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SPARC (The Social and Public Art Resource Center)

Financial Controller, CPA

Employment type
27 days ago
Los Angeles

SPARC is seeking an experienced, CPA certified Financial Controller to provide accounting oversight and to manage the complex accounting functions and financial planning of a non-profit organization. The Financial  Controller will work closely with SPARC’s Executive Director, CEO, bookkeeper, and Finance Committee to oversee data collection, financial reporting and budgeting. They will report to the Executive Director to coordinate both internal and external audit processes, and forecast results and recommend operational adjustments as needed. 

About the Organization
Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) is a community-based non-profit arts organization founded in 1976 by muralist Judith F. Baca, filmmaker Donna Deitch and artist Christina Schlesinger.  SPARC is dedicated to producing, presenting and preserving public artworks in Los Angeles neighborhoods.  The organization is best known for its work in hundreds of Los Angeles neighborhoods at a grassroots level to produce the rich legacy of Los Angeles murals.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in the coordination of financial planning and budget management for the organization and on the project level 
  • Maintain a system of controls over accounting transactions, including the chart of accounts, written policies and procedures, and adherence to financial calendar deadlines
  • Ensure accuracy and timeliness of account records and processing of accounts payable, credit card expenditures, purchasing, petty cash, employee expenses, cash control, etc
  • Oversee accounts receivable activities to ensure the accurate and timely management of all accounts receivable components, including grant billings, cash receipts, etc.
  • Support monthly, quarterly and year-end close processes
  • Maintain and improve internal accounting policies and compliance
  • Monitor project/program budgets and expenditures, including all reimbursements, fund requests and allowable costs, and generate bi-monthly project financial reports.
  • Prepare critical financial data for the annual completion of audited financial statements and tax reporting


Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in accounting with 24 semester units in accounting from an accredited institution + 5 years work experience 
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in nonprofit finance/accounting 
  • Certified CPA License required 
  • Detailed knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting and cost analysis principles, including US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP)
  • Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial statements, reports and projections 
  • Experience presenting financial reports and forecasting to a Board of Directors
  • Project management experience within a fast-paced, deadline driven environment strongly preferred
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Proficient in Quickbooks Online, accounting softwares, and Shopify 
  • Proficient in G Suite, Microsoft Office, and Mac OS operating systems
  • Able to work in person and remotely, and occasionally on weekends


Full-time, 40 hours per week. Must be available to telework and attend on-location work at SPARC’s headquarters in Venice, CA., following all health guidelines and restrictions in compliance with the COVID-19 pandemic.

To apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter and 2-3 references to [email protected]. In your cover letter please tell us why you would be a good fit for the position.