The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, a US 501(c)(3) organization seeks a Director of Finance and Administration. With the support of a consortium of 190 North American colleges and universities, the School is the leading American research and teaching institution in Greece.
The School’s mission is to advance knowledge of Greece in all periods (from antiquity to the present day) by training young scholars, promoting archaeological field work, providing resources for scholarly work, and disseminating research. The School maintains a residence hostel, two world-class libraries and a scientific laboratory in Athens, and carries out excavations in the Athenian Agora and at Ancient Corinth. The administrative offices, development office and publications office are located in Princeton, New Jersey.
While based in Princeton, this position plays a critical role in overseeing the School’s business operations in both the United States and Greece. The School has an annual operating budget of $10M.
This is a hands-on job which requires a problem-solving leader with strong influencing, communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the flexibility to think and act across multiple levels of the organization simultaneously. The ideal candidate will be motivated and energetic, demonstrate a commitment to honest and ethical practices, and be able to find appropriate solutions for a multi-faceted organization and to work effectively within a diverse international culture.
The position reports to the Board Treasurer on financial matters and to the Executive Director on administrative matters, interacts with Board committees and the business office in Athens, and oversees one staff accountant in the Princeton office. The position requires limited domestic and international travel.
Financial Leadership, Planning and Management
Duties include: helping to define the organization’s financial strategy via multi-year projections, managing financial reporting, and communicating financial requirements and implications of business/budget decisions to the administration and trustees.
Develops and leads the annual budget process, monitors budget implementation, and provides timely reporting and analysis.
Oversees the approval and processing of revenues, expenses, investments and general ledger; numerous and varied restricted and endowment accounts; account maintenance; and data entry and consolidation of Greek financial activity.
Analyzes cash flows, euro currency needs/activity, cost controls, expenses and investments; provides guidance and analysis to ensure accuracy and credibility of all financial reporting.
Insures the financial/accounting systems function as needed and improves where necessary. Reviews and maintains internal control procedures. Prepares annual financial statements and leads the external audit in the US while coordinating with the General Manager and business office for the audit in Greece.
Ensures compliance with government regulatory requirements, audit standards, and federal and state tax and charitable filings.
Effectively manages bank and other financial relationships. Annually reviews insurance, IT and other US service providers and where necessary makes appropriate changes.
Oversees Human Resource policies and ensures compliance with all applicable laws and policies. Administers US payroll and employee benefit plans.
Working with the development office and other stakeholders, guides restricted gifts and grant management, provides all necessary financial reports and monitors the proper use of restricted income and expense.
Maintains continuous lines of communications throughout the organization, keeping the Board, the (academic) Managing Committee, the School Director and Executive Director informed of issues requiring attention.
Supervises the US business office staff and provides support to the Managing Committee, the School Director, and the business office in Greece.
Deep knowledge of accounting and finance with a strong preference for a CPA.
Five+ years of financial management experience in the non-profit sector.
Willingness to roll up one’s sleeves and work hands-on.
Strong team player with track record of collaborating with senior leadership, Board of Trustees and other key constituent groups.
Experience overseeing HR, legal and risk management.
Familiarity with Blackbaud Financial Edge.
Preferable start date: 12/1/2017
Please submit cover letter and resume via e-mail to RJR@ASCSA.ORG with "Director of Finance" in subject line.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary and benefits