Suzuki School of Newton

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Finance Controller

Newton, MA

About the Organization

The Suzuki School of Newton (SSN) is a non-profit music school and integrated arts preschool serving 335 students from Greater Boston. Utilizing the teaching philosophy of Dr. Suzuki, SSN’s curriculum is designed to help children build a sense of personal value and a capacity for complex skill learning through musical instrument study. SSN effectively teaches young children including students with special learning needs through innovative pedagogy that involves a step-by-step process, positive reinforcement, and repetition.

The SSN music school offers music classes for babies through adults and a nationally-recognized Suzuki Teacher Training program. The SSN preschool is a comprehensive education program with a curriculum consisting of academics, cultural training, and daily musical instruction. SSN serves the community through outreach performances, over 35 free public concerts annually, a touring performance group, educational masterclasses, affiliations with local ensembles, and an Artist Concert Series, all of which reach over 9,000 people per year.


Accounting and Finance

  • Execute the daily financial activities – accounts receivable and pledges, accounts payable and cash disbursements; review invoices, code to appropriate account, review expenditures, requests for checks, bill funding sources and insure deposits are made.
  • Compile financial information to prepare entries to accounts, such as general ledger accounts, documenting business transactions.
  • Maintain financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), including perform month-end closing duties including journal entries, preparation of financial statements including balance sheet, profit and loss statement, cash flow schedule, and projections.
  • Reconcile monthly bank statements
  • Ensure adherence to accounting principlesand accounting control procedures. Introduce controls where appropriate.
  • Collect appropriate data and prepare monthly management reports, including budget variance reports and forecasts.
  • Conduct financial analysis (such as profitability and pricing) to support decision making.
  • Prepare annual budget and forecasts working with the ED and the finance committee
  • Work with external auditors on annual financials and preparation of Form 990
  • Work to improve efficiencies and where necessary recommend upgrades or cost savings
  • Maintain fixed asset tracking and compliance regarding restricted v. unrestricted gifts
  • Co-ordinate insurance renewals and third-party vendor contracts (landscaping, snow removal, etc.)

Technology and Reporting Systems

  • Manage outsourced vendor to ensure that the IT/database and telecommunication infrastructure maximizes technology to effectively meet and anticipate needs
  • Manage all data collection and registration systems
  • Manage grant compliance and perform grant tracking and reporting to government agencies

Payroll and benefits

  • Maintain human resource records.
  • Administer employee benefit programs, payroll taxes and analyze cost trends
  • Manage payroll functions-timesheets, grant time tracking, payroll, and transfers for outsourced payroll vendor
  • Compliance-follow changes in MA laws, employee related, but also regulations for Public Charities e.g. annual HIRD form, Earned Sick Pay law in 2016, FMLA, Form 5500, etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree required in accounting, business or related field
  • Minimum of five-years accounting experience, including non-profit accounting
  • Understanding of federal, state and municipal grant administration
  • Experience with computerized accounting software
  • Experience with outsourced payroll system
  • Knowledge of MS Word and Excel required, adept knowledge of QuickBooks desktop version
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills including confidentiality
  • Integrates multiple thinking processes to make decisions and improve quality
  • Attention to detail and hands-on in a complex environment (preschool, music school); must be exceptionally accurate and reliable
  • Ability to meet deadlines and project management skills needed
  • Commitment to mission of SSN and inclusion
  • Understands SSN’s programs and its components

Other Information

SSN is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to staff diversity and strongly encourages applications from people of color. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age. SSN is located on the MBTA green D line (Waban station) and welcomes people who use alternate means of transportation.

How to Apply

Send a cover letter, CV and contact information for 3 references to:

By April 1, 2021. No Phone Calls please.

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