Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations

  • by
The Covenant School
Published
April 13, 2021
Location
7300 Valley View Lane, Dallas, TX
Category
Job Type

Description

The Covenant School of Dallas, a classical, Christ-centered school, seeks an Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations will be a key member of the senior leadership team, reporting to the Head of School.

The ​Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations will oversee all aspects of the School’s finances and operations and will work with and evaluate the performance of the Directors of Facilities, Security, and Technology, the Business Manager, Office Manager, and Lead School Nurse.

Successful candidates will have experience and interest in both finance and operations as well as ​demonstrated leadership in a strategic role​. The School is looking for a person that is a skilled financial professional, effective communicator, and team player with supervisory experience.

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Ensure the use of standard accounting and bookkeeping procedures and internal controls to keep an accurate continuous record of the cash and financial position of the school and, manage the financial operation of the school so that the institution remains financially stable.
  • Establish a plan and schedule for the preparation of the annual budget and long-range budgets that will permit the setting of the succeeding year's tuition at a Board of Trustees meeting early in the calendar year.
  • Prepare long-range operating and capital budgets; manage costs of major capital projects and deferred maintenance.
  • Participate in strategic planning discussions with the Board of Trustees and senior leadership team to achieve long-term sustainability.
  • Develop and implement personnel policies and information security policies for the School.
  • Supervise the work of the Directors of Facilities, Security, Technology, the Business Manager, Office Manager, and Lead School Nurse.
  • Select and supervise the Food Service operator for the School.
  • Secure an annual audit of the school's financial records and financial positions.
  • Oversee coordination of financial investments, banking activities, long-term debt, payroll, and all benefit programs. To maintain appropriate, effective relationships with bankers, financing authorities, OCIO provider, retirement plan co-fiduciary, and third-party administrators.
  • Provide staff support, in conjunction with the Head of School, to the Finance Committee, Investment Committee, and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Serve on the Financial Aid Committee.
  • Serve as a liaison to adjacent neighborhood and broader community.
  • Maintain appropriate levels of insurance to protect the property and to cover the liability of the school.
  • Ensure proper oversight of the performance of contracted service providers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.

Opportunities

  • The Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations will be encouraged to thoughtfully approach a range of issues, including increasing revenue (both tuition and non-tuition) and advancing best practices with regard to internal policies and controls related to finance and operations.
  • Build and/or maintain the School’s short and long-term strategic financial models in response to Strategic Planning.
  • Support implementation of Strategic Plan initiatives.
  • Coordinate review of financial and operations systems to advance system-wide integration.

The successful candidate has/is:

  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic environment -- prepared to anticipate and adapt to new ideas and initiatives.
  • Ability to self-manage and guide complex projects through to completion.
  • Ability to set priorities, organize, and work independently. Strong delegation skills.
  • Ability to think strategically about both finances and larger School concerns, while working to balance and prioritize the current needs of the School.
  • Interest in being a life-long professional learner in response to the changing landscape of independent school education as well as the greater world.
  • Ability to manage and mentor staff and to build trust and mutual respect.
  • Ability to communicate complex financial information to a broader audience.
  • Growing understanding and appreciation of the School’s history and community.
  • Authentic commitment to excellent customer service and caring for all families and members of the School community.
  • Approachable and accessible. A calm and confident professional.
  • High level of integrity, an extraordinary work ethic, and an interest in being a positive role-model.
  • Ability to lead, influence, and hold others accountable to upholding high standards of operational excellence.
  • High level of comfort with financial oversight and budgetary tracking.
  • Ability to be calm under pressure, especially in difficult conversations with parents and staff.
  • A mature and practicing Christian.

Qualifications and Training:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required. CPA, MBA and/or a master’s degree in a related field preferred.
  • Ten (10) years of financial and operational experience in a non-profit or for-profit organization(s) or business leadership position. Direct experience in an independent school is desirable.
  • A strong background in financial systems, modeling and forecasting, investment and risk management; support services administration, business services, human resources and benefit administration.
  • Proven ability to effectively interface with multiple stakeholders at all levels of the School community.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Knowledge of and experience in setting up effective financial and operational controls.
  • Interest in industry associations and “best practices” and the ability to keep current, and bring about appropriate change.
  • Strong hands-on approach and keen attention to detail.

In addition to the above requirements, incumbent must develop an understanding of and commitment to the mission, goals, educational philosophy, and activities of The Covenant School.

If you are interested in this position, please download and complete the employment application form www.covenantdallas.com and email - along with your cover letter, resume, and copies of all related college transcripts to: rlittlejohn@covenatdallas.com

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