The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Colburn School in the search for a Controller.
Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Business Development, the Controller will serve as the senior leader of the accounting and finance operations and is responsible for the management and oversight of all accounting, tax, and reporting functions. The Controller will be responsible for the Colburn School’s accounting activities, policies, and practices, the maintenance of its fiscal records and systems, and all procedures that support effective internal controls and program implementation. The Controller will evaluate and make appropriate improvements to internal accounting processes, ensuring that practices are in line with the overall goals of the School and with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. The Controller will provide support to the Audit Committee including the production of audited financial statements. The Controller will have responsibility for maintaining the daily operations of the accounting department and will oversee all employees involved in the accounting process including general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, fixed assets, student accounting, and investments. The Controller will be responsible for working with the investment advisors on the endowment and will ensure compliance with bond covenants and assist with tracking debt service and swap payments. The Controller will collaborate with the Director of Budget and Reporting in the production of financial reports, financial forecasts, and in the preparation and execution of the annual operating budget. The Controller will partner with the Director of IT to ensure the optimization of the School's ERP system and other supporting technologies. The Controller will liaise across the institution to ensure fiscal compliance and oversight of financial aid and will coordinate and supervise the annual audit and tax preparation.
The Colburn School provides access to quality instruction for young people who possess a passion for music, dance, and drama, so they may further explore their interests and continue developing their talents. Colburn’s renowned faculty guide students through classes appropriate and catered to their age and skill level. The Colburn Community School of Performing Arts provides music instruction to beginners of any age as well as to those who want to hone their skills or participate in one of the School’s ensembles, orchestras or choirs. Highly gifted pre-college students may apply to study at the Colburn Music or Dance Academies, and college-age students prepare for careers in music performance through certificate and bachelors and masters degree programs at the Colburn Conservatory of Music.
The staff and faculty of the Colburn School are committed to bringing music and dance performances and education into the greater community so others can experience the many benefits associated with the performing arts. Every year Colburn students and faculty present hundreds of free or affordable performances in Colburn’s beautiful professional theaters on campus as well as in prestigious venues around Los Angeles. The Colburn School partners with 15 Los Angeles Unified School District schools, 13 of which receive Title I funding, to provide interactive and engaging concerts and instructional sessions to 5,000 students every year.
A bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field is required for this position, as are CPA licensure and five years of relevant experience. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the position prospectus.
The Controller may work remotely from the Metropolitan Los Angeles area with visits to the School weekly and other times as needed.
Telecommuting is allowed.
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