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The Controller for our clients Jewish Day Schools will be responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities. The Controller will be involved in supporting presentations to the board finance and audit committee and will work closely with the executive leadership team.

The Controller will lead all day-to-day finance operations of a budget of $13 million and supervise a team of financial staff members including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and grants administration. Their campus is 125,000 square feet, where over 2,000 students (Preschool, Elementary, Junior High, High School & Post High School) utilize nearly 100 classrooms.

The Controller will ensure that the School has the systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and conduct flawless audits. The Controller will work closely with division leaders and their staffs, not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures but also to explore how the finance function can support division operations.


Finance and Accounting Leadership

  • 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 division budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Coordinate all audit activity.
  • 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 executive leadership abreast of financial status.
  • Assist leadership in the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate.
  • Oversee all financial, division, program, and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and division budgets throughout the grant/fund period; collate financial reporting materials for government, corporate, foundation, and other stakeholders.
  • Manage organizational cash flow forecasting by working in partnership with the Executive Director; continuously collaborate with the Executive Director to assess the financial efficacy of program operations and establish finance and administrative systems to support program operations.
  • Manage and track the performance of invested assets in keeping with policies and investment guidelines.
  • Leverage strengths of the current finance team members, help to clarify roles and responsibilities and develop and implement training programs in order to maximize and reach optimal individual and organizational goals.


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an energetic individual, with 3+ years of accounting and finance experience. Ideally, S/he will have experience in a large School or non-profit, that has multiple programs.

Specific requirements include:

  • Leverage strengths of the current finance team members, help to clarify roles and responsibilities and develop and implement training programs in order to maximize and reach optimal individual and organizational goals.
  • Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and unwavering commitment to Schools mission; a proactive, hands-on strategic thinker who will own the responsibility for finance.
  • Minimum of a BA; CPA and/or MBA preferred
  • Solid experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, and accounting for investments.
  • A track record in grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting of government, corporate and foundation grants is essential.
  • Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software.
  • Commitment to recruiting, mentoring, training, and retaining a diverse team; the foresight and ability to delegate accordingly.
  • Keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which allows for strategic data interpretation versus simple reporting.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board or other outside partners
  • Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including financial and non-financial managers.
Willie Hochman
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