THE AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
ANNOUNCES AN OPENING FOR
Controller – Finance & Operations
CLOSING DATE: Until filled
The American School for the Deaf (ASD) is the oldest school for the deaf, founded in 1817 by Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc. The American School for the Deaf is committed to serving deaf and hard of hearing infants, youth and their families in development of intellect and the enhancement of quality of life utilizing specially designed instruction through an American Sign Language and English Bilingual Approach, empowering them to become educated and self-directed life-long learners. ASD is accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), as well as the Conference of Educational Administrators of School Programs for the Deaf (CEASD).
ASD is located in West Hartford, a town recognized as one of the top ten towns for raising families. West Hartford residents value education, evidenced by the high quality of public and private schools. There is also much to do in West Hartford. There is a wide array of parks and recreation. There are pools and hiking trails. There are historic sites to visit as well. If shopping is on the list then Blue Back Square, located in the center of town, offers many retail stores and a variety of restaurants to satisfy everyone.
SCOPE OF DUTIES
This position reports directly to the Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) and is responsible for all day-to-day, monthly and annual financial accounting and reporting.
The primary responsibility of this position is to assist the DFO in performing routine and necessary accounting functions. The following specific responsibilities will apply:
• Planning and coordinating all accounting operational functions.
• Maintaining internal controls.
• Managing the accumulation and consolidation of all financial data necessary for an accurate accounting of consolidated business results.
• Preparing internal and external financial statements.
• Providing DFO with information vital to the decision-making process.
• Prepare the annual budget.
• Assessing current accounting operations, offering recommendation for improvement and implementing new processes.
• Cash management/cash flow analysis.
• Evaluating the effectiveness of accounting software and supporting database, as needed.
• Review of the 990-form prepared by external auditors.
• Review of Form 5500 prepared by external Actuarial.
• Review all internal and external financial statements.
• Overseeing regulatory reporting including: Federal IRS form 5500 Health Plans. Federal IRS Form 1099 and 1096, and State of Connecticut Sales and Use Tax Forms.
• Prepare consolidated financial statements and balance sheet monthly.
• Serve as key resource for DFO.
• Compiles financial information and generates all reports necessary for completing the DCF Single Cost Accounting Report.
• Develop and maintain up-to-date projections for DFO.
• Prepares quarterly financials for DFO’s review.
• Responsible for investment activity and reconciliation. Monitor investments to ensure accurate accounting.
• Develop and maintain procedure manual.
• Responsible for all Grant and Construction Reporting.
• Other related duties as assigned.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Excellent written and oral communications skills
• Strong organizational skills, highly detail oriented and consistent follow-through on assignments
• Ability to effectively engage with diverse staff and leadership to promote trust, collaboration, and partnership
• Strong management expertise; able to manage multiple projects effectively
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Proactive and independent with the ability to take initiative
• Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
• Discretion, tact, and high regard for confidentiality required.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software
• Graduate degree and professional certification preferred.
• Proficiency in MS Excel and Accounting packages.
• Audit / CPA firm experience preferred.
• Working knowledge of American Sign Language preferred, or willingness and commitment to learn.
The American School for the Deaf does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws.
All applicants will be screened and the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to interview.