Company: Seattle Academy

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Function: Accounting


Seattle Academy (also referred to as SAAS) is a vibrant, innovative and energetic independent school serving 6th through 12th grade students in an urban Capitol Hill campus setting in Seattle, WA.  SAAS is accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) and is approved by the Office of Superintendent Public Instruction to operate as a private school in the state of Washington.

Our dynamic educational philosophy of teaching students “how to think” but not “what to think” is delivered through programmatic pillars of AcademicsArtsAthleticsOutdoor & Travel, and Service.

Students represent a variety of educational experiences (public/private/home-schooled), as well as diverse ethnic, socio-economic, gender, and cultural backgrounds.

Our students have varying interests, capabilities, and learning styles, which are supported by our facultyadvisorsgrade coordinatorscounselors, and our Learning Support teams.  Our Seattle Academy principle to Know the Kid focuses our efforts on understanding a student at the individual level and navigating with them through their SAAS experience.



Seattle Academy (SAAS) has an exciting opportunity for a Controller to become a part of their team located in the enchanting city of Seattle, WA. Under the guidance of the Chief Financial Officer, you will play a pivotal role in upholding the school’s financial records’ accuracy and reliability. This involves overseeing financial transactions and accounting records, as well as establishing and maintaining robust controls, policies, and procedures. This opportunity possesses phenomenal benefits such as full medical and dental health coverage. If you are looking for the perfect chance for you to grow your career, don’t miss out!

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The Role: 

We are seeking a Controller to take responsibility for the management and integrity of the school’s financial records by maintaining and overseeing financial transactions and accounting records, and maintaining appropriate controls, policies, and procedures. The school’s annual operating budget is $49 million.   This is an integral role in supporting the strategies and activities of our vibrant, innovative educational community in support of our mission.  

Your day will likely include: 

General Accounting and Finance 

    • Responsible for accounting functions, ensuring accurate and timely financial information  
    • Prepare account reconciliations and financial statements on a monthly basis  
    • Serve as a lead person for the annual audits with the CFO, including preparing schedules for auditors and generating the financial statements and related footnotes  
    • Coordinate preparation for the annual Form 990  
    • Reconcile annual fund, capital campaign gifts and other donations  
    • Maintain internal financial controls  
    • Coordinate exchange of information for semimonthly payroll with HR Department  
    • Prepare journal entries for payroll disbursement  
    • Prepare semimonthly 403(b) Retirement Plan calculations and transmit data to the Plan Recordkeeper and Custodian  
    • Prepare annual census report for the Retirement Plan Recordkeeper  
    • Serve as the lead person for the Retirement Plan audit and Form 5500 reporting  



What we would like to see from you: 

    • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration or equivalent business experience  
    • 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience in non-profit accounting

    • Proficiency in accounting systems and Microsoft excel required; ability to learn Veracross accounting system  

    • The ability to communicate effectively with all constituents in a school environment, including faculty, staff, administration, parents and students  
    • Pass background check and fingerprint clearance 

Compensation and Benefits

What’s in it for you: 

The Controller reports to the Chief Financial Officer and offers a salary range of $125,000 to $140,000, depending on relative experience. This is a full-time, year-round, in-person position, but we would consider the possibility of this being a part-time position for the right candidate.   

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