Position Classification:Full-time 12-month administrative position (salaried exempt)
Hours: Generally 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Summer hours are Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Additional hours are required for scheduled board meetings, committee meetings and other School events and functions.
Reports To: Chief Financial and Operating Officer
Position Summary / Objectives:
The Business Manager / Director of Accounting is responsible for leading the accounting, financial reporting and day-to-day operations of the School’s Business Office. This position has oversight over accounting and operations of both St. Christopher’s School and the St. Christopher’s School Foundation. St. Christopher’s School has an annual operating budget of approximately $30 million in revenues while the School’s Foundation boasts nearly $81 million in endowment assets.
The position requires an experienced manager and professional capable of leading a staff while managing various accounting, financial and operational aspects of the School and Foundation. Finally, this person will interact with and provide support to several other staff functions and various committees of the School and Foundation.
Direct reports include the School Accounting Manager, Human Resources Manager, Accounts Payable Clerk and Switchboard Receptionist.
The Business Manager / Director of Accounting is expected to understand and promote the mission, standards and policies of St. Christopher’s School and the St. Christopher’s School Foundation. He/she will provide leadership of the School’s Business Office, including accounting, financial and general operations of both St. Christopher’s School and the St. Christopher’s School Foundation. He/she is responsible for maintaining policies and procedures consistent with standard accounting principles while achieving the School’s and the Foundation’s missions.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
Lead the work of St. Christopher’s School and the St. Christopher’s School’s Foundation accounting staffs and business office personnel and the use of standard accounting and bookkeeping procedures.
Work closely with the School Accounting Manager to ensure the maintenance of the School’s financial records, appropriate controls over cash receipt/disbursement, bank reconciliations, and internal reporting.
Participate directly in and supervise the maintenance of the Foundation accounting and bookkeeping to include cash receipt / disbursement, bank and investment reconciliations, investment unitizations, cash management of Annual Giving, Capital and Endowment funds, and internal reporting.
Assess ongoing accounting requirements and develop staffing recommendations.
Hire, train and develop staff based on needs of the department.
Manage the audit firm engagement of the external auditors of the School and Foundation ensuring a successful annual audit process and timely audited financial statement reporting.
Provide support to the Chief Financial and Operating Officer in the preparation of reports and completion of minutes for the School Board of Governors, Foundation Board of Directors, Finance, Property and Resource and Investment Committees.
Provide support to the Chief Financial and Operating Officer in the coordination and development of annual operating budgets, capital expenditures and other long term financial planning.
Serve as the administrative coordinator of the various committee and board meetings.
Represent the School at Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia (CSDV) and various regional, state and national associations.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Financial and Operating Officer or the Head of School.
Coordinate preparation of external audit materials and external financial reporting.
Leadership – exhibit confidence in self and others; inspire and motivate others to perform well; effectively influence actions and opinions of others; accept feedback from others; give appropriate recognition to others; create a sense of team spirit and help to create a positive work environment
Quality Management – seek ways to improve and promote efficiency and quality; understand business implications of decisions; display orientation to profitability; align work with strategic goals
Strategic Thinking – develop strategies to help achieve departmental and school goals
Oral / Written Communication Skills – speak / write clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listen and receive clarification; demonstrate group presentation and participation skills
Innovation / Cost Consciousness – display original thinking and creativity in processes while preserving organizational resources
Ethics – work with integrity and ethically to uphold organizational values
7 – 10 years of experience in an accounting / finance role with managerial experience
Proficiency in MS Office applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint and Google Suite
Experience and knowledge with Blackbaud Financial Edge and Raisers Edge strongly preferred
Strong interpersonal communication and presentation skills
Highly motivated team player with the ability to work independently and providing supervision to staff
Strong project management skills
Critical and analytical thinking skills, problem solving and effective decision making skills
Ability to think strategically and manage multiple functions or projects simultaneously
Additional Information: Candidates interested in pursuing this position should send a cover letter, resume, and reference contact information to: email@example.com. Include “Business Manager/Director of Accounting” in the email subject line. Application deadline is May 15, 2019
About St. Christopher's School
St. Christopher’s School, founded in 1911, is a college preparatory school for boys (junior kindergarten through 12th grade) located in Richmond, Virginia. The School’s mission is to prepare a talented and diverse group of boys for college and for life in an ever-changing world.
St. Christopher’s currently enrolls 1001 boys in JK-12 from 57 zip codes in the Richmond metropolitan region. Lower School (JK-5) has 423 boys, Middle School (6-8) has 242 and Upper School (9-12) enrolls 336. The 162 full- and part-time members of the faculty have an average tenure of 12.7 years and 61 percent have advanced degrees, including 6 with doctorates. The average class size is 16.
Coordination with St. Catherine’s School for girls offers many opportunities for interaction at all levels including coed classes in the upper school. Virtually 100 percent of St. Christopher’s graduates attend four-year colleges and universities, often at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions. Honor, service, and community are hallmarks of the St. Christopher's experience.