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Director, Accounting

ACCEL Schools is seeking an experienced Director of Accounting to support the national expansion of our portfolio of over 60 K-12 public charter schools by leading the accounting function. The Director of Accounting should be a dynamic individual who is motivated by working with a fun and driven team to build a leading education company. We don't sell widgets or provide consulting services - our mission is to help children around the world learn and succeed in life, and we have big plans to grow.

The Director of Accounting will oversee the day-to-day accounting, payroll, grant funding, and monthly financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Duties will include the development, analysis, and interpretation of accounting and financial information to facilitate and execute key decisions; recording, monitoring, and reporting of all financial, (grant & general) funds and operating cash on hand; as well as other matters bearing on the fiscal soundness and effectiveness of the organization. This position will be reporting to the Vice President of Accounting.

Position Responsibilities:
  • Manage all accounting functions for multiple entities and 56 schools in several states including, but not limited to, accounts receivable, accounts payable, loans and collections.
  • Responsible for the month-end and year-end closes for all companies, schools' funds, as well as the timely preparation of consolidated financial statements
  • Manage yearly state and external audits.
  • Establish, maintain and monitor internal controls to ensure compliance with industry best practices.
  • Manage and monitor the treasury functions including but not limited to cash flow, bank reconciliations, lock box deposits, and purchasing cards.
  • Prepare statement of cash flow and other financial reporting requirements.
  • Oversee and monitor the applicable aspects of the payroll function to ensure the accurate and timely processing of payroll in coordination with human resources.
  • Account for all fixed assets and perform financial analysis on capital acquisitions.
  • Oversee the proper allocation of invoices and expenses according to funding source and expense categories and investigate transactional line-item details as needed.
  • Conduct financial analysis and prepare financial reports (including ad hoc reports) and statements for executive management, committees, school board of directors, and council.
  • Support the preparation, development, and presentation of the annual budget.
  • Supervise, evaluate, and develop accounting staff. There are 14 direct and indirect team members report to this position.
  • Work with team to automate and streamline the daily process.
  • Other duties as assigned with occasional travel required.

The following are required for this position:
  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, or related business field.
  • Certified Public Accountant and/or Certified Management Accountant designation.
  • Thorough familiarity with GAAP, state, and IRS requirements for a non-profit organization.
  • A minimum of 10 years accounting experience ideally gained through increasingly responsible management positions in a non-profit organization.
  • A minimum of 5 years recent experience in a director of accounting/ controller/ or other lead financial role with responsibility for accounting, payroll, cash management, and regulatory compliance.
  • Working knowledge of manual and automated accounting systems (Microsoft Dynamics GP), implement Purchase order, and grant tracking system.
  • Well-developed financial analysis capabilities and demonstrated ability to manage budgets.
  • Sound administrative skills in addition to well-developed management skills.
  • Strong focus on details, time management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience managing employees effectively.
  • Experience with fund accounting and the financial interactions between related parties.


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