The Long Ridge School, an independent school for children age 2 to grade 5, is seeking a Director of Finance and Operations. The position is 3/4 time (30 hours per week) with a start date of July 1 (flexible).
The Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) is responsible for overseeing all financial operations of the school, is a key member of the school’s leadership team, and reports directly to the Head of School. The DFO has three primary responsibilities: (1) manage the financial operations (2) manage the school’s audits and (3) manage human resources (HR). We seek a detail-oriented, hands-on manager that is able to handle the related day-to-day operations of this role and interact daily across all of the school’s constituencies, as required.
Financial Management and Reporting
Directs and coordinates all financial operations including accounting, compliance, and reporting. Working with the Head of School maintains the school’s financial integrity.
Monitors and maintains systems of internal control and safeguards the school’s assets; provides both internal and external reports of operations; promotes a service-oriented operation while exercising prudent fiscal judgment.
Prepares the school’s annual budget and periodic/regular forecasting.
Provides timely budgetary information, projections and updates to the Head of School, Finance Committee and Board of Trustees as required.
Prepares cash flow reports.
Provides supervision to a bookkeeper and supervises the activities of accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash receipts, and fixed asset reporting.
Analyzes, recommends and implements appropriate policies.
Audits and Risk Management
Plans, oversees and facilitates all of the school’s annual audits: financial, pension and Workers Compensation. Keeps current on reporting changes of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Provides information, as required, of pronouncements that may have a material effect on the school, so that policies may be revised where necessary.
Prepares schedules for 990 and all audits, as well as annual financial statements.
Manages pension reporting and compliance (Form 5500, plan updates and amendments, etc.).
Is the liaison to the insurance carriers for all insurance renewals.
Coordinates and reconciles financial data and reporting between departments: Admissions, Advancement/Fundraising and Facilities.
Human Resources Management
Oversees Human Resources day-to-day operations, including onboarding practices, benefits administration for all employees, compliance, managing employee complaints and all related human resources related communication.
Reviews and revises the Faculty and Staff Handbook as required and necessary.
Consults with employees to resolve personnel issues.
Maintains secure and confidential human resource related files and records.
Reviews and manages workers compensation and CT Unemployment Claims.
Ensures periodic reconciliation and monitoring of carrier billings for accuracy, including communicating with vendor representatives, as necessary, to update the enrollment rosters and accordingly, conduct timely billings/payment.
Other duties may be assigned.
The successful individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. An individual must be able to accept and assume assigned responsibilities and make responsible decisions when required. The school desires an individual with a strong background in financial management, preferably in the education arena or at a non-profit organization.
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in Accounting, an MBA is preferred. A passion for accounting work, with experience in a similar role.
Strong analytical and reporting skills.
Use the Blackbaud systems with proficiency.
Proficiency in conducting payroll through ADP is preferred.
Prepare budgets and exercise fiscal management. Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques and programs.
Speak effectively before groups and/or employees of the organization.
Engage in teamwork and work cooperatively with others.
A good attitude and sense of humor is a must.
A clear interest in being part of a community that seeks to challenge prejudice and is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation depends on qualifications and experience.
About The Long Ridge School
The Long Ridge School is an independent school with 85 children, age 2 to grade 5, on a spectacular campus tucked away in the North Stamford woods. A small elementary school by design, where children stay children longer and thrive in an environment created specifically for them. Gold standard academic programs with a modern, collaborative, problem-solving approach. A diverse and globally inclusive community where children are known and valued as unique individuals and learning is an active, joyful experience. With strong programs in math, literacy, science, music and the arts, Long Ridge graduates are actively recruited by the best area middle schools.
The Long Ridge School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin in the administration of its educational or admission policies, financial aid distribution, or other school programs. Long Ridge School is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who reflect such diversity.