Schools Controller

Partnership Schools - New York, NY

Full-timeEstimated: $90,000 - $120,000 a year
Position: Schools Controller
Location: New York, New York
Type: Full-Time Salaried

Partnership Schools is looking for a Schools Controller. The ideal candidate is highly motivated, organized, has a strong financial and accounting acumen, a passion for education reform, and is ready to dive into a fast paced, exciting entrepreneurial work environment.


We are Partnership Schools. We believe that great schools are guided by faith and values, grounded in rigorous content, supported by quality professional development, and animated by a clear vision. As a network of seven urban Catholic schools in Harlem and the South Bronx, we are led by talented and dedicated teachers and school leaders, and supported by a central team of education, finance, and operational leaders.

Granted operational management of seven long-standing Pre-K to 8th grade schools in the South Bronx and Harlem, we are committed to providing students in historically underserved neighborhoods with the academic preparation, faith, values, and skills they need to excel in school and in life.

The historic success of urban Catholic schools stems not only from a rigorous tradition of academic excellence, but also from an emphasis on developing self-worth, moral character, a love of learning, and a sense of civic responsibility—all part of our long-standing commitment to educating the whole child. Partnership Schools is unique in knitting this tradition together with lessons from high-achieving public, charter, and independent schools, in the service of our students.

Today, as a School Management Organization (SMO), the Partnership is intensifying its efforts to break the cycle of poverty and close the achievement gap across our network schools. Partnership Schools is also recognized as a leader in the burgeoning Catholic school renaissance—a nationwide effort to strengthen and rebuild urban Catholic schools as models of academic rigor and faith formation.

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Schools Controller

The Schools Controller will oversee the finance, accounting, and reporting activities of the network and provide financial statement analysis and budget support for the seven schools comprising the Catholic Elementary Schools Association (CESA). The Controller will ensure policies and procedures are implemented in accordance with GAAP and industry best practices, providing a robust system of accounting records and controls to mitigate risks and safeguard assets.

This is an ideal role for someone who is passionate about the goals and mission of the Partnership to build a network of high-performing Catholic schools for students in historically disadvantaged neighborhoods. This person must be ready to seek out opportunities for leadership and greater responsibility and must be proactive, competent, an excellent problem-solver, and ready to “do what it takes” to build an excellent network of schools.


Reporting to the VP of Finance, the Controller is responsible for the oversight of all accounting and reporting activities for the seven network schools. The Controller works closely with the VP and the Partnership’s senior leadership team, and is involved in presentations to the board, finance, audit committee, and foundations.

He/she also works with the entire financial management team— the network operations team and senior school-based teams. The Controller will lead the day-to-day accounting operations for the schools with a total operating budget of approximately $21 million. The Controller has functional responsibility over all accounting operations, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and grants administration. The Controller is responsible for maintaining and reconciling accounts between school scholarship entities and school tuition collection.

The Controller must communicate clearly with network and school operational teams to ensure high quality financial oversight. Other responsibilities for the School Controller may include, but are not limited to:
Consistent with the organizational priorities, develop, analyze, and make recommendations relating to accounting and financial systems to ensure effective and efficient financial operations
Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP and/or FASB standards and regulatory requirements
Oversee the accounting to ensure proper maintenance of all accounting systems and functions to ensure fidelity of data and timely monthly and year-end reporting
Analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner, clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep VP and network Executive Director abreast of each school’s financial status
Prepare a month-end memo for each of the schools, comparing actual results and identifying and explaining variances to budget
Oversee the payroll function and related systems
Provide auditors with necessary information to conduct auditor reviews all schools finance
Maintain continuous lines of communication and keep the VP informed of all accounting issues.
Supervise finance team personnel and coordinate with operational staff on school payroll and benefits oversight, and accounts payable
Provide training on payroll and benefits oversight as needed
Communicate with schools teams to review financial statements and performance
Work with the VP of Finance to continuously improve fiscal policies and procedures, maintaining internal controls and safeguards for the receipt of revenue and costs
Work with Operations department to ensure school staff is trained on and is in compliance with policies and procedures
Prepare, with VP of Finance, operating budgets, and projections for schools
Reconcile and maintain work papers for all balance sheet accounts
Perform and/or review monthly closes with full reconciliation
Execute month-end balance sheet adjustments (i.e., tuition, tax deferred savings, accruals)
Prepare for and attend Audit Committee meetings
Skills and Characteristics
A “whatever it takes” attitude; can make things happen even in the most inconvenient or unpredictable situations
Demonstrated ability to lead and manage non-profit finances
Solid knowledge of accounting principles and practices as demonstrated by holding active CPA license
Bachelor’s degree plus 6 years of accounting experience, 3 years of management
Experience in K-12 education preferred
Commitment to the Partnership’s mission to help low income students break the cycle of poverty
Comfortable working in a collaborative team environment
Flexible and able to multi-task coupled with the ability to set priorities and follow through with results
Experience and enthusiasm for working with a small team in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
Knowledge of financial compliance and risk management including but not limited to statutory and regulatory requirements for nonprofit organizations
Communication skills capable of presenting accounting and financial requirements to non-finance staff
Thorough understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), as well as Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) pronouncements
Facility with accounting and payroll systems, experience with Intacct, FACTS, and Paychex a plus

Compensation will be commensurate with experience.
Partnership Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package.
Partnership Schools is an equal opportunity employer organization that values diversity.
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