From the top of Mount St. Alban, St. Albans School looks up to the Washington National Cathedral and out to the United States Capitol. Our location serves as an embodiment and constant reminder of the School’s motto: Pro Ecclesia et Pro Patria, for Church and Country. The School was established in 1909 by the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation. Our mission is to prepare boys in grades 4 through 12 to develop and use their spiritual, intellectual, artistic, and physical gifts not for themselves alone, but in service of the greater community. As an Episcopal school, we welcome and embrace boys of all faiths and backgrounds to this caring community that learns, prays, plays, sings, and eats together. We are committed to a diversity among students, faculty, and staff that shapes and enriches our shared experiences.
As part of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation (PECF), St. Albans, the Cathedral, the National Cathedral School, and Beauvoir benefit from strong ties and collaboration.
Reporting to the Director, Finance and Business Services, the Accountant – Procurement to Payables (P2P) serves as the lead for procurement and payables accounting for the school. This position provides expertise in the area of purchasing services to support functional and academic departments at the School in understanding and processing financial transactions while promoting an environment with sound internal controls and fiscal accountability and responsibility. This position is responsible for the processing of payments of all major obligations including payroll, contracts, purchase orders, and capital construction. The Accountant – P2P also manages the P-Card program and employee expense reimbursement process.
Specifically, areas of responsibilities will include:
Providing expertise and overseeing purchasing, including promoting best practices for procurement, reviewing contracts, implementing an appropriate program for P-Cards, developing and implementing expense reimbursement processes, and managing petty cash;
Writing financial policies and procedures and implementing strong internal controls for financial activities related to purchasing;
Partnering with faculty and staff across the school to help promote understanding and compliance of purchasing policies and procedures;
Maintaining a contract repository to leverage purchasing economies;
Implementing competitive bidding processes while promoting supplier diversity initiatives;
Processing and reviewing invoices to ensure proper general ledger coding for consistency and budget management and prevention of duplicate payments;
Processing vendor setup, including review for 1099 vendors and associated reporting;
Coordinating with the Parents Association to maintain their accounting;
Setting up and coordinating execution of payroll, including recommending payroll process improvements;
Monitoring capital activity to include construction in process, fixed asset procurement, and depreciation;
Coordinating with the PECF on payables including payroll, invoice management and payment, and the central P-Card program;
Assisting in the review of liquidity analysis for cash based on the understanding of outflow of resources; and
Performing timely reconciliations of financial transactions, including payroll, payables, and capital assets.
The position may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Experience: A minimum of 4 years of relevant experience
A Master’s degree in education administration, business, accounting, or a related field;
Experience in procurement, including policy formulation and implementation of best practices;
Experience in purchasing contracts, including master purchase order agreements, supplier diversity initiatives, requests for proposal processes, and competitive pricing;
Experience with financial accounting systems and associated internal controls and workflows;
Experience in report queries, data manipulation, and analysis;
Experience in continuous process improvement;
Experience in an academic setting;
Ability to independently plan, organize, and coordinate multiple tasks;
Demonstrated strategic skills in short- and long-term planning and facilitation and collaboration;
Ability to negotiate, mitigate conflict, and build alliances;
Experience managing people and teams to achieve desired results;
Creative, innovative, and strategic thinking ability;
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
Analytical, organizational, interpersonal, and cross-cultural skills;
Ability to work efficiently and quickly under pressure;
Sensitivity for and understanding of academic disciplines and issues;
Ability to work with faculty, staff, and professionals to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
This position requires an individual with the following characteristics:
Commitment to St. Albans School’s values;
Good character, kindness, and an open heart and mind;
Integrity and honesty, with the highest ethical standards to choose the hard right over the easy wrong;
Personally accountable; assumes ownership, control and accountability for all areas of responsibility and commitments made to others;
Accessible and responsive; serves others through collaborative problem-solving and openness to new ideas;
Passionate, collaborative, strategic, and smart with a hands-on, roll-up-the-sleeves orientation;
Strong team player with high EQ, making it a key priority to develop strong relationships with faculty and staff at all levels at the School;
Invests the time to be a visible, engaged and engaging presence on campus;
Ability to establish trust and credibility;
Flexible and receptive to change;
A positive “can-do” attitude.
About St. Albans School
Located in Washington D.C., St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.