Controller / Senior Accountant

About Pioneer Works

Pioneer Works is a renowned cultural center in Brooklyn, New York dedicated to experimentation, education, and production across the disciplines of art, science, music, and technology.

Position Description

Pioneer Works seeks a motivated accounting professional to manage the financial operations of our organization, ensuring accuracy, compliance, and transparency in financial matters. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in nonprofit accounting and financial management. An interest in supporting the arts and fostering cultural engagement is a plus. The Controller / Senior Accountant will be responsible for managing our recently re-engineered accounting systems, which make use of QBO Advance, Synder, BILL & DIVVY, and JustWorks – familiarity with these systems is preferred.

The Controller / Accountant will have an exciting opportunity to join a growing management team at a critical juncture in our organization’s evolution.


  • Manage all aspects of financial reporting.
  • Oversee day-to-day accounting activities, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and general ledger management.
  • In partnership with the CEO and CFO, collaborate with department heads to develop annual budgets. Monitor budget performance, analyze variances, and provide strategic recommendations to optimize resource allocation.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements in accordance with GAAP standards. Work with senior staff to provide insights into financial performance and trends.
  • In partnership with the CFO, coordinate annual audits and tax filings with external auditors and regulatory agencies. Ensure compliance with IRS regulations, nonprofit accounting standards, and grant requirements.
  • Manage financial aspects of grants, including budget development, expense tracking, and reporting. Work closely with program managers to ensure grant funds are utilized efficiently and in accordance with donor restrictions.
  • Monitor cash flow and implement strategies to optimize cash reserves and mitigate financial risks.


  • Bachelor's degree in finance or accounting. CPA or advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in financial management, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
  • Strong knowledge of nonprofit accounting principles, regulations, and compliance requirements.
  • Experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, and accounting for investments.
  • A track record in grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting of government, corporate and foundation grants is essential.
  • Technologically savvy, with advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software.
  • Strong communication skills; experience effectively communicating key data.
  • Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance personnel.

In alignment with Pioneer Works' current hybrid work policy, all applicants must be available to report to our Brooklyn-based office at least three days per week.


Compensation commensurate with experience. Range: $125-150K/year + full benefits including health insurance, 401k, and unlimited PTO.


Please send a cover letter and resume via email to with “Controller_[Applicant Name]” in the subject line. Please note that while careful consideration will be given to each submission, Pioneer Works will only contact those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and work experience best meet the requirements of the position. Due to the high volume of applications, only complete applications including a cover letter will be considered for an interview.


Pioneer Works is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve.

Pioneer Works is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics.