The Bement School seeks a dynamic, collaborative individual to assume the role of Director of Finance and Operations on July 1, 2021. The strongest candidates will demonstrate significant expertise in managing financial, physical, and human resources, preferably in an independent school or non-profit setting. Candidates must also possess an ability to balance the quantitative fiscal demands of an independent school with the human dynamics of an intimate educational community.
The Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) serves as the Chief Financial Officer, oversees day-to-day school operations, and manages the physical resources of the school. Reporting to the Head of School and working closely with the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees, the DFO is a member of Bement’s Leadership Team and a key strategic and thought partner for the Head of School.
Responsibilities and duties of the Director of Finance and Operations include, but are not limited to, the following:
Develop and maintain an annual operating budget and financial
Collaborate with the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees and the Head of School to manage Bement’s financial and physical
Lead and supervise a Business Office team that includes accounting and HR
Oversee several administrative and operational departments including Dining Services, Student Health Services, Buildings and Grounds, Housekeeping, Transportation, and Information Technology
Partner with the Director of Admissions to manage annual re-enrollment and financial aid
In concert with the Head of School and the Leadership Team, establish and uphold all employment policies as delineated in Bement’s Employee
Manage institutional assets and set strategic financial direction with an eye toward risk management and intergenerational
Monitor and interact with external fund managers of school’s endowment funds to safeguard long-term institutional
Develop, uphold, and advance an affirming, inclusive climate for all stakeholders in the Bement
Serve as a leading voice in school-wide initiatives to articulate and advance the school’s mission, core values, and short- and long-term
Partner with other members of the senior administration to provide leadership, direction, and decision-making capacity for the entire Bement school
Support the school and its leadership, publicly and
With support of school counsel and Head of School, as needed, evaluate, approve, and execute
Oversee administration of employee benefits including retirement savings, and health, life, and disability insurance
Serve as primary liaison to local officials and offices in maintaining a positive working relationship between the town and the school.
Perform all other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
To apply, please send a cover letter explaining interest and qualifications for the position, an updated CV, and contact information for three professional references* to Ms. Toni Costa by attaching each as separate files in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submission is April 16, 2021.
*Bement will not contact references without the candidate’s permission.
The Bement School is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and candidates who represent diversity for the school are strongly encouraged to apply.
A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
About The Bement School
The Bement School, founded in 1925, is a coeducational day and boarding school in Deerfield, Massachusetts serving students in Kindergarten through Grade Nine. Guided by an exceptional faculty, Bement students engage in a rigorous and joyful academic program balancing achievement across the academic, athletic, artistic, and leadership realms. The Bement School possesses a strong global reputation as an excellent junior boarding school with an exceptional record of secondary school placements. Students come to Bement seeking a strong academic and cultural preparation for secondary school. Our students are excited to face new challenges, happy to collaborate with their peers, and committed to an open community based on kindness and connection with their peers and teachers.