Urban Prairie Waldorf School on Chicago’s Near West side is hiring a Director of Finance and Operations.
We seek an innovative thinker who is disciplined in both thought and action, is collaborative and decisive, and will support our pedagogical goals and priorities. The school is in the third year of a new governance structure and an administrative restructuring and expansion. The Director of Finance and Operations joins our administrative senior leadership team, including Head of School, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Director of Enrollment Management.
We are a diverse community of families, 48% non-white. The diversity of our faculty and staff is growing, and we would like very much for our leadership and administration to reflect the diversity of our city and of our current and future students.
UPWS compensation includes a competitive salary, medical, short-term disability, long-term disability, and 401K benefits.
Maintain current, accurate financial records of operations and the financial position of the school.
Create, provide, and maintain monthly reports for financial management and reporting to the Board of Trustees.
Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the senior leadership team and Board.
Manage cash flow effectively and revise, monitor, and maintain internal control structure
Prepare, implement, and manage annual operating budget and Annual Plans
Oversee financial protocols and contracts for alternate streams of revenue
Serve on the Finance Committee for the Board of Trustees
Provide expertise in data analysis and decision making
Process biweekly payroll
Coordinate, evaluate, and manage school bookkeeper’s regular work
Track and monitor all sources of income
Manage billing and payment processing
Take necessary action on delinquent accounts through collaboration with Head of School
Hire, manage, monitor, and assess operations staff
Manage relationships and contracts with external vendors
Create and implement campus safety and risk management protocols
Develop annual budget for facility maintenance and improvements
Candidate Qualities and Capacities
Ability to set priorities, organize, analyze, work independently, meet deadlines, problem solve, initiate business practice innovations and multi-task.
Strong interpersonal skills to work effectively with multiple constituencies, such as faculty administrators, volunteers, parents, students, board members and contract workers.
Ability to think strategically at the 10,000-foot level allowing the organization to grow and shift to meet industry demands.
Commitment to understanding diversity in our school community and our surrounding neighborhood community and bringing this as part of our students’ education.
Ability to work in a collaborative manner in an environment of mutual support.
Flexibility and a growth mindset.
Commitment to personal and professional growth.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Qualifications and Requirements:
Experience in a similar role involving strategic and day to day financial and operational management. Work experience in an educational institution is preferred.
Proficiency with organizational budgeting and financial management. Experience with and understanding of general accounting (GAAP), payroll management, human resources, and general business systems and functions. Demonstrated success in developing and monitoring financial systems.
Knowledge of and experience with human resources and facilities management.
Non-profit or small business operations experience is a plus.
Familiarity with local, state, and federal educational regulations preferred.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, Google Suite, and QuickBooks.
Familiarity with Human Resources and payroll platforms preferred.
Salary is competitive and takes into consideration years of experience. Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to email@example.com. Urban Prairie is an equal opportunity employer.
Urban Prairie Waldorf School is a vibrant community of educators and families passionate about Waldorf education, the environment, and responsible global citizenship. Founded in 2009, Urban Prairie Waldorf School is a not-for-profit, independent pre-k through eighth grade school located just west of downtown on the near west side of Chicago, situated between the Illinois Medical District, Little Italy, and Pilsen neighborhoods.
Urban Prairie Waldorf School educates children by awakening a love of learning, encouraging reverence and wonder in the world, and nurturing the capacity to impart purpose and direction to their lives.