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Organization Alliance College Ready Public Schools
Location Downtown, Los Angeles
Classification Administrative / Business Office
Job Type Full time / part time
Date of posting 10/02/2017



Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter organization in Los Angeles, serving 12,500 low-income scholars across 25 free, public charter high schools and middle schools. We’re a well-established charter network with a proven record of success in preparing our scholars for college. In the next phase of our evolution, we must strive to ensure that our scholars are set up for success in college and beyond. Now is the time to join us in working for long-lasting change for our scholars.


Join our team at Alliance and you can expect to be part of an inclusive and innovative organization deeply committed to preparing Los Angeles students for long-term success. We want talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences who are motivated to unleash our scholars’ potential. We want strong collaborators, skilled communicators and avid problem solvers who are comfortable in a culture of continuous learning and who are excited to implement fresh ideas and unique solutions to achieve our goals in service of our 12,500 scholars and their families.


Reporting to the Vice President of Finance, the Controller will serve as Alliance’s strategic and technical lead for financial reporting processes and accounting policies, procedures and systems. The Controller oversees all accounting and financial reporting activities of Alliance, and its affiliated network of public charter schools, to ensure that financial information is managed and disseminated accurately and in compliance with accounting principles and organizational standards. The position further adds value through developing and presenting financial information to a wide variety of constituencies, including school-based leadership teams, Home Office professionals, Alliance’s board of directors, and numerous external partners (i.e., auditors, lenders, donors, authorizer).


Accounting Expertise
Ensure integrity and timely processing of all financial transactions, and recording into the General Ledger, including review of journal entries prior to general ledger posting and preparation of correcting entries, if necessary.
Review combined reconciliations for complex transactions and funding streams, and provide training to all accountants. Act as final reviewer of staff work-papers needed for monthly, quarterly, and annual closing.
Review weekly bank reconciliations, monthly inter-company transfers, and monthly reserve transfers. Monitor cash position versus budget, and forecast cash demands.
Support the preparation of, and provide final review, for all accounts payable activities, including invoice coding and entry processing, monitor the aging of payables, and set-up all new vendors.
Oversee monthly and quarterly closings and preparation of supporting schedules; maintain schedule of fixed assets and prepare depreciation entries; maintain chart of accounts.
Accounting Processes, Policies, and Systems

Provide financial accounting and reporting oversight.
Assess compliance with GAAP, FASB, Sarbanes-Oxley and audit guidelines.
Perform process evaluation, improvement and documentation of general accounting, accounts payable and cash disbursement procedures.
Oversee and coordinate activities with external auditors; manage the assembling of schedules and documents for annual audit, 990 and tax returns; prepare draft of annual financial statements.
Financial Reporting

Facilitate the generation of periodic programmatic financial reports:
Gather and analyze data taken from accounting system and other off-line financial reports.
Summarize data and format in accordance with programmatic/funder requirements.
Analyze variances, research discrepancies and prepare necessary accounting journal entries.
Prepare analytical reports as requested.
Surface issues and potential funding problems/opportunities.
Organizational Leadership

Supervise Accounting and Payroll teams, including participation in ongoing performance management efforts (i.e.: regular feedback and support; beginning, mid, and end of year conferences; professional development).
Act as an advisor and resource for schools when questions arise regarding budgets, financial reports, accounts payable invoices, and other accounting/finance related matters.
Serve as primary liaison for requests from bankers, lenders, attorneys, and others with questions regarding maintenance of Alliance’s financial records and accounts.
Provide training to all levels of staff on an as-needed basis.


Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and cultivate relationships with Home Office Leadership Team, principals, and school-based operational staff.
Belief in and alignment with Alliance’s core beliefs and educational philosophy.
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
Entrepreneurial spirit to thrive in a fast-paced and achievement-oriented environment.
Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education.
Proven project management skills with the ability to translate strategies from plans to action, and to implement them with strong attention to detail.
Ability to work effectively across multiple functions and roles within a complex organization.
Exceptional problem-solving and critical thinking skills.


A bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, or a related field.
CPA required, MBA preferred.
At least seven (7) years of accounting experience, with preference for non-profit experience.
Preference for experience with non-profit audits, including Federal, State, and Local compliance.
Must have experience in Federal A133 audit and knowledge of procedures and internal controls of GAAP.