Controller, Senior Director

Wikimedia, San Francisco (Remote - During Pandemic)

A global movement whose mission is to bring free educational content to the world


The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a Controller reporting to the Chief Financial Officer. The Controller will be a key member of Wikimedia’s finance leadership team and partner to the CFO and the executive leadership team. You will report to the CFO and be a strategic and operational business partner who ensures the timely and accurate delivery of financial and statutory reporting requirements. You will also develop effective financial reporting processes, accounting systems, and internal controls to ensure the financial integrity of reported results. The ideal candidate is someone who can inspire and motivate their teams and partners, build internal alliances and drive continuous improvement. The candidate will also possess strong management and team leadership capabilities. The role is critical in ensuring the Foundation continues building world-class teams including accounting, grants administration and other related functions while partnering across the Foundation to ensure our systems and processes are running smoothly.

You are responsible for:

Accounting & controls

  • Manage all areas of accounting, both technical and transactional, including revenue (ASC606), consolidations, tax accounting, monthly close quarterly and year-end closings, including account reconciliations, accrual schedules and general journal entries, ensuring that reconciliations are performed accurately and on-time.
  • Responsible for the accurate and timely interpretation of GAAP accounting standards and adoptions.
  • Analyze and observe controls to ensure they are effectively designed and operating in compliance with policies.
  • Oversee the management of day-to-day operational needs, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, expense management, vendor management, and payroll processes.
  • Accountable for streamlining, maintaining & improving processes and internal controls.

Operational scale

  • Serve as a trusted advisor to the CFO and other senior leaders on accounting, financial reporting, and other key accounting and controls matters.
  • Proactively seek to improve processes and implement best-in-class solutions for scale and maturity.
  • Partner closely with FP&A, and CFO on quarterly board package preparation.
  • Accountable for the enhancement of operational effectiveness and efficiency of the Controllership organization.

Audit and compliance

  • Manage planning and execution of the annual financial audit and tax preparation and oversight.
  • Responsible and leverage external subject matter expert/services as needed for 401(K), Sales audits, tax return filings, and insurance policies to ensure timely and proper filings and compliance
  • Assume a critical role in our quarterly audit committee meetings


  • Accountable for the enhancement of operational effectiveness and efficiency of the Controllership organization.
  • Responsible for the management of our Investment Portfolio and Investment Policy to achieve our stated objectives.
  • Responsible for all Treasury functions, including cash flow forecasts.
  • Oversee other financial operating teams including the Grants Administration function
  • Inspire change and collaboration among a diverse and distributed team. Encourage the sharing of best practices and insights across all members of the team. Continuously develop and coach the team members.
  • Deliver business partnership with multiple executives and their teams within our organization.
  • Strong communicator and experienced in building partnerships with senior leadership teams regarding important accounting implications to business decisions.

Skills and Experience:

  • 10+ years of progressive accounting experience, including as a Controller or Director of Accounting, with leadership roles
  • Active CPA or equivalent required
  • Experience in establishing and successfully implementing internal controls, accounting policies, and financial systems
  • Experience with audit and tax preparation processes
  • ERP system knowledge (Sage Intacct, Workday Adaptive and related), including moving from one ERP system to another
  • A willingness to roll up their sleeves and get in the details
  • Excellent communicator, both written and verbal, able to communicate complex concepts and risk factors to stakeholders and influence decision making
  • Experience setting up systems
  • Experienced business partner, skilled in building trust and inspiring others while ramping up in a new business and role
  • Excitement around navigating a growth-oriented, rapidly changing, and sometimes ambiguous environment

Qualities that are important to us: 

  • Team player willing to “roll up their sleeves,” self-motivated, proactive, and organized, with a positive attitude.
  • You can communicate complex technical concepts in simple ways, tailored to each audience, to ensure everyone can engage, contribute and successfully adopt the practice.  
  • Ability to influence decision-making at the executive level and align incentives across multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to prioritize business needs, adapt to rapid business changes, meet tight deadlines, and communicate effectively across the organization.
  • You enjoy collaborating with a range of stakeholders, and you value knowledge sharing, and collaboration.
  • Experience leading and developing high caliber teams.
  • Proficiency working with various systems and automated reporting tools such as ERP, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Suite.
  • You believe in the mission of the Foundation and are excited to contribute to support that mission. 
  • You are comfortable with ambiguity and are able to adapt to a rapidly changing business environment.
  • You thrive in a results oriented culture that favors collaborative decision making.
  • You are a flexible and creative individual capable of managing multiple priorities and projects in a diverse environment.

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge freely. We host Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive. 

The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive donations from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. We also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.

U.S. Benefits & Perks*

  • Health Care Benefits Covered at 100%: We cover 100% of premiums for medical, dental and vision plans for all full time employees and eligible dependents
  • Wellness Reimbursement Program: Up to 1,800.00 USD per year for reimbursement for staff wellness expenses, such as gym fees, educational expenses, and more
  • Technology and Equipment Stipend: In addition to receiving a brand new laptop, monitor, & docking station, all new hires receive 600.00 USD stipend to set up their space for working virtually 
  • Professional Development Program: Up to 750.00 USD reimbursement per year to encourage continuous learning through attending conferences, courses, workshops and the purchase of educational materials 
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan: Employer match of up to 4% of employee contributions dollar for dollar with no vesting period
  • Paid Time Off: Generous paid time off policy of over 45 days, which includes: vacation days, at least one observed holiday a month, sick leave, and volunteer days
  • Flexible Schedules: Options available to balance your personal and remote-work life
  • Silent Fridays: No scheduled meetings so you can get caught up at the end of each week
  • New Parent Leave: Fully paid new parent leave for seven weeks plus an additional five weeks for pregnancy, and flexible options as you embark on your return to work
  • Fertility and Adoption Reimbursement Plan: Reimburses staff up to 5,000.00 USD in expenses per year, with a lifetime maximum of 10,000.00 USD
  • Assistance for those unexpected life events: Long and short term disability, life insurance, and an employee assistance program
  • Pre-tax Savings Plans: Generously funded health savings accounts (HSAs), pre-tax contribution options for health care, child care & elder care, public transportation and parking expenses

*Please note that for remote roles located outside of the U.S., we defer to our PEO to ensure alignment with local labor laws.

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About Wikimedia

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and hosts Wikipedia and several other Wikimedia free knowledge sites. Every month, the Wikimedia sites are accessed by more than a billion unique devices. Wikipedia consists of more than 40 million articles across hundreds of languages. Every month, more than 70,000 volunteer editors contribute to Wikipedia. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) non-profit that is funded primarily through donations and grants. It currently employs over 240 staff members. 

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