Located on two campuses totaling 90 acres in beautiful, Sarasota, Florida, The Out-of-Door Academy (ODA) is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school serving over 750 students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. At ODA, students are happy, engaged, and excited about their academic and personal growth. Talented and dedicated faculty members challenge students to reach their maximum potential while providing a high level of support. The school’s rigorous and innovative academic program ensures that learning is both meaningful and lasting. Offerings in the arts and athletics enrich the ODA experience and provide opportunities for students to discover and develop their unique interests and talents. Graduates leave ODA not only academically prepared but also with the strength of character and passion for learning that provide a strong foundation for their future success in college and in life.
As an independent, college preparatory school, we provide an environment in which students strive to achieve their highest academic goals and to build character through a balanced program of academics, the arts, and athletics.
To create an educational foundation and passion for life-long learning that will give our students a competitive advantage in higher education and help them realize their full potential in a rapidly changing, complex, and increasingly interdependent world.
ODA was founded on Siesta Key in 1924 to serve students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. In 1996, a second campus in the Lakewood Ranch area of Sarasota was acquired to accommodate the addition of an upper school. Over the past ten years, the school has experienced steady and impressive enrollment growth from 550 to over 750 students. The campuses have also evolved and developed in response to the growth. Today, the five-acre Siesta Key campus is home to the Lower School (PK-5), and the 85-acre Uihlein Campus in Lakewood Ranch houses the Middle and Upper Schools. Facilities include interactive technology in every classroom, a fine and performing arts center with a black box theater, a full-size gymnasium with a wellness center, a lighted stadium, tennis courts and playing fields. The campus’s newest building, the Dick Vitale Family Student Center and Dart Foundation STEM Center, which opened in August of 2015, provides a collegiate atmosphere with flexible indoor and outdoor spaces where students can work, collaborate, and socialize. On the second floor of the building are state-of-the-art science laboratories, math classrooms, and a STEM project lab that provide students with a variety of research and project-based learning opportunities that integrate the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The Out-of-Door Academy is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC), and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Cum Laude Society, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and a number of other professional associations.
The Out-of-Door Academy currently has an opening for a General Ledger Accountant/Payroll Coordinator. This is a full-time administrative support position reporting to the Chief Financial Officer starting July 1, 2017. This position will be responsible for daily accounting functions, including coordinating and assisting in the preparation of financial reports, budgeting and the annual audit as well as the semi-monthly payroll processing for 130+ employees.
The School seeks a strategic thinker with excellent financial skills. The ideal candidate will be well-organized, detail-oriented, responsible, friendly and able to work both independently and in conjunction with various departments and constituencies. Comprehensive accounting experience in a not-for-profit environment is required. Previous required experience includes general ledger management, monthly and annual general ledger closings, cash receipts and reconciliations, preparation and analysis of financial statements, fixed asset management, interaction with accounts payable and accounts receivable, and payroll processing for a large employer. Proven experience with the Microsoft Office Suite and Google Apps as well as prior database management experience is required. Experience with the Blackbaud products, Financial Edge or Financial Edge NXT, would be a plus.
The ideal candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance and/or a CPA license. Minimally, the candidate should have five years of experience, preferably in a not-for profit environment; independent school experience would be a plus. Excellent communication skills, a solid understanding of accounting principles, strong organizational and analytical skills, a strong understanding of confidentiality, and a positive disposition with high energy and strong work ethic would be key factors under consideration for this position. References should speak to the applicant’s professionalism, experience and ability to work effectively with colleagues in a high-paced work environment.
The Out-of-Door Academy is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates for the General Ledger Accountant/Payroll Coordinator position should visit our career center and complete an on-line application at www.oda.edu/careers.