Friends Seminary is an independent Quaker school educating students in grades K-12 in New York City since 1786. The Business Office seeks a Senior Accountant to oversee the daily financial operations of the Business Office. Responsible for accounting operations, budgeting, treasury, debt management, and endowment reporting, this position requires a candidate with outstanding knowledge of accounting principles and practices, exceptional management and communication skills, and high-level analytical ability. The Senior Accountant is responsible for managing a team of two staff accountants and reports to the Chief Financial and Operating Officer. In addition, the Senior Accountant will work closely with other members of the Business Office to support projects benefitting the School. A successful candidate will possess problem-solving savvy, the ability to work collaboratively and independently, strong organizational skills, a positive attitude, managerial experience, and professional presence.
4-year college degree with courses in accounting; CPA and/or master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting preferred
Minimum 5 years’ experience in an accounting position, preferably non-profit; or 5 years’ of related experience; or 5 or more years of senior accounting services
Knowledge and expertise in Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT a plus
High level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel
Must be detail-oriented with a high level of accuracy
Team player with strong interpersonal skills and ability to get along well with diverse personalities
Proven ability to manage both people and projects
Self-starter, resourceful, well organized, with the ability to work well under pressure with and without supervision
Excellent communications skills
Must share strong enthusiasm for the School and willingness to support its mission
About Friends Seminary
Friends Seminary educates students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, under the care of the New York Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Through instruction and example, students follow their curiosity and exercise their imaginations as they develop as scholars, artists and athletes. In a community that cultivates the intellect through keen observation, critical thinking and coherent expression, we strive to respond to one another, valuing the single voice as well as the effort to reach consensus. The disciplines of silence, study and service provide the matrix for growth: silence opens us to change; study helps us to know the world; service challenges us to put our values into practice. At Friends Seminary, education occurs within the context of the Quaker belief in the Inner Light – that of God in every person. "Guided by the ideals of integrity, peace, equality and simplicity, and by our commitment to diversity, we do more than prepare students for the world that is: we help them bring about the world that ought to be."*
* This last sentence is adapted from Faith and Practice: The Book of Discipline of the New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (1974).
Adopted January 2006