Maple Street School, an independent Pre-K through Grade 8 school located in Manchester, VT, seeks an experienced, resourceful, and enthusiastic Director of Finance and Operations (DOF/O) to join our team for the 2023-24 school year.
Maple Street’s DOF/O will play a strategic role in the daily responsibility for planning,implementing, managing, and controlling all financial, business, and operational aspects of theschool. TheDOF/O reports to the Head of School and serves on the school’s leadershipteam. The DOF/O supports the Finance Committee of the Board and the Board of Trustees in their financial oversight responsibilities and planning.
The DOF/O is a full-time position with a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.
Primary duties and responsibilities:
Financial Management & Internal Controls
Provide strategic leadership, analysis, and management of finances and operations.
Oversee all business office functions including all financial reporting to the Head of School, Board of Trustees, and various committees.
Serve on the Head of School’s Administrative Team and lead, co-lead, or participate in several other teams and committees.
Establish financial and capital strategies that are consistent with the strategic priorities.
Build and/or maintain the school’s short- and long-term strategic financial models.
Maintain strong relationships with banks and lenders to ensure that funding is secured for the needs of the school and compliance with loan terms.
Manage insurance programs including property, casualty, medical, and workers’ compensation.
Ensure compliance with all local and state reporting requirements.
Collaborate effectively with Advancement, Enrollment Management, and other revenue-generating departments.
Administer and manage all employee benefit programs, including health insurance, retirement, worker’s compensation, life insurance, and other related plans.
Collaborate with and assist the Head of School in hiring and salary negotiations; provide information to the Head of School for salary comparisons, both internal and external.
Prepare employment agreements.
Maintain thorough and secure employee files.
Operations & Facilities Management
Oversee the physical plant, grounds, and school’s bus.
Review, negotiate, and approve vendor contracts.
Manage all service contracts and providers.
Manage daily functions and maintenance of the building, grounds, and vehicles, including developing capital requirements for the support and replacement of these elements.
Manage service contracts and providers related to:
Oversee the maintenance and support of building, staff, and student devices.
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or related field.
CPA, MBA, or advanced degree/certification in a relevant field is a plus.
7-10 years in a financial/operational role with a not-for-profit, academic institution, and/or a small business.
Strong financial acumen, skilled in general accounting, annual budgeting, financial forecasting, and planning.
Understanding of data/information management, technology, networking, and the internet.
Some facilities management understanding and awareness.
Creativity and strategic thinking to help identify, pursue, and implement growth opportunities on behalf of the institution.
Ability to collaborate thoughtfully, build trust with colleagues, and contribute to positive morale.
Sophisticated communication skills, both oral and written, and the capacity to tailor messaging based on the needs and interests of the audience.
The ability to disseminate financial and budgeting information with transparency and clarity.
Personal traits appropriate for nurturing the growth of children - must be energetic, optimistic, flexible, patient, and have an engaging sense of humor.
Interested candidates should submit the following PDF’s to email@example.com:
A current resume.
A cover letter expressing interest in the position.
A list of at least three professional references that can be contacted at the appropriate time.
The Maple Street School, a K-8 coeducational independent school with 155 students in Manchester Center, Vermont. Maple Street School is a joyful academic community that cultivates personal and social responsibility. We nurture intellectual and creative growth through an engaging curriculum. Our culture of respect inspires confident learners.