The Chief Finance and Operations Officer is responsible for providing administrative direction and leadership for over 300 employees, providing operational and general logistics support for an independent school of over 1,100 students. Supervise the operational activities of the school, including overall financial picture, information systems management, construction services, maintenance, custodial grounds, transportation, safety & security and risk management.
Position is a member of the Head of School’s administrative team, has coordination responsibilities for Board committees, including: the Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Buildings and Grounds Committee, the Investment Committee. Direct reports include the Director of Finance, Maintenance Supervisor, Director of IT, Administrative Assistant and contracted services representatives.
Provide administrative input to the Head of School and members of the Administrative Team
Administer the cost-effective and timely implementation of all projects and strategic plan initiatives pertaining to and within all areas of operations
Oversee all school purchasing, financial investments, and banking activities
Manage risk at the school to ensure the safety of personnel and students in their use of the facilities and to maintain appropriate levels of insurance to protect the property and to cover the liability of the school
Provide oversight for the IT department
Chair and direct the Administrative Information Technology Steering Committee and share managerial responsibility for Information Technology with the Assistant Head for Academics who directs technology integration
Oversee the physical operation of the entire school and its programs
Coordinate the activities of architects, construction firms, planning and zoning departments for facility renovations or expansions
Review construction contracts and blueprints, inspect construction and installation progress and provide approval for payments related to construction projects
Oversee and evaluate the work of buildings and grounds crew
Develop, maintain and report all required environmental, health and maintenance standards as required by law and to work with administration to ensure compliance with all regional, state and federal regulations and laws as they impact the school
Arrange bids and develop specifications for all outside contractual work
Oversee the work of all outside contractors to ensure compliance with contractual agreements and budgetary restrictions
Develop and present recommendations for the improvement of facilities and grounds and oversee implementation of approved projects
Oversee school transportation, including transportation routes, schedules and contracts and assess the performance of the transportation companies
Ensure and oversee the effective management of any auxiliary enterprises of the school (i.e. security, janitorial cleaning, grounds maintenance)
Responsible for overseeing the general administrative functions such as mail, telephone and central supply
Chair and direct the Safety & Security Committee
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School
Attend the Finance Committee and Board of Trustees meetings
Report to the Head of School
CPA or MBA preferred, or appropriate administrative experience in areas of responsibility enumerated above
Executive managerial experience in the nonprofit sector
Prior experience as a Chief Financial Officer or equivalent
An understanding and knowledge of environmentally-friendly business practices (a proven track record of this is a plus)
Strong presentation skills
Knowledge of Blackbaud software
Physical and Work Requirements:
To perform the essential functions of this job, the employee must be able to:
Remain in a stationary position 50% of the time
Frequently operate computer and other office productivity machinery
Occasionally move about the campuses and lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
Work in excess of 8 hours a day, as well as evening and weekend hours as necessary for events and projects
Travel from campus to campus
Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
Contact Information?: Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to Patti Maiselson, Director of Human Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Benjamin School is an independent, non-affiliated day school for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students in Palm Beach County. The School resides on two campuses; the 14 acre Lower and Middle School campus in North Palm Beach and the 50 acre Upper School campus in Palm Beach Gardens. Approximately 144 teachers and associates are responsible for about 1135 students. The Lower School currentl...y serves 452 students in grades Pre-K 3 through 5; the Middle School enrolls 230 in grades 6-8; and the Upper School has 453 students in grades 9-12. The School’s rigorous and varied program prepares its students for acceptance to 4-year colleges.
The Benjamin School’s core is academics, with a balanced emphasis on athletics and the arts. The Lower School challenges students with an academic program that includes, among other strong elements, highly developed research-based instruction in language arts and mathematics and a strong Pre-K 3 to 5th grade world language program. In the Middle School students are challenged with a wide variety of college preparatory courses including advanced world language instruction, Algebra I and Geometry and advanced science programs. At the Upper School campus, the faculty offers courses on three levels: regular, honors, and AP.
Each May the School administers 449 or more AP examinations to all of the students enrolled in its 24 AP courses. In May, 2015 eighty-two percent of those tests received qualifying scores of at least a 3, and 87 percent of the students taking the tests earned at least one 3 or better. Seventy-four percent of the seniors in the class of 2015, took one or more AP course,. The Upper School also has more than 50 semester electives. Students can study Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese to satisfy their language requirement.
In all three divisions, students have many opportunities to be involved in dance, instrumental (including strings) and vocal music, drama, and the visual arts. Students in all three divisions also have a physical education program, and those in the Middle and Upper Schools must participate in one or more team sports.
The School makes extensive use of technology in its programs. Almost all classrooms have an interactive whiteboard (Smartboard or Epson), and all computers on both campuses have internet access via a school-wide Wireless access. The fourth and fifth grade students bring iPads to school each day. The Middle School has a BYOD program, and in the Upper School all students own and use laptops or iPads. The School also provides specialized computers for video editing, digital graphics, desktop publishing, and the language lab.
Please visit our website at www.thebenjaminschool.org for more information about our school.