Location: Hybrid (Seattle) or Remote Hours: 20-28 Hours/Week
Seattle Waldorf School is seeking a talented, compassionate, and engaging General Ledger to help us advance our mission to inspire learning, courage, and joy in the developing human being. We are looking for someone who can work effectively independently as well as part of a team. We need a leader who understands best practices in general ledger accounting, and who is passionate about the Waldorf educational philosophy and practices and enhancing student life. Salary is competitive with independent schools. SWS offers an excellent benefits package, opportunities for professional development, and an extraordinary work environment.
Who We Are: At Seattle Waldorf School, students become creative problem-solvers—imaginative thinkers who journey toward intellectual excellence, human compassion, and artistic skill. Our modern curriculum is rooted in tradition—for children 18 months to 18 years. We lead students on a joyful journey that fosters critical thinking, synthesis, and creativity. Founded in Seattle in 1980, we are the only Preschool–Grade 12 Waldorf School in Washington. At Seattle Waldorf School we are committed to creating a community that is inclusive for all faculty, staff, families and students, especially those who have been impacted by racism and oppression, and to create a culture that supports racial equity by changing our existing systems and practices.
Our Mission: Daily we strive to inspire learning, courage, and joy in the developing human being.
Job Summary: Under minimal supervision, helps manage the school’s accounting and financial reporting functions and assists the Director of Finance.
Is responsible for monthly close, establishing a formal schedule, booking journal entries, reconciling bank and investment accounts
Participates with the school’s independent auditors and supports Director of Finance in preparation of documentation for annual audit and of the Form 990
Prepares and submits quarterly taxes, reports, and compliance returns; works with Washington State Department of Revenue, Unemployment, Labor & Industries, Internal Revenue Service and City of Seattle department of revenue
Prepares and mails information returns: 1099’s and W2’s
Develops proficiency with all business office software such as Senior Systems, FACTS Tuition Management, and PayNW
Works directly with Development to ensure proper entry of cash and stock donations
Verifies payroll totals and deductions prior to payroll being submitted
Backup for processing payroll
Updates all employee pay rates annually at start of fiscal year
Verifies accruals at beginning of each fiscal year in conjunction with the Director of Finance
Responds to unemployment claim inquiries
Responds to information inquiries from L&I after employee injuries
Helps coordinate relationship with payroll vendor and is contact person for annual updates such as accruals, paid holidays, rates and policies
Trains managers in using payroll system, approving time off requests and timecards
Makes bank transfers as necessary
Provides back-up to Accounts Payable, assists as needed with finance tasks and issues
Provides back-up to Director of Finance on tasks as necessary
Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open dialogue with all of the school’s constituencies
Actively participates in the full life of the school
Vigorously engages in their own professional development; is a life-long learner who enhances their skills, using state-of-the-art technologies to maintain high standards of performance to efficiently and effectively produce work products
Is familiar with and complies with all policies and regulations as put forth in the school’s documents
Since safety and security are everyone’s responsibility, takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials, and facilities
Performs other duties as assigned
Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent major from a four-year college or university required
Certified Public Accountant preferred
3+ years general ledger accounting experience in a nonprofit environment preferred
3+ years general ledger accounting experience required
Experience in independent and Waldorf schools preferred
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Detail-oriented with strong attention to follow through and ability to prioritize
Curious nature with a desire to problem solve
Ability to recognize inefficient processes and recommend improvements
Strong communication, organization, and time management skills
Efficient, effective team member but able to work independently with minimal supervision
Enthusiasm, flexibility, maturity, and a sense of humor
Ability to keep information in the strictest of confidence
Proficient at working in a Microsoft Windows 10 environment, using Office (version 2013 or higher); ability to master common automated systems for record keeping, and confidently learn new technology
Ability to sit and keyboard up to 8 hours per day
Ability to talk on the phone
Ability to work in moderately noisy environment
Ability to walk, talk, hear, see, stand, sit, and negotiate stairs unassisted
Able to lift and carry boxes up to 20 pounds unassisted
If that sounds like you, we would love to hear from you.
To Apply: Interested candidates should respond immediately by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a letter of interest, resume, and employment application, available on the school website at: http://www.seattlewaldorf.org/careers/
Thank you for your interest in Seattle Waldorf School and this position. Position open until filled. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.
Founded in 1980, Seattle Waldorf School is a Washington State approved school serving approximately 550 students in programs from Preschool through Grade 12. The school is a full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), a candidate school of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS), and a member of the Washington Federation of Independent School (WFIS). Our wooded grade school campuses in north Seattle and Bellevue offer students an intimate setting to learn and grow, while the high school is located in the vibrant Magnuson Park complex. For more information about Seattle Waldorf School, please visit our web site at www.seattlewaldorf.org.