We are seeking a flexible, good-humored finance professional to join a foundation team motivated by the mission of advancing educational opportunities for the talented youth of Boston. This position offers a bright, motivated individual the opportunity to create processes, build systems, and plan collaboratively in advancing the success of a highly successful organization. Individuals of all diverse backgrounds are encouraged to learn more about what makes this opportunity challenging and rewarding.
As an organization and as a school community, we embrace diversity and equity in all that we do. These are lived values exhibited in the BLSA’s employment, board membership, volunteer leadership, and programming.
Our next Vice President of Finance & Administration
While technical skills are paramount to success in the role, other attributes will also determine success as part of the BLSA team. We are a small organization with big ambitions. This is not a role for a functionary seeking to live inside spreadsheets and schedules; rather, this opportunity is ideal for someone who embraces the mission of urban public education and the potential it holds for bettering society. Good humor, personal flexibility, and fluency in communication will complement a detail orientation and deep knowledge of financial matters in non-profit organizations.
Financial Planning and Budgeting
Develop and administer the BLSA budget, multiyear forecasts, financial strategic planning, and program assessment to maximize the most efficient and effective use of resources.
Provide leadership and administrative support to the Audit, Finance and Investment Committees in building both managerial and governance oversight of the BLSA’s finances and investments.
Monitor financial performance by measuring and analyzing results.
Accounting and Financial Reporting
Maintain all day-to-day accounting activities, and maintain and analyze general ledger accounts, including preparation and review of monthly reconciliations for all balance sheet accounts.
Prepare and present high-level presentations to the Board of Trustees regarding BLSA’s financial status in a clear, concise manner that is appropriate for both those with financial backgrounds and those without.
Coordinate annual independent audit as well as reporting to the Audit Committee, responding to and/or implementing the auditor’s administrative recommendations.
Prepare or oversee the preparation of all income, payroll, and exempt organizational tax returns, reports, and statements.
Financial Systems and Internal Controls
Establish and maintain effective procedures and controls for the organization’s financial systems that support reporting in accordance with relevant standards including FASB, IRS, and AICPA.
Develop and maintain a procedures and controls manual.
Coordinate and monitor funded programs at the Boston Latin School to ensure tracking the status of each program through its program life cycle; monitor expenses for allowable uses of funds.
Supervise accounting staff.
Establish and maintain relationships with financial institutions and other service providers.
Oversee the human resource function including the administration of payroll, insurance and benefit plans.
Update job knowledge by remaining aware of new regulations, participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, and participating in professional organizations.
Represent the BLSA with the highest level of professionalism and integrity embracing the BLSA’s core values in all interactions with leadership, trustees, members of the faculty and staff, students, alumni, parents, and friends.
Assume other duties as may be assigned by the President.
Please email resumes to the attention of Carolyn Gillis, Director of Special Projects, BLSA, email@example.com .
No phone calls please. Due to the high number of applications we will only be able to respond to successful applicants.
Financial and strategic planning
Promotion of process improvement
Budget and forecast development
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrated leadership ability, team management, and interpersonal skills.
Ability to develop and implement new processes and systems that increased efficiency in a fast-moving environment.
Education, Experience, and Licensing Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, accounting, or equivalent experience.
MBA or other master’s degree preferred.
Certified Public Accountant certification a plus.
Minimum 10 years’ experience in accounting and financial management practices.
Experience in a senior management position.
Experience in a non-profit organization a plus.
Proficiency with accounting software, word processing, and spreadsheets.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation and Benefits:
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience.
Benefits: Complete package, including health, dental and vision insurance, 403(b) plan and generous paid vacation policy.
About Boston Latin School Association
Boston Latin School and the Boston Latin School Association
Boston Latin School (BLS) is a national public treasure and one of America’s most storied institutions of learning. As the first public school in the land that would become the United States, BLS traces its founding to 1635. Among its alumni are five signers of the Declaration of Independence, public servants of high rank, and individuals who have distinguished themselves in every realm of human endeavor in the arts, commerce, science, athletics, government, and non-profit/community service. Today BLS is the largest school in the city of Boston Public Schools district serving approximately 2,500 students in grades 7-12. It is one of Boston’s three exam schools and welcomes students from across the city.
Since 1844, the Boston Latin School Association (BLSA) has been the chief partner to Boston Latin School. As a 501c (3) non-profit foundation, the BLSA unites alumni, families, friends, and community partners in advancing BLS. The BLSA provides more than $3 million in program and scholarship support to the students and faculty of the school drawing on an endowment of approximately $60 million as well as annual fundraisi...ng exceeding $2 million per year. The Association also promotes community building through activities such as class reunions and engages in thoughtful political advocacy to protect the interests of the school.