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Experienced Accountant

Summer Programs Assistant

Title: Experienced Accountant
Reports to: Senior Controller
Department: Finance
Status: Exempt

Job Summary:

The experienced accountant, reporting to the senior controller, will assist in the maintenance and oversight of the day-to-day accounting and financial operations of Curtis by working with the senior controller to maintain financial policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems. The position will involve annual audit responsibilities, investment reporting relating to Curtis's endowment fund, planning and reports for Curtis's physical facilities, and working with the senior controller and other employees in various departments on long range planning projects and strategic goals.


  • Reconciling Curtis’s treasury function, including the proper recording and classification of ACH/wire transactions as well as review of all transactions received and recorded by Finance staff.
  • Work with the Finance team to prepare month end closing and financial reporting, including responsibility for the accuracy of key financial statement accounts (e.g. investments, fixed assets, payroll).
  • With the senior controller, establish and monitor the annual budget - coordinating and acting as support with other departments on an ongoing basis.
  • Act as a key member of the finance team to assist in reaching targeted goals.
  • Research financial drivers and variances via financial queries, analyzing general and subsidiary ledgers, and communicating with financial and non-financial personnel.
  • Participate in all aspects of the annual audit and satisfy auditors’ requests for reports and data.
  • Serve as liaison with Advancement department to ensure compatibility of systems with Finance records.
  • Compile both routine and ad hoc financial reports by pulling data from the accounting system as needed accompanied with the technological expertise to expedite the reconciliation process.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail.
  • B.S. in accounting required.
  • Minimum of five years accounting experience in a public firm or with private industry/not-for-profit.
  • Experience with and working knowledge of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, particularly accounting for investments and fair value measurements.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment, managing ever changing and conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to work well with people at various levels (including non-financial people).
  • Must possess strong analytical skills and trustworthiness.
  • Expert-level proficiency with Excel required. Experience with ERP/accounting software (e.g. Blackbaud, Sage, Microsoft Dynamics, etc.) preferred.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Routine for office environment.

To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a resume, two professional references, and salary requirements to: by May 20, 2016. Curtis offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and an attractive benefits package. Position will be open until filled. No phone calls, please. EOE.

Title: Summer Programs Assistant
Reports to: Summer Programs Administrative Staff and Residential Director for Summer Programs
Status: Temporary, Non-Exempt

About Curtis Summerfest:

The Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia) educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level.

During the summer, Curtis opens its doors to provide young musicians and music lovers the opportunity to explore classical music and experience the Curtis Institute of Music’s “learn by doing” philosophy. Curtis Summerfest offers programs that are produced by the Curtis Institute of Music and provides facility rentals for outside summer programs.

Job Summary:

The Summer Programs Assistant (SPA) reports to the Summer Programs Administrative Staff and Residential Director for Summer Programs (RDSP). The SPA position will be dedicated to particular tasks and areas of work such as housing, recreation activities, and general office support. Although the majority of the position will function as described above, some aspects are subject to change due to evolving program needs. Attendance is mandatory for the training on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is approximately a three-week assignment (July 17 to August 10, 2016) with a move-in and start date the week of July 13 (TBC). SPAs must be willing to remain flexible about work schedules, and work weekends on a rotating basis as assigned, including evening/night duties. Hours will be communicated each week in writing, in advance.

Essential Functions:

  • Share in the responsibility of making each student, faculty, and program participant feel welcome on Curtis’s campus.
  • Play a vital role in presenting Curtis as a hospitable, service-oriented institution.
  • Work closely with summer programs team to implement seamless and customer-focused operations.
  • Provide excellent customer service, creation of move-in materials, key management, and prompt follow-up on facilities and housekeeping concerns.


  • Prior residential life and housing or student affairs experience
  • Strong familiarity with classical music is preferred
  • Ability to work with a diverse student, faculty and staff population
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office products


Accuracy, initiative, and the ability to work well within a team and with a diverse constituency ranging in age from teen through adult.

To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, and two professional references to: by Friday, April 29, 2016. Position begins July 2016. EOE. Hire is contingent upon the successful passing of Act 153 compliance and criminal (ADP) background screenings. Positions are temporary and do not include benefits. Compensation is $11.50/hour and can average up to 18-20 hours a week. On-campus housing is provided as part of the compensation. In addition, meals are provided in the dining hall on-campus when the kitchen is open during the program. SPAs are responsible for their own meals when summer programs are not in session.