Jan 13, 2021
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    Saint Ignatius College Prep, Chicago, Illinois

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    Saint Ignatius College Prep

  • Saint Ignatius College Prep

    Saint Ignatius College Prep seeks applications for the Controller role. The school is a Jesuit Catholic, co-educational college preparatory high school with 1,450 students, 100 faculty members, and 150 employees in an urban setting. Founded in 1869, the mission of the school is to prepare its diverse population of students for lives grounded in faith and characterized by integrity, lifelong learning, leadership, and compassionate service for others.

    Position Description :

    The Controller is responsible for safeguarding the school's financial assets, and the planning, control, record-keeping, and reporting of all financial activities. The Controller will report directly to the CFO and will work closely and effectively with Senior Leadership of the school, administration, faculty, and families.

    Qualifications :
    • Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance
    • CPA and/or MBA preferred
    • Minimum 7-10 years of accounting experience with at least 5 years of progressive management experience
    • Proven experience in a school or non-profit environment preferred
    • Experience preferred with Blackbaud or other financial systems
    • Significant Microsoft Office software skills (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and progressive experience developing recurring and ad-hoc financial reports, budgets, forecasts, etc.
    • High attention to accuracy, timeliness, and establishing clear priorities
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to establish effective working relationships with Executive Leadership, other faculty and staff, vendors, students, and parents
    • Flexibility to work ‘off-hours' to participate in occasional school-wide events/meetings, as required by the role
    • Commitment to the mission, core values and principles of Saint Ignatius College Prep
    • Practicing Roman Catholic, preferred

    Responsibilities include :
    • Manage/perform daily accounting and finance activities including general ledger accounting, accounts receivables, accounts payable, billing, fixed assets, budgets, payroll, and month/quarter/year-end financial reporting
    • Develop and maintain a system of internal controls that maximizes protection of financial assets through the establishment of appropriate policies, procedures, and workflow documentation
    • Maintain a comprehensive system of accounting records and recommend and help to implement updates or changes to the underlying financial systems
    • Optimize the workload allocation across the finance team, and manage this group with dynamic leadership through planning, directing, and coordinating all day-to-day operational functions and the monthly financial close process
    • Mentor, manage and appraise the performance of the Treasurer's Office/Accounting & Finance team members in accordance with school guidelines
    • Assist in the development and support of the school's strategic plan
    • Ensure the accuracy and timeliness of all recurring and ad-hoc financial reporting and oversee the preparation of timely monthly financial statement and related analyses
    • Assist with the preparation of the annual budget
    • Coordinate ongoing reforecasting, all management reporting, and the related trends and variance analyses
    • Assist the CFO to identify, compile, and communicate key performance metrics (KPIs) to Executive Leadership
    • Assist with year-end and interim activities of the external auditors
    • Assist with analysis related to Tuition Assistance Program
    • Assist the CFO to support the Finance Committee and related sub-committees
    • Perform other related duties as assigned by the CFO and other Executive Leadership

    Saint Ignatius College Prep is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applicants equally without regard to their race, sex, age, color, national origin, or disability in accordance with applicable laws.

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