Retirement match, generous health benefits options, Flexible Spending Account, professional development, professional organization membership
4 Year Degree
The Director of Finance and Operations' responsibilities include but are not limited to helping ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the school; providing regular, accurate reporting about current financial position; overseeing financial planning, budgeting, purchasing, and sound accounting practices; supporting annual audit and tax filing; and guiding the school’s employment practices and policies. This position manages one business office and one technology staff member. Giddens School is located on a shared campus with Lake Washington Girls Middle School (LWGMS). This role is responsible for representing the interests of Giddens School in the collaborative management of the budget and expenditures for the shared campus.
Provide strategic leadership, analysis, and management of finances and operations.
Establish financial and capital strategies that support and accelerate the school’s vision and strategic priorities.
Serve as a strategic thought partner to the Head of School and to members of the senior leadership team.
Build and/or maintain the school’s short- and long-term strategic financial models.
Oversee all processes of the business office, including student billing, accounting, payroll and benefits, and human resources. Ensure consistent and informative financial reporting to the Head of School, Board of Trustees, and various committees.
Serve on the financial aid committee to award need-based tuition assistance within the Financial Aid budget and determine fund benchmarks
Assist the Head of School with decisions regarding salaries and benefits for all personnel and develop annual work agreements
Support hiring managers in recruitment and onboarding processes.
Maintain strong relationships with banks and lenders.
Work in collaboration with the CFO of Lake Washington Girls Middle School to oversee the banking, budget, and spending for Two Schools Condominium Association, which manages all building-wide technology and facilities systems
Participate in regional, state, and national associations related to independent school finance to stay informed of best practices.
Licensing / Liability Oversight
Oversee the school’s risk-management activities, which includes working closely with the school’s commercial insurance broker to provide appropriate insurance policies and coverage, and collaborating with school legal counsel if and as needed
Develop, maintain, and report all required environmental, health, and maintenance standards as required by law and to work with the administration to ensure compliance with all regional, state and federal regulations and laws as they impact the school
Serve as one of several points of contact for the Department of Children, Youth, and Families as it pertains to compliance and licensing for facilities concerns and personnel files related to licensed program
Work closely with the Facilities Team on management of the school’s campus facilities and grounds, plant spending/investments, maintenance, and third-party vendors.
Manage risk at the school to ensure the safety of personnel, students, and guests in their use of facilities and to maintain appropriate levels of insurance to protect the property and to cover the liability of the school
Senior Leadership Team
Faculty, Staff and Administrators
Financial Aid Committee
Business Office & Technology Staff
Giddens School Board of Trustees
Giddens School Finance Committee
Current and alumni families
Two Schools Condominium Association Board and Executive Committee
This description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.
Salary range is $140,000 to $175,000 depending on education and experience. A mission-focused school culture, generous time off, commitment to professional development, and diverse school community are also benefits of working at the Giddens School.
Giddens School believes that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, or honorably discharged veteran or military status or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. The school’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.
Qualifications and skills:
All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the school’s mission, values, and philosophy, especially related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Nonprofit Management, or equivalent (preferred)
Five years’ related experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job
Ability to disseminate financial and budgeting information with transparency and clarity to internal and external stakeholders
Supervisory experience coupled with strong leadership skills, with the ability to delegate and set clear expectations
Excellent organization skills
A desire to work with families and staff
Proficiency in QuickBooks, Excel, Word, G Suite, and database systems
Giddens School is a preschool through 5th grade school in the center of Seattle. Our current enrollment is 200 students. In 2020 we moved into a newly-constructed, energy-efficient building.
At Giddens School, we believe deeply in each and every student's capacity to learn. Giddens School students leave with the ability to use academic knowledge when facing challenges. They graduate able to share their own point of view while considering diverse perspectives. They become citizens who can think critically about justice and who can commit to improve the world in which we live.