ClientEarth • Los Angeles

Financial Controller (0738)

Employment type:  Part time
Salary:  From $45,000 To $55,000

4 days/week at home

Core hours 10–4

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity for a part-time Controller to join ClientEarth’s growing U.S. team. ClientEarth is an international environmental legal organization that works on the full suite of environmental issues globally. We are currently building and expanding our U.S. presence, where we focus on driving the shift toward sustainable business strategies and economic systems that limit climate change and protect the planet and all life on Earth.

You will be responsible for overseeing ClientEarth’s U.S. 501(c)(3) entity’s finance, accounting, and reporting activities.

You will lead all day-to-day finance operations of a growing budget (currently $3 million), including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and grants administration. You will ensure that ClientEarth North America has the systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and conduct audits. In addition, this role offers a great opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the specific financial obligations for international organizations operating in the U.S., while also gaining valuable international finance experience.

Main Duties

  • Oversee all US accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Coordinate all audit activity.
  • Work closely with the Head of North America and other staff projecting allocations and identifying overall funding requirements.
  • Oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period.
  • Process accounts receivable and payable, and monthly payroll
  • Manage and track the performance of invested assets in keeping with policies and investment guidelines.

See the job description (below) for a full list of duties for this role.

Role requirements

  • Bachelor’s or a master’s degree in accounting or finance
  • Experience in a similar financial accounting role, including experience in accounts payable and receivable.
  • Experience of working with Quickbooks or other similar accounting system

See the job description (below) for a full list of requirements for this role.

Note to candidates: We know that long lists of criteria can be daunting and that some candidates will not apply for a role unless they feel they are 100% qualified. If you feel you meet at least some of the essential criteria below, we still encourage you to apply.

Further Information

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Flexible working: We are proud to be a Flexa accredited Employer. Visit our Flexa Employer page for more information on our approach to flexible working. Our flexible working policy allows our people the choice to decide to work from home in the country where their contract of employment is issued for 80% of their month, with the other 20% of their month being office-based See our Benefits page for more.

ClientEarth provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law

Please note that ClientEarth is only able to employ those who have the pre-existing legal right to work in the USA.

Company benefits

20-26 days annual leave + bank holidays
Work from anywhere scheme – see website for more details
Compassionate leave
Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave
Teambuilding days
Dog friendly office
Company shutdown periods – winter shutdown
Buy or sell annual leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Cycle to work scheme
In office massages
In office yoga classes
Faith rooms
Salary sacrifice
Annual pay rises
L&D budget
Work from home budget
Enhanced pension match/contribution
Employees are largely happy with their working location freedom
Employees are largely happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that it can be hard to find balance at times
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel that they can mostly manage how they get their own work done

Working at ClientEarth

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Brussels, Warsaw, Madrid, Berlin, Beijing, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Tokyo

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United Kingdom

United States

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