PINE CREST SCHOOL
Senior Accountant, Finance Office Ft. Lauderdale Campus
Founded in 1934 by Dr. Mae McMillan, Pine Crest School has developed into a preeminent college preparatory school with a PK-12 campus in Fort Lauderdale, and a PK-8 campus in Boca Raton. With just under 2,700 students, Pine Crest is the fifth largest independent day school in the United States. Despite our growth, there is a strong sense of community enthusiastically expressed by the many dedicated and talented teachers, coaches, students, parents, and alumni who care deeply about this institution. One of the primary strengths of the school is the depth and breadth of the academic and curricular program, with many excellent courses, over 90 athletic teams, and unsurpassed fine arts facilities, including a full orchestra and the yearly performance of a full ballet. The school community is composed of high achieving and motivated students and teachers invested in intellectual inquiry. The school’s operating budget is $90 million.
To offer a challenging academic experience complemented by excellence in the arts and athletics; to develop the character, independence, and leadership of each student; and to provide a collaborative learning community that prepares students to meet the global challenges of our future.
Pine Crest promotes a diverse environment that supports and strengthens the School’s culture as an excellent college preparatory school. We honor and celebrate a range of cultures, backgrounds, talents, experiences, and opinions in our students, faculty, and administration, and foster a community of complete inclusion and openness.
The Senior Accountant position reports directly to the Controller at the Pine Crest School.
The Senior Accountant is responsible for seven important priorities in the Finance Office, which are:
- Prepares timely and monthly reconciliations of operating, gift and merchant bank accounts.
- Performs timely and monthly contributions reconciliation with the Advancement Office.
- Prepares monthly restricted gifts report.
- Documents and prepares monthly “close” financial reports.
- Updates banking documentation including check signer status, ACH setup for new accounts, positive pay confirmations or denials, wire/transfer approvals.
- Enters/reviews journal entries for accuracy and completeness.
- Assists in preparation of all state and federal tax reporting, including filing of uncleared checks and Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations Annual Report.
These priorities represent the core of the position. With the Senior Accountant’s success managing this work, the seven core priorities will lead to other important work within this department; and will create a solid foundation for reporting and reconciliation work. All seven of these priorities are an important focus for the Controller and CFO.
Two other considerations are relevant for this position:
- Functional excellence – The successful candidate for the Senior Accountant position is expected to have a BA or BS in Accounting; and if a CPA has been earned, that would be a plus. For effective professional management of the reporting, documenting and reconciliation work, the candidate must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in accounting/financial work in a non-profit organization, preferably at an independent school. The CFO has established high quality standards for delivering the functional priorities. It is expected that the Senior Accountant’s work will match those standards. This positon is intended for an experienced, mature professional who delivers his/her work at the established standards. This position is not an entry level position and is not for someone with limited experience in the finance/accounting function. The Senior Accountant position is best matched with a professional who delivers at a high standard; anticipates what is needed by the Controller and CFO; operates effectively in a collaborative, fast-paced school and functional environment; and understands how to identify the issue; propose alternatives with their financial effect on the operating budget; and recommend a solution. Being a Senior Accountant in a challenging and important Finance Office at a well-regarded independent school is a good match for an experienced professional.
- Communication Effectiveness – the Senior Accountant should demonstrate excellent analytical skills as a “backdrop” for accounting/finance recommendations or solutions; should have a well-informed or fact-based point of view about the priority responsibilities; and should be an influential presenter to the Controller and CFO. These communication skills as a professional will be implemented in a Finance department and school environment where collaboration with colleagues – Finance and otherwise – is a cultural necessity. Effectiveness as a verbal communicator will be assessed in: 1) small group meetings; 2) staff meetings; and 3) one on one meetings with the Controller and CFO. The Senior Accountant will use email and analytical reports to communicate the results of his/her work internally and externally to other school constituents outside the Finance function.
The Senior Accountant should be knowledgeable about Best Practices for handling the seven key priorities; and should have applied the Best Practices to achieve results in the finance/accounting function.
The position of Senior Accountant is an exciting opportunity for a professional at a prestigious independent school. Pine Crest and its Finance Office have established the key practices for the incumbent to do his/her best professional work.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a cover letter which is directly responsive to the key features of the job posting along with a current resume to:
Human Resources Department
1501 Northeast 62nd Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR RESUME BY FEBRUARY 1, 2017