Assistant Controller

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Richmond, United States

Assistant Controller

Job description

Great Minds, a rapidly growing challenger brand in the PK-12 instructional materials space, seeks an Assistant Controller to join our growing team.

Great Minds, a mission driven Public Benefit Corporation, brings teachers and scholars together to craft exemplary instructional materials that inspire joy in teaching and learning. Our English curriculum, Wit & Wisdom®, Eureka Math™ and PhD Science™, all support teachers as they take students beyond rote learning to provide a deeper, more complete understanding of the humanities, mathematics, and the sciences. Founded in 2007, Great Minds now employs more than 1,000 people.

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Great Minds’ Eureka Math is the most widely used curriculum in the history of American education. It enjoys an unrivaled 40+ net promoter score. Eureka and its sister products, Wit & Wisdom English and PhD Science, embrace much higher expectations for all students and all teachers. In a market dominated by scripted, procedural materials that drive expectations down, Great Minds produces curricula that celebrate knowledge, respect the craft of teaching, and acknowledge the true capabilities of students

Job Purpose
The Assistant Controller, a position that reports to the Controller, will have significant accounting experience and an in-depth understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and standard company practices. This position will perform complex accounting activities. Although the role will have managerial responsibilities, it is a very hands-on position that will involve active participation in the closing activities, system implementations, account analyses, and interaction with outside auditing and consulting. The ideal candidate enjoys thriving in a team-based, challenging, and fast-paced atmosphere where prioritizing and multitasking are the norm. Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail are a must to succeed in this role


  • Lead and assist in the management of the accounting staff: AP/AR, Payroll, Revenue Management, Collections, Cash Management, Taxes and General Ledger. This includes mentoring, training, development, and performance management.
  • Assist in all month-end and year-end closing activities including journal entry creation/posting, balance sheet reconciliations and expense allocations.
  • Own activities within accounting team to ensure proper and timely entries are made in accordance to GAAP.
  • Documenting and monitoring internal controls for ASC 606 and SOX compliance.
  • Identify any discrepancies in the accounts, troubleshoot origin, and make correcting entries to ensure accurate financial reporting.
  • Interfacing with IT to manage new processes, modify Transactional Definitions and perform UAT.
  • Interfacing with Human Resources to manage new processes, payroll changes, charge code structure, and W2 mapping.
  • Managing special projects related to consignment inventory and commissions.
  • Assisting with financial and tax audits.
  • Coordinating complex accounting projects and initiatives within the accounting and finance teams with guidance to other departments.
  • Utilizing accounting, tax, and other business software to write reports and perform duties and responsibilities.


  • 10+ years progressive accounting experience: G/L entries, reconciliations, AP, AR, payroll, P/L reviews, and tax filings.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
  • CPA Preferred
  • 4+ years of experience directly managing the accounting function.
  • Solid knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Experience with financial and accounting systems (NetSuite, Intacct or similar applications).
  • Experience with creating and modifying reports within ERP system.
  • Work experience with inventory systems - controls and analysis
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office and advanced skills in Excel.
  • Strong attention to detail, proficient at establishing priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • Capability to work in fast-paced environment, with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.
  • High level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations.
  • Ability to work in a positive and cooperative manner with fellow team members.
  • Professional, punctual, dependable, reliable, with a desire to learn.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree


  • Full-time


  • Richmond, VA


  • The position is currently home-based due to COVID19
  • Competitive Salary and Benefits Package

A cover letter and resume are required to be considered for this position.

If selected for an interview, background check will be required.

New employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, subject to potential accommodation as required by law or otherwise permitted by the Company.

Great Minds is an equal opportunity employer. We will extend equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, disability, age, genetic information, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. Our policy reflects and affirms the organization’s commitment to the principles of fair employment and the elimination of all discriminatory practices.