Under direct supervision of the Chief Financial Officer, the Controller will be responsible for maintaining the general ledger, processing payroll, and providing oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities. The Controller will be involved in supporting presentations to the Board, Finance, Audit, and Investment Committees and will work closely with the senior leadership team.
The Controller will oversee day-to-day finance operations of a budget of approximately $20 million and have functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, student billing, and payroll. The Controller will ensure that the school has the systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and conduct flawless audits. The Controller will work closely with program leaders and their staff, not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures, but also to explore how the finance function can support program operations.
In addition, s/he will partner with the CFO, senior leadership, and information technology (IT) staff to enhance and better integrate finance, HR, and IT functions.
FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING LEADERSHIP
Maintain all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures.
Coordinate all audit activity.
Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep the CFO abreast of the school’s financial status.
Assist leadership in the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate.
Support the CFO in engaging the Board’s Audit, Finance, and Investment Committees around issues and trends in financial operating models and delivery.
Oversee all financial and program accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with program budgets.
Manage organizational cash flow forecasting.
Continuously collaborate with program directors to assess the financial efficacy of program operations and establish finance and administrative systems to support program operations.
Manage and track the performance of invested assets in keeping with policies and investment guidelines.
Leverage strengths of the current finance team members, help to clarify roles and responsibilities and develop and implement training programs in order to maximize and reach optimal individual and organizational goals;
Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment.
This is an excellent opportunity for a mature leader with seventoten years of non-profit accounting and finance experience, ideally beginning in accounting and audit, followed by experience gathering, evaluating, presenting and reporting financial information to executive teams and external stakeholders. S/he will ideally have experience in the independent school sector or, alternately, experience in a complex nonprofits with multiple programs and expanding operations.
Other qualifications include:
Minimum of a BA in accounting. CPA strongly preferred
Solid experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, and accounting for investments
Technology savvy with advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software. Experience in Financial Edge required.
Commitment to recruiting, mentoring, training, and retaining a high-quality team with diverse strengths; the foresight and ability to delegate accordingly
Keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which allows for strategic data interpretation versus simple reporting
Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, Board and other outside partners
Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers
Ability to leverage strengths of the current finance team members, help to clarify roles and responsibilities and develop and implement training programs in order to maximize and reach optimal individual and organizational goals
Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment
Personal qualities of integrity, courage, credibility, and unwavering commitment to the school’s mission; a proactive, hands-on strategic thinker who will own, in partnership with the CFO, the responsibility for finance
This position is classified as exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime pay.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
Tower Hill School is a coeducational private school for age 3 through Grade 12, dedicated to living our motto Multa Bene Facta — Many Things Done Well. With a beautiful 44-acre campus located in northwest Wilmington, Tower Hill has the reputation as one of the top academic schools in the region. Our unparalleled resources include excellent faculty, state-of the-art facilities and individualized le...arning support.
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