Rippowam Cisqua School seeks a talented and experienced individual for the position of Director of Finance. The Director of Finance will oversee the school’s financial operations to ensure financial stability and adherence to best practices. The Director of Finance will serve as a member of the Senior Administrative Team and will report directly to the Head of School.
Duties and Responsibilities
FINANCE & BUDGET
Manage the financial operations of the school to ensure its financial stability.
Develop a strategic financial plan that reflects the educational priorities of the school and sustains fiscal health and stability.
Directly oversee, develop, and evaluate the school’s Business Office, which manages all the financial activities and functions of the school.
Use standard accounting and bookkeeping procedures to keep an accurate and continuous record of the cash and financial position of the school.
Prepare management reports that provide insight into the organization’s performance against its financial plans and related financial health, including a monthly operating statement for the Head of School and the Board of Trustees.
Oversee the preparation of the school’s annual budget, working closely with the Head of School, Finance Committee, Director of Admissions, Business Office, and members of the academic and operations teams.
Provide a recommendation to the Board of Trustees at the January meeting of the succeeding year’s tuition.
Oversee school purchasing, financial investments, banking activities, payroll, and benefits programs.
Conduct financial analysis and prepare financial projections as appropriate, based on various future enrollment/expense scenarios.
Increase the financial literacy of the organization, including the staff, Board of Trustees, and parent community through various modes of communication.
Monitor expenditures in relation to the approved budget to ensure that all activities are in compliance.
Act as primary contact with banks and other external financial institutions.
Work with the Head of School and appropriate administrators to develop and negotiate contract terms and conditions for bids and proposals.
Ensure finances are managed according to independent school best practices.
Establish consistent HR policies and procedures.
Ensure that HR activities, procedures, and practices are in keeping with local laws and the school’s policies, including retirement, personnel documentation, evaluation, and retention.
Assist the Head of School with decisions regarding salaries and benefits for all personnel.
Oversee, evaluate, and continually upgrade the school’s HR system.
Oversee and evaluate the school’s food service provider.
Seek input from and work with the school community to continuously improve the school’s food services.
Ensure the effective management of the food service operation.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Attend all Board meetings.
Attend meetings and provide staff support, in conjunction with the Head of School, for the following Board committees: Finance Committee, Investment Committee, Audit Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee.
Manage risk at the school to ensure the safety of personnel and students in their use of the facilities and to maintain appropriate levels of insurance to protect the property and to cover the liability of the school.
Prepare presentations and make reports to the Head of School, Board of Trustees, and standing committees on issues related to areas of responsibility.
Participate in fundraising activities, which could include public presentations.
Prepare presentations and make reports to the staff and community on issues related to areas of responsibility.
Coordinate with outside organizations related to the financial, facilities, and other operational needs of the school.
Act as the primary contact with relevant local institutions and agencies.
Represent the school at various regional, state, and national associations relative to the role of business manager.
Participate in other committees and school related clubs and activities as inclined and/or able.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Background and Characteristics
Strong background in accounting or finance (MBA and/or CPA preferred).
Expertise creating and managing budgets.
Experience working in an independent school, higher education, or not-for-profit environment.
Ability to manage, support, and develop a high-functioning and collaborative operations team in support of the school’s academic mission.
Willingness to work in a collaborative environment and work closely with other members of the leadership team.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing.
Understanding of local laws and regulations regarding fiscal and legal compliance, employment, and education.
Experience in prioritizing tasks and managing complex, long-term projects.
Positive attitude, flexible approach, and a sense of humor.
Bachelor’s degree required. MBA and/or CPA preferred.
10+ years of relevant experience in finance and operations, with three to five years of senior leadership experience.
Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
Proven success in a similar role, preferably in a non-profit with a Board of Trustees.
Rippowam Cisqua is very interested in meeting candidates from a wide range of backgrounds, especially those from groups historically underrepresented in independent schools. Compensation is highly competitive and will be commensurate with experience. There is also the potential for on-campus housing as part of the overall compensation package.
To apply, candidates should submit:
Cover letter indicating specific interest in the Director of Finance position.
A list of three-five references (no contact will be made without candidate approval).
Candidates should send the requested documents (in .pdf form) to email@example.com. All candidate applications will be reviewed and kept confidential until the point at which the search committee elects to interview candidates on campus. All contact with the school regarding this search should be done through the email address above. Questions should be emailed and should indicate “Candidate Question” in the subject line. Please do not contact the school via phone.
Rippowam Cisqua School has a longstanding policy of providing Equal Opportunities for all persons in employment. All qualified applicants for employment will be recruited, hired, and assigned on the basis of merit, without regard to race, religious beliefs, sex, age, national origin, or disability. The employment policies and practices of the school ensure that all qualified employees are treated equally and with no discrimination in compensation, opportunities for advancement (including promotions and transfers), training, and discipline.
About Rippowam Cisqua School
With campuses in Mount Kisco and Bedford, New York, Rippowam Cisqua School is known for its high academic standards, small classes, exceptional teacher quality, and a unique commitment to a child-centric, mission driven education.
Rippowam Cisqua School students face high expectations and are given the support and tools they need to meet each new challenge. Our dedicated and caring faculty are committed to cultivating a lifelong love of learning in every student. We offer athletics and physical education in every grade. Our athletics program promotes skill development, sportsmanship, participation, and healthy competition, while emphasizing the values of discipline, focus, teamwork, and love of the game. We are committed to creativity, innovation, and the arts. Students are exposed early and often to a variety of artistic media with emphasis on both performing and visual arts. They are encouraged to explore their ideas, manipulate real world materials, and test new technology across all disciplines.