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MasterClass // online classes from the world's best
San Francisco, CA    Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020
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Who we are:

MasterClass is transforming online education by enabling anyone in the world to learn from the very best. We are deconstructing what makes an actor able to cry on demand, how an athlete defies gravity, & what it takes to write a bestseller. Our online learning content is available to students anywhere anytime, which supports our mission to ignite the greatness in others.

We are a quickly growing VC-funded startup based in San Francisco, with additional offices in Los Angeles. We have created online classes taught by famous masters Gordon Ramsay, Serena Williams, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sara Blakely, David Sedaris, Bobbi Brown, Timbaland, Anna Wintour & many more to come.

Since launching in 2015, we have been growing our team. Apply now to find out more about what we are doing behind the scenes.

What we are looking for:

  • Someone with a proven track record of leading & developing top-tier accounting teams.
  • Excited to work in a fast-paced & challenging environment & own critical decision-making responsibilities to build the team & infrastructure.
  • Experience with direct-to-consumer, eCommerce, & content businesses.
  • Someone who can be a player-coach, as needed -- adept at manipulating, analyzing & auditing large volumes of data, but also a skilled people manager.

Responsibilities of the role:

  • Ensure consistent implementation of corporate accounting principles & procedures in full compliance with US GAAP.
  • Own the financial close process & all associated processes & reporting to deliver accurate & timely results to the organization to facilitate critical decision making.
  • Develop, implement & maintain the internal systems & financial controls consistent with Masterclasss policies & regulatory guidelines, ensuring compliance with all local, state & federal tax requirements & filings.
  • Lead a team of accounting professionals with responsibilities for the general ledger, tax, payroll, accounts payable & receivable, artist payments, financial reporting, stock plan administration & external audit relationships.
  • Provide leadership & vision for scaling the team & our financial infrastructure to keep up with the demands of Masterclasss high-growth business.
  • Understand & document reporting needs, collaborate on operational issues, develop creative solutions in the absence of perfect systems, & provide business guidance & insight through financial reporting.
  • As a critical leader, the Controller will build relationships & partner with all departments to provide data & insights to help managers run the company & make effective decisions.
  • Evaluate opportunities for scale & growth & consider ways to drive efficiency & automation.


  • 10+ years experience, currently a Director of Accounting, Assistant Controller, or Controller preferably in both US & Global operating environments.
  • 4+ years audit/assurance experience from a Big 4 public accounting firm. A strong technical accounting background, CPA required.
  • Experience in helping drive toward IPO readiness, ERP implementation.
  • Excellent communication skills, written & oral.
  • Experience with direct-to-consumer, eCommerce, & content businesses.

At MasterClass, we believe we put our best work forward when our employees bring together ideas that are diverse in thought. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace & are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law. In addition, MasterClass will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you have a disability or special need, we would like to know how we can better accommodate you.

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