Uncommon Schools (Uncommon) is a nonprofit organization that starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college. Uncommon builds uncommonly great schools by developing and managing regional networks that are philosophically aligned and highly accountable and by designing and implementing “best-in-class” teacher training. The organization has achieved outstanding academic results based on internal assessments, statewide exams, and graduation milestones. Its schools consistently outperform their district schools and are among the highest-performing urban schools in their cities and states. To learn more about Uncommon click here.
POSITION: The Associate Director of Accounting will support the Senior Director of Accounting on all aspects of payroll and pension including associated bookkeeping/accounting functions. In addition the Associate Director will provide support to the Associate Director of Accounting as required in Accounts Payable, New Jersey schools support throughout the year, the annual audit process and working closely with others to assist with team initiative, projects, and reporting.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Payroll
Manage all aspects of current and future payroll processing and provide comprehensive quality control to achieve on time, error free payrolls.
Manage payroll for NJ pension (TPAF, PERS, DCRP) and produce the IROC quarterly
Respond to payroll data requests by utilizing ADP custom reporting tool
Manage Federal Grant employee tagging
Manage Quarter End and Year End Payroll processing
Learn and support all aspects of the Accounts Payable
Develop expertise in CharterAP to support user requests quickly and accurately
Develop MIP expertise in A/P, reporting, and GL maintenance
Support vendor additions, changes and annual 1099 reporting
Field vendor requests and reach out to schools as needed
Support Accounts Payable review and cleanup including encumbrances
Create all payroll related journal entries
Manage Grant payroll allocations
Respond to GL data requests by utilizing MIP reporting
Prepare for and support the annual audit
ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to Senior Associate Director of Accounting and works closely with the entire Accounting and Financial Management teams; interacts with all Home Office personnel and school based teams.
COMPENSATION We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, PDA, and all necessary supplies.
Understanding of accounting principles and ability to read financial statements
Experience with accounting software programs. (Abila MIP Accounting a plus; willing to train)
Skilled in dealing with financial and numeric data
Experience in bookkeeping for a multi-site organization preferred
Skilled in use of MS Excel.
MS Word experience
Strong writing capabilities.
Obsessive attention to detail and follow-through.
Strong organizational skills
Strong communication skills
Financial management skills
Ability to create and maintain systems that enhance organizational efficiency
Strong problem-solving abilities
Ability to work well in a team
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; flexible, able to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting
Minimum 2-3 years of experience in non-profit development, accounting, or public sector finance preferred.
Knowledge of non-profit accounting and public sector finance.
Experience in New Jersey K-12 public education preferred.
About Uncommon Schools
Uncommon Schools starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college.
At Uncommon Schools, our classrooms are named after colleges because that’s where our students are headed. We are a nonprofit network of public charter schools in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Our 52 college-prep schools consistently rank among the highest-performing in their home states for three reasons:
1. We know all students have what it takes to go to college. We are fiercely committed to cultivating the intellectual curiosity and grit that will spur their success in the classroom and in their communities.
2. We create and constantly fine-tune our systems to help teachers teach and students learn.
3. We know that without great teachers and leaders, nothing else matters. We also know there’s no limit to learning. That’s why people development is at our core.