Assistant Director of Accounting -- Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Salary Range:$70,000.00 To 80,000.00 Annually


Gordon-Conwell is a multidenominational, protestant graduate school, unique with its broad array of over 1,300 students and 200 faculty and staff from 78 denominations and over 50 countries. We offer a residential model of education in South Hamilton, MA; an urban context in Boston, MA; adult educational models in both our Charlotte, NC campus and our offerings in Jacksonville, FL; in addition to online and cohort models involving students from around the world.

Our mission is to prepare men and women for ministry at home and abroad. Rooted in the gospel and God’s Word, the seminary seeks to develop Christian leaders who are thoughtful, globally aware, spiritually mature, and ready for a broad array of ministries. While being historically orthodox and evangelical, we seek to address the issues of our times with both relevance to the culture and faithfulness to Christ and God’s truthful Word.

Position Summary

The Assistant Director of Accounting supports the Gordon-Conwell mission by providing excellent accounting services so that the resources of the Seminary are focused on a quality, evangelical theological education at an affordable cost to students. This individual will bring Godly excellence, biblical stewardship, and professional integrity that will undergird their daily work and reflect positively on themselves, the Seminary, and God.

This individual will be committed to processing, recording, and reporting the financial transactions and financial results of the Seminary in a timely, accurate, and meaningful way. They will also be committed to effectively supervising and managing the Accounting Office staff and seeking to develop a culture of continuous improvement and operational excellence, especially regarding services to students, donors, faculty, leadership, and staff.

Key Responsibilities

•    Accounting Services and Internal Controls: Provide all necessary accounting services and establish efficient and effective procedures in areas like payroll accounting, purchasing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, student accounts, fixed assets, and other accounting areas, so users are well served, and fiscal requirements of the seminary are met on time. Coordinate with the Controller to establish and maintain a set of internal controls and assist in the development of financial policies so the assets of the seminary are safeguarded, and all funding restrictions are met.

•    Relationship Building, Training, and Supervision: Build strong collaborative relationships with all levels of leadership, faculty, and staff in other departments and at all campuses, balancing relational and policy compliance priorities. Oversee the hiring, training, and daily management of Accounting Office staff by providing clear direction, training, review, and feedback. Monitor and adjust processes and procedures to ensure Accounting Office responsibilities are carried out in the most accurate, timely, and efficient manner possible.

•    Cash Management and Disbursement: Make sure the Seminary maintains adequate cash resources to meet the Seminary’s obligations on time by depositing cash receipts in a timely manner and scheduling cash disbursements so that cash balances are optimized to meet daily disbursements with minimum line of credit balances. Oversee Accounts Payable processes and systems that ensure accurate, properly approved, and timely payments and reimbursements to both internal and external constituents.

•    Financial Accountability: Ensure the Seminary obtains an unmodified opinion on annual audits and meets all substantive requirements for Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the Internal Revenue Service and local government agencies, the Department of Education, accrediting agencies, and other oversight organizations. Assist in generating audited financial statements with well organized, supporting work papers and ensure all external regulatory payment and filing requirements are satisfied, including unclaimed property, sales tax, IRS Form 1099s, and other state, federal, and international requirements.

•    General Ledger and Management Reporting System: In coordination with the Controller, maintain a reliable general ledger system that ensures the efficient recording of all financial transactions so that user queries and periodic reports include complete, timely, and accurate financial data.

•    Organization-wide Budget Control: Organize and involve managers in bringing to completion the annual budget process so that a comprehensive and realistic budget is prepared on time, with revisions made as needed.

•    Other Duties: Perform other duties, as necessary.

Required Competencies

•    Stewardship and Professional Integrity: Assists the Seminary with excellence in Godly stewardship of all financial resources, with proper planning, careful spending, and highest integrity and excellence in internal controls/policy compliance and regulatory/reporting compliance.

•    Communication Skills and Relationship Building: Strong ability to train/mentor accounting staff and provide institution wide training (one-on-one and in groups) in key accounting/budget processes and procedures.

•    Planning and Analytical Skills: Effectively plans, organizes, and executes individual tasks and departmental/interdepartmental projects. Strong proficiency in handling sophisticated analytical tasks, while utilizing appropriate accounting/information systems and balancing cost/benefit impact.

Education and Experience

•    Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, or equivalent education/experience required.

•    Accounting Experience: Minimum of four to six years of previous experience as a professional accountant, with increasing responsibilities and leadership required.

•    Proven supervisory experience in leading and motivating a team, preferably in the area of accounting or audit.

•    Has familiarity with non-profit accounting and experience in a non-profit or higher education setting.

•    Demonstrated analytical ability and strong proficiency in accounting information systems (experience with Blackbaud’s Financial Edge desirable), automated accounts payable systems (experience with Concur desirable), and Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook.

Application Process

Please apply through Gordon-Conwell’s Career Center available here:

Please include these documents in either Microsoft Word or PDF formats:

•    A cover letter addressed to Gregg Hansen, Chief Financial Officer, explaining your interest in the position.

•    A formal CV that includes the names of at least three references.

No hard copy materials, please. Opportunities to interview will be made available at the search committee’s initiative. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Contact Information
Hamilton, Massachusetts
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