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Youth Opportunities Unlimited Cleveland, OH

Controller at Youth Opportunities Unlimited

  • Reports to: CFO
  • Division: Finance
  • Type: Regular, full-time, exempt.

Since 1982, over 150,000 youth have been helped with Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) programs. Y.O.U. helps teens and young adults, ages 14-24 living in economically distressed communities succeed by providing educational and workforce opportunities, skills development, and access to career pathways. We offer school-based and community-based programs designed to meet the needs of Northeast Ohio employers, with a focus on those industry sectors that provide the most opportunities for career success. At Y.O.U., we are dedicated to excellence and continuous improvement of the quality of our services to youth, employers, and the community.

We are deeply committed to providing services in Northeast Ohio through:

  • Equal Access to Opportunities – Teens and young adults living in economically distressed communities deserve support in confronting barriers to success.
  • Collaboration – We can accomplish more when we form mutually beneficial partnerships across sectors to deliver an effective continuum of services.
  • Excellence & Continuous Improvement – Evidence-based practices guide our actions and delivery of quality services to youth and employers.

Position Description

Under the direction of the CFO, the Controller is central to the development, maintenance, direction, and oversight of Y.O.U.’s finance and accounting activities. This role is responsible for planning and directing all accounting operational functions, managing the accumulation and consolidation of financial information for internal and external financial statements, coordinate the budget process, research accounting issues for compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, analyze and report cost variance, develop and maintain relationships with community partners and vendors, and supervise the accounting team.


  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Taxation, Business Administration, Business Management, Economics, or other related field from an accredited college or university.
    • CPA Licensure preferred.
  • Requirements:
    • 5-7 years of experience in accounting and financial operations in a professional setting.
    • At least 3 years of experience in nonprofit accounting and grant allocation leadership role.
    • Must have experience managing teams or working groups.
    • Sound knowledge of GAAP, accounting principles, rules, regulations, policies, and best practices.
    • Strong financial acumen and abilities in advanced math.
    • Highly attentive to details and strong organizational skills.
    • Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel with advanced abilities.
    • Must have experience working across teams at all organizational levels.
    • Must have eligibility to work and remain in the U.S. without sponsorship.
    • Must pass a background BCI/FBI check as a condition of employment.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Belief and commitment to Y.O.U.’s mission, vision, and values.
    • Strong business acumen and excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Must possess active listening skills.
    • Possess high level of integrity and ability to use good judgement and discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information.
    • Ability to build and maintain strong business relationships with staff at all levels of the organization and external partners/vendors.
    • Ability to be a forward thinker, big picture planner, and outcome-driven project manager.
    • Highly attentive to details and strong organizational skills.
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, results oriented, and data driven environment.
    • Ability to connect to multiple audiences.
    • Solution-oriented, adaptable, and flexible.


  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period; collate financial reporting materials for government, corporate, foundation, and public grants.
  • Assist leadership team and managers in the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate.
  • Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of Y.O.U.’s financial status.
  • Manage organizational cash flow forecasting by working in partnership with the executive team; continuously collaborate with executive and management team to assess the financial efficacy of program operations and establish finance and administrative systems to support program operations.
  • Leverage strengths of the finance team members, help to clarify roles and responsibilities, and develop and implement training programs in order to maximize and reach optimal individual and organizational goals.
  • Support the CFO in engaging the board’s audit and finance committees around issues and trends in financial operating models and delivery.
  • Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment.
  • Other duties as assigned and required.


  • Competitive salary for the industry.
  • Engaged staff centered on Y.O.U. mission and vision.
  • Medical, dental, vision, retirement, and long and short term disability benefits.
  • Generous paid time off policy.
  • Office is located in the heart of Cleveland’s Playhouse Square district. Monthly parking pass provided.

All applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

Youth Opportunities Unlimited


Cleveland, OH
44115 USA