Metairie Park Country Day School seeks a professional to fill the role of Controller. The Controller position is an integral part of the Business Office, and reports directly to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). This position works closely with other members of the Business Office, school administrators, and faculty/staff and has regular interaction with external parties such as auditors, bankers, investment managers, parents, independent school industry professionals, and more. This full-time, 12-month position includes a highly generous benefits package along with all school year holidays.
Information about Country Day can be found on our website at: www.mpcds.com
Accounting and General Ledger Management:
Maintains General Ledger accounting system, including addition of new accounts and projects, change/inactivation of certain accounts, revision/addition of budgets.
Performs and/or reviews general ledger account reconciliations monthly, quarterly, and annually. Reconciliations will always include budget-to-actual variance explanations and/or sub-ledger to general ledger calculations/explanations.
Reviews journal entries and pre-posting reports, and posts applicable modules of accounting system to general ledger, including, but not limited to, Fixed Assets, Cash Receipts, Giving, and all adjustments to general ledger.
Manages fixed assets system and reviews purchases for items to be capitalized.
Oversight and management of School-maintained credit card program.
Coordinates annual audit and oversees preparation of all documentation. Works with external auditors to compile financial statements and footnotes. Implements any required audit adjustments or suggestions.
Prepares all documentation for Board Audit Committee.
Works closely with external accountants to coordinate and prepare the annual Form 990 filed with the IRS including adoption of updated compliance procedures and standards.
Continually monitors, evaluates, implements, and documents accounting policies and procedures to identify changes that would increase internal controls, efficiency, and the accuracy of financial records.
Responsible for the oversight and review of payments and receipts of cash with and without donor restriction ensuring the appropriate accounting methods for accuracy of restriction presentation.
Supports the Accounts Payable Manager in the preparation of the annual 1099 process.
Works with auditors to set timing for annual audit and serves as primary audit contact.
Coordinates and oversees preparation of all documentation for audit.
Implements any required audit adjustments or suggestions.
Prepares all documentation for Audit Committee meeting with the Board of Trustees, including analytical analysis of current and prior year financial information.
Works closely with auditors in preparation of annual Form 990 filed with the IRS.
Continually monitors, evaluates, implements, and documents accounting policies and procedures to identify changes that would increase internal controls, efficiencies, and the accuracy of the accounting records.
Acts as one of the Accounts Payable, Payroll, Benefits Administrator’s backup.
Closely monitors financial statements of the Operating Fund and, with the CFO, prepares information for presentation to the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Remains abreast of developments regarding governance and compliance related to accounting, human resources, tax, and other areas of concern.
Serves as an authorized signer on certain School financial accounts.
Researches and stays abreast of new fiduciary platforms and systems. Help to implement new systems and ensure proper procedures and controls are in place.
Works on special projects and other duties as assigned by the CFO.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field. CPA or MBA highly preferred.
5 years or more experience in accounting, preferably in a non-profit educational environment.
Strong proficiency with Excel, Office, and other computerized accounting systems is required (experience with Blackbaud Financial Edge highly beneficial).
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
Capable of performing in a fast-paced environment paying close attention to detail.
Strong interpersonal communication skills.
Interested candidates may forward a cover letter and resume to the email address listed in the full job ad located at https://www.mpcds.com/about/careers. Applicants should include "Controller Position" as the subject of the email and title their documents as their first and last name. Although emailing is preferred, application materials may also be mailed to the following address:
Human Resources Manager
Metairie Park Country Day School
300 Park Road Metairie, LA 70005
Metairie Park Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
About Metairie Park Country Day School
OUR MISSION: Metairie Park Country Day School enriches the lives of talented young people in a dynamic learning environment, building strength of intellect and strength of character within a community that is simultaneously challenging and supportive. Our students learn to be flexible, to be adaptable, and to face the challenges of life with honor, optimism, confidence, creativity, and a sense of humor.
Metairie Park Country Day School was founded in 1929 on a 15-acre campus located in an attractive residential neighborhood north of downtown New Orleans. The School has a stable and growing enrollment of approximately 730 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade and sends its seniors to competitive colleges. Country Day has 96 teaching faculty, many of whom have advanced degrees and a long tenure with the School. The faculty to student ratio is approximately one to 8.7. While the School has a demanding course of study, with a number of opportunities to take electives, it comes out of a progressive tradition that puts a premium on challenging students to excel within their own frameworks of talent and ambition in a highly interactive environment. Values emphasized are ...a love of learning for its own sake, individual responsibility, critical thinking, strength of intellect, strength of character, creativity and self-expression, and communal values.
In supporting the character formation of each student, Country Day strives to sustain an atmosphere in which faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and others work together to foster a caring and nurturing environment. Students are encouraged to be tolerant of other views, to be morally responsible, to be adaptable to a changing world, to recognize and act upon a sense of social responsibility, and to see themselves as individuals who are also active members of a vibrant larger community. The School has a strong co-curricular program, including successful athletic teams in which most students participate, a fine instrumental and choral program, and a sturdy commitment to community service, all of which are actively supported by parents and alumni.
The current Head, Mr. Matt Neely, was appointed in 2017.
The School operates with an annual budget of $15 million. Various capital campaigns have raised the funds to upgrade school facilities over the past ten years including, most recently, raising funds to renovate and expand the Coleman Family Dining Room, build a new Science and Engineering Building, and renovate our Art and Lower School Science Building. Even while raising funds for these large capital projects, the Country Day Fund, our school’s annual giving campaign, continues to enjoy historic levels of financial support and unprecedented levels of participation across all constituencies.
Country Day accepts qualified students without regard to race, color, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin.