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Position Type Administrator
School Name Blair Academy
City, State Blairstown, NJ 
Posted 05/10/2019

Position:  Controller

Blair Academy is searching for an experienced Controller to join the Business Office team.  This position is responsible for maintaining accurate accounting records and overseeing all accounting systems, policies, procedures, reporting, analysis and auditing for all of the school’s financial activity.  The successful candidate will be able to collaborate with colleagues and have previous accounting and/or finance success, ideally at a non-profit organization or independent school. The Controller reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and is a full-time, exempt position.


  • Ensure the school complies with all applicable accounting procedures and standards in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

  • Maintains accurate records and books for all school funds including operating, endowment, restricted and plant funds

  • Oversee monthly and quarterly reconciliations of the school’s financial statements, statement of activities, annual budgets and budget adjustments

  • Manage the general ledger accuracy and the full calendar of accounting-related activities; work with COO to help manage all endowment related accounting and reporting.

  • Assist the COO to plan, facilitate and coordinate the annual financial audit, 403b audit and tax returns with external auditors

  • Assist the COO with the preparation of the school’s operating budget, monthly balance sheet, income statement and investment holdings

  • Work with external auditors and COO to prepare annual 990 and make sure 5500 tax returns are filed

  • Provides customer service support to parents and internal employees with financial matters

  • Assist COO with coordination and documentation of Board sub-committees (Budget, Buildings & Grounds & Investment)

  • Ability to assist with payroll as needed

  • Other tasks and duties, as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance; with advanced degree or CPA preferred

  • Minimum 5 years of accounting experience, preferably at a non-profit organization or independent school

  • Knowledge and experience in accounts receivable, payroll, accounts payable, general ledger, financial statements and fund accounting

  • Advanced level of computer and technical skills (Microsoft Office Software, most importantly excel; Blackbaud experience a plus)

  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate with faculty, students, families, vendors and colleagues

  • Excellent analytical, strategic, mathematical and quantitative skills

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Ability to manage and motivate staff

School Setting:

Founded in 1848, Blair Academy is a dynamic, coeducational boarding school in northwest New Jersey where 450 students pursue a superior college preparatory education amid a caring, vibrant community. Strong faculty-student relationships lead to exceptional learning and empower students to become persons of great accomplishment and character.

How to apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to Human Resources, Blair Academy, PO Box 600, Blairstown, NJ 07825 or email them to  No phone inquiries, please.  E.O.E

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