Controller (Immediate Opening)

Sandy Spring Friends School
Sandy Spring, MD
Nov 25, 2021
Nov 30, 2021
Accountant, IT
Full Time
Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, academically-rigorous day and boarding school serving approximately 600 students from age three through 12th grade. The campus is located on 140 acres in the historic Sandy Spring area of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the School is approved by the Maryland State Board of Education and accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools. SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA Question, Reflection, Actionwhich ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world. Our schools culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each students intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplarsnot only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Friends School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond. Controller: Full-time, 12 month, Exempt Sandy Spring Friends School seeks candidates for the position of Controller. This position is responsible for the management and integrity of the accounting records of the school; establishing and maintaining appropriate financial policies, procedures, and controls; and cash management. The Controller will work closely with the CFO to assess the effectiveness of the current school information systems, identify enhancement opportunities, and participate in implementation. The Controller reports directly to the CFO and has some supervisory responsibilities. SSFS is eager to consider applications from traditionally underrepresented groups. Responsibilities include: Compile, analyze, and prepare all general ledger entries and file related documentation. Perform month and year end closings for accounting database and reconcile all sub ledgers ensuring proper accounting treatment of entries. Complete reconciliations including bank, investment accounts, and payroll. Oversee budget management working closely with various cost-center owners. Prepare audit schedules and coordinate all aspects of annual audit. Provide cash flow analysis for CFO to maintain adequate liquidity for liabilities and debt covenants. Manage student enrollment contracting process. Prepare annual financial statements. Manage accounts receivable from posting of all charges to collection. Review, update, and implement internal financial controls. Participate in school-wide committee work. Occasional weekend/evening activities. Other duties as assigned. Qualifications: A four-year degree in a related field is required and CPA certification or MBA degree is desirable. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in a business office environment, preferably in an independent school or other non-profit setting, as well as experience with GAAP, FASB, and providing financial audit support. They will be proficient with Microsoft Excel, efficient with Google Suite products, a skilled oral and written communicator, meticulously organized, comfortable with juggling multiple priorities, and meeting deadlines. Knowledge of the Veracross database or other comparable non-profit accounting software modules is necessary. Ideal candidates will also embrace professional development, be willing to develop new initiatives as needs arise, value diversity, and support Quaker beliefs, values, and practices. Physical Requirements: Daily desk work including extensive amounts of computer time as well as the ability to navigate stairs, mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement, and lifting/carrying boxes weighing up to 25 pounds. Commitment to Diversity: Sandy Spring Friends School embraces the Quaker testimony of Equality and seeks applicants who represent all backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We greatly value our diverse student population with 42% of students self-identifying as people of color and 89 international students representing 21 different countries. We actively seek faculty representatives of our students diversity. Click to

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