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Tri-City Christian Schools

Director of Business Operations

Tri-City Christian Schools
Vista, California, United States

Date Posted: 02/06/2009
Categories: Management
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
The Director of Business Operations will report to the Superintendent of the school. Reporting to the Director of Business Operations will be two FTE whose responsibilities include Transactional Accounting, Financial Reporting, Tax Return Preparation, Banking, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and External Audit.

The following are results the Director of Business Operations is expected to accomplish within the first year:

1.Working with the Superintendent, the Administrative Team, and members of the Board of Directors, the Director of Business Operations will identify key short- and long-term strategic financial issues for the school and develop recommendations for the Superintendent and Finance Committee.

2.In addition to overseeing the schools accounting functions, the Director of Business Operations will be responsible for the following functions:
Designing and managing the schools budgeting process including developing a new budget model.
Generating and regularly updating the five year cash flow forecast.
Developing the five year Strategic Financial Plan to support the schools Strategic Plan.
Ensure compliance with all tax-exempt bond and loan covenant reporting requirements.
Monitoring the market of similar schools in order to keep up to date on such items as tuition and faculty salaries and benefits.
Providing regular reports on variances from budget.
Reporting on the schools investments.
Preparing long-range forecasts.
Other financial management reports and analysis as required.

3.The Director of Business Operations will plan, update, and oversee the schools internal controls and fraud prevention systems and will arrange for a yearly audit of the schools accounting and finances. He or she will also work with other staff members to develop control systems for major construction projects. He or she will assist in the review of the schools risk management profile and make recommendations to the Superintendent and Finance Committee regarding any necessary changes to the schools insurance coverage.

4.The Director of Business Operations will work with the Finance Committee to support the Committees management of the schools endowment and other investment funds. He or she will also be responsible for recommending to the Finance Committee cash management policies that the Director will implement.

The successful candidate will have at least five years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility, having led accounting, reporting, and treasury functions. Significant public accounting and private industry experience desired; not-for-profit or independent school experience helpful but not mandatory. Hands on operating experience of all aspects of a business unit would be desirable.
Track record of building systems, processes, and infrastructures that is self-sustainable and not person-dependent.
Facility in financial modeling using Excel and other tools.
Must be able to act as an advisor to the Superintendent, Finance Committee and Board of Directors.
The Director of Business Operations will be an honest, positive, self-starter who can creatively and passionately manage resources and proactively identify and resolve problems. This individual should be motivated to exceed goals, and set his/her own standards for achieving high performance.
Must be able to become an intellectual member of the management team and be accepted as a trusted and respected professional who gets things done. This person must possess the ability to persuade, convince, and influence others in order to achieve a specific result.
Must be self-motivated and able to demonstrate great individual initiative with the ability to control and move forward on several priorities simultaneously. This includes switching priorities as required without losing momentum.
The successful candidate will be a highly energetic, hands-on individual with a strong work ethic coupled with an enthusiastic and passionate approach to ones work.
Must have the ability to take on greater responsibilities in the future including operating responsibilities associated with being a "business manager" of school.
Must have the vision and courage to break new ground and establish the highest standards of excellence while balancing the day-to-day needs of the organization in a collegial atmosphere.
Requires excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills to articulate and explain complex financial issues to senior staff and board members in a clear non-technical manner.
Must be capable of developing and sustaining close, effective working relationships with other senior staff on matters of interdisciplinary, institutional concern.
Conceptually must be bright with a depth of intellect, able to think strategically, sell ideas, and deal effectively in a collaborative environment.
Demonstrated record as a successful team player, including the ability to develop and maintain a goal-oriented, positive attitude throughout the organization. In addition to the Superintendent, this executive must be able to interface equally well with the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors, executive staff, direct reports, and the general school community.
Must have a strong Christian faith with active participation in his or her own church and be committed to the schools statement of faith and Christian Values

Traits that a candidate must have in order to meet expectations:

1.Godly Person with Servant Leadership
a.Loves God and lives a life that reflect the virtues taught and modeled by Christ including justice, wisdom, courage, service, reconciliation, grace, and humility.
b.Creates conditions for individuals and communities to flourish.
c.Uses role to enable others to become more autonomous.
d.Views organizational purpose and values not as aspirations but as standards for action and requirements of behavior.

2.Identity or Sense of Self
a.Promotes a flexible and evolving individual and organizational identity.
b.Not personally identified with titles, roles, or advocacy positions.
c.Confident but humble.
d.Able to tolerate ambiguity

3.Awareness and Equanimity
a.Deals with difficult issues directly, authentically, and respectfully, both with individuals and in groups.
b.Knows when to hold on, and when to let go.
c.Balances inquiry and advocacy.

4.Business Approach
a.Brings a rigorous, systematic, and disciplined approach to business.
b.Looks past events to patterns and systemic structures.
c.Makes merit-based decisions, balancing risk and reward.
d.Uses tasks to build context or meaning, and to create systems and infrastructure.
e.Manages the tacit and intangible as well as the explicit and tangible.

5.Perceiving and Managing Communities
a.Fosters collaboration to generate collective intelligence.
b.Assumes responsibility for the whole, not just the parts.
c.Employs both hierarchical and communal governance.
d.Promotes loyalty to the communitys principles, not to persons, and discourages deference to authority.

EDUCATION: Minimum: Accounting/Finance degree; a CPA an MBA is highly desirable.