--Compelling mission and core values; dynamic and inspiring work environment.
--Dedicated and supportive faculty, staff, leadership team and board of trustees.
--Medical, dental and vision benefits (100% of premium covered).
--Annual 403B matching up to 5% of base salary after the second year of employment.
--Tuition remission (30%) for PK-8 dependents; need-based financial aid up to 95% if qualifying.
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SDFAS seeks an experienced finance and accounting professional (senior controller level) to be its next Director of Finance & Accounting. SDFAS is an independent school in La Jolla, CA with a unique mission centered around bilingualism and global citizenship, approximately 370 students in PK-8, an employee count of 75, and a budget of roughly $8mm. The School has a strong preference for candidates holding CPA, MBA or CMA credentials (or equivalent of any of these) with ideally 5-7 years of experience in the field. Expertise required with GAAP rules, accounting (accrual, cash, fund-based), month-end closings, bank reconciliations, oversight of general ledger, payroll, A/P and A/R, as well as with compliance regulations and technical HR paperwork. Superior financial acumen, a true passion for accuracy with numbers, financial modeling and balance sheet analysis are required. Strong people and team management skills are also essential.
Prior experience in an independent school or not-for-profit organization? Strongly preferred, not required.
Proficiency or fluency in French (or another language)? Strongly preferred, not required.
For the detailed job description, click HERE. To apply, please send an email to the attention of Mark Rosenblum, Head of School (email@example.com) with a single PDF scan in attachment comprising:
Cover letter of interest
Professional references - two to three maximum (including former supervisor)
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:
Authorization to work in the United States for any employer.
Bachelor’s/Master’s degree (or equivalent) in business, finance, business administration, accounting, with –strongly preferred – an advanced degree and/or certificate (MBA and/or CPA or CMA best)
Significant high level finance and accounting experience in a not-for-profit or for-profit office setting as the senior or next most senior employee in the department (5-7 years of experience in the field strongly preferred).
Knowledge of United States federal and state laws, including California and Federal laws regarding financial reporting for independent schools.
Strong financial and managerial skills with proven experience with an organization of similar size and scope, preferably with an independent school in the United States or internationally.
Excellent public speaking and presentation skills and the ability to use sound judgment and work independently in a confidential manner.
An open and collaborative management style characteristic of a team player.
Demonstrated leader and experienced negotiator with contracts and personnel, comfortable interfacing with a legal team, and working knowledge of building construction.
A record of strategic thinking and helping to lead and execute major capital projects and initiatives.
Expertise in a variety of computer software applications including Excel, Quickbooks, FACTS and PowerPoint/GoogleSlides, and proficiency with other important billing and office collaboration software such as Google Suite for education, Coast Payroll, databases, etc. (or an ability to quickly learn any of the above).
Systems and process expertise and proven track record identifying further efficiencies.
Superior filing and archiving design and discipline.
A high level of integrity, curiosity and warmth. A growth-mindset, strong work ethic, sense of humor. Commitment and desire to live and espouse the mission and values of SDFAS.
Excellent English language skills with excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication. Proficiency in French (or other languages) is a plus though not required.
Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters as required by the School together with agreement to adhere as a condition of employment to all of the school's Covid-19 risk mitigation policies and protocols (if offered the position)
Clean DOJ digital fingerprinting background check (if offered the position)
Proof of negative TB test (if offered the position)
An independent, co-educational dual language school in La Jolla counting approximately 350 students age 2–13, the mission of the San Diego French-American School is to offer an exceptional bilingual education within a vibrant international community, preparing students to become confident, responsible and engaged global citizens. The core values of SDFAS are open-mindedness, intellectual curiosity, integrity, empathy and resilience. The school’s spacious campus facility is situated atop beautiful Mount Soledad in La Jolla. One of fifty-two French government-accredited international schools in the United States (and over 500 worldwide), the school also holds accreditation from the California Association of Independent schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Our compelling bilingual, multicultural offering includes an attractive array of academic, social-emotional and extracurricular programs. A recognized leader in international education among San Diego private schools and within the French-American school network, SDFAS is proud of its commitment to excellence and dedicated efforts to prepare students for global citizenship.