Benchmark School is truly an amazing place to be. It is energizing and deeply fulfilling to help students grow as learners and individuals and then watch as they go on to thrive in school and life.
Benchmark’s mission is to help our students develop into confident and strategic thinkers, learners, and problem-solvers who take control of their own learning. Defining characteristics of the school include our fundamental commitment to excellence and research-based innovation.
As a result of these emphases, our graduates are self-advocates who approach tasks strategically, think flexibly, demonstrate persistence and resilience, and meet with success in school and in life.
Chief Financial Officer
This is a full-time, twelve-month lead administrative position.
The Chief Financial Officer reports to the Head of School, is a member of the School’s Leadership Team, and serves as the liaison to the Board’s Finance Committee. In partnership with the Head of School, the Chief Financial Officer is the lead financial strategist for the institution and provides stewardship of the school’s major assets including its financial model, its buildings and campus, its endowment, and its employees.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Develop and oversee financial policies, procedures, and internal controls to safeguard assets, protect confidential information, and ensure accurate financial reporting.
- Participate in the development of school fiscal strategy, providing recommendations, financial analysis, projections, and other data to inform the head of school and treasurer.
- Administer the annual budget and multi-year forecasting process to align with the school's strategic goals and mission and maintain accurate account records related to the school’s budget.
- Oversee school business office functions including: front desk, registrar, tuition billing and collection, accounts payable/receivable, contracting, accounting and reporting, regulatory reporting and compliance, and year-end audit.
- Administer human resources functions including payroll, health benefits, retirement, compliance, employee relations, and other employee matters.
- Ensure that human resources policies and practices are clearly articulated, consistently applied, and conform to legal requirements.
- Provide financial reports to school leadership and the Finance Committee and the Board.
- Under the guidance of the Treasurer, plan and provide materials for all Finance Committee meetings.
- Under the guidance of the Facilities Committee Chair and in consultation with the Manager of Facilities, plan and provide materials for the Board Facilities Committee.
- Attend all Executive Committee meetings and Board meetings and retreats.
- Collaborate with and assist the head of school and the board of trustees in meeting fiduciary responsibilities.
- Supervise the school nursing staff and assist in ensuring that the school’s policies in this area are consistent with State Department of Health standards for schools.
- Manage IT department; staffing, classroom technology, help desk, and network infrastructure.
- Oversee risk management functions including emergency response, compliance, risk exposure areas, and insurance coverage.
- Serve as the liaison between school and outside counsel for legal matters.
- Understand the culture and climate of the school and the wider educational environment.
- Supervise the Facilities Manager to ensure effective maintenance of buildings, grounds, and equipment.
- Provide oversight of vendors including the operation of the dining program.
- Manage, mentor, and supervise all direct reports, providing constructive and timely feedback. Model and foster high ethical standards, integrity, and respect for colleagues, alumni/ae, parents, and students in the conduct of the school’s business.
- Remain current with business management trends and cultivate professional standards and development by participating in professional development opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, and participating in local, regional, and national professional organizations to include ADVIS, NBOA and PAISBOA.
- A bachelor’s degree, accounting or finance preferred
- Demonstrated leadership qualities
- High ethical standards
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work collaboratively
- Strong analytical skills
The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit the following items via the application form below:
- A letter of application describing why you are a good fit for the position
- Current resume
- Names and contact information of three professional references
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Benchmark School is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment based on race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or membership in any other protected classification as defined under applicable federal, state, or local law.
When people ask me what is the best school I have seen in action, my go-to school is Benchmark. It is incredible and
Steve Graham, Ed.D., Currey Ingram Professor of Special Education and Literacy, Vanderbilt University