The Brearley School seeks a talented professional for the position of Controller. The Controller reports to the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer and serves as the chief accounting officer of the School and has leadership and board level accountability.
This position is responsible and accountable for the day to day finance and accounting operations of the Controller’s Office, including management of a staff of two (2) people. The Controller has oversight for all accounting, reporting and compliance issues, tax reporting, including investment accounting and the annual audit.
This position oversees the following areas: cash disbursements, accounts payable and accounts receivable, general ledger, financial operations, financial reporting, fixed assets, audit & tax requirements, grant compliance, procurement, and student accounts.
Responsible for directing and managing the school’s daily accounting and finance operations. Provide monthly financial reporting.
o Establish, monitor, and enforce financial policies and procedures and protect confidentiality while maintaining internal control.
o Responsible for general ledger activity including monthly review and reconciliation of general ledger accounts, preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual journal entries.
o Monitor daily cash balances, calculate and initiate the annual endowment draw, periodically prepare cash flow projections and insure the proper reconciliation of cash accounts.
o Manage student billing, collecting functions and customer services for a student body of approximately 750 students.
o Insure proper classification and accounting for gifts and monthly reconciliation of accounting records with Development Office gift accounting.
o Gather and record monthly investment activity and prepare performance reports and process pooling of long-term investment and endowment funds.
o Hire, train, and provide day to day supervision of the accounting and finance personnel.
o Prepare and manage all materials needed for financial and 403(b) compliance audits and federal, state and local tax filings which includes Form 990 and 5500.
o Coordinate with Students, Faculty, and Parents' Association on financial questions regarding special functions and restricted activities.
The Brearley School is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to hiring exceptional, dedicated teachers of diverse backgrounds. We consider qualified individuals for employment with the School regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or any other state or federal protected classification.
The Brearley School seeks the following professional experiences and personal qualities in the new Controller.
o A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Management or related fields is required; an MBA, MPA or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) strongly preferred.
o 10+ years of accounting experience in a non-profit or educational setting strongly preferred. Specific knowledge of fund, endowment and investment accounting is desirable.
o Commitment to embrace and implement change while fostering a high level of teamwork.
o Strategic thinker, analytical and problem solving skills with a proven record of sound judgment.
o Open, welcoming and positive interpersonal skills conducive to collaboration within a diverse and inclusive community.
o Strong written, verbal communications skills with ability to multitask and prioritize work.
o Excellent administrative and organizational skills required.
oHigh degree of computer literacy (spreadsheets, database applications, and
accounting systems) required.
Experience with Blackbaud strongly preferred.
About The Brearley School
The Brearley School, an independent school for girls, was founded in 1884 to provide its students with a college-preparatory education equal in rigor to that of boys, and, in the words of the mission statement today, to prepare them for “active responsible citizenship in a democratic society.” Within a highly articulated 13-year curriculum, and with a 6:1 student-faculty ratio, teaching methods are varied, flexible and pragmatic, taking into account individual patterns of development and ways of learning. The School’s program is designed to challenge eager, able students intellectually, and to give each one the opportunity to gain competence, self-reliance and self-knowledge through academic achievement as well as experience in the visual and performing arts, sports, community service and a wide variety of extracurricular activities.
Brearley’s K-12 enrollment is divided into Lower School, Middle School and Upper School, and consists of about 747 students from throughout the New York metropolitan area who represent a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and points of view.