Associate Head of School for Finance and Operations
University Liggett School (Liggett), a private, independent, secular school in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Head of School for Finance and Operations. In partnership with a new Head of School and the Liggett community, the next Associate Head will have the opportunity to shape a robust strategic planning process and an ambitious potential upcoming capital campaign, while providing strong financial leadership during an exciting moment of energy and aspiration.
Liggett’s leadership team is led by new Head of School Thomas Sheppard. The team of seasoned professionals brings together diverse expertise, a passion for nurturing young minds, and a commitment to upholding our school's values. Together, they work tirelessly to ensure a vibrant and supportive learning environment for every student on their journey to academic and personal growth.
Reporting to the Head of School, the Associate Head of School for Finance and Operations will establish and maintain the financial infrastructure and policies for the fiscal integrity of the institution. As a strategic leader, the Associate Head attends Board meetings to serve as the institution’s chief fiscal and fiduciary officer and to issue Board financial and management statements and reports. The Associate Head acts as a liaison to the Board and external stakeholders; provides strategic leadership and advice; and is responsible for financial strategy decisions. The Associate Head oversees accounting, finance and budget, risk management, human resources, and facilities and construction management. The Associate Head is also responsible for ancillary and support services including legal, property management, food services, and cleaning services.
The Associate Head has 2 direct reports (Director of Finance and Director of Operations and Safety) and indirectly oversees the work of approximately 15 staff members. The Associate Head partners with the Head of School and senior team in planning and development to ensure that approved strategic initiatives are appropriately funded. The Associate Head serves as the staff liaison on several Board committees, including the finance, investment, and retirement committees.
A Master’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, or related field preferred. Eight to ten years related experience in a progressively responsible financial and operational administrative management position. Proven ability to affect and influence change through a collaborative and inclusive style. Excellent communication and presentation skills. Experience serving as a key strategic and business partner to a Head of School and Board.
The oldest independent co-educational day school in Michigan, University Liggett School is among the preeminent PreK-12 institutions in the Midwest. Enrolling more than 600 students, University Liggett School offers a rigorous and innovative academic framework that allows students in every grade to find their passion and explore it in depth while developing creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and adaptability. This guiding philosophy is supported by a rich array of co-curricular programs and empowers students to drive their own academic experience, preparing graduates to flourish at some of the strongest colleges and universities in the country. Concentrated class sizes and challenging academics shape students, giving them a keen sense of self while simultaneously fostering lifelong appreciation for and an understanding of learning.
The mission of University Liggett School is to empower students to develop intellectual curiosity, leadership and confidence to contribute to a complex and changing world. We challenge students to excel and to achieve their highest potential. We create opportunities for discovery and achievement by developing a faculty who foster the strengths o...f each student through the Curriculum for Understanding. We teach and practice the values of respect and responsibility in an emotionally and physically safe environment.