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Position Type Staff
Start 10/01/2021
School Name Bush School, The
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 09/13/2021

The Bush School is dedicated to valuing different perspectives and backgrounds, inspiring curiosity, motivating employees to take risks, and encouraging compassion and kindness. Our employees enjoy an environment that inspires creativity while being part of a collaborative community.

Controller (Seattle, WA)

Full-time FTE 100% (40-hours per week)

Year-Long Schedule

Compensation based on experience

* This position is eligible for health and retirement benefits (details during hiring process).

* This position requires applicants to be, at the time of application, legally authorized to work in the United States. The Bush School does not offer visa sponsorship for this position and will not consider applicants who require visa sponsorship.

The Bush School is in search of an individual to join our Business Office team as the school’s Controller. We are seeking a candidate who is able to support the school’s mission of diversity and inclusion and who has a background that demonstrates an understanding and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and intercultural fluency.

The Controller reports directly to the school’s Assistant Head for Finance and Operations (“AHFO”) while partnering in support of the school’s daily financial operations, as well as monitoring and accounting for financial transactions at The Bush School.

While other duties may be assigned, a qualified candidate will be able to manage the key responsibilities listed below:

  • Oversee financial and tax reporting in alignment with applicable standards
  • Lead the preparation of the annual budget with the AHFO
  • Maintain a system of internal controls
  • Lead the preparation of the annual audit and coordinate with the school’s auditors
  • Serve as a member of the school’s Finance Committee
  • Collaborate with internal and external constituencies, e.g. Board, auditors, head of school, Development Team
  • Ensure the school complies with all local, state and federal reporting requirements
  • Monitor financial obligations of the school
  • Coordinate with the school’s outside legal counsel regarding matters related to the responsibilities of this position

Professional Competencies and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or related field (required)
  • At least 5 years of experience in accounting (required)
  • Experience with the lifecycle of financial audits from initial preparation phase through final reporting phase (required)
  • An active Washington State CPA license that is in good standing (preferred)
  • Experience with non-profit accounting (preferred)
  • Management of staff/teams and/or finance-based initiatives (preferred)
  • Experience working in a school setting (preferred)

Successful candidates will:

  • Possess a philosophy and approach that aligns with the school’s mission and values
  • Communicate effectively (verbally and in writing) with others, to include administrators, board members, colleagues, faculty/staff, parents/guardians, financial institutions and vendors
  • Collaborate openly, honestly, and respectfully with internal and external constituencies
  • Complete work in a timely and thorough manner while conscientious about responsibilities and deadlines
  • Be organized and detail oriented
  • Be flexible and have the ability to work collaboratively and collegially with others
  • Have fluency in the use of technology, including: Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive, Outlook and Financial Management Database Platforms


Applicants interested in applying for this opportunity should visit our website at www.bush.eduand navigate to the employment section of the website (found under the “About Bush” tab) for additional information/instructions.

If you are interested in working at The Bush School, but this position doesn’t fit your talents, please visit our website for additional openings: www.bush.edu.

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

The Bush School is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment, recruitment, admission or administration of any of its programs on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information. In addition, The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment based on the basis of age or marital status.

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