Work Type: Full Time
The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is a Washington, DC-based think tank that helps policymakers work across the aisle to craft bipartisan solutions. By connecting lawmakers, delivering data and context, negotiating policy details, and creating space for bipartisan collaboration, BPC ensures democracy can function on behalf of all Americans. We believe that bipartisanship combines the best ideas of both parties to create even better, lasting policy.

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Controller will be responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting, and reporting activities and will be responsible for the day-to-day finance operations and will supervise the accounting staff, including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll. The Controller will ensure that the BPC has the systems and procedures in place to support each department.

The Controller, along with the CFO, will work closely with department heads and their staffs, not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures, but also to ensure the finance function is supporting operations in robust and innovative ways. 


  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards, donor/grant reporting, and regulatory requirements
  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures
  • Coordinate the annual external financial audit
  • Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements
  • Assist the CFO and senior leadership 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
  • Support the CFO in engaging the board’s audit and finance committees around issues and trends in financial operating models
  • Manage organizational cash flow forecasting by working in partnership with department heads and the CFO in continuous collaboration to update revenue and expense projections
  • Manage and track the performance of invested assets in keeping with policies and investment guidelines
  • Take lead on transitioning to the new accounting software system and improving/automating certain accounting processes within the organization.
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with all federal, state, and local corporate, payroll, and other applicable taxes, to include the preparation of the annual Form 990 for both legal entities - BPC and BPC Action


  • BA and CPA or MBA/Master’s degree required
  • 7+ years of accounting and finance experience in a complex non-profit organization highly desired
  • 5+ years of supervisory experience with a strong record of excellent managerial capabilities
  • Solid experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, and accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, and accounting for investments
  • Thorough knowledge of financial reporting in accordance with GAAP
  • A track record in grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting of corporate and foundation grants would be helpful
  • Keen analytic, organization, and problem solving skills, which allows for strategic data interpretation
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data
  • Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers


BPC offers a highly competitive salary and provides generous benefits. Individuals interested in this position should send resume, cover letter, and writing sample in one document.  Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. BPC does not sponsor employment visas.

BPC is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce.

COVID Guidelines

The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. As such, the Bipartisan Policy Center is encouraging all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine, and to receive a booster shot as soon as eligible

Work Schedule
The work/life balance of employees is a priority for the Bipartisan Policy Center. As a result, BPC is currently operating on a hybrid schedule. Employees at BPC are currently coming into the office three times a week. Exact time and schedules will be determined between an employee and their manager.

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BPC is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.