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Job Opening: Controller, Envision Schools (San Francisco)

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  • jschwrtz
    Controller Envision Schools is seeking an experienced Controller who will manage, direct and control the accounting function for our growing Charter Schools
    Message 1 of 1 , May 9, 2007

      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.

      Essential Functions:
      • Manage the accounting and financial reporting function of the
      • Be key architect/owner/user for company's newly implemented NetSuite
      financial system.
      • 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
      federal laws.
      • Create, update and maintain documentation of the accounting policies
      and procedures.
      • 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
      funding sources.
      • 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
      and Funders.
      • 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.

      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
      school year.

      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.
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