Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive pre-K through 12 independent school serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs. Committed to academic excellence, ethical learning, and progressive education, ECFS offers a rich and challenging curriculum in the arts, sciences and humanities. A coed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 350 faculty and staff and 1,700 students from pre-K to 12th grade on two campuses: one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and the other in Manhattan.
The senior controller is responsible for overseeing the accounting, financial reporting and key transaction processes of the school. Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the senior controller will build and maintain a strong system of internal controls and identify opportunities to implement best business practices throughout the organization. This position is located in Manhattan on the Upper West Side at 63rd Street and Central Park West.
The Senior Controller has responsibility for the accounting operations of the school, the production of its financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and the maintenance of financial controls in accordance with best practices. Included in these responsibilities is oversight of the annual audit and compliance with tax regulations and lender requirements.
The identification, development and implementation of best business/school-wide practices will also be a key area of responsibility with an initial focus on expenditure authorization, purchasing and contract negotiation.
The Senior Controller will work closely with the CFO to assess the effectiveness of the current school information system and identify opportunities to further automate financial and business reporting as well as general work flow school-wide. The Senior Controller will also lead a redesign of the school’s chart of accounts.
The following functions report to the Senior Controller: general ledger and accounting, financial reporting, accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll.