The role of the Controller is an integral part of the Business Office. The Controller is responsible for the day to day operation and management of the Business Office. Responsible for management of the General Ledger accounting system, ensuring a timely month end close, and all appropriate general ledger accounts are properly reconciled. This position ensures the effective and responsive delivery of services (including reports and information) to the internal and external community. The role reports to the Chief Financial Officer.
The main responsibility of the Controller is to ensure the integrity and proper documentation of transactions within the accounting cycle, regularly review internal controls and ensure the School’s accounting records are in compliance with GAAP.
OVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
GENERAL ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL REPORTING
Responsible for ensuring accurate and timely financial information.Compile, analyze, and reconcile financial information monthly and overseeing the monthly close process
Preparing monthly financial statements, including variance analyses.
Prepare compliance filings with State of Washington and IRS. (Sales and Use Tax filings, Charitable Gift Filing, 990 tax return, and other miscellaneous tax filings).
Supervising general accounting operations.
Providingsupport in the hiring, training of accounting department staff.
Prepare & submit timely, accurate payment of debt service.
Assisting the CFO in the preparation and monitoring of departmental budgets and forecasts working with other administrators and department heads concerning budget performance.
Attending and supporting board committee meetings, as requested
Communicating accounting policies to affected employees and ensure compliance with such policies
Assist the Chief Financial Officer in preparing and maintaining the annual budget.
Work closely with the Development Office on gift accounting and reporting, ensuring that all activity is compliant with donor restrictions.
Supervising all incoming cash receipts and deposits.
Maintaining daily cash balances and review reports from bank daily.
Assist CFO with cash flow analysis and projections.
Taking lead position on preparation of schedules and work papers for annual audits.
Taking lead position on Form 990 preparation.
Maintaining permanent office files for all audit schedules prepared by school.
SURVEYS AND PEER REPORTING
Participation in responding to periodic surveys and reports for the school’s trade organizations, as requested.
Preparing other similar data as requested
Participates in the financial aid process.
Other miscellaneous tasks as may be assigned in support of the CFO.
Typical Education and Experience:
The ideal candidate will be a CPA with a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minimum of 5-7 years experience in nonprofit accounting, including managerial experience. The candidate must have experience in a similar role. Independent School experience is a plus. A working knowledge of nonprofit accounting is essential.
Internal Number: 1234
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