This is a full-time, 12-month (July 1- June 30) administrative position reporting directly to the Chief Operations and Financial Officer (COFO). The Controller is a key member of the COFO’s management team and is the senior financial manager responsible for the oversight of the accounting, reporting, and internal control systems of the school as provided through the daily activities of the business office. The exercise of professional judgment in capturing financial transactions, maintaining the validity of the record keeping and the accuracy and timeliness of reporting is a critical responsibility of the Controller. Timely and successful completion of the annual audit is a high priority for the Controller. The Controller manages the workflows of business office staff involved in accounting or bookkeeping activities and establishes policies and procedures to support and protect the financial information systems of the school.
Establishes accounting policy and procedures that provides clear understandable steps for processing financial transactions of the school.
Designs, develops, implements, and tests the internal controls that protect the school’s assets and strengthen the school’s financial system.
Manages and teaches best accounting practices and processes to business office staff in support of financial objectives of the school.
Produces timely informative financial reports on a monthly basis, including budget and cost-benefit reporting for academic program directors and operations managers. Support the COFO with the financial information necessary for strategic and operational decision making.
Responsible for conduct of the annual audit. Prepares for and assigns duties for year end closing, reconciliations, schedules, audit questionnaires and auditor required documentation.
Responsible for compliance reporting for state, federal, association, banking, and insurance purposes.
Set a high standard for ethical behavior in the business office through professionalism and personal integrity. Support the COFO’s efforts to create a strong sense of transparency in the financial process.
Responsible for payroll, benefits administration, and timely communication to employees.
Other duties as assigned
Environment: indoor office working with some outdoor events
Physical demands: able to sit and stand for at least 8 hours per day; occasional after hours, weekend and/ or weeknight obligations. Must be able to lift 40 lb.
Attendance at certain events will be required
Working relationships: students, parents, outside vendors, and all other employees
FVS’ Core Values are courage, open-mindedness, self-reliance, curiosity, and compassion. FVS supports a culture of communication and collaboration with the intent of creating an environment of predictability and support for our students, parents, and colleagues. FVS employees celebrate diversity, participate fully in the school community, embrace the power of the prairie, the peaks, and the history of the School. FVS teaching faculty challenge students, create opportunities for learning and growth beyond the academic day, employ innovative teaching methods, and pursue professional and personal development through lifelong learning.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado provides a rigorous, global curriculum in academics, arts, athletics and the outdoors in a diverse community to develop young adults who are courageous, open-minded, self-reliant, curious and compassionate.
Send letter of application, resume and list of three professional references to:
Fountain Valley School of Colorado
Colorado Springs, CO 80911
Bachelors in Accounting or equivalent, CPA required
10 years of progressive accounting and management experience with significant experience in the nonprofit or education industry preferred
Expert knowledge and application of nonprofit accounting processes: fund accounting, donor and grant management.
Expert knowledge and application of GAAP, FASB, and audit SAS
Expert understanding and application of internal control systems
Excellent reconciliation skills
Demonstrated ability to manage office work processes from transaction to monthly financial reports
Advanced technology skills: accounting software, databases, spreadsheets, electronic banking, report writing and presentation, SaaS and advanced Excel. Blackbaud experience a plus.
Payroll software and on-boarding
Previous supervisory experience preferred
Ability to train staff in accounting procedures
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Positive interpersonal skills and ability to interface well with other members of the staff