The Director of Finance is an integral part of the School’s senior leadership team and is responsible for managing both the financial operations and financial resources of the school. This position work closely with School leadership and reports to the School Administrator.
Primary duties and responsibilities of the position include:
Managing the School’s financial operations to ensure financial health and safeguarding of the School’s assets, including supervision of all Business Office staff with responsibilities for: tuition billing and collection, accounts payable, external contracting, payroll and employee benefits, human resources, accounting and financial reporting, regulatory reporting and compliance, and other business operations activities.
Oversee all financial reporting, budget projections, internal controls, as well as development of finance-related policies and procedures, and management of banking activities and management of cash and investment accounts.
Working collaboratively with the faculty and administrative leadership to develop the School’s annual operating budget and long-range financial projections, including enrollment forecasting and administration of the School’s tuition assistance resources.
Updating the Finance Committee and Board regarding the School performance to budget, including analysis of actual operating results versus budget and appropriate variance analysis.
Participating in the development of overarching school financial strategy with the Board Finance Committee -- providing recommendations, financial analysis, projections, and other data to inform the process.
Working with appropriate external resources to research alternatives and manage the renewal of annual employee benefits, including medical insurance, life insurance, and retirement plans.
Ensuring that human resources policies and practices are clearly articulated, consistently applied, and conform to legal requirements.
Overseeing all activities related to the School’s annual audit, including coordinating with the independent auditors and providing the Audit Committee with relevant information.
Producing annual reporting information as required by accrediting bodies, as well as state and local agencies.
Ensuring that the School maintains compliance with all state and local requirements.
Acting as a liaison with School legal counsel and insurance providers regarding risk matters.
Required Skills & Capacities:
The successful candidate will possess the following background, skills and capacities:
A bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance; advanced degree or CPA preferred
Five years of experience in finance and accounting, preferably in a school or other not-for-profit environment.
Proven success in a senior administrative role, ideally with experience working with a not-for-profit Board
Demonstrated leadership qualities, with a capacity to organize and motivate people.
Proficient in Blackbaud or similar School Information System
High ethical standards.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Strong capacity to work collaboratively with members of all School constituencies.
Keen analytical skills and a detail-oriented work style.
Proven commitment to supporting and fostering inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in all areas of organizational life.
Willingness to understand and embrace Waldorf education; with experience in a Waldorf School or understanding of Waldorf education a plus.
Serving students from early childhood through high school, the Waldorf School of Garden City is an independent college preparatory day school. Established in 1947, our eleven-acre campus is located in the suburban village of Garden City, just 18 miles from midtown Manhattan. Garden City is known for its tree-lined streets, myriad activities for children, and is an easy commute to New York City from nearby Long Island Rail Road stations. The Waldorf School offers a number of additional programs including; PSAA Athletics, After School Clubs, Parent-Child Classes, an Afternoon Program, and Summer Programs in both Garden City and at the School’s 250-acre extended campus in New Hampshire. The Winkler Center for Adult Learning provides a well-established Foundation Studies program at our School facility. The Waldorf School of Garden City is directly adjacent to Adelphi University, and high school students are able to earn college credit through our unique partnership with Adelphi. To learn more about the Waldorf School of Garden City, we encourage you to visit our website at www.waldorfgarden.org.