Accountant

Position Overview

The Accountant plays an integral role in the efficient operation of the Summit’s Washington Finance Team. The Accountant reports to the Director of Finance. This role supports our schools in Washington state; the position operates out of our Home Office space in Redwood City, California.

The ideal candidate has excellent finance, accounting, and communication skills (both written and verbal), has superb attention to detail, and is willing to roll up their sleeves and dive into the weeds when needed. The Accountant is responsible for processing Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, bank reconciliation, ad hoc reporting, and overall support to the Director of Finance, as needed. As a member of the Finance Team, the Accountant helps ensure the organization supports the school functions and remains fiscally sound.

Who We Are:

What if all students graduated high school with the knowledge, skills, and habits they need to lead a fulfilled life? This is the question that guides our mission at Summit Public Schools

Summit is a leading network of public schools that prepare a diverse student population for success in a four-year college and be thoughtful, contributing members of society. We operate 14 schools serving over 4,500 students in the Bay Area and Washington state. 100% of Summit graduates are college ready, and Summit graduates complete college at double the national average.

We need exceptional, diverse, and mission-aligned teachers to join our team to help prepare our students for a fulfilled life. Join us!

What you’ll do: 

  • Process all purchasing requests, including reviewing contracts and order documents to ensure compliance with all local/state/federal education regulations/policies and organizational policies,
  • Process all accounts payable timely and accurately, including obtaining necessary approvals, entering invoices and credit memos into the accounting system, and preparing payment vouchers/documentation,
  • Reconcile monthly statements (e.g., Amazon, American Express, Staples, etc.) and obtain complete documentation/approvals for all transactions before payment,
  • Maintain complete vendor files (e.g., W-9 Forms, ACH Authorization Forms, etc.),
  • Deposit cash and checks from schools/vendors as needed,
  • Support the month-end and quarterly close processes (e.g., reconciliation of bank statements, preparing journal entries, etc.), 
  • Process 1099s and State Use Tax documents on an annual basis,
  • Support the generation of monthly, quarterly, and yearly financial statements for internal and external stakeholders,
  • Support with all local/state/federal audits,
  • Ensure alignment of all processes with organizational policies and, when necessary, propose adjustments to policies to remain compliant with all local/state/federal regulations.

What you need:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a Business of Finance concentration is preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in a fast-paced environment, preferably a K-12 setting.
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) under Financial Accounting Standards (FASB) and Government Accounting Standards (GASB).
  • Experience in a multi-site organization, preferably a K-12 setting.
  • Proficiency in Netsuite or other comprehensive accounting systems.
  • Experience with Google platform (Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Slides).
  • Clear TB test and background check.

Who you are:

  • You have exceptional knowledge of accounting and finance.
  • You thrive while collaborating but can also function highly on your own.
  • You’re deeply dedicated to social justice and feel motivated by the challenge and impact of working in a heterogeneous community and closing the achievement gap.
  • You share our vision to reimagine what schools should be and are excited to impact the public education landscape.
  • You are optimistic and resilient in the face of challenges.
  • You can apply honest, actionable, and timely feedback that results in improved performance.
  • You are empathetic and culturally competent. You’re open to having hard conversations.
  • You have a high degree of integrity, maturity, and good judgment.
  • You thrive in innovative environments and are comfortable with the ambiguity resulting from a dynamic and progressive workplace.
  • You are committed to continuous improvement and see feedback as a positive. 

What you get:

In addition to joining a highly motivated team and engaging in meaningful work, you’ll have access to a comprehensive suite of benefits, including a retirement plan, unlimited “take what you need” PTO policy, 11 paid holidays, and 3 weeks of organization-wide closures during the year. You and your dependents will have access to multiple health, dental, and vision plans at 25% cost (we cover the other 75%) and employee life and disability insurance at no charge. Our compensation policy strives to be equitable and transparent. The starting salary for this position ranges from $57,322 to $75,432, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Summit is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly intertwined with education. We are ALL better when we can bring our whole selves to work and honor each other’s voices across identities, cultural backgrounds, and life experiences. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals who are members of historically marginalized communities. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.

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