The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF; the Foundation), located in Princeton, N.J., is the largest philanthropy in America dedicated solely to health. Since 1972, we have focused on developing and promoting innovations in health and healthcare to improve the lives of millions. In partnership with others, we are working toward a nation that is rooted in equity, compassion, and respect. A nation that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity to thrive, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they have. This requires addressing many harmful obstacles to well-being, including poverty, powerlessness, and discrimination.

We take seriously our responsibilities, and we pledge to work in ways that reflect our Guiding Principles. These are rooted in equity and influence everything we do at RWJF. Equity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration allow our staff’s wide range of experiences, passions, and perspectives to enrich our work and strengthen our ability to address our nation’s most pressing health issues. The Foundation offers a collaborative, collegial, and creative work environment. With a career at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, you will make a difference.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the chief financial officer and treasurer, the controller will be responsible for leading the Accounting unit and the Foundation’s overall accounting and regulatory environment, managing the accuracy and delivery of financial information to internal and external parties. The controller oversees the accounting function, supervising the operational functions of grant payments; program-related investments; accounts payable; payroll; fixed assets; budget; investment accounting; and financial reporting, establishing, monitoring, and enforcing accounting policies and procedures. The position works collaboratively with Investment Operations to execute joint investment/accounting responsibilities and strategies. Working with the chief financial officer (CFO) and senior management, the controller participates throughout the year in strategic financial, tax, and accounting issues. The controller will also manage multiple staff in the Accounting department.

While the controller can be primarily based at one of the Foundation’s three offices (our headquarters in Princeton, N.J., New York City, or Washington, D.C.) this is not a remote position. The controller will be required to visit the Princeton office as defined by the Foundation’s return-to-work policies still to be determined.

RWJF staff at all levels are expected to demonstrate a passionate commitment to equity and to the Foundation’s vision, values, and Guiding Principles.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Operations and Investments

  • Establish, monitor, and enforce accounting policies and procedures.
  • Oversee accounting for a diversified investment portfolio; assess tax issues, guide accounting treatment, and regulatory compliance reporting.
  • Establish, monitor, and evaluate the internal control environment.
  • In conjunction with IT, evaluate and implement accounting applications.
  • Oversee liquidity and cash management for operations.
  • Report financial results to CFO and treasurer, senior leadership, and external audiences.


  • Plan, coordinate, and execute the annual financial audit, including preparation of audited financial statements and footnote disclosures.
  • In conjunction with Human Resources, coordinate annual pension audits and prepare audited financial statements and footnote disclosures.
  • Report audit results to senior management and the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Plan, coordinate, and execute external reviews of the internal control environment.

Tax and Regulatory filings

  • In conjunction with the director, Investment Accounting, Reporting, and Tax, oversees the annual 990-PF and 990-T tax filings process, including the analysis of partnership income from limited partnerships and preparation of foreign tax filing forms and state UBI tax returns.
  • Prepare pension regulatory filings and disclosures.
  • Oversee estimated excise and unrelated business income tax payments, payroll reporting requirements, and charity registrations.

Budgeting and Reporting

  • Oversee the annual budgeting and monthly reporting process for the Foundation.
  • Analyze financial results and advise management of their implications for decision-making.
  • Assist in determining the Foundation’s spending plan and in forecasting payout.


  • Support the Foundation’s mission for establishing and achieving targeted outcomes in the areas of supplier diversity, procurement process efficiencies, and cost-effectiveness goals.
  • Assist in the creation of policies to make certain that the Foundation complies with the ethical standards and outlined laws.

Staff Management

  • Organize department structure to ensure cross-training and workload balance.
  • Manage staff including performance management, development, and training.
  • Foster good communications, teamwork, and collaborative work environment.


  • Ongoing process improvement.
  • Liaison for insurance and risk management needs.
  • Member of Liquidity and Retirement Plan Committees.

Minimum Requirements

  • Commitment to racial and health equity and the Foundation’s vision, values, and Guiding Principles.
  • Minimum of 10 years accounting experience with progressive accounting and management responsibilities, including at least two years of audit experience or equivalent.
  • Familiarity with the not-for-profit accounting environment.
  • Prior experience managing, developing, and training staff, and fostering teamwork and collaborative management.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills and ability to convey complex information and data visually, in writing and orally in a concise, effective, and engaging way.
  • Strong detail orientation and project management skills. Able to balance multiple priorities and tasks applying effective time management skills with demonstrated ability to manage a diverse and demanding workload.
  • Experience with and proficiency in using computer software programs such as Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook. Strong proficiency with Excel, including demonstrated ability to analyze financial data and translate the information into clear tables, written summaries, and/or charts and graphs.
  • Interpersonal skills with ability to interact with senior management and staff at all levels.
  • Ability to work independently as well as being a good team player.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to communicate financial information effectively.
  • Superior organizational skills and ability to adapt to changing requirements and priorities.
  • Seasoned judgment and decision-making in a changing and forward-thinking environment.
  • A combination of education and/or experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in accounting and CPA certification; MBA highly desirable.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

The controller will perform job duties in a typical business office environment. Specific physical abilities required by this job include operating basic office equipment. Will be required to attend meetings, potentially both in person and off-site via phone or videoconference.

How to Apply

Submit your resume and letter of interest.

Application deadline date: May 29, 2022


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented applicants.

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