Supervisor General Accounting

Pearson - United States


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Pearson’s Online & Blended Learning K-12 group provides high-quality, highly accountable online education solutions to schools, school districts and students in grades K-12. It serves families and schools with a variety of digital learning and online school solutions including Connections Academy, International Connections Academy, and Pearson Connexus. In 2017, it will deliver online learning to over 400,000 students in the U.S. and 48 countries. The group, formerly known as Connections Education, is based in Columbia, Maryland and has been named a “Top Workplace” by the Baltimore Sun for three consecutive years and a “Best Place to Work” by Baltimore magazine. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum, high-quality teachers and leadership, Pearson Online & Blended Learning is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.

Position Summary:
The Assistant Director of School Financial Services is responsible for managing the accounting and financial services for a portfolio of Connections’ partnering charter school customers. This position will oversee the performance of regional financial representatives and their working teams, ensuring the accuracy of school financial reporting and the timely completion of financial deliverables. This position will play a key role in advising internal business owners on school finance matters and communicating with external board members and/or school representatives as required. Occasional travel may be required.

Primary Responsibilities:
+ Direct the monthly close, general ledger and financial reporting functions for all department partnering charter school customers. This includes ensuring appropriate controls and procedures for these functions are designed and implemented properly.

+ Direct the preparation and distribution of the monthly board financial packages for all department partnering charter schools. This includes conducting a monthly review and approval of financial statements and forecasts prepared by the school accounting and financial services teams.

+ Support internal business owners (i.e. State Relations representatives) with preparing and presenting financial information that will be used to drive business decisions.

+ Ensure all department financial documents and presentations to board members are delivered with the highest level of quality and accuracy.

+ Responsible for liaising with Finance to establish the timeline of monthly deliverables and other reporting requirements and ensure expectations are met both timely and accurately.

+ Identify emerging financial risks and opportunities for all partnering charter school customers and present them timely to department leader.

+ Direct team initiatives to improve automated systems over financial forecasting and reporting.

+ Oversee the establishment and achievement of performance goals for the (senior) managers of accounting and financial services and their teams.

+ Ensure school annual financial statement audits and other school audits are completed timely with favorable results.

+ Responsible for monitoring fiscal compliance over federal programs in accordance with federal regulations.

+ Responsible for reviewing key agreements and contracts to ensure compliance with all financial terms and that related transactions are recorded appropriately.

+ Direct team to ensure the timely and accurate submission of all state, federal, and authorizer financial reporting requirements. This includes managing the fulfillment of special financial request made by such agencies.

+ Ensure all tax filings are prepared and filed timely.

+ Lead or participate in special projects and process improvement initiatives as assigned.

Pearson Online & Blended Learning is focused on providing a flexible work environment to its employees, including the ability to work from home on a regular basis in most positions. We believe that flexibility in work/life balance is a critical part of our culture and employee satisfaction, and we are proud to provide to our employees the ability to work from anywhere, anytime. In exchange, we require that employees have the appropriate means to work remotely, including adherence to our work at home policies regarding home office setup, including but not limited to privacy of records, technology standards, equipment standards and expectations.


+ Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field. CPA required

+ Minimum of 9 years of related experience including 5 years of supervisory experience

+ Minimum 5 years' experience auditing company in the Education industry

+ Minimum of 9 years experience providing accounting and/or auditing services.

+ Demonstrate experience with developing internal controls, project management and process improvement.

+ Strong and practical working knowledge of accounting theory and practices particularly related to not-for-profit and fund accounting.

+ Proficiency utilizing accounting software, such as Great Plains and Management Reporter.

+ Proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office products including advanced knowledge of Excel.

Key Capabilities:
+ Customer Centric – Acts with a strong customer mindset (both internal and external) and is a visible advocate for the customer. Builds strong relationships with customers and uses those to improve their experience and outcomes.

+ Delivering Financial Results – A strong track record of delivering against budgets and commitments.

+ Communications - A great communicator who engages teams and stakeholders with thoughtful delivery and messages that resonate.

+ Building a strong team - Creates strong morale and inclusive spirit within team, Proactively addresses team performance and communication challenges and blends new people into teams when needed. Has a track record of hiring and quickly and effectively onboarding great talent. Demonstrated success developing and promoting talent.

Key Behaviors:
+ Works well in a matrix - Models collaboration, solves problems with peers, builds trust and support.

+ Takes personal responsibility – Can be relied on to complete tasks timely and well, demonstrates “ownership” regardless of the outcome, proactive in exploring and exploiting new opportunities.


Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

**Primary Location: ** US-MD-Columbia

**Other Locations** United States

**Work Locations: ** US-MD-Columbia-Grantchester Merriweather 10960 Grantchester Way Two Merriweather Columbia 21044

**Job: ** Finance

**Organization: ** Finance

**Employee Status: ** Regular Employee

**Job Type: ** Standard

**Shift: ** Day Job

**Job Posting: ** Oct 17, 2019

**Job Unposting: ** Ongoing

**Schedule: ** Full-time Regular

**Req ID: ** 1911426

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.