The Director of Finance & Operations (DFO) is a member of the Head of School’s leadership team and is responsible for managing the School’s financial and business affairs, strategic planning, human resources, building operations, information systems, security, and compliance. The DFO utilizes executive skills, financial aptitude, supervisory capabilities, and an understanding of the educational mission of the school to ensure that finance and operations provide the needed support now and in the future. In addition, The DFO is proactive and makes suggestions for operational improvement such as devising and implementing strategies and policies to improve financial performance and ensure effective alignment of organization resources with the mission of SSDS.
The DFO must be an effective and persuasive written and oral communicator with the ability to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels, including finance and non-finance staff. He or she must be a cheerleader who speaks highly of and in favor of the organization, its people and its strengths.
The DFO must be able to interact effectively with the parent body regarding tuition assistance, billing, and accounts receivable. He or she must possess high integrity, well-rounded financial and analytical skills, strong leadership abilities, and understanding of control and risk.
The DFO must also possess analytical, organizational and hands-on problem-solving skills that support and enable sound strategic decision making.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities With the Head of School (HOS), help lead the planning and overall management of the School, including the efficient development and implementation of its temporary and long-term programs. Assist HOS with institutional strategic planning.
Oversee all financial planning, new business planning, budget production, and budget controls needed to realize the School's fiscal and business goals. Monitor and regularly report key metrics to staff and the Board. Provide business analysis support to the staff to help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the School.
Oversee external reporting and prepare financial reports and analysis for the HOS, Finance Committee, Auditors, and Board of Directors; supported by the Controller (in this as well as all following financial management responsibilities). Staff the relevant Board Committees (such as Finance, Audit, Facilities, and Planning) and work with the committee chairs and the HOS to set committee agendas and manage the work of the Committees.
Oversee the administration of the Flexible Tuition process and serve as a member of the Flexible Tuition Committee.
Ensure that the computerized financial management system, chart of accounts, and internal control systems are properly designed and maintained; and provide meaningful and timely information. Ensure that the key transaction systems (including school registration, fundraising, and admissions) are efficiently and fully implemented, the department staff managing and utilizing these systems are proficient in their use, and that the data is regularly reconciled to the general ledger.
Oversee treasury management; monitor investment manager performance, manage investment policies and procedures, and prepare monthly and quarterly reports to the Board's Finance Committee. Negotiate or consult on all major transactions, review all contracts, and manage all legal affairs for the school and relationships with outside legal counselors; supported by external Legal Counsel.
Oversee human resource programs, policies, procedures, and compensation administration; supported by the Human Resources department.
Oversee physical plant management, visitor services, and security, supported by the Director of Building & Grounds.
Oversee school security and partner with all relevant external organizations. Supervise and coordinate with Head of Security.
Oversee major renovations and creation of new facilities including needs assessment, design development, budgeting and controls, and general project management.
Maintain contacts with peers in the independent school field to keep abreast of best practices and current issues, and bring this information into the School.
Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee as needed, and manage the agendas, meetings, and communications for the Finance Committee, the Audit Committee, and other committees that may be formed and assigned.
Supervise the Controller, the Director of Building & Grounds (who manages all maintenance staff), the Human Resources staff, and General Administrative Staff.
Oversee compliance with all regulatory, governmental and other organizational requirements including: ISACS (Accreditation)
Jewish United Fund (JUF) State of Illinois Various donors and other affiliated bodies Additional responsibilities as assigned.
Values that drive our work together: • Jewish Values and Torah • Professionalism • Optimism • Collaboration • Respect • Open Communication • Innovation and Creativity • Life-Long Learning
Our mission: “At Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago, we ignite our students’ Jewish souls, educate them to their highest potential, and empower them to use their knowledge, skills, and creativity to enrich our world. “
Qualifications / Requirements Education: Advanced Degree or 10+ Years School Management Experience
Work Experience: At least five years management experience, including some senior management experience providing broad oversight of financial and operations functions, including finance and business reporting and analysis, general administration, strategic planning, human resources, and facilities administration. Non-profit cultural organization experience is desirable.
Skills and Abilities: Systematic problem solver Excellent analytical skills Very effective team leader and team player Effectively trains and motivates staff Excels at strategic thinking and negotiation Excellent written and verbal skills Report creation skills including spreadsheet, charting, and Powerpoint Excellent interpersonal skills Relationship building
Additional Salary Information: Paid Vacation, Sick and Personal Days, Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, and Long-Term Disability Insurance Options, 403(b) Plan
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About Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago
Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago is an independent Jewish day school where our unique combination of General and Judaic Studies imparts a deeply-rooted values system enabling critical thinkers to thrive.