The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 450 students in grades 6 through 12, including international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse and equitable workplace and expects applicants to have a commitment to diversity and social justice. We firmly believe that we are a richer, more creative and dynamic institution when our collective is built with a diverse set of community members. The Northwest School strives for its faculty and student body to reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
The Northwest School seeks a skilled and collaborative Director of Finance and Operations to partner with and support the Head of School, Leadership Team, and the Board of Trustees in executing the School’s mission and plans. The Director of Finance and Operations oversees all financial operations as well as several administrative programs including Information Technology, Facilities & Transportation, the Dining Program, and the Summer Program.
The Director of Finance and Operations is a key member of the Administrative Leadership Team and aligns financial objectives, planning, and programs with the mission, strategic direction, and culture of the School.
Provide transparent and accurate financial reporting that builds trust among administrators, staff, the Board of Trustees and ensures a successful annual audit.
Lead the preparation of the annual budget, periodic forecasting, and long-term financial plans in conjunction with the Head and Finance Committee of the Board.
Oversee the operations of the Business Office; maintain an effective system of internal controls and ensure that transactions are accounted for in accordance with GAAP.
Approve all financial obligations of the School.
Serve as primary liaison to the Board Finance Committee, Facilities Committee, and their sub-committees, working closely with committee chairs and organizing agendas and meeting materials.
Coordinate with the outside investment manager to execute the endowment and investment policy decisions of the Investment Committee, including endowment allocation, investment and reporting.
Manage credit facilities and relationship with bank lenders including monitoring, and ensuring compliance with, loan covenants and ratios.
Serve as a member of the Financial Aid Committee.
Oversee risk management and the renewal of the School’s property, casualty, and liability programs.
Coordinate with the School’s outside counsel regarding all legal matters.
Ensure that the School complies with all local, state, and federal reporting requirements.
Manage the following Directors to ensure their programs are aligned with the strategic direction of the school, compliant with internal and external policies and regulations, and that budgets are appropriately managed:
Director of Information Technology
Director of Dining Services
Director of Facilities and Transportation
Summer Camp and Extended Learning Director
Lead by example and operate and create an environment tightly aligned with the School’s culture of a warm, inclusive community that values diversity, equity, inclusion, global perspective, and environmental sustainability.
Demonstrated commitment to the school’s mission, values, and philosophy, especially related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
A bachelor's degree in Accounting or a related field and 5 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job.
Demonstrated successful managerial leadership and experience in a broad range of financial matters.
Ability to communicate with a variety of stakeholders, some without financial acumen, on sensitive topics.
The Financial Officer must understand and appreciate the balance between the business considerations and the School’s educational purpose and values.
The Financial Officer possesses a high degree of cultural competency and has experience applying an equity and justice filter to programs with the purpose of improvement.
CPA is preferred
Experience managing a finance function in an educational setting, or in an organization with a similar revenue model.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, or marital status.
About The Northwest School
The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 450 students in grades 6 through 12, including international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and actively encourages applicants with a commitment to issues of diversity and social justice.