Employment

Commonwealth is a small independent day school that occupies two brownstones in Boston's Back Bay. It is known for its academic rigor, strong program in the arts, and extensive use of the city of Boston. It attracts bright, motivated students from all over the Boston metropolitan area and, with the help of an unusually strong financial aid program, draws young people from a variety of backgrounds.

Commonwealth School seeks highly qualified candidates for a wide range of teaching and administrative positions. We welcome inquiries for potential teaching, coaching, and other school-related professional opportunities.

Current Openings

Summer Teaching Positions

Dive In Commonwealth is a tuition-free academic enrichment program for promising, highly motivated middle school students from underserved backgrounds in Boston and its surrounding communities. The six-week summer program will prepare middle school students of exceptional promise for success at Commonwealth, a rigorous independent high school in the heart of Boston. The first summer of the program will take place from July 1 to August 9, 2019, and will serve approximately eight rising eighth-graders.

Dive In Commonwealth seeks two full-time teachers for the summer of 2019, one prepared to teach English and history, and another prepared to teach math and science. Teachers should have experience teaching middle school students in one or more of these subjects. In addition, we seek teachers who have experience working with students from underserved communities who would like to help such students enter and succeed in an independent high school. Teachers should be enthusiastic about collaborating across disciplines to forge an exciting intellectual, creative, and exploratory summer program for students. In addition to daily classes, teachers will guide trips in and around Boston, proctor study hall and homework sessions, and lead discussions on social-emotional issues. We seek teachers passionate about the mission of bringing together students from a variety of backgrounds to form a strong cohort ready to enter Commonwealth School. Teachers should expect to meet several times in the spring to create curriculum, to spend a week preparing in late June, and to be on site from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday between July 1 and August 9 (excepting the July 4th holiday).

Please send a résumé and letter of interest to Sasha Watson at swatson@commschool.org.

Commonwealth is a small independent day school that occupies two brownstones in Boston’s Back Bay. It is known for its academic rigor, strong program in the arts, and extensive use of the city of Boston. It attracts bright, motivated students from all over the Boston metropolitan area and, with the help of an unusually strong financial aid program, draws young people from a variety of backgrounds. Detailed information about the program is available at www.commschool.org/divein.


Staff Accountant

Commonwealth School, a small independent high school in Boston’s Back Bay, is looking for a full-time Staff Accountant, starting immediately.

The Staff Accountant reports to the Director of Finance. The Staff Accountant performs a variety of general accounting tasks in the business office with responsibilities primarily around the monthly closings, bank reconciliations, accounts payable processing, accounts receivable management, payroll processing and general ledger entries and reconciliations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Staff Accountant will:

•Be responsible for accurate accounts payable processing from obtaining invoice approvals, coding and entering invoices into the accounting system, reconciling vendor statements and processing weekly check-runs.

•Maintain accurate vendor account records and obtain current W-9 forms and insurance certificates, if applicable, from vendors on a timely basis. Process and file annual 1099 forms by the IRS deadline.

•Make daily bank deposits and post cash receipts into the CYMA accounting software. Make timely collection calls on all overdue receivable accounts.

•Process monthly payroll through ADP and prepare and post payroll and benefit journal entries into the accounting software.

•Reconcile all donor gift transactions recorded in the accounting system with the Development team’s gift software system on a monthly basis. Ensure variances are researched and resolved on a timely basis.

•Reconcile all cash and investment accounts to bank and investment statements monthly.

•Track and reconcile company credit card, Staples and Amazon charges to vendor statements on a timely basis. Ensure accurate recording of all expense transactions in the accounting software.

•Manage employee expense reimbursement process which includes matching receipts to approved reports, verifying G/L coding, posting batches into CYMA and remitting payments to employees on a weekly basis.

•Oversee and manage employee and student MBTA pass programs.

•Work closely with the Admissions Office to assist in the student enrollment and re-enrollment process.

•Complete monthly reconciliations of balance sheet accounts on a timely basis and maintain sufficient reconciliation backup for review and approval by the Director of Finance.

•Reconcile internal records with employees, management, external vendors and families as needed.

•Research questionable data and recommend actions to resolve discrepancies.

•Suggest and assist in implementing process improvements to the departmental workload.

•Maintain neat and orderly workspace and filing systems (electronic and hard copy files).

•Manage petty cash account and reconcile to replenish on a monthly basis.

•Perform other such accounting, financial, or administrative tasks as may be required from time to time.

Qualifications

Candidates should have:

  • •A Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a Bachelor’s degree in business with emphasis in accounting is required.
  • •A minimum of 3-5 years of experience working in accounting with a record of success as part of an accounting team.
  • •A self-starter mentality in approach to the workload.
  • •Demonstrated ability to work well in a fast-paced professional environment.
  • •Strong organizational, verbal and written communication skills is a must.
  • •Attention to detail and ability to multi-task is required.
  • •Must possess an eagerness to learn, possess a positive attitude and be willing to take on new tasks as needed.
  • •Must be highly skilled in dealing with financial and numeric data and possess no tolerance for financial sloppiness.
  • •Competency in Microsoft applications including Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • •Must have excellent work habits, including a willingness to work the hours necessary to get the job done, especially when important deadlines cause greater than normal departmental pressures.
  • •Enthusiastic about working in a lively, intellectually exciting community.


Founded sixty years ago, Commonwealth offers its 150 students an education that sets very rigorous academic standards, makes the arts a part of everyday life, and, through various programs with the surrounding city, promotes social responsibility. More information about the school can be found at www.commschool.org.

Interested candidates should send résumé with cover letter to Susan Tibert at stibert@commschool.org. No phone calls, please.