The German International School Washington D.C. is seeking an experienced and highly qualified Business Director who will manage the day-to-day business operations and oversee non-pedagogical departments while ensuring compliance with German and US laws and regulations. The German International School is a co-educational, bilingual private school, pre-K through 12th grade, educating over 500 students from more than twenty countries.
The Business Director will work closely with the Board of Directors and the Head of School to develop and implement a strategic plan to ensure immediate operational excellence and long-term sustainability of the school.
The core operational responsibilities of the Business Director include the following, and other duties as necessary:
General Business Management School Relations and Communication Financial Management Compliance Personnel Management
Manage and oversee the daily administrative operations of the German International School Washington D.C.
Lead and supervise the non-teaching administrative functions including Accounting, HR, IT, Facilities, Bus Services, Bookstore, Medical Services and Cafeteria, Communication, Advancement and Admissions.
Provide excellent customer service to parents, staff, and students.
Ensure operational integrity including process improvement as well as compliance with all applicable local and German laws and regulations, regulatory reporting, contractual obligations and zoning regulations.
Work with the school board to ensure the fiscal health of the School for effective operation and long-term sustainability.
Together with the Head of School, the Advancement Manager, and Board Members, cultivate and maintain effective relationships with the school community, the German Embassy, funding authorities in Germany, local leadership and other public and private partners.
Manage and oversee the operational budget and financial reporting process, ensuring proper accounting and cash management.
Maintain a productive relationship with the Employees’ Association.
Support the work of the Board with respect to financial planning and administrative oversight.
Establish and implement administrative policies and procedures.
Develop a long-term personnel plan to manage the recruitment and retention of a high quality, motivated and diverse administrative team.
Represent and advocate for the School at local and state levels in the US and Germany.
Work closely with the Head of School, Board of Directors and Advancement Manager to develop and implement a strategic plan to attract new students and retain current students.
Minimal travel; attendance required during some evening and weekend events and meetings.
The ideal candidate will have:
At least ten (10) years of management experience with a record of success in establishing strategic paths for growth; effectively assembling, leading and motivating a team of professionals; and creatively tapping a wide range of resources to achieve success;
Understanding of the rules and regulations applicable to independent schools in the US;
A track record of initiating change and managing growth at an educational organization preferred;
A track record of successfully running and managing the finances of a multi-million dollar operation;
Proven ability to develop meaningful relationships with diverse stakeholders in a multi-cultural environment, as well as managing and resolving conflicts;
Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills
Fluency in English required, fluency in German preferred
A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited, four-year university; an advanced degree in business, accounting or finance is preferred.
Please submit your letter of interest and resume, along with a writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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