would be a great match for Holdsworth’s mission, culture and values.  

Our organization & mission  

The Holdsworth Center is an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit founded in 2017 by Charles Butt, an education philanthropist and Chairman of H-E-B, a regional retail company. Our mission is to impact, over time, the quality of K-12 public education for all Texas students by supporting and developing leaders.  

 The Holdsworth Center partners with Texas public school districts to help educators become experts at leadership and to grow stronger leaders within their own systems. Holdsworth makes investments within districts and brings education leaders from across Texas to learn at its Campus on Lake Austin, a one-of-a-kind place dedicated to the idea that public education matters. Holdsworth hosts educators for learning sessions on the 44-acre campus, which has 186 sleeping rooms and state-of-the-art classroom space.  

 Our work  

In our leadership development programs, superintendents, central office administrators, principals, assistant principals, teachers and other campus leaders engage with some of the nation's top experts in their fields from a variety of sectors, including K-12 education, academia, government and business.  

In some of our partner districts, we embed Holdsworth consultants to work hand-in-hand with central office leaders to define what great leadership looks and help them build custom solutions to identify and develop future campus leaders, place them in leadership roles and support them as they progress in their leadership journey.  

Our theory of action is that stronger leaders will build stronger systems that achieve stronger results for students. That belief is backed by research showing that after teachers, school leaders have the greatest influence on student outcomes.

 Our culture & values 

We have three core values at Holdsworth: Drive for Excellence & Equity, Be of Service and Believe in People. Our values flow from the vision and beliefs of our founder, Charles Butt, and guide our daily words and actions, bringing meaning to the work we do.  

 About the Position 

​The Controller, reporting to the CFO, will oversee the financial operations of the organization, ensuring that all financial activities are in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and accounting principles. They will be responsible for managing the day-to-day accounting functions, financial reporting, budgeting, and financial analysis.​ 

Hiring Organization

The Holdsworth Center



  • ​Manage one accountant and oversee and perform day-to-day accounting operations including general accounting, accounts payable, procurement, travel and expense, accounts receivable, payroll and taxes 
  • ​Perform critical accounting functions including review of journal entries, oversee month/year end close processes, review reconciliations for cash, investments, fixed assets, and other balance sheet accounts.​ 
  • Perform accounting for gifts, reserve/restricted funds, and pooled investment
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and accounting principles, including GAAP and non-profit accounting standards
  • External audit – lead audit process, work directly with auditors, prepare audit schedules, draft financials statement and notes to financial statements
  • IRS Form 990 and 990T – lead tax return process, work directly with tax preparer, prepare supporting schedules including the functional expense
  • Assist with designing and implementing a new finance ERP system
  • Perform detailed monthly, quarterly, and annual review of Program and Support financial results (budget vs. actual, year over year). Work directly with budget owners to understand results/variances. Present summary results to CFO; prepare executive-level communication/presentation.
  • Provide financial analysis and support for special projects and initiatives as needed
  • Develop and maintain budgets, forecasts, and financial models to support organizational planning and decision-making 


Desirable candidates will have a range of prior experience and capabilities to include: 

  • ​Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or a related field
  • ​CPA certification preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in accounting or finance as a Controller
  • Must have experience with non-profit accounting and tax reporting
  • Strong knowledge of GAAP and non-profit accounting principles and standards
  • Experience with financial reporting, budgeting, and financial analysis
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and accounting software​ 

Industry/Service Area



Mid-Senior level

Application Instructions

How to Apply 
Interested candidates can submit a current resume and cover letter, detailing their interest in this position and how their experience will contribute to the work of The Holdsworth Center.   

Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed. Applications will be screened regularly until a sufficient pool of candidates is identified.  

The Holdsworth Center is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. All employment decisions are based on job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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