Trinity Episcopal School seeks a highly qualified individual to fulfill the role of Controller. It is expected that this person will embrace the mission and values of Trinity Episcopal School and uphold policies set forward by the administration and the Board of Trustees.
Trinity Episcopal Schoolis an inclusive, forward-thinking, faith-based PK-8 independent school that meets each student where they are to nurture the whole child’s academic, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual growth. Trinity is located in West Lake Hills, close to downtown Austin, Texas.
At Trinity Episcopal School, we nurture each child academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We honor each child’s spirit for learning and life, ever mindful that we are all children of God.
The role of the Controller is an integral part of the Business Office responsible for the
preparation of financial reports, such as income statements, balance sheets, and analyses of
historical and future income and expenses, in addition to other special reports that may be
needed. The Controller is responsible for all functions of accounting, audit, and budgeting.
This role reports to the Chief Financial Officer.
TYPICAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
The ideal candidate will be a CPA with a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minimum of 5-7 years of experience in non-profit accounting, including managerial experience. The candidate must have experience in a similar role. Experience in an Independent School experience is considered a plus. A working knowledge of nonprofit accounting is essential.
OVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
General Accounting and Financial Reporting
Responsible for managing the accounting department, ensuring accurate and timely financial information;
Preparing monthly financial statements, including variance analyses;
Supervising student billing, accounts payable, expense reporting, fixed assets accounting, 1099 preparation, sales tax reporting and other general accounting operations;
Reviewing account reconciliations on a monthly or quarterly basis;
Providing support in the hiring and training of accounting department staff when applicable;
Ensuring timely, accurate payment of debt service;
Assisting the CFO in the preparation and monitoring of departmental budgets, variance reports, and forecasting. Work with other department heads concerning budget performance;
Communicating accounting and other business office policies to employees and monitoring
compliance with such policies.
Supervise all incoming cash receipts and deposits;
Maintaining daily cash balances and review reports from bank daily;
Providing weekly cash reports to CFO.
Managing the school’s annual independent audit.
Taking lead position on Form 990 preparation.
Maintaining permanent office files for all audit schedules prepared by school.
Surveys and Benchmark Reporting
Preparing all periodic surveys and reports for the school’s trade organizations (e.g., NAIS,
NBOA and ISAS)
Preparing other similar data as requested
Other miscellaneous tasks as may be assigned in support of the CFO.
Assistance with facilitating school events may be required of this position.
Typical Level of Interaction:
This position requires strong interaction with all School divisions and departments that are
serviced by the Business Office.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Ability to Learn and teach others established processes - Recognizes the importance of
learning and motivates others by own enthusiasm. Is able to learn and reproduce the current processes and recommend best practices to streamline them.
Time Management Skills - Manages many tasks and projects simultaneously while adhering to deadlines and promises. Maintains work/life balance without compromising expectations of others. Respected for ability to “find” or “make” time to get things done.
Organizational Skills - Creates action plans to meet divisional goals and objectives. Conducts periodic reviews of progress and measures against goals. Establishes broad policies for the office to ensure success.
Communications Skills - Effectively communicates accounting, financial and service issues that are complex in nature. Maintains open communications channels with peers, administrators, and customers at the School.
Written Communication Skills - Effectively communicates broad and very complex business issues.
Problem Solving Skills - Considers a broad range of internal and external factors when solving problems. Grasps complexities and perceives relationships among different problems or issues.
Computer/Software Skills – Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (including Excel, Word and Power Point). The Controller will be required to learn and become proficient in the Veracross software database. Prior experience with Veracross or another similar database specific to private school accounting is a plus.
Other Skills and Abilities:
The Controller needs to have excellent customer service skills.
All prospective employees must be able to clear a background check and will be required to
attend “Safeguarding God’s Children” training upon hire.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to listen, physically direct, and speak. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. The employee is required to stand; walk; and may be required to carry file boxes weighing up to 25 pounds.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Trinity Episcopal School is an independent private school serving Kindergarten through Eighth
grade students and their families.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will typically work in an office setting, but may be required to perform duties in a cafeteria, gymnasium, outdoor or auditorium environment on occasion.