The Evergreen School is currently accepting applications for Controller.
We inspire highly capable, creative learners to lead with curiosity, compassion, and courage in a diverse and dynamic world.
About the Organization
Located just north of Seattle in Shoreline, Washington, The Evergreen School has been educating highly capable, creative learners for nearly 60 years. Our students love to ask questions, and our teachers use that natural curiosity to craft engaging lessons and spark thought-provoking conversations. Evergreen’s program infuses challenging academics with foundational support for social skills, emotional well-being, a multicultural perspective, and empathy for others. Our students think deeply, take intellectual risks, and tackle complex problems. They learn how to self-advocate, collaborate with others and understand and respect differences. Evergreen graduates move on to high school and beyond with confidence, ready to contribute to a diverse and dynamic world.
Our community members at Evergreen value and embrace the dignity and diversity of all people. We actively seek and support students, families, faculty, staff, and trustees who bring a diversity of identity into our community. Our mission makes it essential that we skillfully deliver an inclusive educational program that teaches respect for others, empowers students of all backgrounds equitably, encourages social responsibility, and prepares students to be leaders in an interdependent global community. At Evergreen, our goal is to curate a culture where every family feels fully welcomed and encouraged to participate in every aspect of the community.
The controller is responsible for the maintenance of the school’s financial records and the monitoring of the school’s budget. As a member of the Business Office team, The controller works closely with the team to ensure timely and accurate data is presented to the CFO and various board committees. The controller takes the lead in the preparation for the annual audit and tax return.
The school seeks candidates who demonstrate a commitment to anti-bias and anti-racism work and to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning community that is responsive toward all differences including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, geography, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, learning styles and marital, parental or economic status.
This is a salaried, full-time, benefits-eligible position for the 2021-2022 school year beginning immediately.
Duties and Responsibilities
Working with the Business Office, responsible for overseeing the accuracy and timeliness of financial reporting to both internal and external constituents
Responsible for all general ledger entries including payroll accounts receivable, and monthly recurring entries
Prepares monthly financial statements including variance analysis
Maintains detailed spreadsheets of balance sheet accounts as necessary
Assists the CFO in preparation of annual budget and, once approved, prepares monthly budget breakdown
Works with division heads regarding budget performance
Works with other departments to reconcile business office books with subsidiary ledgers held by other departments
Completes year end financials and acts as lead in preparation of work papers for both audit and tax returns
Maintains and updates long range financial strategic plan
Prepares with AR the deposit and general ledger coding
Ensures internal control procedures are followed and works to improve processes as necessary
Learns other positions in Business Office to act as support and back up if necessary
Serves on Finance and Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees
Serves on Financial Aid Committee
Other duties and special projects assigned by the CFO
5+ years experience in accounting (Required)
Non-Profit accounting experience (Preferred)
Experience with audits
Experience with Quickbooks
Experience working in a school (Preferred)
A bachelor's degree in accounting or finance or a related field (Required)
Proficiency in Excel
Comfort with learning various software as required
A high level of integrity and an extraordinary work ethic
Have demonstrated cultural competence skills that allows them to successfully collaborate across diverse cultures and backgrounds and can build relationships and trust with all faculty, staff, and families
Ability to be flexible and manage several projects at one time
A creative self-starter who brings wisdom, perspective, confidence, and excellent problem-solving skills to the position
Excellent project management and organizational skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Strong analytical skills with the ability to quickly and regularly adjust strategy based on the school’s needs
Be an independent and strategic thinker capable of understanding the full scope of projects while seeing individual tasks through to completion
Experience with Microsoft Office products, Google applications, database management
Willingness to become school notary
Compensation will be commensurate with the candidate’s background and experience and will be competitive with similar positions in Seattle area independent schools.
Applicants should submit the following:
A cover letter outlining their interest in and qualifications for this position
All materials should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include Controller in the subject line.
Any applicant scheduled for an interview will be asked to submit a 500 word (max) answer to the following question:
At Evergreen, our mission calls us to “inspire highly capable, creative learners to lead with curiosity, compassion, and courage in a diverse and dynamic world.” Reflecting on your current or previous experiences, describe a time in which you moved diversity and inclusion efforts forward in that role. How did you approach this effort and what did you learn about yourself during this process?
The Evergreen School strives to provide equal opportunity to all employees. The school's policy is not to discriminate in employment based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, creed, age, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, or any other status protected under applicable local, state or federal law. The School is committed to administering employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoffs, terminations, training, sabbaticals, tuition assistance, and other programs, without regard to an employee's protected status.
COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
To work at The Evergreen School all employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and must show proof of vaccination prior to the start of employment unless the employee has a documented medical or religious exemption.
Additional School Information:
The Educational Experience
At Evergreen, we believe learning isn’t a one-way path. Our highly capable students delight in exploring ramifications and digressions, gaining strength from setbacks and successes alike. At the same time, Evergreen’s insightful teachers help students uncover and develop their own unique perspectives on every subject. Through “planned exploration,” teachers carefully design the curriculum and lessons, while building in time and resources for students to pursue unexpected discoveries and long standing interests. From preschool through 8th grade, Evergreen’s hands-on curriculum encourages experimentation. In our extensively equipped BIG Lab (Build Imagine Grow), on overnight trips, during Adventure Days, and on the month-long 8th grade Global Studies trip, students expand their curiosity and put their classroom discoveries into practice. Equally important, we intentionally interweave academic subjects with social and emotional learning and an active commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity—so that as students grow intellectually, they also become increasingly self-aware, build ethical relationships with others, and continually strive to improve the wider world.
Head of School
On July 1, 2020, Halsey Bell became Evergreen’s fifth head of school.
Grade Levels: Preschool through 8th grade
Class Size: 14-17 students
Ratio: 7:1 (students to full-time faculty)
Faculty and Staff
112 faculty and staff, including 56 full-time faculty, 6 part-time faculty, and 17 teaching assistants. Faculty includes 2 counselors and 2 learning resource coordinators. Approximately 60% of teaching faculty hold an advanced degree.
Evergreen occupies four and a half acres that include forested area typical of the Pacific Northwest, as well as distinct wetlands and native vegetation. A recent renovation and addition added significant new classroom and administration buildings, including the BIG Lab, our state-of-the-art makerspace, as well as beautiful outdoor gathering areas and courtyards.
14.5% of Evergreen families receive need-based financial aid, totaling approximately $1.5 million.
Accreditation & Membership
The Evergreen School is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Puget Sound Independent Schools (PSIS), National Association for Gifted Children, Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The Evergreen School is proud to be a Platinum-Certified Washington Green School and a Sustaining Green School in the King County Green Schools Program.
The Evergreen School strives to provide equal opportunity to all employees. The school's policy is not to discriminate in employment based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, creed, age, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status or any other status protected under applicable local, state or federal law. The School is committed to administering employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoffs, terminations, training, sabbaticals, tuition assistance, and other programs, without regard to an employee's protected status.