The Manager of Accounting and Budgets is ultimately responsible for helping team leaders, including our four schools, to make financial decisions that lead to greater impact. This role will do that in three ways: 1) dramatically improving the quality and accuracy of financial data, 2) building relationships with team members who serve as budget managers in all departments and presenting them with financial information and decision-points at least quarterly in an accessible way, and 3) improving financial planning and processes across the organization.
The ideal candidate brings experience and expertise in managing budgets and in basic accounting as well as a deep respect and humility toward colleagues whose expertise lies elsewhere. They love problem-solving and take pride in the sometimes tedious work of process improvement. They are deeply committed to the ideal of a rigorous and joyful academic experience for all children.
Responsibilities of the Manager of Accounting and Budgets include:
- Set up and manage the annual financial planning process for central office teams and budgets in collaboration with and according to the guidance from the MD, Finance.
- Clarify and manage school-level budget processes for four schools: Set up and manage the annual financial planning process for schools in collaboration with and according to guidance from the MD, Finance. This will include reinventing a more detailed system that is user-friendly for school principals, assistant principals of operations and school-based operations managers. The new system must be in place and ready to use by June of 2020.
- Serve as the direct ongoing contact and colleague to assistant principals of operations and school-based operations managers at each school.
- Present economic trade-offs as options for school leaders to decide how resources can best be used to maximize outcomes for students.
- Lead budget to actuals reconciliation monthly directly with each school contact.
- Improve key non-personnel budgeting processes through clear guidance and process management. Priority improvements include cash handling, bill.com payment system, and credit card processes.
- Produce quarterly fully reconciled budgets that are user-friendly for team managers and reflect total position counts and titles. For schools, this includes joining quarterly conversations with school leaders and MD, Finance to make ongoing budget decisions, and directly handling the preparation, questions, and follow-up from those conversations. For central office teams, this includes driving quarterly conversations with team leaders by preparing, answering questions, and following up from those conversations. Every quarter, all accruals, reconciliations, and allocations must be made. At the end of the quarterly reconciliation process, including conversations with every team’s budget manager, quarterly financials must be audit-ready.
- Pull information and create materials and reports as requested by MD, Finance for board and board committee reporting.
- Support the MD, Finance on the annual audit.
- Other duties as required
Education, Experience, Skills
- Bachelor’s Degree Organized and detail-oriented
- Able to manage competing deadlines and deliver multiple assignments on time
- Knowledge of General Ledger Accounting with an understanding of the GASB Accounting Principles
- Ability to manipulate financial data sets and produce user-friendly financial tools
- Ability to break financial concepts into clear and plain language so that team leaders can access the information and make informed decisions
- Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Accounting, or Finance
- Staff Accounting Experience
- 4+ years of operational finance experience
- Spanish Language Proficiency
- Intacct or Netsuite experience preferred, or comparable GL system
- Audit Experience
- Experience in school-based budgeting
- Commitment to RMP mission
- You thrive in a fast-paced, high performing, but sometimes unpredictable environment.
- You make proactive proposals. You suggest decision-points. You build clarity in ambiguous situations.
- You respect team members who are not financial experts and approach them in a supportive and accessible way.
- You enjoy process improvement and approach problems as puzzles to be solved.
- You are humble, reflective, and eager to constantly improve
Compensation is competitive and includes a comprehensive benefits package. Earnings package will be commensurate with experience, with an initial starting salary in the range of $55,000 - 65,000.
RMP is an equal opportunity employer. We seek applicants of diverse backgrounds and hire without regard to color, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.