The Accounting Manager manages the school’s day-to-day general accounting functions and ensures the integrity of accounting information by recording, verifying, consolidating, and entering transactions. The Accounting Manager is responsible for applying generally accepted accounting principles to analyze information, prepare accurate and timely financial reports, and ensure appropriate accounting control procedures. The Accounting Manager reports to the Controller/CFO, who reports to the COO.
Gillen Brewer offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive professional development program.
Controller / Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Monday-Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Calendar to Follow:
Gillen Brewer expects the Accounting Manager to act in a professional manner with regard to attire, attitude, participation, communication, and interactions with staff, children, and parents. The Accounting Manager is expected to understand the school’s policies, procedures, and guidelines as set in the staff handbook, located on the school’s shared Google Drive. As a part of the school community, the Accounting Manager is encouraged to participate in school community events, join committees, and create a positive working environment for children, families, and colleagues. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Duties and Responsibilities
Prepare and record asset, liability, revenue, and expense entries by compiling and analyzing account information
Maintain and balance subsidiary accounts by verifying, allocating, posting, and reconciling transactions; resolve discrepancies
Prepare general journal entries
Maintain the integrity of the general ledger
Manage daily accounts payable and accounts receivable functions
Make bank deposits
Collect and analyze financial information to recommend or develop efficient use of resources and procedures
Maintain fixed assets schedule and inventory
Prepare and distribute 1099s
Provide assistance during year-end audit process
Ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations and integrity of financial data
Review, develop, and recommend business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls
Protect confidential information
Participate in educational opportunities; read professional publications, maintain personal networks, and participate in professional development
The school is a community of learners. In addition to staff development and training at Gillen Brewer, employees are encouraged to pursue educational goals through conferences and various workshops. Staff is required to attend all staff development workshops as well as staff, team, and supervision meetings. Staff is also encouraged to attend all school functions listed on the school calendar.
Supervision & Support
Staff development and support will be provided which will include in-house and outside professional opportunities. Frequency of observations and feedback sessions will be determined by the Controller/CFO and Head of School. The Controller/CFO will conduct two formal evaluations a year using this job description as a guide. Evidence of effectiveness will be collected through observations, discussions, and products.
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
Three to five years of progressive accounting experience, preferably in the nonprofit/independent school sector
Comprehensive understanding of accounting principles, standards, and procedures
Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills; ability to manage priorities and workflow
Excellent computer skills and experience using spreadsheet, charting, and other software tools, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Fund EZ or other financial applications.
Strong writing skills sufficient to draft professional reports and correspondence that is clear and concise. Must be able to identify and avoid potential problems using quantitative techniques.
The successful candidate will have the ability to exercise good judgment and discretion, especially with regards to sensitive or confidential financial or organizational matters and respond flexibly and positively in all circumstances, and to work calmly under pressure
High level of professionalism and integrity in dealing with confidential issues; ability to work independently and execute sound reasoning and judgment
The work environment consists of exposure to physical conditions typical of an office and school. Employees must be able to sit at a desk and work on a computer for long periods of time to complete necessary paperwork. Additionally, employees may also be required to perform activities which include but are not limited to: walking, standing, climbing up and down stairs, and lifting. Vision, with or without lenses, must be sufficient to read in both paper and digital formats. Employees must have the ability to hear, read, write, and speak in English.
You must be authorized to work in the United States and be willing to undergo a number of clearances, including NYC DOE fingerprinting, a medical health form, and other background checks.
To be considered, interested applicants MUST submit a cover letter, resume, and two reference letters. Please submit materials directly via email to HR@gillenbrewer.com. Please include your name and the position of interest in the subject line of your email (i.e., Alexandra Maycomb - Accounting Manager).
No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants.
About Gillen Brewer School
The Gillen Brewer School is a private special education school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, NYC, serving children ages 2.8 to 10. We provide each student with a rich and nurturing 12-month program of rigorous academics, art, music, science, technology and physical fitness. Speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and counseling services are essential to our program and staff works in a highly integrated manner. Gillen Brewer is defined by a commitment to our students and inspired by their determination. Working collaboratively with families and utilizing the exceptional skills of our highly qualified professional staff, we help each child build a foundation that will enable them to become confident, independent and engaged learners.