Project Controller
Sacramento, CA
Full Time

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Sierra Health Foundation and the Center

Sierra Health Foundation is a private philanthropy with a mission to invest in and serve as a catalyst for ideas, partnerships and programs that improve health and quality of life in Northern California. The foundation is committed to improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities in the region through convening, educating and strategic grant making. 

Sierra Health Foundation has a broad definition of health, believing there is much more to health than health care. It is influenced by factors that include socioeconomic conditions, environment, education, income, and individual behavior choices. The foundation also believes in the need for health equity. Reducing health disparities is a key factor in striving toward better health for all and reflects the foundation’s dedication to ensuring that people throughout its funding region have the opportunity to lead healthy lives.

Sierra Health Foundation established the Center for Health Program Management in 2012 in recognition of a statewide need for increased community capacity to engage in the planning, implementation and assessment of efforts that seek to address the health needs of California’s underserved.

The Center for Health Program Management’s vision is for all people in California to live healthy lives. With commitment, creativity and collaboration, the Center works to promote efforts to eradicate health inequities across the state, with a special focus on the San Joaquin Valley.

The Center brings people, ideas, and infrastructure together to create a collective impact that reduces health disparities and improves community health for the underserved living in California. The Center helps communities’ access proven practices while tapping into their resources, knowledge, and creativity to identify strategies for making their community healthier. Leveraging leadership, operational and funding support from Sierra Health Foundation and its partners, the Center establishes investment partnerships with public and private funders; community members; community organizations; national, state, and local government agencies; nonprofits and businesses. Taken together, each partner's unique insights, perspectives and resources make the work of the Center possible.

Sierra Health Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

POSITION SUMMARY:  Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration and CFO, the Project Controller plays a key role in accounting management and financial reporting for Roberts Family Development Center (RFDC) and support of the Sierra Health Foundation accounting department. This position is a 1-year project position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop accounting processes and procedures in accordance with applicable rules and regulations, such as California nonprofit integrity act, nonprofit accounting rules, preparation of financial statements, 990 filings, third party agreements.
  • Operate and manage financial systems include payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, contract management, general ledger and other systems required to support the organization.
  • Reporting to the RFDC board and other stakeholders required financial statements including budget to actual comparisons, cash flows, 990 tax returns.
  • Manage and prepare month end and year-end closing procedures.
  • Assesses and develop staffing and capacity needs of RFDC, consistent with RFDC budget and sources of funds.
  • Assessment and development IT and system needs of RFDC.
  • Assistance in developing operational policies and procedures.
  • Assistance in developing board policies regarding executive compensation, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, whistleblower policies and other operational policies.
  • Provide a preliminary assessment of hr policies and procedures, and if needed, providing recommendations for RFDC to source an independent hr consultant.
  • Provide accounting support for sierra health foundation accounting department.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities    

This position has no supervisor responsibility.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • 4-7 years  accounting experience
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Proficiency with the following software:
      • QuickBooks
      • ADP payroll
      • Microsoft Office (advanced Excel)

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or related field

Language Skills 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret studies, proposals, reports, journals, financial and database reports, grant agreements, contracts, and memos. 
  • Ability to compose business correspondence.
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to grantees, employees of the organization and others.
  • Ability to facilitate small group meetings.
  • Bilingual skills are desirable.

Computer Skills

•     Must be proficient in Windows, Microsoft Office, Outlook, database software, accounting software (e.g. SAP), QuickBooks, Adobe Acrobat, and internet use.

•     Must have advance knowledge of Microsoft Excel

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Must have a current valid driver’s license and be insurable under the Foundation’s insurance policy.
  • CPA license a plus

Other REQUIRED Skills and Abilities

  • Requires a high level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation.
  • Ability to function as a member of team within the larger organization.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries from partners, applicants, grantees, contractors, and members of the community in a timely manner.
  • Must have excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • The work requires continual attention to detail in data entry, analysis of contracts, composing, typing, and proofing materials.
  • Must have excellent time management, ability to plan and organizational skills.
  • Must have knowledge of office administration procedures and the use of and operation of standard office equipment.
  • Must be able to work independently, take direction and exercise sound judgement within a team in a small office setting on special nonrecurring and ongoing projects.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with flexibility.
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse communities and life experience.





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