Frederica Academy lives the mission: To maximize each student’s potential and prepare him/her for college and adult life through the development of mind, body, and spirit. Employment at Frederica is more than a job. It is an opportunity to join a community of learners who seek challenge, commitment, and strong relationships. We serve as advocates for our students. Because we are a dynamic, forward-thinking independent college preparatory school, much is required of our administrators, faculty and staff. We challenge and inspire each student to fulfill his/her promise and to better the world. In a highly competitive school landscape, our emphasis on the whole child and our legacy of excellence in teaching set us apart. The work environment is noted for being family-friendly and flexible. The feeling in the school is encouraging, collaborative, and innovative. Our curricular philosophy emphasizes community-based, interdisciplinary and experiential learning. Collaboration and reflective practices are key to pedagogy at Frederica Academy. The school is committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body.
Director of Finance & Operations to oversee Accounting, Investments, Human Resources, Facilities, Information Technology, Front Office and all financial aspects of the school. The main focus of this position is financial and operational.
The Director of Finance works with and reports directly to the Head of School of Frederica Academy and assists with the oversight of the day-to-day operations of the school, including finance, maintenance, personnel, investments, and other capital assets. Under the direction of the Head of School, the Director also works closely with the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Chairs of the Finance, Investment, Audit, Buildings and Grounds Committees of the Board of Trustees, and other Committees charged with general oversight of the school’s operations as listed herein.
Participate as a key member and contributor to the administrative team.
Oversee the cash position and investment portfolio position of organization.
Prepare board level reports and provide recommendations to board committee members.
Manage risk including liability insurance, claims and other legal risks.
Supervise accounting, human resources/payroll, facilities, information technology, front office and food services.
Work closely with the Booster Club and Parent Association leadership to coordinate the organization’s financial matters, and advise them on all other relevant issues.
Work closely with the Head of School to develop and implement annual and long range budgets and plans.
Manage third-party contract for food services, which is responsible for providing a well-balanced, nutritional lunch for all students, staff and faculty every day that school is in session.
Coordinate the Information Technology needs of the school for school infrastructure as well as classroom activities with the various parties responsible.
Monthly Budget Reports to Department Heads and all others with budget responsibilities
Board Committee meeting reports in preparation of Board of Trustee meetings
Monthly Restricted Accounts Status Report Planning
Meets with Department Heads and others with budget responsibilities as planning for upcoming school year.
Prepares options for tuition and budget for upcoming school year and meets with the Head of School and Chairman of Finance Committee in preparation for Finance, Executive & Board of Trustees meetings.
Works with Facilities Manager and Head of School (beginning in early Spring) to identify and plan for summer repairs and replacement projects in an effort to avoid deferred maintenance.
Conducts weekly meetings with Manager of Facilities along with others to provide leadership and oversight of all matters related to the physical plant and bus fleet of the school.
Ensures that Frederica Academy is in compliance with all legal, accounting and government-related requirements for:
Banking requirements and relationships
DOL and IRS requirements
Audit related requirements and relationships
Performs other duties as requested by the Head of School and Board of Trustees
Minimum of bachelor’s degree in business administration or related field
CPA / MBA or related advanced degree preferred, but not required
3+ years of experience in a Director of Finance, CFO, Controller, or Assistant CFO/Controller/Business Manager role
Strong background in finance, budgeting, investing, and cash management
Experience with non-profits or schools preferred
Outstanding communication skills, the ability to communicate with Head of School, the Board of Trustees and other constituents.
Advanced Excel skills
School or non-profit accounting background a plus
Works in standard office conditions and climate.
May work in varied extreme outside weather conditions during special activities and fundraising events.
Works in a stressful environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines and a varied and diverse array of contacts
May work at a desk and computer for extended periods Experience with non-profits or schools preferred
Frederica Academy is dedicated to providing equal employment opportunities to all personnel and applicants for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; national origin; handicap or disability; sexual orientation; or status as a veteran, Vietnam era, or special disabled veteran.
Additional Salary Information: Medical benefits, 403(b) retirement plan with match, tuition remission
Internal Number: 45001
About Frederica Academy
A Coeducational College Preparatory School
Our Mission Statement: "To maximize the potential of each student and to prepare him or her for college and adult life through the development of mind, body, and spirit"