Finance Associate NJ

Center for Supportive Schools - Princeton, NJ - Full time

About Center for Supportive Schools (CSS)

The Center for Supportive Schools (CSS, formerly Princeton Center for Leadership Training) advances the efforts of schools across the country to develop all students into leaders who help make their schools safer, more supportive, engaging, and inspiring.CSS is driven by the vision that one day, all students will thrive in schools that graduate them prepared for the rigors of college and lives filled with meaningful work, active citizenship, and personal fulfillment. Our work directly addresses disengagement from school, a root cause of students dropping out of school and other high-risk behaviors for students in urban, suburban, rural, economically disadvantaged, or more affluent communities.

Since 1979, CSS has partnered with 350 schools and our work has touched 350,000 students, educators, and parents. CSS partners with schools to help overcome disengagement by engaging all members of the school community in the relationships and meaningful dialogue necessary to effect substantial and sustainable change in all students' school experiences.We accomplish this through a thoughtful and collaborative planning, teambuilding, and training process with school leadership and other stakeholders; an intensive train-the-trainer strategy; user-friendly, rigorous, and relevant curricula; on-site technical assistance; fidelity monitoring; and program evaluation. CSS offers a wide variety of solutions, such as:

  • Peer Group Connection (PGC): an evidence-based, school-based program that supports and eases students' successful transitions into middle and high school by tapping into the power of older students to create a nurturing environment for incoming students.
  • Teen Prevention Education Program (Teen PEP):an evidence-based, school-based program that utilizes peer-to-peer education to increase responsible decision-making among students around issues of sexual health.
  • Student & Family Advisory (SFA):a research-based school-wide practice that provides all students in middle and high school with the support they need to feel attached to school, to succeed in school, and to graduate ready for the rigors of college and high quality careers.
  • Achievement Mentoring (AM):a school-based prevention and intervention program, developed by Dr. Brenna Bry, that pairs adult school staff with students in one-to-one mentoring relationships proven to reduce problem behaviors, improve academics, and reduce school dropout among at-risk students.
  • Campaign Connect/Community Schools:a comprehensive, data-driven and relationship-based approach to engaging the school community in coordinated initiatives designed to improve student outcomes.
  • Customized solutions:CSS also creates customized solutions in response to specific needs of schools. We have designed custom solutions for over 150 public and private schools throughout the United States.

CSS is a fast-paced, collegial, and team-oriented environment where each staff member plays a critical role in changing life trajectories for students and transforming school cultures. For more information about CSS,

Position Description

Title: Finance Associate

General Position Description:The full-time Finance Associate will provide accounting and financial support to the organization. CSS is seeking a professional who wants to be connected to an organization doing exciting work in education and making a difference in the lives of young people – but who wants his or her contribution to take place behind the scenes via accounting and financial support. We are seeking someone who appreciates the importance of providing daily financial support and who will be professionally fulfilled by these fiscal responsibilities – someone who wants to contribute and grow in this financial role. We are seeking a committed and focused individual who can effectively work with financial detail on a daily basis, working within tight timeframes to meet financial reporting deadlines, who can collaborate and communicate daily with the Director of Finance and all employees as well as vendors, and who will enjoy and embrace the work of a busy, productive office.

Detailed Position Responsibilities:

  • Accounts Payable (A/P) processing and bill payment, coordinate payment for school expenses, work with vendors on direct billing situations
  • Accounts Receivable (A/R) invoicing and follow-up collections
  • Process employee expense reports for payroll, track submission of expenses, follow up to ensure receipt of outstanding documentation
  • Process monthly credit card statement, including gathering all receipts and following up on approvals
  • Process semi-monthly payroll, including salary and deduction changes, update payroll spreadsheets, and verify quarterly reporting
  • Track all W-9s and 1099 vendors, request W-9 from new A/P vendors
  • Process all subcontractor invoices for approval and payment, track invoices for approval, payment, and accrual status
  • Support the monthly accounting close process by entering A/R, Cash Receipts (C/R), and other details into Great Plains, bank reconciliations, analyze reports, assist with other reporting tasks

Candidate Qualifications

Professional Experiences and Personal Qualities/Skills:

  • Knowledge of basic accounting principles necessary, knowledge of non-profit principles a definite plus
  • Experience with Great Plains accounting software a definite plus
  • Committed, focused, meticulous, hard-working individual with excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Publisher a plus) and Google docs

Supervisor: Lauren Wainczak, Director of Finance

Location:The Finance Associate will be based at CSS's New Jersey office, located in Princeton, New Jersey.

Schedule and Salary:The anticipated starting date for this position is Summer 2016. The annual starting salary range is $37,000 - $40,000.

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Experience Level

Any experience level

Center for Supportive Schools

We develop, disseminate, and promote peer leadership, advisory, and other evidence-based K-12 solutions that enable and inspire schools to more fully engage students in learning, better connect students to their schools, motivate and equip students to make decisions responsibly, and accelerate academic achievement.

Founded in 1979, CSS has a 35-year history of changing life trajectories for students and effecting cultural transformations within schools.

Nationally, CSS is one of a very few organizations with a focus on social and emotional learning that has a proven track record, spanning over three decades, of significant academic impact on students, educators, and schools.

We are driven by the vision that one day, all children will thrive in schools that graduate them prepared for the rigors of college and lives filled with meaningful work, active citizenship, and personal fulfillment.

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