Job Description:

Corporate Controller

Full-Time, Exempt  

Reports to:  Senior Vice President, CFO


The Corporate Controller will plan and direct the activities of the Accounting Department, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general ledger, project and grant accounting. Ensures compliance with internal policies and external requirements, and creates a positive & productive working environment.  Works closely with and reports to the CFO.


  • Ensure correct GAAP accounting treatment in the recording of transactions and preparation of financial statements in a timely manner.
  • Supervise transaction processing (accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll) to ensure timely and accurate payments, prompt billing and accurate recording in the general ledger.
  • Supervise the monthly close process and ensure the accurate and timely completion of the close and balance sheet account reconciliations.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable legal and tax requirements including accurate and timely filing of the 990 and 990-T. Maintain a complete and current external reporting calendar; manage accurate and timely preparation of external reports.
  • Monitor and manage cash. Project cash needs into the future and develop strategies to meet requirements.  Work with the Finance team to build a cash flow model which also includes monitoring of restricted cash balances.
  • Provide leadership and set the appropriate tone at the top to create a department that is knowledgeable and confident in the financial integrity and accuracy of the records.
  • Identify and monitor significant risks and develop management options for improving results.
  • Ensure complete and up-to-date written operating procedures for all accounting and financial controls. Monitor and maintain the finance department’s internal controls to ensure accurate recordkeeping, safeguarding of assets and appropriate segregation of duties. Ensure that other departments involved in financial activities have adequate internal controls.
  • Maintain the integrity and usability of the accounting and payroll systems.
  • Prepare (or supervise) any special analyses or write-ups required for any emerging accounting and/or reporting issues.
  • Manage all audits including annual financial, uniform guidance, 403b, and unexpected audits such as CPB, IRS, NEH, etc. for both WETA and NHP.
  • Assist department heads with interpretation of the numbers, and stay on top of new developments that impact WETA’s financial operations and reporting.
  • Supervise the administration of Federal grants in accordance with OMB circulars and the terms of specific grants.
  • Work with insurance broker to determine coverage needs.
  • Assist CFO in maintaining effective banking relationships.
  • Monitor WETA’s compliance with the requirements of tax exempt and other debt.
  • Assist the CFO with the Audit Committee, the Finance and Budget Committee and its Investment Subcommittee, and WETA’s Board of Trustees.
  • Perform related special projects or other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of television broadcasting and production, radio broadcasting, and web site development very helpful along with a deep understanding of the transactional accounting
  • Service orientation: pleasant, respectful and pro-actively helpful. Always professional, easy to work with and a source for good ideas with the ability to roll up your sleeves to teach both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task: responsive to unpredictable business demands. Able to keep multiple projects on track simultaneously, and work well under pressure. Solid understanding of relative priorities.
  • Initiative and self-management: Demonstrate no need for close supervision or instructions for routine tasks, or for activities that aren’t new. Exercise good judgment on when to ask questions and/or confirm decisions. Look around for what needs to be done and do it. Be pro-active and make proposals. Bring problems with your suggested solution.
  • Good written and oral communications: Write and speak clearly using good grammar and proper business communication conventions. Listen carefully, minimizing misunderstandings or the need for repetition.
  • Good interpersonal skills: Maintain cordial, productive and professional relationships with all co-workers. Represent WETA well with external people.


  • College degree in Accounting or related field required.  CPA Strongly Preferred
  • Knowledge of not-for-profit accounting, Great Plains accounting system and Ceridian payroll system strongly preferred.
  • Ten or more years of related work experience including at least five years of accounting/finance management experience with direct responsibility for a staff of at least five professionals. Demonstrated ability to lead, hire, develop, motivate and retain a talented team that produces outstanding results.
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience.


WETA and NewsHour Productions are Washington, DC established media and news organizations.  We are a largely local workforce based out of the Campbell Place office in Arlington, VA.  WETA and NewsHour Productions value employee flexibility when possible.  Most positions based in our Arlington, VA office will be onsite or hybrid, depending upon the role.


Founded in 1961, WETA is the leading public broadcasting station in Washington, DC.   Throughout our sixty-year history, WETA continues to expand our educational, cultural, news and public affairs impact through television programming, streaming, news, radio, student journalism, and community programs. 

As a PBS and NPR member, WETA provides local and national television programs and services.  WETA has been part of the production of the PBS NewsHour (first named “The Robert MacNeil Report” and then “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”) since its creation in 1973.   PBS NewsHour is recognized globally for bringing balanced, in-depth news coverage to all through our nightly, one-hour broadcast reaching more than 300 PBS stations and 98 percent of the nation’s television households.  Washington Week is our highly acclaimed weekly roundtable broadcast discussing current events with Washington, DC based journalists.  With a continued focus on balanced journalism, PBS NewsHour sponsors the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs connecting students with a network of public broadcasting mentors and an innovative journalism curriculum.  WETA Classical Radio was founded in 1970 and provides commercial free classical music locally through its FM stations and globally via streaming.

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WETA and NewsHour Productions prioritizes the safety and security of our community.   In accordance with our focus on providing and maintaining a safe workplace, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees working in a WETA and/or NewsHour Productions office and employees who may reasonably or occasionally be called to work onsite, subject to business needs.

In accordance with this policy, all applicants for employment in a WETA and/or NewsHour Productions office are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencing employment.  Requests for exemption from this policy based on a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief will be considered upon a conditional offer of employment. Reasonable accommodations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

WETA and NewsHour Productions is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to qualified candidates and employees pursuant to applicable law. This policy complies with all applicable laws and is informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities, as applicable.


WETA and NewsHour Productions are equal opportunity employers committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and internships.  WETA and NewsHour Productions make hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.





Job Location: 
Arlington, VA
United States
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