The National Aquarium’s Finance team is looking for a Controller to manage the General Ledger and ensure the integrity of the data flowing into and out of the financial system from and to related systems. This individual will report to the VP of Finance and will manage a team of Accounting Managers who perform the daily transactions. The Controller will be on point to ensure compliance with new US GAAP Standards, support a strong control environment, and manage the monthly and annual closing processes.

The Controller’s general responsibilities include accurate financial reporting and efficient, effective accounting practices. Typical responsibilities include verifying, reconciling, posting entries from sub-ledgers to the General Ledger as well as entries entered directly to the General Ledger. Evaluate changes in IRS Form 990 reporting requirements and lead the Aquarium in the process of completing the 990; maintain an understanding of the Aquarium’s activities in order to accurately report on the IRS Form 990 and to accurately reflect the activates on the financial statement. The Controller will be key in the preparation and reconciliation of all monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports as well as leading month-end and year-end close work efforts. Leveraging process improvements to support evaluation of key controls and lead the development and delivery of training as required will be essential to this role.

The ideal candidate has a Master’s degree in accounting or CPA license. Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in general ledger accounting, three (3) years management experience, and two (2) years involvement with an NGO (audit, accounting, board membership, etc.). Superior knowledge of GAAP and IRS regulations regarding 501(c)(3) organizations; proven ability to track entries into an electronic financial system, meeting all deadlines; and significant experience in ensuring accuracy of financial statements.

If you have an appreciation for working in a mission-driven organization; and passion for the National Aquarium’s mission of inspiring conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, please apply for this outstanding opportunity!


Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, it is considered one of the nation’s top three aquaria and has served more than 40 million guests since its opening.

Today, the Aquarium builds on a 30-year history of both local and global conservation initiatives to make a difference for species and ecosystems around the world. Through our National Aquarium Animal Rescue program, we directly engage in the rescue, care and rehabilitation of marine mammals and turtles. In addition, we participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues, and in partnership with local, state and federal governments, to advocate for smarter policies. Whether through education, research, conservation action or advocacy, National Aquarium programs provide practical solutions for protecting marine life, our coasts and our oceans.


Interested and engaged applicants should apply through our website http://aqua.org/jobs. Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by e-mailing [email protected]

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