This is an English language position, NO Chinese language proficiency required.
Make a difference as a key administrator at the Chinese American International School. The Director of Finance & Operations is a critical part of a team striving to be the world’s most innovative, inspiring, and influential Chinese English dual-language immersion school. Enjoy a dynamic management position working with a well-resourced office, an impressive roster of Trustee and administrative team support, and clear organizational vision for future success.
OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE
The Director of Finance & Operations brings nimble acumen and expertise to collaborations with the Head of School and Board Assets Committee. A successful candidate demonstrates office and project management skills to ensure fiscal, administrative and operational effectiveness that support and enhance the school’s mission. Must showcase a head for numbers and a heart for people, grounding prudent fiscal decisions in mission appropriate efforts to enhance the CAIS community.
The CAIS Board of Trustees and administration are expressly dedicated to ensuring that CAIS is a great place to work. As a critical component of our Strategic Vision, the school has committed to attracting, developing, retaining, and rewarding excellent staff with a benefits package including:
Robust opportunities for professional development, support, and growth
Comprehensive insurance package (covering 100% of premiums for individual employee)
403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution
Generous holiday and vacation
Main areas of focus and responsibility:
Management of all fiscal aspects of school operations
Budgeting and long term strategic financial planning
Providing support for Administrators, Board Committees and Board of Trustees as required
Specific duties (not limited to):
Actively participates in meetings held by: CAIS Board of Trustees, Board Assets Committee, Joint Operating Committee, NCIS* Board (*NCIS is an onsite facility management organization), Campus Planning and Possibilities Committee, Tuition Assistance Committee, Admin Council
Works with Head of School to develop annual school budget, presents proposed budget to Assets Committee and Board, monitors budget throughout year
Prepares and runs monthly Assets Committee meetings, produces and presents monthly expenditure updates as well as timely Tuition Assistance, Auxiliary Program and Investment performance updates
Maintains relationships with Auditors, oversees Controller’s preparation of statements for annual audits
Manages school’s retirement contribution programs
Manages the school’s Tuition Assistance by processing applications, recommending awards to Tuition Assistance Committee, providing award letters to applicants.
Establishes and maintains relationships with financial institutions
Supervises Business Office staff, including HR Director and Controller
Supervises IT Manager
Supervises Auxiliary Department Director
Manages facilities for three campuses by overseeing activities of third party facilities management firm.
Manages the school’s insurance and oversees risk management.
Manages relationships with city agencies, private independent schools in local region, legal counsel, benefits and other service providers.
Actively participates in independent school association events; provides peer school data to Head of School and Board committees on annual basis
Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in accounting or related field
5+ years of finance and operation experience
Ability to communicate effectively with staff, Board members, and representatives from the business and financial services communities.
Strong working knowledge of accounting and financial planning policies, procedures, practices and federal, state, and local regulations.
Results oriented, data driven, long term vision.
Ability to think and plan strategically and creatively.
Collaborate with HR Director to manage, evaluate and make decisions based on best practices
Accustomed to multi-tasking and ability to work in a fast paced environment while addressing a wide variety of challenges, meeting ambitious deadlines and collaborating with varied and diverse associates, counterparts, colleagues and clients.
Commitment to school mission, values and vision.
VALUED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
We value, but do not require, the following attributes:
MBA, CPA or relevant degrees/certification
Facilities project management experience
REPORTING TO THIS POSITION
Auxiliary Programs Director
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit in on meetings and work on a computer for long periods of time; and is occasionally required to walk, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Work environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.
The CAIS mission exhorts all community members to embrace Chinese, become their best selves, and create their place in the world. As the nation’s first dual language Chinese and English Pre-K through 8th grade school, CAIS embodies this mission by working continuously to maintain our role as a leader in immersion education. CAIS incorporates the innovation and best practices from both Chinese and English language teaching traditions to create an immersion experience that leverages our distinct opportunities for language, subject, and cultural intersections.
Our three campuses are located in the heart of San Francisco and accessible by public transportation in San Francisco. The lively neighborhood echoes the school’s vital energy and provides ready access to cultural treasures such as the Asian Art Museum, SF Jazz, the San Francisco Symphony and more.