Ready to be part of a dynamic, mission-driven team that is implementing ground-breaking secondary school models while providing an ever-growing and increasingly diverse student body with an exceptional high school learning experience?
The Winchendon School is seeking a Finance Director and Strategist (FDS) to join our senior leadership team in support of our strategy and mission to better serve many more high school students over the next five to ten years. We seek a savvy and strategic financial innovator who will be excited to join a dynamic, fast-paced, and rapidly growing organization.
The Winchendon School is a mission-driven entity with a commitment to serve many more deserving students while providing a great working environment for its staff. TWS serves approximately 275 high school students at our “flagship” boarding campus in Massachusetts, and in 2018 opened up the first of what we anticipate will be a series of satellite campuses serving students in major urban markets. The successful FDS will embrace this mission and see her/his role as supporting and enabling the School and leadership team in being even more successful in achieving our mission.
The Finance Director and Strategist is an integral part of our leadership team and reports directly to the CEO. The effective FDS will provide the quantitative perspective that supports the School’s leadership, including the Board of Trustees, with effective and timely strategic decision making.
We are looking for a director to provide statements, forecasts, and budgets and to analyze trends in revenue, expense, capital expenditures and other related areas. The FDS will oversee, maintain, and train the Business Office Team and is responsible for the operations of all financial aspects of the School’s operations and the systems to support these operations. The FDS will coordinate the annual budget cycle working closely with area managers and our senior team on data gathering, trend analysis and budget compilation. The FDS will also prepare ongoing forecasts including both long term and short-term planning, including performing sensitivity analysis on various scenarios. The FDS is responsible for ensuring that there are disciplined and effective systems in place to support the School’s plan to open a series of satellite campuses over the next decade. Finally, we seek a thoughtful financial leader who will support the School in achieving its mission and strategic goals by providing at least as much perspective on “why” as “what” - the analysis that supports sound decision making rather than just accurate numbers.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Oversee school business functions, including tuition billing and collection, accounts payable, contracting, accounting and reporting, regulatory reporting and compliance, and other business administration
Oversee the Business Office and staff who handle AR, AP, student billing, payment plans, purchasing, credit card processing, etc.
Manage the daily accounting operations and ensure all financial data is timely, accurate and secure.
Monitor cash flow
Coordinate and prepare all financial statements including analysis and account reconciliations, monthly and annually
Prepare and administer annual budget and multi-year forecasting process, including capital expenditures
Prepare all supporting information for the annual audit and coordinate with external auditors and Board’s Audit Committee
Maintain “dashboard” of key financial indicators for leadership and Board
Coordinate and oversee preparation of all tax and other required regulatory/compliance reporting
Reconcile bank and investment accounts
Work in partnership with all departments on budget management and planning - Meet with department chairs regularly to go over budget line items and understand their needs
Develop and handle financial policies, procedures, and internal controls - ensuring that there are the most effective, secure and safe systems in place to support the School’s increasingly complex financial structure (addition of satellite campus, potentially more sophisticated donors, evolving compliance requirements...)
Work closely with the CEO and investment advisors, specifically centered around the School’s investment funds.
Handle banking, risk management, compliance and summer programs
Reconcile net-tuition revenue regularly with the COO and Admissions team, which includes financial aid
Establish and maintain professional relationships with families, students, banks, insurance companies, auditors, brokers and vendors
Collaborate with and assist the CEO, the School’s senior leadership and the Board of Trustees in meeting fiduciary responsibilities - including being an important liaison and resource to the Board of Trustees Resource and Audit Committees.
Approve all financial obligations; execute leases, loans, real estate transactions, contracts and other actions requiring a commitment or receipt of financial resources - in accordance with established policies, guidelines, and practices.
Understand and support the culture and climate of the School
The ability to work collaboratively with coworkers and other school community members - who are as often as not working and meeting remotely
Perceptive analytical skills and a detail-oriented work style
Extremely knowledgeable in financial forecasting, accounting principles, and financial data analysis
Strong interpersonal and leadership skills – flexible, adaptable, resourceful, collaborative
Flexible and adaptable in leveraging technology to assist in collaboration (Google Drive Suite, video conferencing, remote access are key resources to our team, and these will likely change in coming years as new tools become available)
Ability to multitask, prioritize and delegate responsibilities in an effective and efficient manner
Effective problem solver, analytical thinker, and decision-maker
Strong oral and written communication skills
Minimum of bachelor’s degree in business management, finance, accounting, or related field
Master’s degree and/or CPA preferred
5+ years’ experience in a senior finance position and proven success in a senior administrative role, preferably working in a dynamic setting and with a board
Prior independent school and non-profit experience preferred
This leadership role requires schedule and some travel flexibility - in support of a school that operates 7 days a week and in multiple markets.
The Winchendon School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Winchendon School Community Credo
I commit to being a respectful, self-reflective, and caring role model in our community - a learning organization that is dedicated to providing each member with an exceptional educational experience.
The Winchendon School is a coed boarding school serving students in grades 9 through 12 in a highly diverse, multicultural community. Founded in 1926, our School is highly regarded for our skills-based program, very small classes, and persistent feedback for our students. The School is located 65 miles northwest of Boston.
To learn more about The Winchendon School please visit www.Winchendon.org.
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