Reporting directly to CFO and working closely with the Head of School, Administrative Team, and Faculty, the Controller/Business Operations Manager is responsible for the financial and non-academic operational affairs of this 200 student PreK-6th grade school.
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Metropolitan Montessori School (“MMS”) is a 200-student independent co-ed day school for grades pre-K through 6, located on a quiet neighborhood street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
MMS seeks an innovative and highly seasoned professional with strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of mission based fiscal leadership to serve as its next Controller/Business Operations Manager, working closely with the CFO. The Controller/Business Operations Manager serves as a member of the Administrative Team, and reports directly to the CFO.
MMS has a $6MM operating budget, and recently completed a $12MM Campus Expansion Project in 2017, modernizing and increasing the School's facilities by 50%.
The Controller/Business Operations Manager is responsible for financial records, facilities, vendor relations, accounts payables, and student billings, working closely with the CFO, Registrar, Accounts Receivables, Admissions, and Advancement team.
The Controller/Business Operations Manager works closely with the CFO, Head of School, and Board of Trustees, and participates in the Finance, Investment, and Financial Aid committees.
The Controller/Business Operations Manager is responsible managing the School’s financial records, programs, and practices including preparing both the annual budget and monthly reconciliations.
The successful candidate will be a creative and strategic thinker with a clear vision of the role of finance in realizing institutional objectives and priorities. An outstanding communicator and problem solver, he/she will also have proven experience in working in a small collegial environment, demonstrating a dedication to community, collaboration, and equity.
A minimum of 5 years of business office or accounting experience in a non-profit environment is required. Academic and/or independent school experience is a plus but not required.
Other Skills and Abilities:
The Controller/Business Operations Manager needs to learn and understand the unique culture of the school environment and be flexible and adapt policies and procedures in such a manner to ensure that the school delivers its mission in a sustainable manner.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Typical Level of Interaction:
This position requires strong interaction with all School divisions and departments as well as students, parents, Trustees, and vendors.
All prospective employees must be able to clear a background check and TB screening.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to listen, physically direct, and speak. The employee is required to stand; walk; climb stairs; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is also required to lift and carry boxes weighing up to 50lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet; however, variations in noise level may occur when the employee attends school functions such as assemblies, school dances, and other events.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line “Controller/Business Operations Manager”
Successful candidates will have a minimum of five years experience in business office setting at an independent school or non-profit; strong accounting and technical skills; excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; a strategic thinker. At least a BA degree. Experience in independent and/or Montessori schools is desirable.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent medical and dental insurance--single coverage paid by school. 403(b) match after 2 years employment; 6 weeks paid vacation; 10 sick days; standard holidays observed; disability insurance; life insurance
About Metropolitan Montessori School (MMS)
Metropolitan Montessori School is a well-regarded pre-K through sixth grade independent school located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. We serve roughly 200 students. Our program stresses a challenging academic program that also develops independent and collaborative learning, as well as seeks to guide the social and emotional growth of our children. We strive to graduate compassionate, critical thinkers who become contributing citizens of the world. Our graduates move on to all of the exceptional independent private and competitive public schools in Manhattan. A component of our integrated curricular approach is membership in the Black Rock Forest Consortium, which entitles us to unlimited use of a 4000 acre forest preserve in Cornwall, NY.