Director of Finance and Operations
The Greenwood School, Putney, VT
Founded in 1978 in Putney, VT, The Greenwood School is the premier school for students, grades 6 through 12, who have learning, attention and executive function challenges. Greenwood leverages its small size to deliver innovative research-based programs that empower young people with the knowledge, talents, life skills and confidence they need for success, both socially and academically. At Greenwood students discover their unique strengths in a setting where quality education and character development are nurtured by a highly-supportive faculty who go beyond what is expected and deliver excellence, through experiential activities that put learning into a relevant context.
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The Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) will provide visionary direction for all financial and operational areas of the School, including but not limited to: budget development and reporting, financial projections, accounts payable and receivable, investments, and capital projects. This position oversees the Facilities, Dining Services and IT departments.
As a member of the School’s Leadership Team, the DFO works closely with the Head of School, other senior administrators, and the Board of Trustees to ensure fiscally responsible and mission-aligned decision-making. A strategic, collaborative and creative leader, the DFO guides the School in developing innovative approaches to institutional sustainability and operational excellence, and in realizing the goal of a flexible and sustainable organization.
Candidates should have a minimum of a Bachelor degree, with advanced degree in a related field strongly preferred; five years of financial leadership experience, with experience in an educational or non-profit organization strongly preferred.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- As a strategic leader, work cooperatively with senior administrators and Board members to advance the strategic goal of a flexible and sustainable organization
- Prepare the annual budget and monitor performance against financial targets
- Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations and School policies
- Participate in Board meetings and work closely with Board Finance, Buildings and Grounds, and Investment committees
- Process Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable using Quickbooks Desktop
- Administer medical, dental, vision, Life, AD+D, LTD and pension plans
- Process bi-weekly payroll
- Oversee the annual financial and 403b plan audits and filings of tax returns
- Maintain relationships with external parties including financial consultants, auditors, investment advisors, bank representatives, etc.
- Oversee Human Resources, and advocate for and implement consistent employment policies, adequate staffing levels, competitive compensation, and appropriate benefits programs for all School employees; collect, analyze, and present benchmarking data on an annual basis
- Engage positively and communicate effectively with families, donors, and volunteers
- Remain knowledgeable and current about trends in the independent school landscape, taking advantage of professional development opportunities whenever possible
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree in finance or relevant field preferred
- Five years of financial leadership experience required
- Experience in senior management or governance-level leadership required, with proven success as a member of a collaborative team
- Experience in a school setting and/or non-profit organization desired
- Familiarity with key policies and parameters related to legal, risk management, and school safety management
- Demonstrated experience leading and working with a diverse population of students, colleagues, families, alumnae, and other stakeholders
- Excellent communication, listening, mediation and facilitation skills
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact positively and productively with all School departments as well as students, parents, and vendors
- Ability to problem-solve, think critically, develop creative solutions and implement them
- Strong collaboration skills with an ability to work with multiple teams to accomplish complementary and simultaneous goals for common purpose
- Strategic thinking, ability to balance day-to-day operations with big picture
- Highly organized and detail-oriented with the ability to manage time-sensitive projects
- Highest ethical standards, integrity, and judgment and ability to handle confidential and/or sensitive information with utmost discretion