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  • 20 Jul 2021 3:07 PM
    Message # 10764368


    Idyllwild Arts Foundation

    The mission of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation is changing lives through the transformative power of art.

    Idyllwild Arts Academy provides pre-professional training in the arts and a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum to a diverse student body of gifted young artists from all over the world.

    The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program provides arts instruction and experiences of the highest caliber to a diverse student population of all ages and abilities.

    Idyllwild is a small town located at over 5,000 feet on the western slopes of California's San Jacinto Mountains. Even though it seems far from the hustle and bustle of city life, the town and campus frequently host music festivals, prominent speakers and artists, and community events. It is only two hours by car to Los Angeles and San Diego.


    Opportunity: Controller

    Location: Idyllwild, CA

    Reports to: Vice President, Finance

    Status: Full Time

    Supervises: Yes



    The Controller manages the day-to-day finance and accounting operations within the Finance Office, including quality control, and staff supervision. The Controller performs both review-level and transaction-level work. The Controller supervises all accounting and auditing functions while preparing the monthly financial report package and variance analysis. This position oversees the finance and accounting function in conjunction with the Vice President, Finance.



    • Maintain the accounting system to ensure the timely and accurate compilation of financial data for reporting the School's financial position and operations to School Employees, Administrators and the Board of Trustees.
    • Oversee the functions of tuition collections, general ledger, cash receipts, accounts payable, and payroll reconciliations and ensure timely closure of general ledger accounts and prepare financial reporting on a monthly basis.
    • Provide data for reporting and analyses during the year as requested by the VP, Finance.
    • Conduct employee performance evaluations as needed, with a minimum of once per year.
    • Supervise the Finance department staff in accordance with the school's policies.
    • Assist in the preparation of the yearly operating budget and budget projections. Monitor budgets on a monthly basis and ensure that department heads are aware of their budget status.
    • Manage the annual audits for both the financial statements and retirement plan in the conjunction with the VP, Finance.
    • Assist with annual insurance renewal applications.
    • Review and approve bi-weekly payroll processing.



    • Supervise all accounting functions.
    • Assist with preparation of annual 990 and 5500 reports.
    • Review all ledger accounts for inconsistencies and unusual items.
    • Prepare monthly financial reports.
    • Authorize transfer of funds in coordination with the VP, Finance.
    • Create and prepare key performance indicators to provide guidance to VP, Finance and other Administrators
    • Ensure the completion all miscellaneous governmental filings including but not limited to sales tax, property tax, census forms, etc.


    • Bachelor's Degree in accounting, finance or business administration (Masters or CPA preferred)
    • At least 5 years of accounting experience; not-for-profit and/or independent school experience preferred
    • At least 3 years' experience supervising other people
    • Hands-on experience with at least one major accounting system, preferably Blackbaud


    • Demonstrated understanding of generally accepted accounting principles in a not-for-profit setting.
    • Proficient in internal controls testing and documentation.
    • Strong analytical skills and ability to correlate financial and operational data.
    • Strong GL accounting and report writing experience.
    • Proven ability to develop salient reporting and analysis tools and/or join various data sources to manipulate complex data.
    • Ability to manage moderately complex treasury portfolios.
    • The ability to read, analyze and interpret complex financial reports, as well as the ability to respond to all financial inquiries or complaints from the parent body, VP, Finance, and/or other members of the school community.
    • Proficiency with accounting software, preferably Blackbaud.
    • Proficiency with computers and computer software, particularly Excel (advanced skill level), Word, Outlook, Internet
    • Ability to perform basic and complex mathematical computations as required to perform proper financial analyses is required
    • The ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. The ability to interpret an extensive variety of data and deal with several abstract and concrete variables in the course of day-to-day activities.
    • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse populations, including students, parents, and faculty.
    • Flexibility to occasionally work long hours, including attendance at weekend and evening events.
    • Ability to work on confidential matters.




    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms, lift up to 15 lbs. Be able to walk over uneven terrain on campus.




    Office environment potential hybrid position with split time between the office and working remotely.



    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

    Reasonable accommodation will be considered to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

    Idyllwild Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer



Cal-ISBOA is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrmcertification.org

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