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The Accounting Manager/Controller is responsible for all areas relating to the School’s accounting and financial management functions. This position will be responsible for developing and maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures to ensure accurate, complete and timely internal and external financial reporting. This position addresses tight deadlines and a multitude of accounting activities including month end close, general ledger maintenance, annual audit, contract and equipment billing. This individual serves as the public face of all business functions of the school.
Mission Statement:
Tesseract fosters each student’s intellect, love of learning, and strength of character in an innovative and collaborative environment. We prepare students to excel in college and beyond, lead lives of purpose, and become ethical and compassionate citizens with a global perspective.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance is required
  • Non-profit experience preferred
  • CPA, CMA and/or MBA strongly preferred
  • 5+ years finance and accounting professional experience
  • Customer service orientation and well-developed people skills
  • Extensive background working within a fast growing and fast paced environment
  • Proficiency using (Excel) spreadsheets, PowerPoint, and familiarity / experience using financial software (Implementation a plus)
  • Ability to motivate others to work as a team and maintain authority in a casual and friendly environment
  • Ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in preparing information
  • Flexibility and willingness to start work from fundamentals
  • Demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments
  • Success in a performance driven and business oriented environment

Reports to: Head of School


Administrative Team Member:

  • Ensures that the mission and philosophy of Tesseract School permeates the school in all areas
  • Engages in community building efforts and nurturing of positive school climate for students, faculty and parents
  • Assists in the promotion of Tesseract School in the community through positive public relations efforts
  • Consults on all major decisions affecting Tesseract School
  • Attends all major school events designated by the Head of School
  • Attends a representative number of student events to show support
  • Provides outstanding customer service to all stakeholders

Financial Management:

  • Represents face of all business functions of the school
  • Accessible to parents, staff and vendors during business hours
  • Maintains an accurate continuous record of the cash and financial position of the school and manages the financial operation of the school so that the institution remains financially stable
  • Responsible for tax matters and oversees preparation of 990 forms
  • Prepares timely, complete and accurate financial statements
  • Prepares and updates financial forecasts and generates budget and forecast variance reports
  • Prepares variance explanations for budgets, forecasts, and audits
  • Prepares forecasts of annual results
  • Manages the monthly close process, ie – pre-closing, accounts reconciliation, tax filing and project cash flow
  • Oversees banking activities
  • Prepares and manages annual budgets across the various departments
  • Prepares general financial analysis and other finance related tasks as required
  • Oversees the financial management and purchasing activities for all school operations
  • Manages accounting and administration of tuition tax credit program
  • Reviews and approves all contracts that obligate the school
  • Manages all investments of the various funds of the school under the direction of the Head of School and according to the policies of the Board of Trustees (the “Board”)
  • Manages the process for tuition collection and prepares statements for the parents and reports of delinquency for the Head of School and Board
  • Works with the Head of School and Financial Aid Committee on all aspects of the financial assistance program
  • Works with the Development Committee to maintain financial procedures for all fund-raising activities
  • Keeps abreast of practices in school finance and business procedures and use of office technology
  • Manages the annual audit of the school’s financial records and any other audits required
  • Maintains appropriate levels of insurance to protect the property and to cover the liability of the school
  • Assists in establishing financial reporting systems, accounting and collection procedures, and investment activities, and make recommendations for changes to procedures, operating systems, budgets, and other financial control functions
  • Tracks and oversees equipment purchase and inventory

Bookkeeping & Main Activities:

  • Oversees accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and benefits processes
  • Provides backup as needed in any area of bookkeeping
  • Maintains fixed asset accounting/capital expenditures management

Supervising & Training:

  • Manages department work flow, which includes: prioritize department work flow, organizing and assigning tasks in an efficient manner, researching outside services to improve efficiency and cost when necessary and appropriate and providing staff support
  • Conducts staff and service provider performance evaluations

Human Resource Management:

  • Oversees the administration of all employee salaries and benefits programs
  • Provides all Human Resource services


  • Represents the school in all business dealings
  • Establishes and maintain relationships with individual and business customers, and provide assistance with problems these customers may encounter
  • Provides reports to Finance Committee and Board on a monthly basis, more frequently if needed
  • Sits on Finance Committee
  • Submits to an annual performance evaluation by the Head of School
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Head of School

Instructions to Apply:
Attach a single document, which includes: a cover letter; resume including the names, addresses and phone numbers of three professional references; and your philosophy of education. Resume should include all employment in month/year format (e.g., 6/91 to 8/98), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position. Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the qualifications of this position. Candidates who do not meet qualifications will not be considered. REQUESTED MATERIAL MUST BE IN ONE ATTACHMENT.
Only electronic applications are accepted for this position. Email to: mbistricky@tesseractschool.org




Job Description: Tesseract School, a premier private school in Paradise Valley, AZ, is now accepting resumes for certified substitute teachers.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess an undergraduate degree, have a fingerprint clearance card, a teaching certificate or substitute teaching certificate, CPR certification, have a passion for working with children, be a collaborator and communicate effectively with both parents and children. Please submit a resume to Stacie Dobrichovsky at sdobrichovsky@tesseractschool.org for consideration.

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