2017-2018 Controller

Location: FirstLine Network


FirstLine Schools: CONTROLLER
Creating and inspiring great open admissions public schools in New Orleans


About FirstLine Schools


In 1998, FirstLine Schools started the first charter school in New Orleans. FirstLine now operates four K-8th grade schools and a high school.   Our mission is to create and inspire great open admissions public schools in New Orleans. We do this by:


  • Ensuring college and career readiness for all students, as demonstrated by achievement, aspiration, love of learning, and confidence

  • Providing a rich variety of education experiences to nurture our students’ character, health, and active citizenship

  • Developing the skillfulness of our team members

  • Building a sustainable organization that facilitates our long-term success


Our faculty is a diverse and talented group dedicated to our students’ success and to their own growth as teachers.  Our schools are led by leaders who hold themselves accountable for student achievement and teacher development.


Position Summary:


The Controller is responsible for overall management of all work in the general ledger, monthly bank reconciliations, yearly and monthly closeout activities, and monthly financial statements. The Controller will work closely with the Chief Financial Officer.

The Controller ensures work is performed accurately, efficiently and in a timely manner. The Controller provides financial safeguards and ensures the organization is compliant with GAAP standards as well as state and federal financial regulations.


The position reports to the Chief Financial Officer, with whom the Controller collaborates to ensure fundamentally sound accounting operations and unfailingly accurate financial reporting.


The Controller’s key workstreams are as follows:

  • Financial and Accounting oversight

  • Reporting and preparing for audits

  • Coordination of Month- and Year-End Closing Activities


Key responsibilities:


Financial and Accounting Oversight

  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements

  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures

  • Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of FirstLine’s financial status

  • Manages the accuracy and productivity of day-to-day financial activities including purchasing, invoicing/billing, accounts payable, cash disbursements, cash receipts, and fixed asset records

  • Guides financial and accounting decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures

  • Protects assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls

  • Participates in a wide variety of special projects and compiles a variety of special reports

  • Designs, documents and implements policies, procedures and process to ensure accurate and efficient recording and processing of financial information  

  • Maintains the accounting information system, chart of accounts and electronic and paper records

  • Oversees ongoing operations of school activity funds, including school level controls, transaction processing, and monthly reporting

  • Annual and quarterly financial reports submitted to the state Department of Education


Reporting and preparation for audits

  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy and usefulness of all financial reporting

  • Prepare and present quarterly and annual compliance reports for review by the Chief Financial Officer


      Coordination of Month- and Year-End Closing Activities

  • Develops timely and accurate financial reports to the Chief Financial Officer

  • Monitors and confirms financial condition by conducting audits and providing information to external auditors

  • Collaborates with the Chief Financial Officer to develop budgets and forecasts

  • Preparation of monthly financial statements

  • Preparation of monthly budget to actual


Education & Experience:

  • At least 4 years of non-profit/governmental accounting experience. Charter school experience highly preferred

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance or related field  

  • CPA Preferred

  • Commitment to FirstLine Schools’ mission and vision  

  • Achievement orientation with a focus on goals and results

  • Initiative and drive for continuous improvement

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including strong writing skills

  • Proficient with information technology

  • Ability to represent the organization to a variety of audiences and to craft messages to meet various needs

  • Commitment to work towards creating an organization that has healthy and sustainable working conditions while achieving a challenging mission within resource constraints


Desired Qualities & Characteristics:

  • Ability to manage multiple workstreams and prioritize, strong time management skills

  • Achieve results based on agreed-upon expectations

  • Take personal responsibility

  • Highly detail-oriented

  • Collaborate effectively with a range of stakeholders and exhibit strong service-orientation

  • Share a commitment to creating great schools in New Orleans

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Model the FirstLine values of Service, Learning, Collaboration and Results and Fun


Physical Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit, walk, stand, talk, and hear.

  • Light lifting of equipment may be required (up to 20 lbs.)


Controller reports to: Chief Financial Officer


How to Apply : Please apply online via: http://www.firstlineschools.org/careers


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. FirstLine Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package with a generous 403b plan.


FirstLine Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


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