Washington Episcopal School seeks a Controller to begin July 1, 2019.
Supervise and assist with accounts payable, payroll, HR, student billing, and other accounting personnel in the Business Office.
Ensure accurate and timely financial information and reporting, including all financial statements, cash and variance analyses, and dashboard reports.
Review, post, and reconcile all cash, stock, and in-kind gifts with the Development Office.
Ensure accurate and appropriate coding and/or approval of all revenue, expenditure and journal transactions to their appropriate accounts.
Maintain accurate and appropriate general ledger chart of accounts.
Provide support in the hiring, training, and review of accounting department staff.
Communicate accounting policies to employees and ensure compliance with such policies.
Actively stay current on new regulations in GAAP and relevant non-profit accounting issues.
Maintain all general and permanent office files for the school.
Provide support for the Finance Director at Finance Committee or other Board-related meetings.
Plan and coordinate the annual financial audits including the annual school audit as well as the 403(b) plan audit with the Finance Director.
Coordinate with the Finance Director to prepare the annual IRS Form 990 with outside accountants.
Surveys and Peer Reporting:
Assist the Finance Director with all periodic surveys and compliance reports for various school industry organizations (e.g. NAIS, NBOA, AIMS, AISGW), as well as other internal and external information requests for financial data.
Remain aware and current of private school industry trends and activities.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinate with the Finance Director on the preparation, review and/or filing of forms, including, but not limited to, the annual IRS Form 5500’s for the School’s defined contribution and other benefit plans, quarterly sales and use tax filings, annual 1099 forms, charitable organization registration form, property tax exemption, Forms 940 and 941, and unclaimed property tax return.
Prepare, reconcile, and report on construction activities and fixed assets, as necessary.
Resolve any reporting issues with the IRS and other Federal and State regulatory agencies.
Work with the Finance Director to analyze current processes and controls to ensure efficient business office operations and operational security.
Education and Experience: The ideal candidate will be a CPA with a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minimum of 5-7 years’ expertise in non-profit accounting, including managerial experience with a proven record of mentoring and developing staff, ideally in an independent school or higher education setting. This position requires strong organization, written and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills. Strong proficiency with Excel, Office, and other computerized accounting systems is required (experience with Blackbaud Smart Tuition and QuickBooks preferred). Highest regard for confidentiality and exemplary ethical standards is necessary, as well as the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects under the pressure of deadlines.
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Now in its 33rd year, Washington Episcopal School is an independent, co-educational school for students from Nursery through Grade 8. WES believes that learning should be joyful, because academic excellence and happy children belong together. The School represents a diverse community, where the uniqueness of each member of the school is celebrated. WES develops children into kind, confident, and prepared young adults.
Washington Episcopal School is an equal opportunity employer.