Director of Business Affairs Houston Christian High School
Houston Christian (HC) is accepting applications for the position of Director of Business Affairs to begin in 2022. The Director of Business Affairs, under the direction of the Head of School, supervises the financial and facilities transactions and processes for the School. The Director of Business Affairs is the chief financial officer of the School and a principal leader in areas of operations, financial strategy, and policy. Under the direction of the Head of School, the Director of Business Affairs is a member of the Administrative Team and is a thought-partner as well as a hands-on participative manager leading teams of personnel in the areas of accounting, financial operations, business planning, human resources, administration, facilities management, risk management, and other operational and administrative services including health services and food services. The Director of Business Affairs serves as a member of the technology planning team. This position assists and reports to the Head of School, supervises the Business Office, facilities, and clinic teams, and works in collaboration with all administrators, staff, and faculty. This is a full-time and exempt position.
Bachelor’s Degree required, MBA/CPA or related degree preferred.
Minimum five years of overall broad financial and operations management experience, Experience with not-for-profit organizations preferred.
Accounting management skills required.
Ability to translate financial concepts to and effectively collaborate with other administrators in areas of admissions, marketing, fundraising, and education.
Proficient in basic technology applications (i.e. MS Word, Excel). Google Apps knowledge is beneficial (i.e. Google Drive, Google Docs, Gmail).
Strong interpersonal and supervisory skills.
Must be self-starting and able to multitask. Excellent verbal, visual, written, and interpersonal communication skills are required. A successful track record in setting priorities, keen analytical, organization and problem solving skills and in sound decision-making.
Contribution to the life of the school outside of regular duties is expected.
Represent the school in a positive light and be a strong spokesperson for the school.
Exhibits the qualities and characteristics of a mature Christian leader as evidenced by personal integrity, credibility, and commitment to the Mission of the School.
Specific job description is below.
Interested candidates may complete and submit the Houston Christian Professional Application with the Administrator philosophy questions, a cover letter, and resume to email@example.com. Instructions and the application are accessible from the Employment page at www.houstonchristian.org. Resumes are not reviewed without the complete HC application.
While HC gives preference to members of the Christian faith, the School is committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis [“protected class”] including, but not limited to: veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth, or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law except those exclusions specifically provided to Religious Organizations. The School is a Religious Organization as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and accordingly reserves the right to employ persons who profess a Christian faith and have a philosophy of ministry similar to ours.
Houston Christian High School inspires young people to lead by uniting faith, intellect and gifts to reach their greatest promise. Serving grades 9-12, the school draws from public, private, and parochial schools across Houston. The school’s state-of-the-art facilities sit on a 45-acre campus, which houses the award-winning academic, athletic, and arts programs. The school is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Council of Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA), and the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC). HC is located at 2700 W. Sam Houston Parkway N., Houston, Texas, 77043.
Director of Business Affairs Houston Christian High School
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Daily hours are variable. Office hours are to be 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as duties permit. The Director of Business Affairs is expected to be available to faculty, administrators, support staff and Head of School, as needed. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.
This is an exempt position. Salary is based upon experience and qualifications and is paid in semi-monthly installments.
Fringe benefits include premiums paid for employee’s group hospitalization insurance (less employee paid portion), life insurance, social security, and eligibility for retirement plan participation.
Paid holidays coincide with teachers’ holidays during the school year. Vacation is per Faculty/Staff Handbook and is scheduled and agreed upon between the employee and supervisor.
Sick leave, personal business, and absence benefits are as per Faculty/Staff Handbook.
REPORTS TO:Head of School
The Director of Business Affairs, under the direction of the Head of School, supervises the financial and facilities transactions and processes for the School. The Director of Business Affairs is the chief financial officer of the School and a principal leader in areas of operations, financial strategy, and policy. Under the direction of the Head of School, the Director of Business Affairs is a member of the Administrative Team and is a thought-partner as well as a hands-on participative manager leading teams of personnel in the areas of accounting, financial operations, business planning, human resources, administration, facilities management, risk management, and other operational and administrative services including health services and food services. The Director of Business Affairs serves as a member of the technology planning team. This position assists and reports to the Head of School, supervises the Business Office, facilities, and clinic teams, and works in collaboration with all administrators, staff, and faculty. This is a full-time and exempt position.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES:
Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning processes, administrer and review all financial plans and budgets, monitor progress and changes, and keep the leadership team abreast of the School’s financial status.
Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner.
Coordinate and lead the annual financial audit process.
Liaise with the external auditors and the finance committee.
Manage cash flow and cash forecasting, manage investment and endowment pools.
Oversee contracts and a robust contracts management system to ensure that contractual billing and collections are followed.
Update and implement all necessary business policies and processes and accounting practices as well as the policies and procedural manuals.
Effectively communicate and present critical financial matters to the Head of School and Board of Trustees.
ADDITIONAL MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES:
Directly supervise the Facilities Manager and the maintenance/security/custodial functions. Manage school property and insurance programs, advising the Head of School and Board of any changes.
Liaise with contractors and the Facilities Committee for all renovation, replacement and construction projects.
Manage facilities usage by third parties as a revenue source including risk management, contracts, and fees.
Acquire and manage equipment leases and maintenance.
Directly supervise the school health services personnel and oversee all policies and procedures regarding health and physical safety.
Solicit, review and/or prepare bid specifications, obtain bids or price quotations, tabulate bids, and execute contracts as prescribed by Board policy.
Develop and administer a program for purchasing all supplies, materials and equipment in a responsible, cost effective and accurate manner.
Directly supervise the Human Resources Manager and lead annual benefit plans and policies changes. Enhance compensation and benefits through research and strategic initiatives,
Oversee the preparation of annual employee contracts and compensation letters in conjunction with recommendations for continuance by the Head of School and Principal.
Oversee the process of application and awarding of Indexed Tuition. Research and design the program and the process to maximize net tuition and enrollment goals.
Meet and deal effectively and transparently with parents, employees, trustees, and third-party vendors and consultants.
Assist the Technology team with the selection and procurement of resources and training, with particular attention to opportunities using grant funds for procurement. Select and oversee software installations where appropriate and organize staff training in certain applications especially in reducing risk of cyber threats.
Research financial and management topics and related legal issues for the purposes of evaluating compliance requirements and potential implications on operations
Follow federal and state laws as well as school Board policies.
Serve as resource person to the Head of School and Board of Trustees in matters pertaining to federal, state and local regulations, School policy, and best practices.
Provide input into school-wide decisions with the leadership team when appropriate.
Fulfill the expectations for staff members as stated in the Faculty/Staff Handbook, including a vital, personal faith in Jesus Christ.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School
Houston Christian (HC) is an independent, non-profit, coeducational, college preparatory school of 500+ students in grades 9-12 and is located on a state-of-the-art, beautifully appointed 45-acre campus in Houston, Texas.
HC provides rigorous academic programs designed to prepare every student for collegiate study and opportunities beyond the classroom. Founded in 1997 with a vision to establish an interdenominational college preparatory high school, Houston Christian is accredited by highly regarded Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS), and is a member of the Southern Preparatory Conference (SPC) for athletics.
HC is also home to the George and Barbara Bush Center for Scholars and Leaders, a leadership center inspired by the legacy of leadership of the former US President George Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush.
HC’s guiding principles are integrated into all curricular and co-curricular programs and
provide a cohesive focus in serving its diverse student body. Those core values are:
H - Demonstrate integrity through ethical decision-making.
C - Serve one another in harmony with honesty and humility.
H - Pursue the id...eals of the Christian faith in heart, mind and action.
S - Cultivate intellectual vitality through the curriculum.
Governance has proven to be highly successful led by a dedicated and talented Board of Trustees under the leadership of the Head of School.
Through a strong and rigorous college preparatory curriculum, HC challenges students of
diverse academic, cultural and religious backgrounds to lead by uniting faith, intellect and gifts to allow them to reach their greatest promise. HC’s classroom is one of local, national and international opportunities encouraging students to become leaders of influence and world changers for the greater good.
The student body is composed of students from both public and private middle schools.
The socio-economic profile is, by and large, one of above average income, with 29% students of color and 17% receiving financial aid.
HC offers 16 Advanced Placement courses and 37% of the students are enrolled in one or more AP courses. HC boasts a range of 75% - 85% average pass rate for all AP courses and a 100% pass rate in BC calculus courses 100% pass rate over the last five years. SAT scores average 1109 and ACT scores average 25 (all students are required to take both of these tests).
HC’s college placement profile reflects a range of 40% out-of-state matriculation and 100% of HC students attend college (95% choosing a four-year institution).
HC consistently places 1 or more students in a military service academy each year.
Under the guidance of the schools two chaplains, a large percentage (40%+) of the
students choose to participate in optional student-to-student discipleship and/or adult-to-student mentorship groups, helping students to mature in their faith and understand
their role as student leaders
The Drake Performing Arts Center houses the performing and visual arts programs led by 8 dedicated faculty members with a vision and passion to provide a forum for student talent and abilities. Musical theater participates in the nationally recognized Tommy Tune Awards annually winning as many as 11 nominations. In 2014’s production, Beauty and the Beast, HC received the most nominations of all public and private entries in the greater Houston community.
Over 80% of the HC student body participates in one or more sports each school year.
21 sports are offered for men and women. HC has enjoyed state titles in
basketball, baseball and several other areas. As members of the SPC, HC
Provide a healthy balance and understanding between academic and co-curricular programs.
HC’s excellent faculty leads in all educational endeavors. Predicated on the
belief that all students can reach academic success and maximize their leadership potential, the faculty serve as role models for the student body. Of the 52+ faculty members, 54% hold advanced degrees, 100% participate in professional growth opportunities, at least 50% assume leadership positions in educational forums/workshops, several are published authors, and numerous teachers serve as AP readers. All share a commitment to inspire students to look beyond their local community and find a unique position of global influence. Dedicated to fostering a dynamic and engaging learning environment, HC offers students opportunities to stretch their intellectual abilities, develop leadership skills and explore a wide range of interests from athletics to fine arts to world missions.
• International Leadership Program - Each summer the George and Barbara Bush Center for Scholars and Leaders conducts an international program for student from around the world. Students come to Houston for an opportunity to live with students and families from HCHS while developing a foundational understand of leadership, gaining a broader cultural and historic perspective, and engaging with industry leaders concerning global issues.
• The Distinguished Scholars Program - Offers gifted students the opportunity to develop life long scholarship skills. Students who participate in this program, master building blocks of learning, are inspired to seek knowledge, explore new ideas and perspectives, and are driven to reach a level of expertise through research based activities in a chosen field of study.
• Passport to Lead - This program is designed to develop students into leaders by equipping them to reach for a higher standard and to lead with honor, conviction, and integrity. The program for all students includes five major domains; Spiritual, Personal, Interpersonal, Managerial and Organizational which are supported by principles that form the foundation of training across the school’s curriculum. This extensive leadership training program is one of the key components of the George and Barbara Bush Center for Scholars and Leaders, housed on the HCHS campus.
• Program for College Readiness - PCR is a limited enrollment program designed for students with mild to moderate learning disabilities and average to superior intelligence. A dedicated and highly experienced faculty work within a supportive environment to help students boost the learning, thinking and communications skills both inside and outside of the classroom.
• Beyond These Walls - HCHS students have opportunities to travel the world on multiple faculty led trips. The annual Globe Trek allows students to develop a travel experience to remote regions of the world to study first hand the cultural and historic significance of the areas visited. This year's Globe Trek will be to Peru. There is also a WWII Excursion to London, Bastogne, Berlin and Normandy and a Fine Arts Trip to Germany and Austria. There is a Christian mission trip to Turkey planned for June 2015. A highlight of the summer trips is the Colorado Wilderness Trip in July where students backpack the challenging Rockies and peak a "fourteener". Additionally, the college counseling department sponsors trips to colleges in specific regions of the country.
• Classroom Technology – Houston Christian is proud to be the second longest running 1:1 laptop program in the Houston educational community. Its commitment to being on the cutting edge of technology permeates all facets of the educational program and is supported by a strong technology department. Upon enrolling in HC, students purchase a laptop package and apply integrative techniques throughout their educational experience to enrich their local and global research skills for future learning. HC is committed to continuing its support of technological advancement as part of 21st century education.
Upon acceptance at HC, the whole family becomes a part of the HC community and parents become members of the Mustang Parent Council (MPC). The MPC is a centralized parent organization that represents the interests of parents by promoting a strong, supportive, unified community.
The MPC works effectively with the staff, faculty, administration, and Board of Trustees to achieve the institutional goals of HC through service and enhancement activities. The MPC provides volunteers that enrich spiritual, academic, leadership, fine arts and athletic activities, and it gives parents opportunities for meaningful participation in their students’ education while maintaining a healthy respect for and support of school policies and procedures. The Mustang Parent Council’s slogan is One School-One Voice and the contributions of time, talents and treasures of this organization are one of the many strengths of the school’s ability to grow and thrive.