Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart provides a diverse and rigorous college preparatory environment that inspires young women to become confident, compassionate leaders. As a member of a global network of more than 150 schools, we educate to the core of our 200-year tradition through the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria: a personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness that impels one to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.
Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart educates young women to think critically, embrace challenges, model resilience, confront injustice, seek equality and lead globally in the pioneering spirit of our foundress. Our graduates change the world.
Forest Ridge School serves approximately 300 girls in grades 5-12 including about 24 boarding students as well as approximately 50 international students from over ten countries. Founded in 1907 in Seattle and moved to its current location in Bellevue, Forest Ridge School is located on 19 acres with 10 buildings and approximately 120,000 square feet of space.
Broad Scope of Position:
The high performing position of Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) at Forest Ridge School plays a strategic leadership role in advancing the mission of the School. The DFO is a key strategic partner to the Head of School and Board of Trustees in all aspects of school finance and operations. The DFO is responsible for the following departments and staff: Finance (Accounting), Human Resources, Facilities, Food Service, Transportation, and Risk Management. The DFO is a member of the Senior Administrative Team. In addition, the DFO attends all Board of Trustee meetings, and is the primary staff member responsible on the Finance, Audit, Investment, and Building & Grounds committees of the Board.
Major Roles Responsibilities:
Driven by the School’s mission and strategic direction, the Director of Finance and Operations:
analyzes the financial needs of the School, architects the financial forecast, and engineers the School’s financial strategy?
assists the School in reimagining financial and compensation frameworks?
manages the financial capital requirements and funding implications of all capital projects?
supervises the finance and accounting team and manages the financial stability of the School, overseeing purchasing, tuition billing and receivables, banking relationships, and payroll and benefits program?
collaborates with the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees, preparing monthly operating statements, securing an annual audit of the School’s financial records and position, overseeing financial investments, and developing the annual budget?
collaborates with the advancement team to ensure all gifts and pledges are recorded accurately and distributed appropriately
leads the efforts and coordinates with appropriate school leaders to implement a financial, and operational risk management policies, and maintain appropriate levels of insurance to protect the property and cover the liability of the School?
develops partnerships with the corporate sector, nonprofit community, and civic organizations? and represents the School at various regional, state, and national associations.
Completion of administrative tasks and obligations
Represents the school in a positive manner
Actively participates in ‘in-service’ programs
Maintains an attitude that encourages teamwork and personal responsibility.
Appearance should reflect the nature of the work performed
Exhibit the following leadership skills:
honesty / integrity
forward thinking (strategic)
strong written and oral communication
open and collaborative management style
Education and Experience:
Minimum of bachelor’s degree in business administration or related field
MBA or related advanced degree strongly preferred
5+ years of experience in a CFO, Controller, or Assistant CFO / Controller / Business Manager role (Director of Finance and Operations)
Experience with non-profits or independent schools is highly desirable
Strong background in finance, budgeting, investing, and cash management
Previous supervisory experience required
Outstanding communication skills! Ability to communicate with all constituents including: Board of Trustees, maintenance staff, parents, students, vendors, faculty, staff, etc.
Advanced technology skills including Word, Outlook, Excel, accounting software, and database management software
Salary/Benefits: Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding employees through a competitive compensation and benefits package. Compensation is commensurate with applicant’s skills and experience.
Application Process: Applicants should email a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org / for more information please contact Marc Levinson, Interim CFO at email@example.com or 303-250-3338. This position is open until filled.
Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart does not discriminate in its employment decisions or practices on the basis of gender, age, race, color, marital status, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or any disability that can be reasonably accommodated in the administration of its educational policies and school administered programs.
About Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
Founded in 1907, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, all-girls, independent, college-preparatory school serving students grades 5 through 12. As a member of the worldwide Network of Sacred Heart Schools, we educate each student to the following goals: a personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness which impels to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.
Forest Ridge provides a challenging academic environment that embraces students of diverse cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. We develop confident young women who are responsible, creative and compassionate. Our community strives to bring hope and justice to the world.