Chandler School’s Director of Finance manages the school’s financial ability to support Chandler’s mission. The director of finance has the responsibility for providing consistent, accurate administration of all financial policies and procedures. The director of finance reports directly to the head of school and is a member of the administrative team. The director serves on Chandler’s Finance and Audit Committees. The director provides leadership and management of the school’s finances and is responsible for the supervision, coordination, and administration of all aspects of the business office including risk management and policy management. In partnership with the head of school, the director maintains relationships with banks, professional accountants, legal counsel, insurance companies, investment advisor, and other consultants.
Functions of the job include but are not limited to the following:
Serves as the chief financial officer and as an ex-officio member of the finance committee and audit committee.
Prepares the school’s annual and multi-year budgets and cashflow projections by making decisions and demonstrating leadership that support the long term, strategic financial plan of Chandler School.
Collaborates with the advancement department implementing controls and procedures to ensure that gifts are properly recorded and recognized.
Oversees the reconciliation of all banking and investments accounts.
Coordinates relationship with the school’s independent auditors and prepare financial records and documents needed for the annual audit and 990 tax return and respond to the management letter.
Supervises the preparation of informational reports and make recommendations to the financial aid committee about financial aid awards to families.
Supervises tuition billing and administration of the payment plan(s).
Supervises business office personnel to ensure that all surveys are completed in a timely manner: DASL in NAIS and Cal-ISBOA
Oversees accounts payables to ensure invoices are being paid in a timely manner and that they are being debited from the correct account.
Works with outside investment adviser and the finance committee to manage the school’s endowment within the policy guidelines established by the board.
Assists with special school related projects as requested.
Personnel Management and Human Resources
Assists the head of school with decisions regarding the salary and benefit package for school employees.
Supervises the preparation of employment agreements and employee compensation and benefit letters for all employees. Create these documents when needed for any new hire.
Serves as backup for payroll processing.
Serves as an ex-officio member of the risk assessment committee.
Administers and maintain appropriate levels of insurance; property, casualty and liability to protect the school.
Oversees legal activities, including letters of agreement, contracts, leases, and other legal documents and agreements.
Represents Chandler School at evening meetings of NBOA and Cal-ISBOA.
Attends monthly finance committee meetings, board meetings and the annual board retreat.
Supports the board appointed finance committee chair with agenda planning, material and annual tuition and budget recommendations to the board.
Supervises staff in the business office.
Maintains compliance with governmental regulations and changing regulatory environment by staying current on law and rules that may affect compliance.
Degree in Business Administration required, MBA preferred, CPA a plus.
Position requires at least ten years of managerial level accounting/financial business management experience. Must include experience supervising staff, and with budgeting and forecasting. Experience in a not for profit environment is preferred. Experience in an independent school environment a plus.
Position requires thorough knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and ability to use computer for data entry, data retrieval and report preparation. Must be literate in all Microsoft office and Google suite applications. Knowledge and experience with Blackbaud software preferred.
Position requires excellent communications skills, and good interpersonal, organizational, leadership, management and supervisory skills.
Position requires the ability to work independently as well as with staff, faculty, parents and community groups, at all times to exhibit a positive attitude, to be self-motivated and to be able to cope successfully with stressful situations, schedules, and deadlines.
Physical Demands: More than two-thirds of the employee’s time is required to:
Use hands to finger, handle, or feel
More than one-thirds of the employee’s time is required to:
Reach with hands and arms; and
Lift and/or carry up to 25 pounds with or without assistance.
Specific vision ability required by this job includes ability to see the computer screen and to adjust focus to see reports and other accounting documents.
While performing the duties of this job the employee works in a standard office environment where the noise level is usually moderate.
The Director of Finance works in an environment and deals with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines and a diverse array of contacts.
Applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter to: email@example.com
About Chandler School
Organization and Mission
Chandler School is a K-8 Pasadena independent school set on a knoll adjacent to the Rose Bowl and founded in 1950. Chandler School abides by its mission to provide each student with the highest quality and most academically challenging education in a nurturing, balanced and diverse environment. Chandler strives to have its students gain a love of learning, a means of thinking independently and an ability to work collaboratively. A Chandler education seeks to develop good character, self-reliance and a commitment to community in students as a foundation for academic and personal success.
Chandler seeks to sustain a diverse community in which the empathy of every member guides our understanding of human differences. The differences that the School seeks to embrace reflect those in our Pasadena community, our nation, and our world.