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
Preferred Locations:

Contact: Erin Marrero
Email: emarrero@kippneworleans.org

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Payroll and Benefits Accountant

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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: Erin Marrero
Email: emarrero@kippneworleans.org

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.

General Position Overview

The Payroll and Benefits Accountant will join the KIPP New Orleans Schools (KNOS) finance team, which is charged with supporting our schools and organizational leaders’ ability to educate and serve our students by maintaining flawlessly accurate financial records, processing accurate and on-time financial transactions, and providing data and strategic insights to key decision makers across the organization. This role is accountable for ensuring that our organization’s greatest asset, over 700 team and family members, is compensated accurately, and that KNOS’s largest expense category is maintained with fidelity. This role supports the Controller in processing and recording payroll and benefits activity, preparing accounting entries and reconciliations, and providing direct support to schools and our regional office. The Payroll and Benefits Accountant ensures that all work is performed accurately, on-time, and in compliance with internal controls and financial policies. This role must possess: 
 
  • Solid organizational and time-management skills, including the ability to advance numerous competing priorities
  • Extreme attention to detail and ability to navigate large Excel data sets accurately and efficiently
  • Ability to maintain utmost confidentiality and communicate sensitive information with team members across multiple locations
  • 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 driving extraordinary academic achievement and personal growth that result in students’ attainment of a college degree

The Payroll & Benefits Accountant’s responsibilities include but are not limited to the following. In executing all responsibilities, this person must focus on excellent outcomes for the students who KNOS serves, and for the organization as a whole:
 
  • Process bi-monthly payrolls in our Human Resource Information System (HRIS) for all KNOS team members, reviewing payroll reports for accuracy, resolving issues as they arise, documenting processes, and surfacing insights for process refinement
  • Maintain the accounting ledger, recording payroll and benefit transactions, preparing journal entries, and reconciling accounts monthly
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable state and federal regulations
  • Communicate closely with Human Resources personnel, as well as School and Regional Leaders, to resolve payroll-related questions in a timely manner
  • Assist with preparation of year-end audit and tax filings, including Form 1099 and Form 990
  • Support and provide backup for all accounting functions including, but not limited to, general ledger, accounts payable, grants, and purchasing
The ideal candidate possesses the following qualifications:
  • Bachelor degree in accounting or related field strongly preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years work experience in accounting, auditing, or related field
  • Excellent organization skills and extremely keen attention to detail
  • Demonstrated commitment to superior customer service
  • Self-starter and creative problem solver
  • Highly Proficient in MS Excel
  • Experience with ADP or other HRIS is a plus, but not required
  • Relentless determination to do whatever it takes to help our KIPPsters succeed!