The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) must be an effective leader who listens critically and manages people, information, and processes in an effective and timely fashion. As such, s/he must be skillful in dealing effectively with a wide variety of issues, situations, and problems in collaboration with leadership, the Board of Trustees, employees, and parents. An empathetic decision-maker, the CFO must be a leader with exceptional interpersonal skills and a deep understanding of the importance of team building. A natural and experienced leader, the CFO collaborates closely with and values an experienced Business Office team. Reporting directly to the Head of School s/he works in tandem with other administrators and staff. The CFO must be able to produce consistently high-quality work, and inspire and motivate others to work toward school goals. The CFO must exemplify Dawson’s Core Beliefs in all interactions.
Essential Functions: The essential duties and responsibilities of this position include the following.
Collaborating with executive and senior leadership to develop strategic goals for the School that align with the mission and the vision set forth by the Board of Trustees
Budgeting and long-range financial planning for a $12 million operation
Preparing the annual operating and capital budgets for Finance Committee and/or Trustee approval
Managing the approved budget and preparing monthly and annual financial reports, reporting on Key Performance Indicators, and preparing any other financial reports that management or the Trustees deem necessary
Managing banking relationships and overseeing the investment portfolio and cash position of the organization
Managing and providing leadership to the following functions and related staff: Financial Reporting, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll & Benefits, Human Resources, Information Technology & School Nurse
In collaboration with the Director of Innovation and Technology Services, ensuring that the technology goals of the School are implemented
Developing and managing a system of internal controls and providing oversight in order to ensure the operating effectiveness of the system
Overseeing and ensuring the successful completion of the annual audit
Administering the financial aid program; ensuring that established policies are implemented and followed
Overseeing the independent food service contract
Managing risk by ensuring that all insurance policies provide adequate coverage, managing claims, class trips, and related areas
Interacting with governmental entities, licensing, and professional organizations such as the State of Nevada, NAIS, NWAIS, NAEYC, etc.
Serving as school liaison for construction projects
Collaborating with the Head of School and the Director of Campus Operations to assure appropriate resource allocation for ongoing and future campus operations and facility maintenance
Takes part in school duties, such as morning carpool
Other duties as assigned by the Head of School
Adaptability – Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events
Confidentiality – Maintains confidential information
Commitment - Is committed to organizational goals and team work
Compliance - Follows policies, procedures and assures compliance with State regulations as required for an independent school
Customer Service – Solicits customer feedback to improve service
Dependability – Keeps commitments, works the hours necessary and is available and responsive off-hours when needed
Ethics – Treats people with respect regardless of position; upholds organizational values; values opinions and experiences of others.
Innovation – Develops innovative approaches and ideas
Integrity – Must display ethical behavior at all times; must have trust and respect of staff, board members and parent body. Commitment to confidentiality is imperative. A highly ethical person who treats all parties with courtesy and professionalism.
Interpersonal – Ability to form substantive and productive relationships with a wide variety of constituents
Judgment – Exhibits sound and accurate judgment
Math – Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages
Oral /Written Communication – Excellent writing and verbal communication skills; ability to write routine reports and correspondence; ability to speak effectively to various constituents including parents, employees and board members of the organization in a clear, persuasive and positive manner
Presentation – Ability to create thoughtful and compelling presentations using appropriate software programs; ability to speak effectively and persuasively before groups of parents, employees and board members
Problem Solving – Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics; ability to perform root cause analysis to solve complex problems
Project Management – Ability to manage multiple projects across functions including follow up and timely resolution of issues
Professionalism – Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; must possess a high level of diplomacy
Research minded – Seeks out all available information to constantly improve and enhance existing systems and processes, and to support the implementation of new systems and processes; learns and applies new concepts and ideas to move the school forward
Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions
Strategic Thinking – Identifies internal and external threats and opportunities; analyzes market and competition; understands how the organization’s parts make up the whole, and how to make and act on decisions that will move the entire organization toward established goals
Teamwork - Ability to work independently and in teams; contributes to building a positive team spirit
Values – Uphold the mission, values and core beliefs of the Alexander Dawson School
Individual should be proficient in computer systems and programs including Word Processing, Spreadsheet, and Accounting software
Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university in either Finance or Accounting (Master’s preferred) plus a minimum of five years of experience managing accounting and finance functions at a Director level or above.
A Certified Public Accountant (preferred).
A working knowledge of accounting principles and practices in independent school and non-profit sectors is preferred.
Additional Salary Information: The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain compensation includes a generous benefits package.