Jun 10, 2019

Senior Accountant - YES Prep System Office (IMMEDIATE OPENING)

  • YES Prep Public Schools
  • 5515 South Loop East Freeway, Houston, TX, USA
Full-time Accounting and Finance

Job Description

POSITION: Senior Accountant

REPORTS TO: Controller     

POSITION TYPE: 12-month

THE CHALLENGE

Across the nation, only half of all students from low-income communities graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. Even though 85% of our students are economically disadvantaged, YES Prep provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Eighty-seven (87%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata are earning their college degrees at five times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do we do this? Each of YES Prep’s 19 campuses serves 6th-12th graders like Monique Bowie. Students typically enter YES Prep one or more grade levels behind, but quickly find themselves on a different life trajectory. This is a result of transformative relationships with teachers and leaders, and access to excellent educational opportunities.

As the first minority-majority city, Houston’s schools cannot keep up with demand from students like Eddie and Monique. Houston is the 4th largest city (on track to become the 3rd), and this booming population translates into 2,000 families on YES Prep’s waitlist. YES Prep’s student enrollment is estimated to grow 31% between now and 2023 (from just over 13,000 students currently to 17,000).

THE OPPORTUNITY

YES Prep needs a dynamic, Senior Accountant, with a diverse set of experiences, to make our mission a reality. As a YES Prep employee, you will achieve jaw-dropping results, create pathways to opportunity for our students, build transformative relationships, and eliminate educational inequities to advance social justice.

To put it simply, you will support the Controller in carrying out the responsibilities of the Finance Department. In addition, you will relieve the controller of certain responsibilities that will allow them to spend a greater portion of their time on Financial Statement preparation and analysis, Budget and Variance issues, and Forecasting.

THE ROLE

When you join the YES Prep team, some of the exciting work and responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining the general ledger: prepare and review journal entries, monitor Payroll, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable, and ensure compliance with non-profit fund accounting, Texas public school accounting and other requirements.
  • Assuming primary responsibility for fund accounting.
  • Leading monthly accounting close and year-end close and assist in the production of monthly financial packages for internal and external constituents.
  • Serving as the primary contact for all business and finance requests related to Federal, State, and private grants.
  • Conducting financial analyses: produce analyses of historical and projected financial information and present analyses to management to facilitate decision-making.
  • Coordinating monthly spending and financial performance dialogue with regional leadership and leaders of Home Office teams.
  • Supervising construction accounting.
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of financial policies and procedures that provide the platform from which YES Prep will operate with integrity and consistency.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

THE PERSON

We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility. Other traits needed and desired for this role are:

MUST HAVES

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.
  • 5+ years in financial accounting and reporting responsibility.
  • Experience with GAAP reporting
  • Financial modeling experience
  • Knowledge of non-profit accounting and public sector finance, preferred.
  • Public education finance experience, preferred.
  • Belief in and commitment to the mission and core value of YES Prep Public Schools;
  • Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback;
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team;
  • A dedication to learn, grow, and develop as a professional;
  • Belief that every student can and will achieve;
  • Ability to work urgently in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment;
  • Strong written communication skills;
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once;
  • Detail-oriented and self-directed;
  • Initiator, problem-solver, and creative thinker;
  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress;
  • Ability to maintain highest level of confidentiality;
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgement in decision-making.

THE PERKS

  • Compensation – This position is an exempt, salaried position; salary offers commensurate with experience.
  • Health and Supplemental Insurance –  A $0.00 medical option that includes $600 towards a Health Savings Account, in addition to a variety of supplemental benefits including Dental, Vision, Short and Long-Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc.
  • Retirement Plans – Participation in Teacher Retirement System of Texas and a 457 Retirement Plan
  • Paid Time Off – 15 days of Paid Time Off in addition to the system closures of our Academic Calendar
  • Paid Leave Programming – In the event you need to be out due to medical needs (including maternity and paternity leave), YES Prep offers up to 12 weeks of full paid leave
  • Professional Development - YES Prep values longevity and performance over time through our Commit to Five program. We invest in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing professional development.
  • Award Winning Culture – The strong cultures of our campuses and Home Office are just one of many reasons we were named Houston’s Best Place to work in 2018. We won the 2012 Broad Prize for Excellence in Urban Education and were a 2016 finalist as well.

WE ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO EQUITY & DIVERSITY

YES Prep strives to recruit a diverse team of leaders. We believe there is a transformative academic and social benefit for students when their teachers and leaders reflect a diversity of backgrounds. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of staff members agree that the organization provides a welcoming environment given their background and identity according to our latest system survey.

YES Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.

THE NEXT STEPS

If this sounds like your just right job, please apply here.

If you are not sure this opportunity is for you, are simply curious, or know someone who would be perfect, please reach out to our Talent Acquisition team to be connected to a recruiter at [email protected].


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