In July 2018, the Walton Family Foundation announced the development of a new independent school that opened in downtown Bentonville, Arkansas on August 14, 2017. Thaden School now seeks a Staff Accountant to help support its operations.
About the School and the Region
A non-sectarian independent school under the direction of its own board, Thaden School offers a challenging and innovative educational program that ignites in its students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose and responsible global citizenship. At the core of the school’s mission is a commitment to balance that takes many forms: a curriculum that integrates the sciences and the humanities; indoor and outdoor teaching spaces where sustainability is a tangible part of the lesson; hands-on programs for civic engagement; athletics and physical education programs that build confidence and character through competition and meaningful participation; and a diverse faculty and staff that empower students to think deeply and expansively about their potential and place in the world. The school’s indexed tuition program further supports the creation of a balanced learning community where many perspectives, talents, and interests come together.
The school serves students from all parts of the growing and diverse region of Northwest Arkansas, which also includes Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, and a number of other townships. With more than 500,000 residents, the region combines a thriving economy with the natural beauty of the Ozarks and a rich variety of cultural and recreational amenities such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Razorback Regional Greenway Trail System, the Scott Family Amazeum, and the Bentonville Film Festival. Northwest Arkansas is also home to the world headquarters of three Fortune 500 companies (Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt) as well as the University of Arkansas, the flagship campus of the state’s higher education system. For more information about the region and its resources, see the website for Finding NWA.
Please visit the Thaden website for detailed information regarding its mission, leadership and faculty, educational programs, indexed tuition program, and campus plan as well as recent news releases.
The Staff Accountant reports to the Controller and works to support the accounting functions of Thaden School. The responsibilities of the Staff Accountant are likely to evolve as the School grows but will include the following from the start:
Provide day-to-day administrative/clerical assistance to the Controller, including general bookkeeping, preparation of journal entries, month-end close, reconciliations, and maintaining accounting records and files;
Assist the Controller and DFO in creating reports and obtaining information to support the work of the Finance Committee;
Provide support for the annual audit, tax return, grant requests, and operational budget management and development;
Help supervise student accounts, including tuition billing, and assist staff and faculty with billing and reimbursement requests;
Oversee accounts payable processes;
Receive, process, and deposit cash receipts;
Build relationships with faculty, staff, and parents, and serve as a collaborative and resourceful member of the business office team;
Supervise the use and activity of company purchasing cards;
Support the management and reconciliation of student tuition;
Collaborate with the Controller to research financial actions that may benefit Thaden School
Perform other duties in support of the School mission as determined by the Controller.
Experience and Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in a field related to accounting, business, finance, or equivalent work experience
Three to five year of related job experience
Relevant experience in a non-profit or school environment preferred
Demonstrated proficiency with Excel and facility with Blackbaud Financial Edge preferred
Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with a diverse group of students, parents, staff, faculty and other constituents
Ability to protect and handle student records and other highly confidential information
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities in a self-directed manner
Ability to model and exercise good judgment and discretion, and maintain complete confidentiality
Ability to positively represent the school in all settings and circumstances
A founding spirit that embraces new challenges
About Thaden School
A new independent school in the downtown Bentonville, Thaden opened in August 2017 with grades 7 and 9 and will grow incrementally over the next four years to serve students in grades 6 through 12. The school offers a challenging and balanced educational program that ignites in its students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship. Please visit the Thaden website for detailed information regarding its mission, leadership and faculty, educational programs, indexed tuition program, and campus plan as well as recent news releases.