Job Opening: Controller, Envision Schools (San Francisco)
Envision Schools is seeking an experienced Controller who will manage,
direct and control the accounting function for our growing Charter
Schools Management Organization, as well as lead the building of an
effective and lean finance team that will scale with the company's
growth. You will report to the COO and generate timely and relevant
financial reports that assess the organizational performance and meet
the needs of management and our Board of Directors. You will direct
and implement the annual budgeting process, including the ongoing
performance measurement thereto. As we are currently taking our
financial management in-house from a third party consultant and
implementing a new finance and accounting software system, this
position will be instrumental in the design and effectiveness of our
analytical and reporting framework, as well as optimized staffing to
support it. Additionally, you will be responsible for oversight of the
year-end audit and other external reporting to financial institutions,
donors, funding/grant sources and relevant government agencies.
Envision Schools' mission is to transform the high school experience
so that all our students graduate with the knowledge, habits of mind
and confidence to graduate from a four-year college. We aim to
quadruple the historic college graduation rate of our First Generation
College Bound students.
Manage the accounting and financial reporting function of the
Be key architect/owner/user for company's newly implemented NetSuite
Prepare internal and external financial reports and analysis to
support the organization's strategic and operating
Develop, update and maintain information that provides insight to
the financial condition of the organization.
Develop, implement and maintain strong accounting process and
control systems ensuring compliance with best
practices of accounting for secondary school educational institutions
within the GAAP, the Internal Revenue
Code, FASB, Treasury Regulations, and other applicable state and
Create, update and maintain documentation of the accounting policies
Direct and manage general ledger, payroll, payables, billing and
receivables and property accounting; maintain
financial reconciliations and analysis.
Monitor and expedite state and federal grant collections in sync
with scheduled block grant apportionments;
competitive grant processing from government agencies and private
Receive and record requests for disbursements; authorize
disbursements in accordance with policies and
Supervise the accounting staff responsible for AP, AR, payroll,
capital accounts and other accounting processes.
Prepare the annual budget; lead budget/actual reviews with
functional managers and school principals.
Maintain cash management system, including detailed forecasts, and
cash flow analyses.
Maintain chart of accounts and financial rollups.
Provide project management leadership and control.
Supervise the annual audit and tax filings.
Additional responsibilities as required.
Requirements and Education:
BA and or BS in Accounting; CPA required.
10+ years of experience, with 5+ of those years at a managerial level.
Significant non-profit accounting experience preferred, ideally
within the educational framework.
Prior experience with new system and policy implementation.
Ability to work in a hands-on, fast-paced environment.
Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
Ability to manage priorities and workflow.
Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within
constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
Ability to work cross-functionally with project and
business/education managers as well as with external partners
Experience with NetSuite, or other small to mid-sized company ERP
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Competitive,with health, sick, and pension benefits.
Please submit a brief cover letter and resume via email to
chris@.... Envision Schools will invite select
candidates for interviews. Interviews will continue until the position
is filled. Hiring is contingent upon successful
completion of employment verification and hiring process.
ABOUT ENVISION SCHOOLS
Founded in 2002, Envision Schools is a nonprofit charter management
organization headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, which
operates innovative college-preparatory high schools that educate
diverse student bodies, especially First Generation College Bound
(FGCB) youth. Because only 12% of California's First Generation
College Bound (FGCB)
urban high school students receive a four-year college degree,
Envision Schools aims to quadruple the college graduation
rate for our FGCB students in comparison to peer students. Today,
Envision is achieving outstanding results with a student body that is
53% African American or Hispanic/Latino, 52% qualified for Free and
Reduced Lunch, and 50% First Generation College Bound.
Envision Schools operates four schools, two in San Francisco, one in
Novato and one in Oakland. A fifth school will open for the 2007-08
Envision is one of two charter school management organizations funded
directly by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a total of $10.8
million, to date, to start two clusters of eight high schools each.
Other generous supporters include:
California Charter School Grant Program Oracle Education Foundation
Donner Foundation Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund
Gap Foundation Rogers Family Foundation
James Irvine Foundation San Francisco Foundation
Koret Foundation Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation
Low Income Investment Foundation State of California
Napa New Technology Foundation Stuart Foundation
At Envision, we strive to make our schools an exciting place to work,
teach, learn, create and innovate by actively
fostering an environment where all staff are part of a professional
learning community and a larger student and parent
community that honors and values respect, trust, risk-taking and
openness to learning.