Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is seeking an experienced, mission-aligned finance and accounting professional to join our finance team as a Controller.

Great Oaks Legacy Overview

The Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is a Tier 1 rated, open enrollment, tuition-free public charter school system in Newark NJ, educating over 1,700 students from Pre-K to 12th grade on six campuses across the city. GOLCS plans to build on past success and grow to ten schools educating more than 3,000 students while remaining among the highest performing school systems in Newark. Our mission is to prepare public school students for success in college. Great Oaks Legacy students aspire to be some of the highest performing students in the country.

We have high academic and behavioral expectations for our students. Our students, for example, are encouraged to take multiple AP classes before they graduate. We pair rigorous curriculum and teaching with intense personal support from teachers, tutors, and staff.  We accomplish our mission through several key elements: 

  • Small school – Grade-level cohorts of less 100 students allow each student to feel known and cared for.  Our focus is on a sense of community and relationship building with families and students.


  • More time on task – Longer school days than traditional schools. Weekend sessions and summer school for students who are struggling. 


  • High expectations – Rigorous, differentiated, college-preparatory coursework from K-12. Advanced Placement and real college courses for all juniors and seniors. 


  • Effective Instruction – World-class teachers with clear expectations and the support they need to continuously improve.


Controller Role Description:

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is seeking an experienced professional with finance and accounting experience who can support the ongoing financial sustainability and fiscal accountability of the organization. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Oversee all financial activity of the school, ensuring the appropriate recording of all transactions.
  • Manage the school's purchasing and encumbrance system to ensure appropriate 
  • Monitor cash flow and accounts receivable to maintain maximum liquidity
  • Support the Chief Operating Officer and Real Estate staff to execute major financial transactions
  • Develop and manage Accounting Team members (2 positions) to perform at a high level in support of team goals and requirements.
  • Produce timely, accurate financial reports for the school's Board as well as external audiences on a monthly, annual, and quarterly basis.
  • Ensure that the school's fund-accounting system is properly implemented, matching expenses to the appropriate source for grant compliance.
  • Complete all required filings to maintain the school in good standing with the IRS, relevant state agencies, and grantees.
  • Supports annual and long-term planning by producing financial modeling tools and facilitating the creation of the annual budget. 
  • Serves as the organization's fiscal compliance expert, providing team members with sound guidance on applicable regulations and best practices.
  • 6-8 years of increasing responsibility in a non-profit accounting role are required, preferably in an entrepreneurial fast-growing organization.
  • A Masters degree in Accounting and a CPA license are strongly suggested
  • The New Jersey School Business Administrator certificate (or ability to obtain same) is preferred.
  • Experience managing other accountants to achieve at a high level is preferred.


Our students arrive, on average, significantly behind grade level. Many live in poverty – a higher percentage than most schools in the country. Upon arrival, they are statistically 11% likely to graduate with a 4-year degree. Our mission is that each child ultimately graduates from college. 


  1. Employee takes responsibility to reverse negative outcomes of failing students, to make every effort to work proactively and reactively to engage each and every student, such that each is legitimately prepared to succeed in college.
  2. It is a given that all of the faculty work very hard. All staff, including the Campus Directors, Network Team, CAO’s, CEO, CFO, CPO, and CCO, acknowledge that we will do more than just work hard; we each seek – through formal and informal feedback – to dramatically improve. At Great Oaks Legacy, an ongoing quest for improvement is not considered remedial, it is essential and ongoing for all staff.

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