Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School seeks an outstanding candidate for the position of Controller, effective July 1, 2017. Bernard Zell is an independent Jewish day school for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning, and deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world. A pluralistic community day school, Bernard Zell welcomes students and families of varied religious beliefs and observance. The school combines Jewish learning and tradition with the best of innovative educational practice in a challenging and nurturing learning environment.
The role of the Controller is integral to the school’s Business Office and includes supervision of all accounting processes and procedures, with particular focus on financial reporting and analysis. The Controller will take a lead role with audits, compliance reports and budgeting. The Controller reports to the Chief Financial Officer and supervises the accounting staff.
Typical Education and Experience: The ideal candidate will be a CPA with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a minimum of 5-7 years of experience in non-profit accounting, including managerial experience. The candidate must have experience in a similar role. A working knowledge of nonprofit accounting is essential, including experience with funds, projects and grants. Independent school experience is a plus, as is experience with Blackbaud’s Financial Edge accounting program.
Oversee all accounts, ledgers and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements
Maintain internal controls and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs and program budgets and actual expenditures
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
Supervise student billing, enrollment & re-enrollment contracts and collections
Assist the CFO in the annual budgeting and planning process; review financial models and financial plans, comparing to actual results with a view to identify, explain and correct variances as appropriate
Assist with the preparation and monitoring of departmental budgets and forecasts, working with other administrators and department heads concerning budget performance
Oversee project and grants accounting, ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with budgets and grant guidelines; collate financial reporting information for grants
Communicate accounting policies to affected employees and ensure compliance with such policies
Coordinate all audit activity, taking a lead position on preparation of schedules and work papers for the school and the endowment fund
Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting, assess financial efficacy of program operations
Take the lead position on Form 990 preparation
Take the lead position on Form 5500 preparation, in cooperation with the Human Resources Manager
Manage and track the performance of invested assets in keeping with policies & investment guidelines
Establish, maintain and monitor fixed asset expenditures, inventory and depreciation calculations
All prospective employees must be able to clear a background check and TB screening.
Work is generally performed on site, Bernard Zell does not offer a telecommuting option. The general work day is 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Full-time employee benefits include employer-subsidized medical, dental, life and disability (short and long-term) insurances, 403b retirement plan, parking or public transportation, daily (kosher) breakfast and lunch, as well as optional insurances. Sick, flex (personal) and vacation days subject to length of tenure.
Competencies: In hiring for this position, the school will seek individuals with the following competencies:
Growth mindset – The school seeks a lifelong learner willing to balance past experience with the demands of a new environment. Educating and motivating others, while providing constructive feedback and support will be key to enhancing the school’s Business Office personnel and functions.
Efficient – The ability to manage and supervise multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, ensuring on-time delivery, accuracy and end-user satisfaction should be a cornerstone of this individual’s work.
Mission-Driven – Bring a willingness to understand and support the school’s mission and vision, aswell as recognize impact the climate and culture of the school have on the work of the Business Office.
Customer Service – Demonstrate an understanding of the needs of various constituencies within the school community and the skills and attitude to deliver an exemplary experience to all clients.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience.