Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI)
  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 23

Position description

The Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) is a Seattle-based non-profit research organization committed to developing products to prevent, detect and treat infectious diseases. IDRI translates basic research to develop vaccines, diagnostics and drugs for applications in global health. We focus on adjuvant formulation and preclinical immunology. IDRI’s leadership in the global health community extends to international alliances and partnerships with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, universities, research institutes, governments, and public health organizations.


IDRI is seeking a Controller to be a critical partner in support of our innovative research programs and mission.


  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements
  • Manage accounting staff to ensure their success within the organization
  • Responsible for month-end closes, preparation of monthly financials for management, accounting policies and procedures
  • Establish and maintain effective internal controls, operating policies and procedures
  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures
  • Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of IDRI’s financial status
  • Assist CFO/COO in regular forecasting and the annual budgeting and planning process; compare actual results to financial plans with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate
  • Support the CFO/COO in engaging the board around issues and trends in financial operating models and performance
  • 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 foundation grants
  • Manage organizational cash flows by working in partnership with CFO/COO, grant administrators, and principal investigators; continuously collaborate with partners to assess the financial efficacy of program operations and establish finance and administrative systems to support program operations
  • Prepare and maintains company's financial statements
  • Prepare all local and federal reporting and filings
  • Coordinate all external audit activity and manages relationship with CPA firm
  • Track and analyze new rules and regulations related to financial reporting
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks; good time-management, problem-prevention, and problem-solving skills. Flexibility in performing multiple tasks.
  • Good written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; ability to motivate self
  • Ability to work accurately with close attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Ability to work with co-workers and outside agencies professionally and tactfully

Required Qualifications:

  • BS in Accounting, Business Administration or Finance; CPA required
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of progressively responsible accounting experience
  • Extensive knowledge of GAAP and government contracting requirements
  • Must possess strong managerial experience
  • Experience in manufacturing, non-profit or biotech preferred

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