Director of Finance

Administrator / Full-Time

Tenacre Country Day School, Wellesley, MA

Director of Finance at Tenacre Country Day School

Full-Time Exempt Position; reports to Head of School                                                                                  

At Tenacre, students and staff make a commitment to each other to work hard, to find joy, and to be kind. We strive to nurture and challenge each child, every day, and we endeavor to be a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just school where all members of the community are celebrated. Through small, flexible groupings, we get to know each child’s strengths and growing edges, and we design lessons and activities across the curriculum to support positive learning outcomes. All of our students experience broad curricular offerings including science, Spanish, art, music, P.E., technology, and library in addition to their core homeroom experiences. Homeroom teachers work in close partnership as a grade-level team to coordinate curriculum and plan lessons. We provide our staff with numerous professional development opportunities, competitive benefits, and a collegial atmosphere. Collaboration and professional development across the staff fosters a passion for teaching. Dedicated to the elementary years, Tenacre is a vibrant school full of the energy and excitement of young children learning. 

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  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in finance or accounting preferred or demonstrated equivalent experience
  • Experience in senior finance and administrative positions preferred 
  • Knowledge of business office practices and procedures, budgeting, cash management, accounts payable and receivable, employee benefits required
  • Knowledge of excel and Blackbaud FE, RE and NXT accounting software
  • Ability to communicate articulately and effectively with a wide variety of people  
  • Familiarity with legal documents and contracts is preferred
  • Familiarity with an elementary school setting is beneficial

Core Responsibilities: 

  • Prepare operating budget for submission to and approval by the Board of Trustees; manage the budget through the budget year and provide updates to administration, staff and Trustees.
  • Work collaboratively with the Head of School and Director of Enrollment on financial aid awards.
  • Coordinate the annual audit and filing of annual tax returns and subsequent forms including but not limited to 5500’s/990 and implement any resulting audit recommendations.
  • Review the school’s financial position, including the endowment and building reserve funds (PPRRSM), and prepare periodic financial reports for the school’s administration, Finance Committee, Investment Committee and for Trustee meetings.
  • Oversee risk management issues including insurance, emergency management plan, liability and safety concerns as well as compliance with local, state, and federal regulations applying to school and summer programs.
  • Coordinate and oversee the school’s Human Resource function in conjunction with the Assistant Director, Finance and Human Resources Administration, by managing salaries and benefit programs, writing policies and job descriptions, interacting with personnel regarding all aspects of employment and benefits implementation, including the annual update of the Faculty and Staff Handbook. 
  • Supervise the Business Office Manager responsible for the accounts payable and receivable functions, facility rentals, and ordering/purchasing.
  • Oversee the financial and operational functions of Tenacre’s MidDay, After School, and Summer programs.
  • Partner with the School’s Director of Facilities to support the management of physical plant and grounds, including custodial care, cleaning, maintenance, safety, and compliance with regulations, including preparing and maintaining a facilities report.
  • Work with the senior administrative team to manage school operations, strategic planning and oversight of personnel.
  • Oversee the food service operation at the School through an independent food service contractor.
  • Negotiate key contracts and expense agreements with vendors, including, but not limited to, insurance contracts, facilities maintenance contracts, staff benefit programs and auxiliary program agreements.
  • Perform related work as required.

Tenacre Country Day School considers applicants for all positions without regard to age, race, religion, national origin, creed, veteran or uniformed service status, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, or any non-job related physical or mental disability. As an inclusive community, we welcome candidates who will increase the diversity of our school.

Please contact:

Will Crissman

Head of School

Tenacre Country Day School

78 Benvenue Street

Wellesley, MA 02482

(781)-235-2282   x201


Tenacre Country Day School

Wellesley, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary
All Gender