Carolina Friends School invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Finance.
Reporting to the Head of School, the Director is the chief financial officer of the school and provides leadership, oversight, and stewardship for all aspects of Carolina Friends School’s financial resources while ensuring absolute institutional integrity on fiscal matters and promoting best practices in finance and administration.
The Director supports and works closely with the Head of School and Board of Trustees and, as a member of the School’s Administrative Leadership Team (known as “Friday Meeting”), plays a key role in determining the strategic direction of the School; developing and executing plans to meet the School’s short-and long-term goals; and recommending financial and administrative objectives, policies, programs, and practices that ensure a sound financial structure for the School. The Director oversees the ongoing work of the Business Office including general ledger and accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, student billing, cash management and short-term investments, budgeting, financial reporting, human resources, payroll, employee relations and benefits, and the 403(b) plan administration; The Director manages, mentors, and develops Business Office Staff, including an Accounting Manager, Accounting Technician and a Human Resource Generalist.
The Director provides counsel regarding finances, debt management, budget preparation, long-term financial planning, facilities planning and development, compliance, human resources, information technology, and risk management. Further, the Director works with the Enrollment Office to create Enrollment Contracts and policies; serves as a member of the Adjusted Tuition Committee, annually reviewing the Adjusted Tuition award criteria, reviewing applications, and determining awards. The Director also supports the Advancement Office in planning for capital campaigns, annual giving, and endowment giving and ensure gifts are properly accounted for and tracked.
The Director will exhibit a personal style of self-management that is consistent with Quaker values and culture and that reflects collaboration, transparency, and inclusion. The Director will be an independent and strategic thinker with a high degree of emotional intelligence; self-awareness with respect to operating style; the ability to grow, adapt, and serve as both a manager and a mentor of others. The Director should bring an awareness of best practices and current regulations, the ability to educate and engage with others in their implementation, and a commitment to professional development.
The successful candidate will possess at least 7-10 years in progressively responsible financial and operational leadership roles, such as CFO, Controller, or Business Manager; comprehensive budget and financial planning experience, together with experience in analysis and reporting, financial modeling, financial reporting, budgeting, asset management, cash management, investing, audit and regulatory compliance, federal and state tax regulations, and reporting procedures; proven administrative, managerial, supervisory, problem-solving, and planning experience within a complex environment, preferably in an independent school, college, or other non-profit setting; ability to organize, prioritize, and delegate effectively; excellent analytical and strategic thinking skills, with the ability to think broadly about the institution as a whole; experience with human resources, including the ability to oversee the development and implementation of the School’s employment practices and policies and to provide support and guidance around HR policies, practices, and benefits.
About Carolina Friends School
Carolina Friends School is a vibrant and inclusive K-12 learning community empowering students to think critically, creatively, and independently. We foster active exploration and quiet reflection, individual endeavor and collaborative engagement. Inspired by Quaker values—pursuit of truth, respect for all, peaceful resolution of conflict, simplicity, the call to service—we teach our children that it is possible to change the world.
CFS strongly encourages and supports applications from qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds in order to foster its mission and its commitment to diversity, inclusivity and equity.
CFS does not discriminate based on age, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, socio-economic background, family structure, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, or military service in the administration of its policies and programs. CFS is an equal opportunity employer in both policy and practice.