Founded in 1926, Wooster School, a co-educational, grades 3 through 12, college preparatory day school with an enrollment of approximately 350 students, located in Danbury, Connecticut, is seeking a Controller for the Business Office. Wooster educates a diverse population of students in terms of academic ability, socio-economic background, and ethnicity. Wooster School is a member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools.
Wooster School seeks a full-time Controller for its Business Office. The Business Office consists of three full time professionals: a Bursar, Controller and CFO. The office utilizes Blackbaud Accounting software. The office administers an operating budget of approximately $10.5 million and works on a broad range of operational issues that expands the scope of the department’s responsibilities broadly beyond the general ledger, A/P, A/R, payroll and benefits. A sampling of these includes:
Responsibility for managing the daily activities of the Maintenance Department
Planning and managing all capital and construction projects.
Administering Faculty and Staff safety and best practices training.
Administer need based Financial Aid, including appeals, for the Admissions Department
Strategic Modeling and Planning for the Head of School and Board of Trustees.
In addition to possessing a strong accounting background, the successful candidate will be an individual that wishes to grow their career in independent school operations and business affairs. They will have the curiosity and motivation to expand their duties into leadership areas. They will also have a desire to leverage technology to help Wooster’s Business Office to be more efficient and seamlessly integrated into the school.
The Controller is a salaried position and reports directly to the CFO. The primary duty of this position is to be responsible for the school’s financial reporting system to ensure that Wooster’s general ledger is accurate, current and maintained in accordance with GAAP and best practice. Secondary duties include administration of accounts payable and payroll.
It should be noted that in a Business Office of this size where the professionals work closely, and cross support and train, the office is dynamic in responding to changes in structure to accommodate the needs of the school and the interests and talents of team members.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Reconciliations, Journal Entries, Audits and Financial Reports :
Record all the school’s financial transactions in a timely manner for accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash receipts, payroll, cash, gift entry, release from restriction entries and transfers.
Reconcile all bank and investment accounts monthly
Reconcile all giving monthly
Responsible for all journal entries
Support CFO in preparation of monthly and quarterly reports
Support Auditor and Audit Committee in annual audit, Form 990 and 5500 filing
Maintain Investment Summary, Unitization of Endowment and Quasi Endowment Funds, G&A Allocation and temporary restricted giving/net asset schedules
Accounts Payable and Budgets:
Manage Accounts payable process.
Manage departmental budgets and reporting to departments and the Head of School.
Payroll, Benefits and Training
On a biweekly basis input payroll. Enter hourly employees, coach’s stipends, substitutes, tutoring and other misc. payroll checks into the system and administer benefit deductions as necessary.
Maintain employee paid benefit time records
Work with Business Office team to document compliance with mandatory training requirements.
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Business Administration
CPA or Masters in Accounting
Not-for-profit fund accounting experience
Experience with accounting software and a demonstrated ability to customize and generate reports and statements
The ability and willingness to cover a broad range of Business Office duties and the flexibility to respond to the challenges of being an integral part of a small and busy office
A commitment to learning the entire scope of Business Office duties
Ability to handle confidential information with total discretion
Effective written and oral communication skills
Outstanding interpersonal skills
A love of children and school environments.
The wisdom, experience, and sensitivity to effectively communicate with and support all of the school’s constituencies: parents, students, faculty and staff, alumni, and the Board of Trustees
Patience, flexibility, creativity, integrity, and a profound sense of humor.
Other Related Requirements:
A resume and personal statement.
Three professional references must be provided upon request.
Compensation and Benefits
Wooster School salaries are based on years of experience and special expertise. Wooster additionally compensates faculty for various afternoon activities based on the time commitment required.
Wooster offers its full time employees access to its TIAA-CREF Retirement Programs and its group Health Insurance. Wooster provides modest life insurance and short-term and long-term disability insurance.
Send Letter of Application, Resume, and Personal Statement to:
Andrew Gray, Chief Financial Officer
91 Miry Brook Road
Danbury, CT 06810
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and we
strive to provide a work environment that welcomes diversity.
All employees are subject to a criminal background check