Choice Schools
  • Choice Schools Associates - Central Office
  • Wyoming, MI, USA
  • Full Time

The high-performing position of Chief of School Finance and Operations at Choice Schools plays a strategic leadership role in advancing the mission of Choice and the schools we serve. This position is a critical strategic partner to the Chief Executive Officer and Area Superintendents in all aspects of school finance and operations in compliance with federal, state, and local laws. The CSFO is responsible for the following departments and staff: School finance (Accounting), Facilities, Food Service, Transportation, and Risk Management. The CSFO is a member of the Executive Leadership Team. Finally, this position leads school financial audits, new academy startups, short-term financing, grant management, and long-term facilities planning and funding..

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Overall duties and responsibilities and those driven by the Choice School's mission and Strategic Direction:

  • Oversee the financial procedures of the schools in the Choice portfolio, architect the financial forecasts, and engineer the school's financial strategy with the help of the school finance directors.
  • Provides leadership for the financial requirements, funding implications, and procurement of goods and services for all building projects.
  • Provide leadership and oversight of schools' monthly operating statements, secure an annual audit of the school's financial records and position, oversee financial investments and establish yearly budget goals.
  • Collaborate with the school finance directors and Area Superintendents to lead and manage the school's annual budget-setting process and establish a consistent method of budget-to-actual reporting for all school budget managers.
  • Leads the efforts and coordinates with appropriate school leadership to implement financial and operational risk management policies and maintain proper levels of insurance to protect the property and cover the school's liability.
  • Develops partnerships with the corporate sector, the nonprofit community, and civic organizations and represents the company at various regional, state, and national associations.
  • Identifies areas of opportunity for continuous improvement and leads large-scale project initiatives for efficiency improvements through technology and streamlined processes.
  • Lead, manage and hold accountable the school finance directors and the Director of School Operations, leading each school's financial stability and operational success.
  • Performs other duties as required by the CEO.

SCHOOL FINANCE (ACCOUNTING) 50%

  • Directs and advises on all accounting activities implemented at the school level by the School Finance Director.
  • Maintains compliance with GAAP in the management and structure of all accounting practices.
  • Provides oversight for annual review and revision of student enrollment contracts/coordinates with the admissions team to ensure a timely and accurate online enrollment process.
  • Provides regular reporting and consulting to the Head of School, Board of Trustees, and various Board Committees.
  • Direct the process of property acquisition and delivery of new school construction-coordinate construction-related projects and activities to ensure good stewardship of bond proceeds.

SCHOOL OPERATIONS (SCHOOL NUTRITION, FACILITY MANAGEMENT, TRANSPORTATION, AND RISK MANAGEMENT): 30%

  • Supervises the Director of School Operations and assists with school operational budget preparation, site and facility planning, and procurement of goods and services that follow state and board policy.
  • Review vendor contracts with appropriate department leaders (i.e., transportation, landscaping, janitorial, HVAC, telephones, copiers, mail machines, and telecommunication services).
  • Ensures that all school facilities comply with state and federal regulations and monitor completion of any necessary corrective action while promoting and working toward green, environmentally friendly building and grounds care solutions.
  • Ensures that all schools have the desired mapping software or systems that provide timely transportation with the shortest possible travel time by students.
  • Monitors and ensures that all transportation staff possess the appropriate training from the ISD and are re-certified according to state guidelines.
  • Maintain and direct activities related to the District's safety and security efforts.
  • Participate in the planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating objectives established by the Board of Education or the Area Superintendent.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES: 30%

  • Participates as a member of the executive leadership team to provide and take information in support of critical operational decisions and as an administrative team member providing routine administrative functions for the district.
  • Assists with other duties upon request and approval of the CEO, Vice President, and President.
  • Presents information and in-service activities to provide information and knowledge related to the job goal.
  • Shares responsibility for professional, cooperative staff relations essential to the company's operation.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Business Administration or a related field is required.
  • MBA or related advanced degree is strongly preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience in a CFO, Controller, or Assistant CFO / Controller / Business Manager role (Director of Finance and Operations) required.
  • Experience with non-profits or independent schools is highly desirable.
  • Strong background in finance, budgeting, investing, and cash management required.
  • Previous supervisory experience is required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Ability to simultaneously manage various issues, situations, and people.
  • Detail-oriented, with excellent time-management skills.
  • Ability to be autonomous, self-motivated, and driven, as well as have a team approach.
  • Understanding of the broad context of Michigan's charter environment.
  • Outstanding communication skills--ability to communicate with all constituents, including School Boards, maintenance staff, parents, students, vendors, faculty, staff, etc.
  • Advanced technology skills include Word, Outlook, Excel, accounting, and database management software.
  • General digital literacy (using a laptop, connecting to the network, internet safety, operating a network phone system and copier system, etc.).
  • Advanced skills in MS Office Suite products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), web applications such as Google Suite, video conferencing, and database management software; ability to master standard automated systems and confidently learn new technology.
  • Open and collaborative management style.
  • A high degree of integrity and ethics, with an unwavering commitment to confidentiality.
  • Strong customer service orientation and the ability to professionally represent Choice Schools and the schools we serve.

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Choice Schools offers a full comprehensive benefits plan, including health care, a competitive 401(K) plan, professional development, and much more. View our benefits options here - https://choiceschools.com/careers/careers-choice-experience/

Please contact Tony Schmid, Chief Executive Officer, directly with questions at tonyschmid@choiceschools.com. Choice Schools Associates is an equal opportunity employer.

Written: 07/23/22

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