Controller

| Greater NYC Area
As Skillshare’s Controller, you will take complete ownership of our financial accounting operations. This is a Director-level role reporting into our CFO. Skillshare is a high-growth, mission-driven startup that is providing professional development and learning opportunities for millions of people worldwide.
What you'll do:
Financial Accounting:
- Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements
- Manage and develop a team of two accountants
- Provide technical accounting subject matter expertise on the treatment of accounting transactions and related financial reporting requirements
- Ensure the month-end close is completed accurately 
- Maintain and enforce company policies and procedures including expense reimbursement and invoice/budget approvals tracking
- Project manage larger initiatives in conjunction with other departments
- Develop and support team members (staff and senior accountant) in their careers
- Manage year-end external audit providing detailed and accurate work papers and documentation to outside accounting firm
- Conduct period over period flux analysis and compare actual vs. expected results in partnership with the CEO
Taxation and Compliance:
- Manage ongoing communication with tax advisors and any 3rd party professional service
- Manage periodic and annual tax filings and returns, and ensure timely submission to authorities
- Amend or renew, when appropriate, corporate insurance policies

What you'll need to be successful:

  • Business acumen — we run lean, and we need your business smarts as much as your accounting chops; you can tell us what the numbers mean for our business and strategy, not just what they are.
  • CPA — it doesn’t have to be current, but given you’ll be the lead accounting professional in the company we need you to know that GAAP is not where you buy jeans; you secretly like journal entries.
  • SaaS experience — SaaS businesses have some nuance that is really important to both the accounting and financial management, and prior experience in consumer SaaS will give you a leg up in the role
  • Excel wizardry — you use a spreadsheet to fold your laundry (and never touch the mouse…)
  • Operational focus — you automate the mundane so you can focus on the sublime
  • You’re a seasoned manager with team-building experience, and a track record of attracting and retaining great talent
  • 10-12 years of experience in accounting

Why you want this job:

  • Our mission: We’re doing work that matters – connecting lifelong learners around the world and empowering them to pursue their creativity.
  • Impact: There aren’t many venture-backed startups with high growth rates, a strong platform and subscription-driven business model, AND a powerful social impact.
  • Our team: We have a passionate, whip-smart team that is a lot of fun to work with.
  • Our investors: We are backed by some of the best minds in technology — Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital, Omidyar Network and Amasia.
  • Your life: We believe that doing your best work means living a full life. That means different things for everyone, so we optimize for trust, invest to support remote teams, have an unlimited vacation policy (with a required minimum!), and encourage work-life balance.

About Skillshare
Skillshare is an online learning community for creatives. We have thousands of inspiring classes for creative and curious people, and millions of members who come together to find inspiration and take the next step in their creative journey. We are backed by Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital, Amasia, Spero Ventures, and Burda Principal Investments.
Skillshare is committed to building a diverse team that reflects a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We’re proud to be recognized as a top place to work by BuiltinNYC and Crain’s, one of the five best places to work for women by Bpeace, and a top-rated workplace for dads by Fatherly. We work to ensure a consistent interview process, fair compensation, and inclusive work environment for all.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PHPLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • TypescriptLanguages
    • SASSLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • WebpackLibraries
    • Backbone.jsFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • TensorFlowFrameworks
    • YiiFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • RedshiftDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • MixpanelAnalytics
    • OptimizelyAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • ZeplinDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement

Location

Our office is located in the heart of Flatiron (close proximity to 4,5,6,L,N,Q,R,W). The team loves exploring new lunch spots & taking coffee walks.

An Insider's view of Skillshare

What’s the vibe like in the office?

We balance being both focused and flexible in our office. In this kind of fluid environment, we can seamlessly ease in and out of individual heads-down time to group sessions; from meditation to collaboration; from desk to the lounge. The vibe lends us the freedom to play to our strengths and value our differences in working styles.

Jenni

Senior Product Designer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Cross-team collaboration is frequent and organic at Skillshare; we foster a uniquely friendly atmosphere of openness and shared purpose. Through cross-team threads, project-based meetings, comments on RFC's, pull request reviews, Q&A sessions, and, of course, simple conversations, collaboration commonly happens across a table or across time zones.

Justin

Engineering Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Skillshare has supported my career growth and trajectory tremendously. I started here 3 years ago on the Community team, but after discovering a passion for coding, Skillshare provided me with a mentor and on the job time to learn. It's been two years since I switched careers, and I'm so grateful that I get to come in and keep learning every day.

Callan

Software Engineer

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

As a management team, we strongly believe in making ourselves accessible. This includes: 1:1s with direct reports, skip-level meetings, team-wide meetings, coffees with people across departments, and attending team events. More broadly, we apply the same foundational rule we all learned in kindergarten: treat people the way you want to be treated.

Sabrina

VP, Operations

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

We're in an exciting position - we have a product that we believe in and a community that believes in us. The question we face is: how can we build a platform which works for the Skillshare of today, but will scale to the needs of the Skillshare of the future? It’s not enough to keep up with growth; we must build for where our growth will take us.

Samantha

Director of Engineering

What are Skillshare Perks + Benefits

Skillshare Benefits Overview

At Skillshare, we strive to create an inclusive culture in which each person is compensated fairly, has robust learning and development opportunities, and feels supported in bringing their whole self to work. We also believe that doing your best work means living a full life – that means different things for everyone, so we optimize for trust, invest to support remote teams, have an unlimited vacation policy (with a required minimum!), and encourage work-life balance.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
In addition to our social committee, we have dedicated Diversity & Affinity groups in which team members decide to come together around a shared identity or background.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
We offer both short- and long-term disability insurance.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Life insurance is equal to 1 times an employee's annual salary.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Read more about how we think about equity compensation here: https://medium.com/swlh/a-no-b-s-guide-to-startup-stock-option-grants-526a8bc33c2b
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Skillshare offers 14 paid weeks of paid parental leave to both birth-giving and non-birth-giving parent/s.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
We provide catered lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week.
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Skillshare creates professional development opportunities by offering an annual budget to attend external conferences, in addition to ongoing internal learning programming.
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

In addition to the above, we also offer a number of perks around flexibility – including the option between a 1-month bonus or sabbatical at your 3-year mark, and the ability to work remotely for up to a month from anywhere in the world when you've been on the team for one year.

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