Exciting Professional Opportunity
Internationally acclaimed for its unique environment and expertise in the particular learning needs of girls, The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) has built a reputation over its long history as an undisputed leader in education. Offering a challenging, lively and creative atmosphere and a roster of uniquely qualified faculty and staff, BSS inspires each student to find her passion, pursue her dreams and reach her potential through a rigorous academic program.
Helping students become smart, independent, compassionate young women, BSS provides the tools, technology and innovation required to thrive in post-secondary pursuits and beyond. Our unique whole girl approach, commitment to excellence and embodiment of strong values create a profound and powerful learning environment within a supportive, engaged community.
To support our mission of providing our students with the best educational experience, we strive for excellence in every facet of the organization - including providing a stimulating, creative and lively work environment that attracts the best staff and faculty. We are seeking the right candidate to fill the position of:
Reports to: Controller
Indirectly Reporting to: Assistant Head, Finance and Facilities
Direct Reports: Student Accounts Administrator
Accounts Payable Administrator
Summary of Position:
The Assistant Controller is responsible primarily for the integrity of the general ledger, day to day operational accounting, assisting in financial statement and budget preparation, and coordinating processes with the Finance team, for both the School and Foundation. The Controller is expected to work in a procedural, consultative and collegial manner with all constituents of the BSS community in keeping with the School’s Mission, Vision, Values and strategic plan.
Specific Accountabilities Include:
Oversees and manages the activities and processes of the Student Accounts Administrator and Account Payable Administrator, provides guidance and direction and offers them support during “peak periods”
Prepares journal entries, bank reconciliation, accounts reconciliation and analysis
Manages short term cash and investments and capital asset monitoring
Assesses and provides continuous improvement of finance information and processes
Prepares charity information returns and various tax receipts
Prepares and files HST reports
Ensures student billing of tuition is accurate and complete
Coordinating with food services department, supports the point of sale databases to accurately integrate to accounting software and real time access by parents.
Oversees integrity of Financial Edge databases. Investigates and ensures timely resolution of reported issues
Assists in the fee setting and budget (operating and capital budgets) processes, monitors and reports on significant variances
Provides financial expertise, support and training to various department heads regarding their budget, set up, planning and monitoring of their budget reports
Collects and provides information for statistical reports both internal and external
Provides support for Parent Association annual fund-raising event through setup of and reporting from complex excel/access database for event sales revenues
Prepares US Foundation financial statements and US federal and state tax returns
Assists in year-end audit, and prepares year-end schedules and reports
Provides support during system upgrades, conversions and new software implementation
Liaises with bank as needed including; conversion to different bank service options
Performs other duties as assigned
Skills, Experience and Attributes Include:
A professional accounting designation: CPA, CA, CMA or CGA
Minimum 8 years experience working in progressively senior financial roles
Experience within mid-sized organization an asset
Experience in fund accounting an asset
Excellent knowledge of accounting concepts, journal entry processes, and preparation of financial statements; ability to interface accounting programs with other programs, understanding of database management
Proven strength in Microsoft Office with particular emphasis on Excel and Word
Knowledge of Blackbaud’s Financial Edge software an asset
Experience with paperless office products an asset
Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work as part of a team in a busy office
Flexibility combined with analytical skills to creatively problem solve in complex situations
Continuous improvement mindset
Excellent interpersonal skills including strong verbal and written communication skills allowing for effective communication with all constituents
A belief in the BSS Mission, Vision, and Values and a willingness to work towards achieving the School’s goals
Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to Human Resources at The Bishop Strachan School by email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating Assistant Controller in the subject line.
We thank all candidates in advance.
We will, however, contact only those selected for an interview.
We believe that diversity in our School fosters a rich, inclusive and creative environment.
We are actively engaged in building a more diverse school
and encourage all qualified applicants to apply.
Visit us at www.bss.on.ca
Career Level: Management
Job Function: Accounting and Finance