Gilbert Christian Schools is currently accepting applications for the position of Business Director. This is an ideal position for an individual who desires to have a positive impact on Gilbert Christian Schools through providing leadership to the finance, human resources, IT and facilities departments. This is an excellent opportunity for a follower of Christ to use his/her gifts to make Gilbert Christian more effective at serving the Christian community. The successful candidate will be a visionary who can lead the business aspects of GCS to greater levels of excellence as we grow. This individual reports to the Superintendent.
The Business Director will work in close partnership with the Superintendent to oversee all aspects of the Gilbert Christian School’s finances and operations and will have an energetic, collaborative, highly professional and mission-driven focus. Primary responsibilities include development and management of the operating budget, strategic financial planning, facilities management, risk management, and oversight of human resources and the technology program.
The Business Director must be able to function at a very high, strategic level, while also attending to details and the day-to-day functioning of the school. S/he must be forward-thinking as a partner with the Superintendent and board leadership, modeling scenarios and projections, and evaluating the pros and cons of any initiative under consideration.
This position reports directly to the Superintendent, is a member of the Administrative Team, and oversees five departments – Human Resources, Development, Finance, Facilities and Technology.
Develop and manage the annual operating budget and periodically report operating results to the Superintendent and Board.
Establish effective financial models and projections for strategic and long-term planning to ensure the long-term sustainability of Gilbert Christian Schools and provide adequate resources for new initiatives.
Oversee the administration of the School’s banking and borrowing activities, ensuring compliance with Board policies and bank/bond covenants.
Establish appropriate internal controls to safeguard the school’s assets and monitor compliance.
Oversee the audit of the school’s financial statements.
Ensure that the school’s employment policies are fair, consistent and well-defined for all employee groups.
Evaluate and benchmark staffing and compensation to ensure adequacy, reasonableness, and competitiveness.
Oversee the administration of the employee benefit programs.
Oversee evaluations of staff in support of Superintendent
Operations and Facilities
Oversee all school operations including technology, facilities, and campus security.
Oversee the food service program and manage the relationship with the outside vendors providing the program.
Develop and present recommendations for the improvement of facilities and grounds and oversee the implementation of approved projects. Oversee and coordinate the activities of architects and contractors for renovations or new construction.
Develop and maintain a long-term plan for renovation, replacement, and maintenance of the school’s facilities, grounds, and technology systems.
Manage risk to ensure the safety of employees, students, and visitors in their use of the facilities.
Ensure emergency management procedures and plans are maintained and communicated to employees and that adequate school drills and procedures are performed throughout the school year.
Ensure that the website provides a quality experience for both current and prospective families.
Oversee risk management for the safety and security of personnel, plant, and operations including the negotiation and maintenance of the property, casualty and liability insurance profiles.
Ensure that the school is in compliance with all local, state, and federal reporting requirements.
Establish policies, procedures, standards, and strategies for all areas of responsibility.
Continually improve professional competence through offsite and onsite educational meetings, conferences and workshops.
Other projects and responsibilities may be added at the school’s discretion.
Oversee the strategic use of communication to the GCS community.
Oversee development department execution of fundraising events and annual giving program
Develop and implement strategies to increase non-tuition revenue
Maintain and enhance financial support of local businesses through marketing opportunities
Oversee rental of facilities
Bachelor’s degree required; MBA or CPA preferred.
Ten plus years of financial and business leadership and experience on a senior administrative team.
Strong financial and managerial skills.
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills.
Effective workflow management and acumen.
Demonstrated leadership and facilitative skills.
Excellent negotiator who is experienced in contracts and comfortable interfacing with legal team.
Skill and experience in managing and developing staff.
Strong proficiency in a variety of computer software applications; Excel, PowerPoint, Google docs, and financial information systems.
A strong relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ
Support of the Gilbert Christian School’s Statement of Faith
Gilbert Christian Schools serves approximately 1100 students on three campuses in Gilbert, Arizona. Gilbert is a growing community in Phoenix's East Valley. Gilbert has been selected by various sources as one of the top cities in the nation for raising a family and safety.
Gilbert Christian Schools opened a second K8 campus this past year to add to the existing K8 and high school, and we ex...pect to grow to a capacity of 1400 students system-wide in the next couple of years. Gilbert Christian has no direct relationship with a church and serves Christian families from approximately 50 churches in the area.