Sandy Spring Friends School seeks candidates for the position of Controller. This position is responsible for the management and integrity of the accounting records of the school; establishing and maintaining appropriate financial policies, procedures, and controls; and cash management. The Controller will work closely with the CFO to assess the effectiveness of the current school information systems, identify enhancement opportunities, and participate in implementation. The Controller reports directly to the CFO and has some supervisory responsibilities. SSFS is eager to consider applications from traditionally underrepresented groups.
Compile, analyze, and prepare all general ledger entries and file related documentation
Perform month and year end closings for accounting database and reconcile all sub ledgers ensuring proper accounting treatment of entries
Complete reconciliations including bank, investment accounts, and payroll
Oversee budget management working closely with various cost-center owners
Prepare audit schedules and coordinate all aspects of annual audit
Provide cash flow analysis for CFO to maintain adequate liquidity for liabilities
Review all student enrollment contracts
Prepare annual financial statements
Manage accounts receivable from posting of all charges to collection
Review, update, and implement internal financial controls
Participate in school-wide committee work
Occasional weekend/evening activities
Other duties as assigned
Physical Requirements: Daily desk work including extensive amounts of computer time as well as the ability to navigate stairs, mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement, and lifting/carrying boxes weighing up to 25 pounds.
Qualifications: A four-year degree in a related field is required and CPA certification or MBA degree is desirable. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three to five years of progressively responsible experience in a business office environment, preferably in an independent school or other non-profit setting, as well as experience with GAAP, FASB, and endowment investments. He/she will be a skilled oral and written communicator, meticulously organized, comfortable with juggling multiple priorities, and meeting deadlines. Knowledge of the Senior Systems Advantage database or other comparable non-profit accounting software modules is necessary. Ideal candidates will also embrace professional development, be willing to develop new initiatives as needs arise, value diversity, and support Quaker beliefs, values, and practices.
Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring and other school-administered programs.
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Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, academically-rigorous day and boarding school serving approximately 600 students from age three through 12th grade. The campus is located on 140 acres in the historic Sandy Spring area of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the School is approved by the Maryland State Board of Education and accredited by the Association of Independe...nt Maryland Schools.
SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Friends School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.