Good Shepherd Episcopal School seeks a self-directed individual to become an integral part of the Business Office as the Controller. The Controller is responsible for coordinating and assisting in the preparation of financial reports and analyses of historical and future income and expenses, in addition to other special reports that may be needed for both the School and Parents Day Out (PDO). The Controller reports to the Chief Financial Officer and oversees the functions of accounting, audit, and budgeting. The role is a supervisory role within the Business Office and reports to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He or she will oversee Human Resources & Accounts Payable Manager, Accounts Receivable/Student Billing Manager, Nurses, and the Student Information Systems Administrator. The Controller will provide leadership to all in the Business Office in support of the schools mission.
The Controller will prepare monthly financial statements and all financial reports needed for the Finance Committee Package and protect operations by keeping financial information confidential. He or she will prepare, support, and assist with the daily accounting activities, offering recommendations for improvement and implementing new processes; prepare special reports and illustrations that include a summarization of the school’s financial position in areas of income and expenses, based upon past, present, and expected performance and compare those results to local competitor schools; disbursements, special analyses; and other information reports for school administration, finance committee and board, as determined necessary. The Controller will ensure compliance with school policies and procedures and state and federal regulations; prepare reports required by regulatory agencies; prepare tax filings and other required school-specific filings. The Controller will assist with the development and implementation of systems and processes to establish and maintain records and improve the efficiency and timelines of the monthly financial close process; assist the CFO with the preparation of the budget; support budget objectives by working with budget owners in support of their questions and oversight as well as analyzing variances and initiating corrective actions, if needed.
The Controller will work with the Advancement Office and Parents’ Organization (GSPO) to maintain adequate financial reporting and tracking procedures for school events and fundraising campaigns and ensure proper gift posting amongst the funds; assist as needed with cash, cash-related receipts, accounts receivable, and credit and collection functions, ensuring a timely processing of billings, payments, and collections; and ensure the reconciliation of all banking and financial accounts in a timely manner.
The Controller will work with the CFO to arrange for and oversee internal and independent financial and accounting audits; assist with the evaluation and/or negotiation for the purchase of goods and services; and assist with interfacing with lunch services. He or she will work with the Human Resources Manager to submit/review payroll and troubleshoot accounting & payroll issues with the payroll provider.
The Controller will oversee & assist the Admissions department and SIS admin with re-enrollment and enrollment processes to ensure queries are appropriately defined to publish the appropriate contracts according to the school’s tuition guarantee program and tuition assistance awards. He or she will support the critical risk management functions of the clinic, including form collection, illness tracking, policy setting, and communicating health issues in the community. The Controller will assist the CFO with risk management activities, including contract negotiations and approval for School and GSPO. He or she will establish effective internal controls and work with The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and its treasurer in coordinating any cross-organizational activities such as IRS reporting, payroll, or other shared financial activities.
The Controller will participate as a guest in all Finance, Facilities, Investment, and Audit Committee meetings and any other as may be determined needed.
The preferred qualifications for the ideal candidate are as follows:
Bachelor’s degree in business or accounting, C.P.A. designation required with a minimum of five years of relevant experience preferably in a non-profit environment.
Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with school representatives, parents, students, and representatives from the business community.
Working knowledge of business accounting policies, procedures, practices, and software programs.
Ability to think and plan strategically and creatively.
Ability to supervise and manage multiple functions and activities.
About Good Shepherd Episcopal School
Good Shepherd Episcopal School is a coeducational institution located in north Dallas serving 600 students in prekindergarten through eighth grade. The school’s mission is to inspire children to learn with confidence, serve with compassion, and lead with courage.