Founded in 1970, Oak Hall School is guided by the ideals of "Scholarship, Leadership, and Service," Oak Hall School serves students from diverse backgrounds who can benefit from a challenging college preparatory program. We are committed to the liberal arts tradition, which sees education as the worthy pursuit of a lifetime, an end to itself as well as a means toward personal and social growth.
We believe in the power of a liberal arts education to transform lives, to develop unique talents, to enhance self-esteem, to build character, and to inspire a life-long love of learning. We seek to nurture in young people the qualities of intelligence, wisdom, and moral commitment, and to foster in them an impassioned curiosity about the world around them as well as the imagination to seek new solutions to problems.
Oak Hall School is committed to providing students with a family-like learning environment that is physically safe and emotionally supportive, where intelligence and compassion are highly valued, and where close relationships between students and teachers are encouraged.
Oak Hall School also seeks to provide many opportunities for our young people to develop in areas beyond acquiring essential academic skills. Our relatively small size, coupled with an array of extracurricular options, make it possible for each one of our students to play a leadership role in the rich daily life of our community. It is this unique blend of environment and opportunities - academic, athletic, artistic, and service - that provides students with the motivation to achieve academic excellence, to become leaders within their community, and to develop a strong sense of personal and social responsibility.
Why Work at Oak Hall School?
Every employee at Oak Hall is dedicated to promoting the ideals of "Scholarship, Leadership and Service," and to the nurturing of their students as they pass from kindergarten through high school and beyond. Working at Oak Hall is not simply a career, it's a passion, and as such, it requires a wholehearted belief in the importance of developing young minds in a supportive environment.
Oak Hall School is seeking a pro-active and collaborative leader for our next Director of Finance. Working closely with the Head of School and the Finance Committee, the Director of Finance will guide the financial operations of the School by providing strategic oversight (and insight) and by directing the School’s accounting functions. The Director of Finance develops and maintains efficient, effective financial operations, prepares financial analyses, and ensures that appropriate policies, procedures, and internal controls are maintained, safeguarding the organization and facilitating sound financial management. The position requires interaction and teamwork with the Head of School, senior administrators, faculty members, staff, vendors, and the Board of Directors.
Supervision of the accounting function in the daily operation of the business office, including cash management, general ledger, students accounts receivable and billing, payroll and accounts payable.
Responsible for timely preparation and distribution of monthly financial statements and supporting schedules
Directs all treasury activities, including banking services, investing, cash management, and reporting
Prepare for and participate in the annual audit of the school’s finances
Development of the annual operating budget and capital budgets in partnership with the Head of School and Finance Committee of the Board of Directors
Monitor the annual operating budget
Provides financial information as necessary to the Head of School, Finance Committee, and Board of Directors
Provide pro-active rather than reactive solutions to business and financial issues that face independent school
Recruitment, interviewing, hiring, and supervision of Accounting staff
Evaluates and adjusts as needed the systems used in the billing and collection of accounts and timely payment of invoices; ensure that dealings with parents, faculty, staff, and vendors are done in a positive manner
Takes a lead role in risk management at the school; ensures that appropriate levels of insurance are maintained to protect the school's property and to cover the school's liability.
Partners with the Director of Human Resources on maintenance of benefit packages (insurance and retirement) for all categories of employees
Partners with the Advancement Office as a resource in the establishment and achievement of team objectives
Partners with the Admissions Office in enrollment management and in the development of financial aid strategies
Supervise the Director of Maintenance, and Director of Security
Provide oversight for campus safety, facilities, maintenance, custodial vendors, and facility rentals
Meets with direct reports both individually, and collectively as a department, to establish and address key strategic and ground level issues and create action plans to fulfill them
Works with the Head of School and Director of Maintenance for oversight of new construction and renovation of existing buildings
Develop and provide strategic financial forecasting to support leadership decision making
Serve as a member of the One School senior leadership team
Ensure that effective internal controls are in place and ensure compliance with GAAP and applicable federal, state and local regulatory laws and rules for financial, tax, and financial institution reporting
Responsibility for monitoring various funds
Responsible for the completion of annual surveys and other reports that are relevant to institutional bench-marking and data-driven decision making
Seeks and participates in opportunities for professional growth and networking to be fully engaged in discovering, considering, pursuing, and implementing, as appropriate, best practices in this role, particularly within the independent school community
A minimum of 5 years’ successful experience in a CFO or Director of Finance or similar role
Must possess strong finance, accounting, budgeting, and cash management skills
Must possess excellent judgment with the ability to approach issues with a keen understanding of the varied interests of all stakeholders within an independent school community
Must have the people skills and leadership style to effectively manage and mentor a team and inspire co-workers as a respected member of the school community
Non-profit GAAP accounting knowledge preferred
Experience in an independent school or other non-profit setting preferred
Strong computer skills
Financial modeling and forecasting skills required
Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills with a demonstrated ability, willingness, and judgment to communicate effectively and relate well to students, parents, faculty, staff, Board, and others
An extraordinary work ethic and the ability to accept and meet unexpected challenges with grace and a positive attitude
Familiarity with financial and business issues associated with a large physical plant
A high degree of professionalism, collegiality, and personal conduct both in and outside of school
Enthusiasm and commitment to the vision and mission of the School