KIPP New Orleans Schools

New Orleans, LA

Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: Immediate
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Organization: KIPP New Orleans Schools
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Controller

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KIPP New Orleans Schools

New Orleans, LA

Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: Immediate
Subject:  
Grade:  

Organization: KIPP New Orleans Schools
Preferred Locations:

Contact:  
Email:

About KIPP New Orleans Schools

KIPP New Orleans Schools is a non-profit network of 12 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating 5500 elementary, middle, and high school students. We have a track record of preparing students for success in college and life for over a decade, and our goal is to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and character strengths they need to pursue a life filled with choices.  

Our schools are part of the free New Orleans public school system and enrollment is open to all students.  As part of the national Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) network of 242 schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, we are committed to partnering with the community to ensure that all children have the knowledge, skills and character they need to achieve their dreams while making the world a better place.  We believe that great teachers and school leaders, a supportive learning environment, and an emphasis on both academics and character are the foundation for student success, and we strive to provide these for every child.

At KIPP New Orleans Schools, teachers, students, and families are all united around the same goal: college and a choice-filled life. We believe that an excellent college-preparatory education will set students up for success in whatever life path they choose. Through collective hard work and commitment, KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds.

Controller

The Controller is responsible for managing and supervising all KIPP New Orleans accounting operations. The Controller leads and manages the accounting team, ensuring work is performed accurately, efficiently and in a timely manner, that the team is assembled effectively, and that staff have the opportunity to grow their impact on the organization. The Controller provides financial safeguards and ensures the organization is compliant with GAAP standards as well as state and federal financial regulations. The position reports to the Managing Director of Finance, with whom the Controller collaborates to ensure our organization possesses fundamentally sound accounting operations and unfailingly accurate financial reporting. The Controller must possess: 
 
  • Strategic thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit to maximize available resources and develop excellent and lasting outcomes over time
  • Solid organizational and time-management skills, including the ability to advance numerous competing priorities
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to coordinate activities across team members
  • An ability to cultivate partnerships and build consensus within and across teams
  • Comfort defining and upholding high expectations, including delivering and receiving constructive feedback
  • Adaptability and comfort working in a complex, fast-paced environment that demands continuous learning and improvement
  • A passion for KNOS’s mission of advancing unlimited opportunities for students through extraordinary academic achievement and personal growth

The Controller’s responsibilities include but are not limited to the following. In executing all responsibilities, the Controller must focus on excellent outcomes for the students who KNOS serves and the organization as a whole:
 
  • Manages accounting team members, providing coaching and feedback, and maintains accountability for accurate and timely completion of the team’s work
  • Designs, documents and implements policies and procedures to ensure accurate and efficient recording and processing of financial information
  • Creates and maintains a system of controls over all accounting functions
  • Maintains the accounting information system, chart of accounts and electronic and paper records
  • Overseas ongoing operations of school activity funds, including school level controls, transaction processing, and monthly reporting
  • Responds to financial inquiries from all governing and funding entities, including program audits, financial risk assessments, and any other requests for financial information
  • Coordinates the provision of timely and accurate information to external auditors

The Controller’s indirect responsibilities, through managing the accounting team, include, but are not limited to, ensuring the timely, accurate and efficient completion of the following:
 
  • Monthly Bank reconciliations
  • Compliance with donor, authorizer, local, state, and federal reporting requirements
  • Preparation of monthly financial statements
  • Reconciliation of corporate purchasing accounts
  • General ledger and fund account reconciliations
  • Reviewing and posting of journal entries
  • Maintenance of general ledger coding in ADP
  • Annual and quarterly financial reports submitted to the state Department of Education
  • Annual IRS Form 990

The ideal candidate possesses the following qualifications:
 
  • A master’s degree in a related field (bachelor’s degree required)
  • Minimum of seven years’ work experience in accounting and/or auditing
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications
  • Public accounting experience is preferred
  • Active CPA license is preferred