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Controller

Position Type Staff
School Name Lawrenceville School (The)
City, State Lawrenceville, NJ 
Posted 12/04/2018

Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School, one of the country’s premier independent
schools, is located in central New Jersey, five miles south of Princeton, 55 miles south
of New York City, and 40 miles north of Philadelphia. Lawrenceville attracts outstanding
students in grades 9-12, including about two dozen post-graduates. Lawrenceville’s
810 students come from more than 30 states and 30 countries, with more than a quarter
receiving assistance from a $10.5 million dollar financial aid budget. Across residential,
academic, and co-curricular settings, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of
promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose, inspiring
the best in each to seek the best for all.
The Lawrenceville School seeks enthusiastic, energetic, collegial individuals who want
to work with both adults and students in a collaborative and inclusive academic setting.
Summary:
The Controller is responsible for the day to day operation and management of the
Business Office, overseeing Accounts Payable, Payroll, Tuition Billing, Endowment
Accounting, general ledger account reconciliations and month end closings. The main
responsibility of the Controller is to ensure the integrity and proper documentation of
transactions within the accounting cycle, regularly review internal controls and ensure
the School’s accounting records are in compliance with GAAP. Ensure the effective
and responsive delivery of services (including reports and information) to the internal
and external community. This position is the third most senior finance and business
officer at the School, and will work closely with the Director of Finance (and on
occasion with the CFO) to strengthen the Finance function and the finances of the
School and support its students, faculty and staff in fulfilling Lawrenceville’s mission.
Typical responsibilities include the following:
? Develop, implement and maintain procedures and policies to ensure an efficient
and effective operation. Manage compliance with existing and evolving IRS
regulations as well as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
? Responsible for management of the General Ledger accounting system,
ensuring a timely month end close, and all appropriate general ledger accounts
are properly reconciled. This includes training, managing and mentoring general
ledger staff accountant. Requires training and servicing the needs of the end
users.

? Continual evaluation of processes and systems to identify ways to improve and
leverage systems to become more efficient and to better serve end user and
management needs
? Oversee and support the payroll, support payroll manager by collaborating and
problem solving issues as they arise, overseeing improvement of policies and
processes, and partnering effectively with colleagues in Human Resources and
supervisors. Ensure that there is redundancy in the payroll process and that all
payroll related accounts are reconciled after each payroll. Assist as needed in
annual retirement plan audit as well as other audits and reporting requirements.
? Oversee and support the accounts payable function. This includes, but is not
limited to, weekly review of AP invoices checking for appropriate signatures,
correct account and project numbers and ensuring compliance with IRS and
DOL guidelines as well existing internal policies. Provide second signature on
all checks over $5,000. Ensure redundancy in the operation and that all
appropriate reconciliations are completed. Lead and oversee efforts to
strengthen procurement practices at the School, including development of new
policies and procedures.
? Oversee and provide direction for the receptionist function, ensuring that
transactions are being properly recorded and the appropriate cash controls are
in place.
? Oversee and support the Student Billing function, help evaluate systems and
processes, making sure that we are offering families a positive experience.
Ensure redundancy and that monthly reconciliations are completed.
? Oversee and support the general ledger and endowment accountant.
Work with accounting staff to ensure monthly review of all auxiliary program
accounts checking to make sure entries are recorded properly and the use of
appropriate project codes for each transactions. Assist leaders of summer and
auxiliary programs with financial planning and reporting and strengthening their
business operations.
? Responsible for the oversight and review of the school wide purchase card
program. Work with business office staff to create an education program for
employees who have school issued purchase cards, how to use the online
platform and understand the monthly deadlines.
? Responsible for federal and state tax compliance at the School, including
preparation of the annual tax returns (e.g. form 990).
? Prepare the annual financial statements and function as the main contact for the
audit. Lead or serve as liaison for all other audits (e.g. retirement plans, etc.)
Business Office partner for Operations (Facilities / B&G) for capital spending,
including Renewal & Replacement (R&R) program. Review the weekly invoices
to ensure accurate recording in the general ledger for fund, account and project
numbers. Ensure that the project accounts are reconciled and reported on
monthly in an appropriate time frame.

? Manage fixed assets including monitoring and reconciling projects, maintaining
fixed assets and depreciation records and annual preparation of required
schedules for the audit.
? Work with Business Office staff to create written procedures for each position
and develop a cross training program. Strengthen systems and tools for self
service by the campus community, including populating and leveraging the
newly launched intranet.
? Special projects as assigned by either the Director of Finance or the CFO.
The strongest applicants will have the following qualifications:
? A four-year degree in business/accounting from an accredited institution
? CPA required
? Five or more years of accounting experience, preferably in an educational
institution or other non-profit organization
? Three or more years of managerial experience supervising accounting/business
office personnel preferred
? Experience with Blackbaud Financial Edge (and/or similar not-for-profit
accounting applications) strongly preferred
? Effective analytical, financial and business management skills. Ability to earn the
trust and respect of co-workers and school community, creating positive
relationships.
? Knowledge of accounting principles, practices, and internal control procedures,
as well as working knowledge of accounts payable, tuition billing and payroll
functions, and related computing systems.
? Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with all levels of
employees, management and external agencies to maximize performance, solve
problems and achieve optimum results within the culture of the School.
? Strong time management skills with the ability to multitask and prioritize work,
ability to meet multiple and often competing deadlines.
? Strong work ethic and positive outlook.
? Ability to evaluate and improve processes and leverage technology
? Inclination to document processes and policies while working in an environment
where personal relationships and service are highly valued
? Must be highly service oriented.
? Ability to learn and work with various accounting programs.
? Must be proficient with Microsoft Suite applications, specifically Excel
? Must be able to navigate an unstructured organization and be comfortable with
ambiguity and situations where authority is diffused.
The Lawrenceville School is a diverse and inclusive community and makes all
employment decisions without regard for an individual’s race, creed, color, religion,
national origin, nationality, sex, pregnancy, affectional or sexual orientation, gender

identity or expression, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability (including AIDS
and HIV related illness), genetic information, refusal to provide genetic information,
refusal to submit to genetic testing, ancestry, familial status, marital status, domestic
partnership status, civil union status, atypical cellular or blood trait, military service,
application for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
The Lawrenceville School will also provide reasonable accommodations for qualified
individuals in accordance with applicable law.
The Lawrenceville School conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which
includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials,
licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of
the background check.
Eligible employees receive a competitive benefit package that includes health insurance
coverage, paid leave and retirement plan options and many other valuable programs.

 

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