REPORTS TO: Vice President of Finance
STATUS: Full-time, Exempt
RANGE: $170,000 to $190,000
SUMMARY: Founded in 1901, Brooklyn Law School is a
distinguished, independent law school located in Downtown Brooklyn,
New York. The Law School is searching for a Controller to join our
team. The Law School’s size, vibrant employee and student
population, and commitment to training the next generation of
lawyers and promoting social justice, will offer a candidate the
opportunity to develop and diversify practical skills and
participate firsthand in operating a successful educational
Reporting to the Vice President of Finance, the Controller
leads, manages, and optimizes a wide array of financial activities.
Key responsibilities encompass planning, developing, and
maintaining the School’s core accounting and financial control
systems. The position oversees Accounts Payable and Receivables,
Student Accounts, and Payroll—and offers a substantial opportunity
to hone practical skills and engage in the business operations of a
thriving educational institution. The Controller works integrally
with all areas of the BLS Finance Office to organize, direct, and
evaluate financial activities to uphold the integrity and accuracy
of financial information. As a senior member of the finance team,
the Controller directs and maintains accounting functions and
related activities in compliance with local, state, and federal
regulations in support of the mission of the Law School. The
Controller also provides operational direction and supervision to
Accounting, and indirect supervision to other financial
stakeholders concerning presentation and recording of accounting
and related financial information. The Controller is responsible
for the School’s monthly closing (including the production of
regular monthly reports), its accuracy and reconciliation, as well
as annual reporting and external audits.
The position is critical to the School, helping to ensure its
sustainability. Navigating the unique financial challenges of
higher education—such as managing endowments, grant funds, and
auxiliary and tuition revenue—the Controller will also oversee a
range of special projects that may include the development and
implementation of an automated purchasing system, the establishment
of an electronic bill-pay function with the School’s commercial
bank partner, evaluation of general ledger structure and
modernization of accounting processes, and revamping the School’s
year-end investment allocation process.
- Supervision and Quality Control: Oversee accounts
payable, accounts receivable, payroll accounting, student finance,
payroll, general ledger, purchasing card, debt service accounting,
construction and fixed assets accounting, grant accounting, and
credit card/ACH processing to ensure quality and compliance.
- Financial Reporting and Analysis: Coordinate fiscal
year-end close, prepare the School’s annual financial statements
and corporate tax returns, and develop routine and ad hoc financial
reports for senior management and the board of trustees.
- Policy Development: Formulate and administer fiscal
plans, policies, and procedures in alignment with Generally
Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting
Standards Board (GASB).
- Regulatory Compliance: Direct financial reporting to
meet both regulatory and campus needs.
- Consultative Support: Assist administrative units in
understanding financial and budget information.
- Organizational Development: Design and maintain an
organizational structure to effectively achieve organizational
goals; includes recruitment, training, development, and evaluation
of financial personnel.
- Community Engagement: Participate in campus and
community committees to further the mission of the School and
Finance Area programs.
- Professional Development: Remain active in professional
circles relevant to the position.
- Relationship Building: Cultivate positive relationships
with all internal and external stakeholders.
- Additional duties as assigned.
- Undergraduate degree in accounting or a related business
- Public accounting experience and active CPA certification.
- Minimum of five years progressive experience in
business/financial services, preferably within a higher education
or other non-profit organization.
- Three to five years of supervisory experience in accounting or
a related business field.
- Experience in overseeing general ledger, accounts receivable,
accounts payable, and cash management functions.
- Knowledge of higher education funding sources and related
- Experience with OMB Circular A-133 audit, form 5500 audit, and
990 preparation and submission.
- Demonstrated capacity to foster a work environment that values
diversity, equity, inclusion, collaboration, and openness with a
clear commitment to support, respect, and empower the contributions
of staff and management.
- An approachable, inclusive and visible leader and administrator
who values excellent customer service and consistently considers
the institution's goals and needs before the needs of his/her own
departments or personal ones.
- A team builder who demonstrates strong employee relations and
encourages professional development in staff and managers with a
demonstrated capacity to balance hands-on management with
delegation of responsibilities, while staying actively involved in
all areas of responsibility.
- MBA or master's degree in related discipline from an accredited
Brooklyn law school has an excellent benefits package that
includes sick, personal and vacation paid time off, a
generous retirement plan, dependent tuition scholarship (Pre
K- undergraduate college), and additional summer Friday
Brooklyn Law School values a diverse and vibrant community
and affirmatively encourages applications from candidates of all
backgrounds and life experiences.