Our staff have wonderful, kind words to say about YPTC. Here are just a few...
Barbara J. Smith
When I was working for a Philadelphia CPA firm, I audited a YPTC client, a nonprofit arts center for which YPTC performs the accounting functions. On my first day of the audit a YPTC staff member handed me an “audit binder” containing the financial statements, supporting schedules and all the documentation that I needed for the audit.
It feels like home. I love the camaraderie among the staff. They’re the coolest accountants I’ve ever met. When they screen prospective employees they look for people who would be a good fit and they do a great job.I love the independence when I’m working with my clients. I also enjoy having a great support network of managers and being able to email my colleagues who might have had a similar experience with something I’ve come across.
Before joining the YPTC team, I had spent the previous 20 years in for-profit private industry. While this was good experience, I felt that something was missing. I believe that small business is the backbone of the economy and running a profitable one is a noble venture but I found that too often a company’s stated values in their mission statement were not consistent with their practices.
After 30 years in accounting and financial management, all in the for-profit arena in mostly larger, international corporations, I found myself for the first time in my career “in-search”. One thing that I knew was that I wanted a major change in terms of culture and working environment.
I started my career in San Diego, Calif., working as an accountant and then a controller for a fairly large, nonprofit, social service organization. Even though I worked on accounting and administrative tasks and not program, I felt like I was part of their bigger mission.
After spending a lot of time in public accounting and after 15 tax seasons I decided I didn’t want to do taxes ever again. So I left to become the CFO for one of my clients, but I missed working in client services. I saw Your Part-Time Controller’s website and realized that there would be no tax seasons.
It’s not that often that you can find flexibility in the accounting world and still make a decent wage. I work part-time and I like the ‘mini-travel’, going out to see different clients. Every day is different: different places, different people, and different aspects of the nonprofit experience. I had worked for a nonprofit before so this world is not totally foreign to me. My clients are all different and it’s interesting to see how the nonprofit sector has evolved.
The support is great: everyone is very helpful and there’s no competition. I like the fact that all new employees are assigned a mentor, who is someone you can bounce ideas off and get answers. And if your mentor doesn’t know, you can send an e-mail blast to everyone and get immediate response.
Joining YPTC was the best decision I have ever made, and I knew it on my first day. I haven’t looked back since I started.
I did a lot of things in reverse. I had years of bookkeeping experience, but no college degree. I finally decided to get my degree and put all of my experience to better use. I earned a scholarship to West Chester University and I completed a BS in Professional Studies.
My background wasn’t in nonprofit accounting. I had worked as an auditor in the beginning of my career and then moved into private equity administration, which was similar to what I do at YPTC in that I was providing an outsourced accounting service. But YPTC is different because nonprofit executives generally don’t have as much financial acumen as my clients in private equities did. It’s a nice change for me to be able to speak to my clients in laymen’s terms.After I had my second child I started looking for part-time work because my schedule was too busy. I googled Your Part-Time Controller and was immediately intrigued by YPTC. As I went through the interview process and read the staff’s testimonials, the more impressed I became. I knew it would be a good fit.
I’m the first YPTC transplant: I moved from the Washington office to the New York office. I was living in D.C. and was looking for a job. I was interviewing for the position that YPTC’s Washington manager, Hatsy Cutshall, had just left. As I was going through the interview process I realized that it wasn’t going to be a good fit.
Except for Eric Fraint, I am the YPTC employee with the most longevity – I started in 1998 and my employee ID number is 2. When my kids were growing up and still living at home, the flexibility that YPTC offered was a plus. Even after all these years, I like the ‘part-timeness’ of the job.
While I was in college, I worked for a woman who had her own successful business and a family. The way she was able to balance her work and home life was wonderful and I thought that this was exactly what I wanted to be able to do.
I feel like I’m treated like a part of my clients’ organizations and that they’re always happy to see me. They show a lot of gratitude when they see me helping them with their mission – and that gives me instant gratification.
I’ve been out in the ‘real world’ for about 25 years. It was a refreshing change to come to Your Part-Time Controller. For the first time I feel like I belong somewhere. You’re part of a team here: I’d never felt that before.
After working for YPTC for almost five years I can say that I enjoy going to work every day. There are not a lot of people who can say that.
The nonprofit bug bit me and I couldn’t shake it. When I wasn’t performing I was working at the circus in marketing and development, learning about finance, and coming to understand grant writing and major gifts and connecting with donors and sponsors.
I love having a network of fellow professionals who I can turn to. I came to Your Part-Time Controller from an environment where I was the only accounting professional. It’s difficult being your own resource!
I worked for quite a number of firms – mostly big companies and manufacturing companies. When I saw the opportunity to join a small company with more of a consulting-type role, it appealed to me. I didn’t want to have to go to the same place, doing the same job, every day for the next 20 years. I fell in love with YPTC’s whole presentation.
This has been a wonderful year for me. I like the fact that Eric and Jen take the time to recognize that their employees may be interested in becoming involved in other parts of the organization. So in addition to being an associate, I’m now also director of Bookkeeper Technician University®, which lets me use some of my other skills. It’s very rewarding to be a part of this program and to offer this training to our nonprofit clients.
I come from a for-profit background, but I have 20 years of service to the nonprofit community in my spare time. Working with the variety of different organizations and causes we have here is a real marriage of my technical skills and what I love to do as a volunteer. So this seems like a perfect career for me.
After many years of working in auditing for large corporations, I came to Your Part-Time Controller basically because I enjoy working with nonprofits. I wanted to become a controller so I could use my internal and external auditing skills. YPTC had everything I wanted: the ability to see different clients, the opportunity to be always learning something new, and the chance to see every day as a new experience. The work is enjoyable.
Harriet S. (Hatsy) Cutshall
Prior to my knowing that YPTC even existed, I had made my own career choice to use my accounting skills and business management experience to help nonprofits succeed at fulfilling their missions. I had seen firsthand that many nonprofit managers do their organizations a disservice in not understanding the value of sound financial management and analysis in doing what they set out to do. YPTC provides that value.
I had had no work background in nonprofits. All my experience had been in the private market. I’ve found this work a little bit challenging in trying to manage my schedules for several clients. But it’s opened a whole new world to me. I’ve been involved with nonprofits in my private life through hockey clubs, but seeing what my clients do for people who are disabled, or hungry, or displaced – and the sub-par wages they work for – is amazing.
I originally studied actuarial science at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, but it wasn’t for me – it seemed like I was de-humanizing people into just statistics. I switched to accounting and was much happier. I went to work for an auditing firm and obtained my CPA license, but after going through a corporate merger I was looking to find some place with more of a family atmosphere and where I wouldn’t have to work so many crazy, taxing hours.
George H. Stout Jr.
I joined Your Part-Time Controller in July, 2010, after having been a controller in the private sector with publicly-traded high-tech/software firms. It’s refreshing for me to see my clients doing good work and not just interested in maximizing profits.
When I originally explored the option of working with YPTC it was with the notion that, in some way, I would like to do something with my career that had an element of ‘giving back’ to it. This was after a long series of corporate and start-up ventures that were interesting, challenging and professionally rewarding, but had little if any social value.
I LOVE working for YPTC because there is always something new and challenging on my ‘to-do’ list. In the past I have found that I get bored with the monotony of my ‘accountant’ role. Having more than one client keeps things interesting – and boredom is never an issue.
I enjoy working with my clients and admire their compassion and commitment to their organization’s mission. The commitment extends to the board members who give their time and support. As accountants, it’s easy for us to get caught up in the audit and the tax issues, but it’s a very good feeling to work with people who come to their jobs because they want to give something back, and they make you feel like you’re one of their group.
I didn’t have the nonprofit sector in my background, and it’s a refreshing change to work with organizations that are interested in improving the community instead of maximizing profits. I get to work with community and political leaders in the area. I really enjoy what I’m doing now.
I’ve worked for YPTC for 10 years, and I can’t imagine working anywhere else. I can honestly say that I have never been bored! I don’t have the experience of doing the same tasks month after month. I face new challenges all the time and get the coaching and mentoring needed from Eric and Jen.
I came to YPTC in 2009 after 12 years in public accounting, and found this work to be a lot less stressful. One of the major benefits over public accounting and auditing is that in my previous career my clients dreaded seeing me, but at YPTC they enjoy seeing me. On my birthday recently, they sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to me – that was a treat!
I was initially attracted to YPTC many years ago because of the ability to work a flexible schedule that would also allow me to be involved with my children’s school and extracurricular activities (whether they liked it or not).
Working for Your Part-Time Controller offers the best of both worlds. I can serve the nonprofit sector while receiving the benefits of a for-profit organization. We grow very close to the boards and management of our clients working hand-in-hand with them. For me, I like being able to serve in the nonprofit community, while having the resources that Your Part-Time Controller provides, such as training and support from a team of accounting professionals.
I went into public accounting right out of college and stayed there for nine years, starting in Chicago and then I transferred to Philadelphia because of my husband’s job. I had risen to a manager’s level but had decided that public accounting wasn’t for me anymore. I was questioning my career and thought that maybe a career change was in order. Through a friend I heard that YPTC was looking for an accountant and I jumped on it. I had never heard of YPTC and couldn’t believe that there was an accounting position where you only had to work 35 hours a week. It seemed too good to be true, and luckily it wasn’t. YPTC was a breath of fresh air. YPTC made me realize that I really do enjoy accounting! I like that it’s such a positive environment here. They’re really open-minded about suggestions and opportunities. They’re flexible and will work with you. When I had my twins they were wonderful in accommodating my new life. I’m very lucky to be able to work part-time which is unheard of in accounting; a lot of my friends with kids are either not working or working full-time. I also like that the work is client-based and there’s a variety of assignments. You’re not just sitting in the same office every day doing the same thing. I like the variation – it keeps me on my toes.
After moving back to New Jersey, I found myself looking for employment that offered something different, exciting, and more challenging. Over the years, I felt that many of my previous positions had become routine and mundane, and I wanted a role that offered constant challenges and learning opportunities; I found that at YPTC. The challenges here have been constant, with changing demands and priorities and a diverse range of clients, so I am never bored.
My background is in the for-profit industry, working as an accounting manager and controller for Fortune 1000 companies. What intrigued me about taking a position at Your Part-Time Controller was looking at the website for several years and reading the employees’ testimonials about why they enjoy working there. I read those testimonials many, many times. At first I was cautious but when I saw so many of them I realized these statements couldn’t be staged.
What I like about YPTC is the ability to grow, to work independently, and to take on new challenges as opportunities arise. My latest challenge is starting up the new Houston office. I’m doing everything from finding new clients and staff, networking and meeting people in the community, finding office space, and getting the word out about who we are. In the middle of all that, Hurricane Harvey hit and I had to be more flexible. My work involves project management, interpersonal and organizational skills, a lot of marketing, and it’s all very exciting. My title is manager but I’m a ‘starter.’ My next challenge will be opening our next office.
The culture and the people I work with are great. No one is on an ego trip. Everyone is very helpful. You have a lot more control over what you do on a day-to-day basis, in terms of your scheduling. It’s pretty much up to you as to how to schedule your day to meet your clients’ needs. And your job goes much more smoothly because you’re caring about your nonprofit clients and you’re concerned about their well-being. It’s just a great environment to be in.
It has worked out phenomenally. As a CPA, I had often thought about starting my own firm, but now I feel like I have the best of both worlds. I have my one-on-ones with my clients, but I also have the resources of everyone at YPTC behind me. When the entire staff is together for meetings, you realize our true size, and the power we have in numbers. We like to tell our new clients that you’re not hiring one of us – you’re hiring all of us.
The variety of client work, from providing the full spectrum of accounting services and preparing financial reports to providing process improvement recommendations, and the flexibility of controlling my own schedule keep me engaged. Being able to bring my previous work experiences from the for-profit world has definitely helped my nonprofit clients. There’s client appreciation and personal satisfaction all around.
I believe our business model is far better for both parties. By working at clients’ offices, we get to know them very well and they become trusting and forthcoming with us. This enables us to be more responsive and proactive for their sake.
I started my career in public accounting. I hopped around a lot and finally got my CPA. It started getting really hectic. I was working 70 hours a week and even had to take my laptop with me to Disney World. I was thinking about going into business for myself or working part-time when I found YPTC, and that was it. The best part about working here is the variety. I get bored really fast and working in multiple locations with different clients is really great for me. When you’re a controller in a company every month is the same routine, so having this variety is much better. I like the flexibility of the hours: you deal directly with your clients and make your own schedule with what works best for them and you. I also really like it when I see a messy situation: cleaning it up is so much more fun. I also like that we’re not here to make somebody richer. We’re helping nonprofits that are doing great things in the world and making their organizations better. The infrastructure is great: YPTC helps pay for your continuing education and they stay current on what’s new so you don’t have to learn all of this on your own. So you get a lot of the benefits you’d get in public accounting without having to do audits and tax work. And I don’t have to take my computer to Disney World anymore!
The staff is really supportive. You usually work alone but when you do work with other associates you find that they’re genuinely nice persons and you can always learn something from them. The managers are really supportive, too. In most companies the managers just want you to get a job done, but at YPTC all the managers go out of their way to help you. They’re always asking you if your workload is OK, and if you’re happy with your job. I wasn’t a good fit with my first client and they switched me off that client immediately because I wasn‘t happy. You don’t usually see that.
I like being able to take a comprehensive approach with a client and getting to see the full accounting cycle instead of just focusing on one small piece of it, which is how it works in large companies. It’s more gratifying. Large companies move very slowly and you can work on something for three or four years and not see much momentum. At YPTC you come to your clients and you get to finish something. You can enter a really messy situation and when you get their books all cleaned up that’s gratifying.
What I love about working here is that when I worked for a nonprofit, after I got them cleaned up it started getting a little boring and stale. One of the benefits here is having many clients so it certainly never gets boring. Each of my clients has challenges but they’re all different so you’re not walking into the same grind every day. The best part is the appreciation I get from my clients.
I had never really been challenged in the interview process before. There were some areas of nonprofit accounting that I wasn’t aware of and I came out of the interviews with more information than I started with. They gave me an accounting test and that was proof that this is a firm that wants the best for its clients, and that’s truly what it is: a firm that wants the best for its clients.
So far I’ve had a pretty consistent client base of three terrific national nonprofits. I love my clients: they’re dedicated organizations, with meaningful missions, and I like that I’m helping to make a difference even if I’m in the back office. I like interacting with a lot of different people — it’s very rewarding and never gets boring. And my YPTC colleagues are amazing. We all come from diverse backgrounds and experience, which provides a great network for sharing. If you have a question you can usually get an answer from someone who has already experienced the same thing. We also have great online resources, training and professional development benefits.
I can’t say enough about the culture here. A couple of years ago my husband and I lost our baby. The support I got from my colleagues and the company was incredible. My husband and I joined an organization that raises money to research stillbirths and we participated in a fundraising walk. Not only did people at YPTC donate the most amount of money, the people who couldn’t participate in that walk organized another one. When people here are going through hard times, there is support from your colleagues and management. In other companies you worry when you’re going through a hard time. Here, people rally around you and support you.
I’ve been working closely with nonprofit membership associations for nearly 25 years. I learned about YPTC at the Greater Washington Association of CPAs’ nonprofit conference and when an opportunity came up I decided this is what I wanted to do.
I was in San Diego when my husband got a job with the feds and so we moved to the Washington, D.C. area. My job there wasn’t terribly interesting, so when I came out here I looked for something where I would have the chance to learn new things. Most of my work had been with for-profits and I wanted to get some nonprofit experience. I was really excited when I found this job: it seemed like a great opportunity and it was unlikely that I would ever get bored. I was thrilled that there was even an opportunity like this. It hadn’t occurred to me that there would be somebody who was outsourcing accounting to nonprofits.
At my age it’s great to keep learning new things and the training opportunities are great. Some training is mandatory, and some is just there if I want it. I like learning new things and that’s one of the factors that makes me want to keep on working full time.As one of the older members of the staff, I appreciate the fact that I’ve got flexibility. If I were to decide to slow down to part-time, knowing that I could do it is a great thing and that will probably keep me working longer than I might otherwise.
I had worked in a lot of different jobs doing public and private accounting, audits and taxes, but none of them seemed like a good long-term fit. I was at a Greater Washington Society of CPAs symposium and kept walking past Your Part-Time Controller’s booth. When the time was right for me to make another move I contacted them, and I’ve been here since May of 2019.
Even though I loved public auditing, after five years I was missing a sense of accomplishment and wanted to try out the internal side of accounting. I was looking for a mission-driven organization but was not ready to settle into one company; I wanted variety with more clients, work that wasn’t limited, a chance to learn the next steps of forecasting, and a team that promotes learning. YPTC’s culture of focusing on our work without having to worry about competing with each other is just great and allows us to focus and be more efficient. We have freedom to create our own schedules with our clients and we treat them as if they were our own business. Most of my engagements have involved clean-up work at first which encourages learning the background of their industry from the first day. When I start off with digging in and cleaning up and end up with clean books and monthly reports that are useful to clients, it makes me feel accomplished. Our managers work hard to support us and we can ask questions of every staff member in each office. I had never experienced this level of support and quick response. Plus, it is exciting to see YPTC grow!
After 20 years of working in public accounting and for Fortune 500 companies, I turned my focus to serving nonprofits. I thought it would be difficult to get a job because I didn’t have that background but at YPTC it didn’t matter: they wanted to hire experienced accountants and help me learn about nonprofits. My biggest take-away during the interview process was that they actually read my resume and our conversations were really on-point. I was invited to a quarterly staff meeting before I started and was struck by the energy and enthusiasm in the room – I’d never experienced that in a room full of accountants. I felt that there’s really something different going on here. It makes me look forward to when we all get together. The systems we have set up to be able to reach out and ask questions is fantastic. My colleagues are all friendly, professional and willing to help. My clients have diverse missions and challenges that keep me on my toes and stretch my professional growth. I get great satisfaction in helping them achieve their mission. I’m blessed that they look forward to seeing me. All of that makes working at YPTC a truly positive experience.
I worked in public accounting for seven years, both while I was a student at Drexel University and afterwards. I was in auditing, and was made a manager. In addition to my manufacturing and insurance clients I worked with several colleges and universities and that began to introduce me to the nonprofit sector.
Teri Ten Eyck
I’ve worked in accounting and finance in a wide array of industries in 6 states over my career. My husband and I came back to New York City in 2017 for the third time because we realized this is where we wanted to be. I saw an ad for YPTC and knew it was just what I wanted to be doing.
I just can’t say enough good things about working for YPTC. Prior to joining the team, I was an auditor for many years and I fell in love with the nonprofit world through auditing many nonprofit clients. When it was time to make a change from public accounting I wanted to remain in the nonprofit arena and was excited to see that YPTC had opened an office in Houston. The culture here is terrific. They constantly train us on what YPTC is all about, which is providing the best service to nonprofits, and my coworkers all live that mission. The onboarding interview process is thorough to make sure you’re not only technically competent but also that you’ll be a good fit for YPTC’s culture and that the culture will work for you. It’s not all about the numbers. The other employees are phenomenal, and there are always people available in all of our offices who you can reach out to. They do a great job of making you feel welcome and inviting you to ask questions. They’ve really mastered the work-life balance – it’s not just lip service. I also enjoy feeling that I am truly part of my clients’ teams and that I’m making a difference for them. Plus, it’s great to be in Houston!
I’ve done accounting for a labor union and a small regional firm, and then got my CPA license and went into public accounting for 15 years. Some of my clients would give me a shoebox full of invoices and check stubs and I had to patch their books together. Others tried to do a good job with their financial records but didn’t, and I had to do a lot of clean-up work. Meanwhile there were long hours during tax season. My background is definitely diverse and I’ve always known when it was time to move on. When I saw an ad on LinkedIn for YPTC, the nature of the work, the 35-hour week and the benefits appealed to me. It’s been challenging at times but really rewarding. You get to see just about everything, whether it’s cleaning up messy situations or preparing for an audit. You get to set your own schedule and you’re not in the same office every day. The best part of the job is the feedback from your clients. You get to know them and they know what you’re there for. You get to go one-on-one with your clients but you never feel like you’re out there by yourself; you can always reach out to your managers and other associates for help. It’s a very supportive environment.
My background isn’t accounting. I came to YPTC from Drexel University, where I majored in business and finance. I was part of Drexel’s Cooperative Education (Co-op) program where we helped YPTC develop data visualization techniques that translate our clients’ data into relevant and more readily understood information. After I left the Co-op, YPTC generously asked me to work part-time and later offered me a full-time position. My team supports staff on data visualization and develops financial metrics and dashboards from our clients’ data to help improve productivity. We also do research to keep YPTC on top of technology trends. I’ve had to learn a lot about accounting and the associates and managers are always willing to teach me. There are a lot of things I like about the company but one thing that is very special is the people. Everyone is very nice, very supportive and very professional. They never see me as a student but as an employee. Because I support so many staff members I know a lot of people and that’s how I know that what all the awards have said is true – that YPTC really is a Best Place to Work.
I had been working in public accounting for years. The hours were insane, especially if you have a kid, and I was just not happy. A couple of my friends left and went over to Your Part-Time Controller. They seemed to really enjoy it and that convinced me to make the jump. It’s been great. I like the work-life balance. I have a reasonable work schedule. I was working 50- to 70-hour weeks before coming to YPTC and my work week now is under 40 hours, usually 35. If I had stayed in public accounting I wouldn’t know my son very well: I had spent a lot of years not being able to spend the time with him that I should have. In that sense, YPTC has given me back a part of my life. I also like the independent nature of the work: YPTC only hires people who can be trusted to work independently in consulting with clients. I really like having that independence while knowing that I’m helping nonprofit organizations.
My career started in public accounting, like so many other people here, and I had a pretty good job. But when I had my son I needed something that was part-time and it was hard to find that in public accounting. I stayed home for several months and was casually looking around when a former client suggested I call YPTC. I started in 2016 and I’ve been part-time since Day One. I definitely like the flexibility. You create your own schedule that works for you and your client, and that’s really helpful. I like management: they really are on your side. They tell you to come to them if you have issues and they do listen. The managers aren’t hanging over you but they’re there if you have questions. They do a lot of little things like a smaller company would, such as a bonus on your birthday. And they love babies! In addition to paid time off for new parents, they give you a package of goodies including a onesie that reads #YPTCNext Gen!
During my time in public accounting I had my daughter. The hours were insane: I was working only part-time but it was still 55 to 60 hours a week, and I wanted to spend more time with my daughter. I wanted to stay in accounting but I didn’t know where to take it. I started looking for other opportunities and was familiar with YPTC through an associate who worked with one of my clients. I didn’t know much about the job, but the website lured me in. I had a couple of interviews and I was sold. They really emphasize the work-life balance: going from 55 hours a week to 35 is great. Having been an auditor, I enjoy going out to a lot of clients where you learn about different organizations and you’re not doing the same thing every day. My co-workers and the management team are pretty awesome: it’s nice to know that someone’s always got your back. If you have a question, someone will help you. If you’re stressed with time they’ll send someone in to help you out. They don’t just leave you hanging. They say they value their employees and I believe that they really do. It’s nice to know that you’re cared about.
I was a college professor working on a year-to-year contract teaching accounting. My contract was up and I wanted to get back into the business world. I went to a YPTC seminar in 2017 where I met several managers and clients and I really liked it. I had an interview the next week and here I am. I like the support that we get from our management and the associates. I like our culture of using our accounting skills for the betterment of the community. I enjoy the nonprofit space and it’s a really good place to spend my time. I have my dream schedule. I came to Your Part-Time Controller with the thought of having two or three permanent clients where I could be there long-term to show them what YPTC could do for them. It’s been great. My clients look forward to me being there: they know what they’re going to get and that things are going to get done. And I look forward to seeing them. I’ve met so many amazing people who I would not have had the opportunity to meet had I not joined the firm. To see their mission and their passion is really great. I’m also a mentor now and getting more involved with the orientation and training of new hires. We have a great orientation program and we’re expanding it because we’re growing so rapidly!
What’s great about working at YPTC? Three big things. First, working with nonprofits is very different from working elsewhere. You get to see the impact that your clients have in the community. It really puts things into perspective and makes you feel like you’re doing something that’s truly meaningful. You’re not just crunching numbers. You’re part of a much bigger mission with each client. Then there’s the autonomy and flexibility. Typically, you’re on your own at client sites and have the ability and responsibility to make decisions to help your clients further their mission. The flexibility of the schedule is very helpful with your personal life, and the work-life balance is second to none. And third, it’s the people. Everyone is incredibly supportive and the culture is great. Although you’re typically alone at client sites, you have a great team a phone call or email away to assist when needed. It’s not the typical corporate feel. Everyone is treated as an equal and made to feel appreciated, which certainly distinguishes YPTC from other companies.
I came to YPTC in 2015 with a diverse background in banking, for-profit and nonprofit experience. What I really like about YPTC is the diversity of things you can do and where you can do it. I spend two days a week conducting initial interviews with prospective clients to make sure that their needs are compatible with what YPTC has to offer. The other days I go to clients out in the field. Working for a nonprofit is fine but you can get into the same-old-same-old. Here, you’re rotating through different clients, each of which has its own unique and specific set of needs and you can use your expertise to help them. Management treats you like a professional, and if you have an idea or a desire to do something they’re really open to it. The associates are all super-nice to each other. The departments don’t just keep to themselves, so you’re not hanging out with just a small group. When I’m in the office I’m always catching up with everyone and I enjoy talking with them. We’re all coming here with higher levels of financial management experience so we don’t butt heads or fight with each other. We know how to work with each other and not against each other.
I worked in public accounting and in industry for 12 years before joining YPTC as the first employee in the new Phoenix office. I enjoyed that work and it gave me great experience, but now it feels really good to be with the nonprofit sector. The nonprofit world gives my job a whole different meaning. I feel that by doing what I love, I’m positively impacting my community. When I joined YPTC, I was looking for a flexible part-time position so I could spend more time with my three-year-old son. Part-time employment is difficult to find in accounting, and I was very lucky to find YPTC as they offer flexibility and a challenging and rewarding job. In addition to the flexibility, I really like the opportunity for learning. I’m learning so much here because we have exposure to different clients. Every client is different, with different systems and challenges that you have to handle. It may sound like a cliché but every day you learn something new. The exposure to those differences is wonderful. The company really supports its employees and our professional growth. They pay for our continuing education and also have in-house training on relevant topics where we can attend or even participate as a presenter. There are lots of opportunities to share what you know and to learn from your coworkers and managers. The culture of the company is very impressive. Even though the Phoenix office is far from the Philadelphia office, we still feel like we’re part of the family. They do a great job of communicating with the remote offices and sharing the culture with us. Management stays very involved with the employees and spends time with us making sure we have the support we need. We feel close to them and to our peers. It makes for a family environment.
What I like about YPTC are the autonomy to be able to manage my own clients and the professionalism with which we are treated by all staff members and management. I’ve been in the accounting industry for quite a while, both in the for- and non-profit sectors, and have served as a CFO and controller; many of us have been there and done that. We know what we’re doing, so the freedom to be able to schedule our own clients and do our own work, with oversight by our managers of course, is the beauty of it. You do your thing, you do your best, and you’re treated like a professional. There’s a trust factor with the managers that we can do our job correctly and that we’ll give our best to our clients. There are no politics, no emotional entanglements, and not as much stress as in other companies. I also like the fact that we have continuing education. Because we work in our clients’ offices, the associates don’t see each other as much but we have regular monthly meetings and company-wide trainings. It’s quite important for our profession.
I was working for a soccer-based sports ministry in South Africa and when I returned to the states I wanted to settle in Philadelphia. My housemate was working for an organization that contracted with YPTC and when I told her I was looking for work in nonprofit accounting she suggested I apply. My work is really varied: right now my clients are a school, a tourism board, an animal shelter, and a medical foundation.
I have a degree in theater and English literature and a master’s in nonprofit management for the arts. I didn’t intend to get into finance and accounting but that’s where my path took me after grad school. My entire career has been with nonprofits, working with a studio theater here in Washington, D.C. and with a national AIDS organization before I came to YPTC in 2018.