Stevens Cooperative School seeks an experienced finance and operations leader to serve as its next Director of Finance and Operations.
Reporting to Head of School Dr. Sergio Alati, and working in service to the Stevens mission, the Director works collaboratively with the Head of School, the board of trustees, and the leadership team to ensure congruence between the financial and business operations of the School, its mission, core values, and strategic initiatives. The Director understands and appreciates the balance between the business elements of the School and its educational purpose. The Director contributes to the senior management team’s efforts to promote an organizational culture of collaboration, open and frequent communication, adaptation, alignment with a common vision, and celebration of success in achieving specific projects and broader organizational objectives.
The Director provides management and analysis of the School’s finances, in addition to leadership of critical operational areas of the School and establishes financial and operational strategies that enhance the value proposition of the institution. The Director oversees all administrative functions, including finance/accounting, IT, operations, and facilities. Human Resources reports to the Head of School in areas including the staff experience, onboarding, and offboarding, and reports to the Director of Finance and Operations regarding payroll, benefits, and related areas. The Director also oversees the Business Office which consists of an HR Manager, Controller, and Business Operations Coordinator.
Specifically, the Director of Finance and Operations has responsibility for the following areas:
Oversee the finance function as a whole, supervising the controller and business operations coordinator.
Ensure the Head of School, Finance Committee, and Board have access to accurate and reliable financial information and analysis.
As a member of the Financial Aid Committee, and as a leader in the School committed to making Stevens accessible to students from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, contribute towards defining and managing the school’s financial aid strategy.
Serve on the Board Finance Committee and oversee creation and management of the School’s budget.
Provide regular financial and cash flow forecasting to the Head of School and Finance Committee.
Work with the Head of School to create and evaluate long-term, multi-year strategic financial plans.
Audit, Compliance, and Internal Controls
Coordinate all audit activities and oversee the timely completion of the School’s annual 990 tax return.
Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal requirements.
Support the controller and business office to ensure books are closed on a monthly basis.
Serve on the Board Audit Committee.
With the controller, maintain appropriate internal controls and workflows.
Human Resource Management
Oversee select human resources activities including payroll and benefits, faculty/staff and family handbook review, and support for training and development.
Information Technology (IT)
Oversee the IT Director to ensure effective use of IT systems to support organizational business processes, including document management, client relationship management (CRM), event support, and fundraising systems.
With the IT Director, establish and maintain the IT budget, implement a long-term IT strategy to allow for regular updates and improvements to software and hardware, and maintain the security of all school IT systems.
Risk Management, Security, and Legal Affairs
Manage security of staff and students traveling internationally and oversee decisions to ensure that staff and students have the required resources and support.
Supervise Legal Affairs as necessary, in collaboration with the Head of School.
Work with the Board Investment Committee to track investment performance and oversee transfer of investment funds.
Oversee the facility manager to assure proper preventive maintenance, cleaning, vendor efficiency and process, and building care.
Supervise lease execution and renewal.
Serve on the Facilities Space Committee.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS: The most successful candidates will:
Be committed to the mission and expectations of a cooperative independent school.
Speak and communicate effectively with a wide range of constituencies (students, faculty, staff, trustees, parents, alumni, donors, community).
Strike an effective balance between providing both day-to-day operational oversight and longer-term strategic vision.
Be willing and able to make difficult, timely, and financially responsible decisions while understanding, articulating, and resolving risk, legal, and institutional considerations.
Possess a high degree of professional discretion, integrity, good judgment, and high standards of professional conduct.
Be able to pivot from one task to another within a variety of areas of responsibility smoothly and seamlessly in order to support the Head of School, senior officers, and direct reports and their departments.
Be a strong, experienced, and sophisticated manager who can create and enforce clear and inclusive administrative systems, policies, and guidelines.
Embrace a work environment that encourages collaboration, transparency, and creative problem solving.
Personally value equity and inclusion, embody the spirit of Steven’s anti-racist efforts, and possess a global mindset.
Negotiate effectively, fairly, and openly and demonstrate commitment to a transparent and collaborative decision-making process with all parts of the Stevens community.
Thrive in a close-knit, student-focused, collaborative community.
A minimum of eight years of financial management experience in the education or non-profit sector.
Deep understanding of the business office function within educational or mission-driven institutions.
Working knowledge of benefit administration, federal and state employment law, and HR.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills with a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
Bachelor’s degree required.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
12-month, beginning July 2021
Standard work hours and vacation as per the Faculty/Staff Handbook
Interested candidates should email their resumes and cover letters to Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Partner and Nishant Mehta, Partner of Storbeck Search at StevensCoopDFO@storbecksearch.com.
Stevens Cooperative School is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and staff body and is eager to consider applications from traditionally underrepresented groups.
About Stevens Cooperative School
Stevens Cooperative School is a private (independent) school for two-year-olds through 8th grade with campuses in Hoboken and Newport, Jersey City, NJ. Founded in 1949, Stevens is the oldest parent cooperative school in New Jersey. Originally an informal playgroup for children of the faculty at Stevens Institute of Technology, the school has grown into a full nursery, elementary and middle school, with more than 430 students. The school’s model for education fosters creativity and depth of thinking where the student voice can flourish. Stevens is accredited by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. The Stevens community consists of a diverse population of families representing a broad range of towns including Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken, North Bergen, Secaucus, Union City, Bayonne, West New York, Cliffside Park and other NJ locations and Manhattan.
For more information about Stevens, please visit www.stevenscoop.org.