Phillips Academy seeks a Director of Finance and Comptroller. Reporting to the Dean of Administration and Finance, the Director of Finance and Comptroller is a key member of the financial leadership team with primary responsibility for strategic oversight and direction of the Comptroller’s Office and Academy-wide financial planning, budgeting, reporting and analysis. Primary responsibilities include management of all aspects of the annual operating budget across the Academy, leadership and management of a team of eleven individuals, providing guidance, direction and professional development to staff on matters relating to financial and accounting policies and procedures.
Additional essential functions include oversight of capital budgets and all academy accounting functions, management of debt issuance, oversight of debt maintenance and compliance, investment and one-billion dollar endowment accounting function, the auditing process, payroll, accounts payable, and tuition billing (the Bursar function). In addition, maintaining, developing, and communicating formal financial accounting policies and procedures to the broader Academy community, and management of financially related strategic projects for trustees and administration as necessary. This position works collaboratively and collegially throughout the Academy community on matters related to financial transactions and related accounting and tax compliance.
QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree required, MBA in Finance/Accounting preferred. CPA required. 7-10 years of progressive financial analysis and accounting experience with increasing scope and responsibility, preferably in a school or non-profit environment. Excellent managerial, financial, analytical, organizational, communication, and problem solving skills are required. Expertise in financial statements in educational or non-profit environments. 5-10 years of proven office leadership, management, and team development skills. Expert level Excel spreadsheet skills and Microsoft office required. Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously. Complete background check is required.
About Phillips Academy
Established in 1778, Phillips Academy is a co-educational, boarding secondary school located just north of Boston and which educates students of intelligence and integrity from diverse cultural, racial, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds. Our motto, Non sibi, not for self, was forged by Paul Revere into the original seal 240 years ago. The school's residential structure enables faculty to support students in their personal, social and intellectual development. The academic program fosters excellence in all disciplines within the liberal arts tradition. Faculty members guide students in mastering skills, acquiring knowledge and thinking critically, creatively and independently. The school strives to help young people achieve their potential not only intellectually, but also artistically, athletically and morally, so that they may lead responsible and fulfilling lives.
The Academy embraces equity, inclusion, and wellness and is committed to establishing a community that encourages people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs to understand and respect one another and to embrace differences of race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, national origin..., and religion. In its programs, the school seeks to promote a balance of leadership, cooperation and service, together with a deeper awareness of the global community and the natural world.
Andover's 1778 Constitution charges the academy to prepare "Youth from every quarter" to understand that "goodness without knowledge is weak...yet knowledge without goodness is dangerous." This obligation challenges students, faculty, and staff in mind, body and spirit to see beyond themselves and to go beyond the familiar; to remain committed to developing what is finest in themselves and others, for others and themselves.