Accounting Manager-Charter School Financial Services

Employer
Connections Academy
Location
Columbia, MD
Posted
Sep 15, 2017
Closes
Sep 18, 2017
Function
Accountant, Finance
Hours
Full Time
Company Summary:Founded in 2001, Connections Education is a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable online education solutions for schools, school districts, and students in grades K12. It serves families and schools with a variety of digital learning and online school solutions including Connections Academy, International Connections Academy, and Pearson Connexus. In 2017, Connections Education brings full-time online and blended school to 65,000 students across the US and abroad, and delivers online courses to over 340,000 students. In total, over 400,000 students in the US and 48 countries will receive online learningfrom Connections Education in 2017. Connections Education is based in Baltimore, Maryland and was named a "Top Workplace" by the Baltimore Sun for the third consecutive year and a 2013 "Best Place to Work" by Baltimore magazine. Regularly recognized for its outstanding curriculum and leadership, Connections Education is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success. Connections Education is part of the global education company, PearsonPosition Summary:Working from our office in Baltimore, MD, the Accounting Manager is responsible for providing accounting and financial services to a portfolio of charter school customers. The Accounting Manager reports to the Director of Charter School Financial Services and will manage accounting staff including hiring, training, assigning and directing of work flow. In addition, the Accounting Manager will ensure that deliverables are accurately and timely processed, will analyze financial results and prepare and present monthly financial reports. This position interacts on a regular basis with upper management and external customers as well as management of internal departments and external auditors.Responsibilities: Manage and supervise the monthly close, general ledger and financial reporting functions for multiple customers; Responsible for the review and approval of journal entries, account reconciliations and variance analyses; Manage the preparation and distribution of the monthly board financial packages for the charter schools; Provide support to charter school boards including presenting financial updates at the monthly board meetings and providing financial training/presentations as assigned; Establish staff performance goals for direct reports; Manage annual financial statement audits and other school audits on behalf of charter schools; Responsible for maintaining fiscal compliance over federal programs in accordance with federal circulars (A-87, A-133, etc.) and manage all grant reporting requirements on behalf of the charter schools; Responsible for reviewing key agreements and contracts to ensure compliance with all financial terms and that related transactions are recorded appropriately; Ensure the timely and accurate submission of all state, federal, and authorizer financial reporting requirements. This includes fulfilling any special financial request made by such agencies; Evaluate charter school fiscal policies and internal controls and assist the charter schools with maintaining compliance; Ensure all tax filings are prepared and filed; Lead or participate in special projects and process improvement initiatives as assigned; and Other duties as assigned.Performance Skills: Excellent customer service skills Strong communication skills both verbal and written Strong analytical and organizational skills Detail-oriented, dependable and able to work discreetly with sensitive, confidential information The ability to multi-task and adapt to changing priorities while maintaining a positive attitude Team oriented person who can focus both on the details and the "big picture" Strong work ethic and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done Proven results oriented goals with a proactive management style to implement new processes Willing to proactively share ideas to support process improvement initiatives The ability to deal effectively in a rapidly changing, high-growth organization Bachelor's degree in accounting or related field. CPA required Minimum of 7 years of related experience including 3 years of supervisory experience Minimum of 4 years experience in the not-for-profit (501(c)3) or education industry Minimum of 4 years experience providing accounting and/or auditing services Demonstrate experience with developing internal controls, project management and process improvement Strong and practical working knowledge of accounting theory and practices particularly related to not-for-profit and fund accounting Proficiency utilizing accounting software, such as Great Plains and FRx Proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office products including advanced knowledge of ExcelPreferred Qualifications: Experience in a multi-company environment Experience using Great Plains accounting software and FRx financial reporting software