Financial Controller

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MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC) catalyzes healing and well-being through psychedelic drug development, therapist training programs, and sales of prescription psychedelics prioritizing public benefit above profit. Founded in 2014, MAPS PBC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. More information about the organization is available at

MAPS PBC is committed to the evolution of psychedelic healing modalities. We are building a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other. We value transparency, autonomy, experimentation, and kind, direct feedback. We welcome applicants who thrive in the midst of a growing organization that values science and healing.

MAPS PBC advances equity and inclusion in the workplace by providing equal employment opportunity to support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, arrest or conviction record, and any other basis prohibited by law. The organization also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. This equal employment opportunity policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, advancement, training, problem resolution, and separation from employment. Through this policy, MAPS PBC strives to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work environment that is supportive and free from discrimination.

Position Summary

MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC) Controller reports to the Chief Financial Officer CFO and Executive Director (dual reporting) and will be responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities. The Controller will be involved in supporting presentations to the board finance and audit committee and will work closely with the senior leadership team.

The Controller will lead all day-to-day finance operations of a budget of $12 million and supervise a team of 2 staff members including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and grants administration. The Controller will ensure that MAPS PBC has the systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and conduct flawless audits. The Controller will work closely with program leaders and their staffs, not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures but also to explore how the finance function can support program operations. In addition, she or he will partner with senior leadership, and the human resources (HR) and information technology (IT) staff to enhance and better integrate finance, HR, and IT functions.

Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online here.


This is a remote position from a suitable home office with a private and quiet area to work. Secure internet and reliable phone reception are required. This position requires frequent phone and internet video meetings. Certain home office expenses may be reimbursed. A work computer will be provided. The MAPS PBC headquarters office is located in Santa Cruz, CA. Occasional travel may be required.



Business Hours are 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday-Friday PST. The exact schedule may be arranged upon hire. Occasional weekend hours may be required with advance arrangement.


Minimum Requirements

  • At least 5 years of Controller experience preferably with (nonprofit for MAPS) (clinical trial for MAPS PBC) experience.
  • An MBA or CPA or equivalent is also highly desirable.
  • Strong financial and accounting background, including a detailed understanding of monthly financial statements, fund accounting, cash flow forecasting and management, budgeting and planning, general finance and accounting staff management.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects, timelines, and priorities
  • Experience with corporate governance
  • Experience with (complex technology systems including ERP (MAPS PBC and MAPS) and (CRM for MAPS). Experience with clinical trial management systems a plus.
  • Proven negotiation skills.
  • Experience with budget management, annual audits, and financial statement consolidation for a multi-entity organization.
  • Ability to understand new issues quickly and make wise decisions.
  • Ability to inspire confidence and create trust.
  • Ability to work under pressure, plan personal workload effectively and delegate of staff.
  • A cohesive ability at interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and written.


Position Duties:

  • Oversees all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP and FASB standards and regulatory 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; collate financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and private/ foundation grants.
  • Ensures best practices, efficiency of resources and processes, and risk reduction are high priority.
  • Guides financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures.
  • Protects assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls.
  • Maintains and creates financial dashboards, weekly, monthly and annual reporting to management and the board.
  • Oversees monthly reconciliations, manages cash balance and cash flow, and oversees accounts receivable and accounts payable.
  • Prepares budgets by establishing schedules; collecting, analyzing, and consolidating financial data; recommending plans.
  • Complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements by filing financial reports filing sales tax, and governance reports to appropriate agencies
  • Completes operational requirements by scheduling and assigning tasks to direct reports within the department, following up on work results.
  • Maintains financial staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees.
  • Responsible for all audit and tax prep and support to outside contractors.


General Responsibilities

  • Communicate and collaborate with key players, internal and external staff
  • Check in regularly with supervisor and complete assignments by agreed deadline
  • Document processes and provide regular updates
  • Proactively seek methods of improvement, streamlining workflows and building efficiencies in individual work and project outcomes

Additional Competencies:

  • Experience using Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Comfortable using internet applications
  • Comfortable navigating Mac and PC operating systems
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  • Ability to ask clear, goal-oriented questions
  • Excellent attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Self-motivated to complete tasks within agreed-upon deadline, ability to communicate clearly about deadlines and expectations
  • Able to manage time well and ask for support when needed
  • Quick learner, excited about learning to use systems in new contexts
  • Able to support the following tools in multiple, pre-specified contexts. Prior experience a plus, some training will be provided: Smartsheet, Zoom, Asana, Clinical Trial Management System, Medrio, HRIS

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Salary range disclosed upon request. Includes full benefits package.

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MAPS PBC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). MAPS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization.