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Yoga Alliance


Finance – Arlington, Virginia
Department Finance
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Yoga Alliance (YA) is the independent member organization that advances the development and livelihood of yoga professionals and advocates for safety and accessibility in yoga. A related public charity, the Yoga Alliance Foundation (YAF), is an emerging field leader in yoga-based social impact.

Together, these two organizations support yoga teachers to more fully grow into their role as leaders in their communities. YA supports yoga teachers’ growth as professionals, giving them tools to effectively bring yoga into their communities. YAF develops vehicles for direct social impact, such as programs that enable teachers to serve within communities that have typically been excluded from yoga.

YA and YAF were founded to promote unity in yoga – so that all lineages, traditions and yoga organizations may thrive and all students may benefit from the gifts of yoga in the way that suits their needs best. We do this work so that the gifts of yoga can be offered effectively to more people.


The Controller will report directly to the Director of Finance and will be responsible for day to day accounting functions (G/L, A/P, A/R and Payroll); developing financial reports for the use of the Executive Management Team, and program staff; cash management; and maintaining financial systems and internal controls. The Controller supervises the Senior Accountant and Staff Accountant. The ideal candidate will have a degree in Accounting; possess good communication, and organizational skills, strong ERP skills and Excel skills and have experience working in a non-profit environment and with managing staff. The position is based in Arlington, VA.


  • Responsible for month-end closing and financial statement preparation and analysis in an accurate and timely manner
  • Management of accounting operations, to include G/L, A/R, A/P and Payroll
  • Cash management and bank reconciliations
  • Work with external auditors on annual financial audits and 990s
  • Direct the finance department’s overall policy and procedure manual
  • Manage all accounting functions to ensure proper maintenance of systems and appropriate       internal controls
  • Manage and oversee all financial systems to ensure timely, accurate and high quality data
  • Work closely and transparently with all external partners including audit firm, banking institutions, financial and other consultants, as well as vendors
  • Maintain proper financial reporting and general ledger administration
  • Review and submit bi-weekly payroll
  • This is a supervisory role with two direct reports
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

The Controller plays a critical leadership role within Yoga Alliance and will require a unique combination of skills in the areas of strategy, project management, communications (oral and written), plus specific topic expertise. This person will have experience in the following areas:

  •  Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from an accredited school
  • CPA designation
  • At least 5 years in a senior accounting or finance position.
  • Experience managing multiple staff
  • Advanced user of Excel
  • Proficient in Sage Intacct Cloud Accounting
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills; must be able to interact and communicate with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Innovative thinker, with a track record for problem solving and developing action plans and managing output
  • Must be able to adapt to a dynamic and growth-oriented culture and work well in a team environment
  • Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Previous work experience in a non-profit organization is desired
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Payroll experience preferred


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