Position Description

Corporate Staff Accountant
Location GH Arizona - Phoenix
Job Category Lead Office (Finance, HR, Development, etc.)
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POSITION:                 Corporate Staff Accountant   

LOCATION:                PHOENIX, AZ

REPORTS TO:           GH Corporate Accounting Manager

(Full-time, benefits-eligible, immediate opening)


Company Description

Great Hearts Academies is a non-profit network of charter schools dedicated to improving education by developing excelling public schools.  Great Hearts’ academies are substantially outperforming other public and private schools, proving that tuition-free schools can do a superb job of educating students if they are smaller, more efficient, and set higher expectations for all students through a core, classical liberal arts curriculum.  We gladly prepare our graduates for success in the best colleges and universities in the nation, but our main purpose is the formation of the soul, heart, and mind.  We believe that the highest goal of education is to become good, intellectually, and morally.  The success of Great Hearts is based on combining an unwavering commitment to classical liberal arts education with the understanding that our schools can constantly be improved through sound, data-driven leadership. 

Great Hearts is comprised of a network of twenty-one academies in the Phoenix metropolitan region, and ten academies in Texas between San Antonio and the Dallas/Fort Worth area. At capacity, the network will graduate over 1,000 students each year. This critical mass of highly impressive graduates will change the educational landscape, and the Great Hearts network will be a catalyst for reforming public education in the United States. Information can be found at http:// greatheartsamerica.org. 


Duties & Responsibilities

Great Hearts is seeking a Corporate Staff Accountant to join its dynamic and growing team.  The Staff Accountant is responsible for the general accounting and financial reporting functions at the home office and is the initial liaison between the home office and the schools.  The right candidate will be detailed oriented with strong work ethic and excellent communication skills.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Maintain the general ledgers and complete monthly close for the home office, including preparing and processing journal entries, reconciling accounts and reviewing cash transactions, expenditure charges and transfers
  • Entering credit cards for home office employees and ensuring card holders comply with the business expense policy
  • Assist with annual financial audits including schedule preparation and interaction with auditors
  • Monitor cash balances at home office
  • Provide financial reports and schedules to various parts of the Great Hearts Organization
  • Provide excellent customer service; respond to inquiries and research questions as they arise
  • Ensure compliance with internal controls and policies and procedures
  • Monitor and assist with grant compliance and reporting
  • Ensure accounting practices comply with generally accepted accounting principles
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Competencies and Strengths

The Corporate Staff Accountant position offers an exceptional opportunity to develop professionally and contribute meaningfully to a unique organization which is changing K-12 education in this country. While experience in education is not a requirement, Great Hearts is seeking people who are passionate and committed to K-12 education reform.

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field required
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships
  • Detailed oriented with strong organization and time management skills
  • Demonstrated professionalism and responsible enough to take ownership of projects
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Products such as Excel, Word, Powerpoint; Blackbaud Financial Edge:  Adaptive and/or SAP Concur systems experience a plus
  • Ability to work in fast paced, dynamic environment with minimal supervision and multiple deadlines

Personal Qualities and Values

We value each of our team members as individuals but believe that we achieve the greatest results by working together. We willingly sacrifice individual interests and recognition for greater collective impact.  The candidate should enjoy being a team player. A vibrant shared services center, and the competitive aspiration, well-being, and camaraderie of our employees, is an essential complement to our academic communities.

The nine core virtues that we seek to model and instill in our students are:

  • Responsibility.  We accept obligations and we act on those obligations in a manner suitable to their timely and satisfactory fulfillment.  We are willingly accountable for what we do and say, and we seek to learn from our mistakes.
  • Perseverance and Courage.  We spurn despair and strive to complete tasks to the best of our abilities, regardless of the difficulty.  We respond creatively to overcome obstacles and ask for help when necessary
  • Integrity and Honesty.  We are individuals of strong ethical values, who make consistently good choices in keeping with our knowledge of right and wrong.  We are always truthful in what we say and do, regardless of the circumstances or consequences.
  • Citizenship and Humility.  We give of our time and abilities to serve others.  We uphold liberty and social equality through respect for individual differences and always strive to do our best whether we are recognized or not.
  • Friendship.  We regard others and ourselves as deserving of kind and just treatment.  Our conduct is considerate and polite.  We look for the good in others and demonstrate compassion.  Our attitudes toward others reflect the way we wish to be treated.
  • Wisdom.  We learn from our mistakes and think before we act.  We look to each other and our past successes for guidance on making good choices.



Great Hearts offers a very competitive benefits package and overall compensation will be commensurate with talent, experience and education.

TO APPLY:  Candidates must apply using our online application, accessible via our website www.greatheartsaz.org – Click on "CAREERS" and then "Open Positions" to view job descriptions/openings and submit application materials including your resume.  For general information/questions regarding the application or hiring process please contact: careers@greatheartsaz.org

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