PINE CREST SCHOOL
Director, Finance and Auxiliary Programs
Finance Office Ft. Lauderdale Campus
Founded in 1934 by Dr. Mae McMillan, Pine Crest School has developed into a preeminent college preparatory school with a PK-12 campus in Fort Lauderdale and a PK-8 campus in Boca Raton. With just under 2,700 students, Pine Crest is the fifth largest independent day school in the United States. Despite our growth, there is a strong sense of community enthusiastically expressed by the many dedicated and talented teachers, coaches, students, parents, and alumni who care deeply about this institution. One of the primary strengths of the school is the depth and breadth of the academic and curricular program, with many excellent courses, over 90 athletic teams, and unsurpassed fine arts facilities, including a full orchestra and the yearly performance of a full ballet. The school community is composed of high achieving and motivated students and teachers invested in intellectual inquiry.
For additional perspective on this position in the Finance Office, we have listed these facts about Pine Crest:
- $90 million operating budget
- $4 million annual capital spend budget
- $58 million endowment
- 900 employees, both faculty and staff
- $2 million auxiliary net revenue budget
To offer a challenging academic experience complemented by excellence in the arts and athletics; to develop the character, independence, and leadership of each student; and to provide a collaborative learning community that prepares students to meet the global challenges of our future.
Pine Crest promotes a diverse environment that supports and strengthens the School’s culture as an excellent college preparatory school. We honor and celebrate a range of cultures, backgrounds, talents, experiences, and opinions in our students, faculty, and administration, and foster a community of complete inclusion and openness.
The Director, Finance and Auxiliary Programs reports directly to the CFO/Vice President of Finance and Operations at Pine Crest School.
This Director level position is responsible for fourteen important priorities in the Finance Office, which are:
- Acts as a backup for the CFO by being the secondary contact (in the absence of the CFO) for the President, Board members and other Administrators; and Board Committee meetings, as necessary.
- Manages four direct reports: Controller; Director, Fort Lauderdale Summer Programs; Director, Boca Raton Summer Programs and After School Programs; and, Manager of FTL and Boca Campus Stores.
- Oversees Auxiliary Programs at two campuses, including hiring, personnel, budgets, financial reports, SWOT analyses, collections, training and insurances. Works with Athletic Director and Director of Educational Curriculum to vet program offerings. Supports entrepreneurial, programmatic enhancements with annual net income targets.
- Oversees Treasury and Cash Management, including Banking Relationships.
- Monitors upcoming Capital Campaign cash flow and accounting. Delivers financial reports for the CFO, Finance/Audit/Strategic Planning/Building & Grounds/Capital Campaign Committees.
- Oversees Capital and Operating Budget accounting with Controller’s Office including tax returns, tax and ERISA compliance and the annual audit; negotiates annual fees.
- Manages all areas with a bias toward Best Practices as the foundation of all work.
- Enhances the “customer focus” in all working relationships with academic and operational Division and Department Heads regarding budget education, budget management assistance, cost control initiatives, and zero-based budgeting methods. Expands “customer service outreach” into all School departments.
- Identifies cost savings and revenue enhancements across the School and recommends effective and responsive action plans as a result.
- Acts as the School’s primary insurance contact for all insurance programs with brokers; oversees annual renewal process and fee evaluations.
- Reviews and delivers a Monthly Financial Reporting Book to the CFO and prepares Senior Executive Summaries for the CFO and Board of Trustees for all areas under this position’s management.
- Works with team of CFO, Controller, and Data Metrics Manager to create a thorough Five-Year Financial Model with valid underlying assumptions and options.
- Ensures all Finance Office personnel are well-trained in the use of Financial Technology Systems applicable to their work.
- Oversees Endowment Accounting; ensures all donors restrictions are met; and advises on alternative endowment tracking systems. Verifies the accuracy of endowment data reported to survey companies.
These fourteen (14) priorities represent the core of the position and are an important focus for the CFO.
Two other considerations are relevant for this position:
- Functional excellence – The ideal candidate for the Director, Finance and Auxiliary Programs will have a proven, successful track record in a senior management role at an independent school with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in an independent school. Also, the successful candidate will hold an active or recent CPA status or a Master’s degree or MBA with a bachelor’s degree in accounting/business. Important credentials include management of non-profit accounting areas and direct experience managing multiple departments and employees.
- Being a Director, Finance and Auxiliary Programs in a challenging and important Finance Office at a well-regarded independent school is an excellent match for a successful school executive who meets the hiring profile described above.
- Communication Effectiveness – the Director, Finance and Auxiliary Programs should demonstrate excellent analytical skills as a “backdrop” for accounting/finance recommendations or solutions; should have a well-informed or fact-based point of view about the priority responsibilities; and should be an influential presenter to the CFO. These communication skills as a school executive will be implemented in a Finance department and school environment where collaboration with colleagues – Finance and otherwise – is a cultural necessity.
Effectiveness as a verbal communicator will be assessed in: 1) Board Committee meetings; 2) staff meetings; and 3) one on one meetings with the CFO. The Director will use email and analytical reports to communicate the results of his/her work internally and externally to other school constituents outside the Finance function. The Director should be knowledgeable about Best Practices for handling the key priorities; and should have applied the Best Practices to achieve successful results with prior employers.
The position of Director, Finance and Auxiliary Programs is an exciting opportunity for a school executive at a prestigious, fast-paced independent school. Pine Crest and its Finance Office have established the key employment practices for the incumbent to do his/her best professional work.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a cover letter that is directly responsive to the key features of the job posting along with a current resume to the individuals listed below:
Vice President/CFO, Finance and Operations
Pine Crest School
1501 Northeast 62nd Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
Human Resources Director
Pine Crest School
1501 Northeast 62nd Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
HR Consultant to Pine Crest School