Holy Innocents' Episcopal School is seeking a Controller. HIES is the largest Episcopal Parish independent day school in the country, serving 1,400 students and offers a fully accredited college preparatory program for students age three through 12th grade. Holy Innocents’ mission is to develop in students a love of learning, respect for self and others, faith in God, and a sense of service to the world community.
The Controller reports to the Chief Financial Officer and is an integral part of the business and finance functions of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (the “School”). The Controller is responsible for the financial reporting and accounting operations of the school, including timely and accurate production of monthly financial reports in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (United States), recommending and administering all accounting policies and procedures and a comprehensive system of internal controls and effective transaction processing routines designed to safeguard the School’s assets and result in meaningful, timely and accurate financial reporting.
The Controller will be proactive in performing his/her assigned duties, making use of the best available resources and technology and will be willing to take on other tasks at the request of the Chief Financial Officer.
The Controller understands the school environment and culture, maintains a professional demeanor and attitude at all times, and always puts the School’s mission and values at the forefront of his/her actions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Develop, and oversee appropriate systems of internal control to ensure accurate financial reporting and safe-guarding of the School’s assets.
Prepare monthly and annual financial reports, including necessary variance analysis and related commentary.
Prepare all year-end financial statements and applicable notes in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (United States).
Prepare the annual 403(b) plan financial statements and oversee the completion and filing of the 403(b) plan Form 5500.
Coordinate and oversee the annual financial statement audit and the annual Retirement Plan audit, and ensure all necessary audit supporting documentation is prepared and available in a timely manner.
Oversee the chart of accounts and various unrestricted, temporarily restricted and permanently restricted funds, ensuring they meet all financial reporting needs of the School.
Serve as direct supervisor to the Assistant Controller, Accounts Payable Specialist and Student Billing Specialist. Also oversee all treasury function activities.
Periodically review fixed asset entries and related schedules prepared by the Assistant Controller.
Review all general ledger journal entries prepared by the Assistant Controller.
Oversee the various fundraising reconciliations ensuring all gifts, pledges and related activity reconcile to the underlying general ledger accounting records.
Along with the Development department, periodically review the status and reasonableness of collection of all outstanding past due pledges.
Prepare, post and reconcile all investment activity and related accounting entries, and prepare all associated spreadsheets and analyses.
Where necessary, act as approver for all investment transactions enacted by the Accountant on the instruction of the CFO. Perform the necessary due diligence and investment-related compliance on all investment managers.
Timely review and approve applicable reconciliations including, but not limited to monthly bank reconciliations, and reconciliations of the accounts payable and student billing subledgers to the general ledger.
Oversee the preparation of all periodic surveys and compliance reports for various school industry organizations (e.g. NAIS, SAIS, NBOA, etc.), as well as other internal and external stakeholder requests for financial data.
Timely prepare materials for the CFO’s presentation at meetings of the Board of Trustees, and the Finance, Investment, and Audit Committees. Attend committee meetings as required.
Serve as the main signatory on all check payments and approver of wire and ACH transactions.
Education and Experience
Qualified candidates will be CPA licensed and hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Candidates must demonstrate a minimum of five years experience in financial reporting (US GAAP) and high-level accounting, preferably in a not-for-profit setting, as well as a proven record of responsibility for the supervision, mentoring and development of staff.
Essential Qualifications and Skills
A high degree of computer literacy and exemplary, high-level skills in spreadsheet-based financial analysis.
Advanced knowledge of accounting and financial reporting software and experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors.
Proactive, hands-on strategic thinker who will own, under the supervision of the Chief Financial Officer, the responsibility for accounting, financial reporting and other business operations.
Ability to analyze and organize financial data and perform complex computations accurately.
Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance leadership.
Excellent administrative and organizational skills.
Strong oral and written communication skills that measurably surpass the average.
Experience effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board or other outside partners.
Works well with peers, superiors and parents. Maintains courteous, respectful relations with all seeking counsel on problems and complaints.
Demonstrated self-starter able to multitask and consistently work without direct supervision while finishing tasks both timely and accurately.
About Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
Holy Innocents’ is one of the nation's largest Episcopal schools, enrolling 1,376 students in grades K3-12. Here, in a uniquely vibrant learning community, filled with encouragement and every imaginable opportunity, students are able to explore their talents, pursue their passions, and achieve their full potential. At HIES, our students won't be just a scholar or athlete or artist – they can be all of these, and more. Come to HIES. Explore your interests. Engage your talents. Discover the best in you.