Summary: The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) must be an effective leader who can manage information, people, and processes. As such, s/he must be skillful in dealing effectively with a wide variety of issues, situations, and problems in collaboration with leadership, the Board, employees, and parents. The CFO must be able to produce consistently high quality work, and inspire and motivate others to work toward school goals. The CFO must exemplify Dawson’s Core Beliefs in all interactions.
Essential Functions: The essential duties and responsibilities of this position include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Collaborating with Executive and Senior leadership to develop strategic goals for the School that align with the mission and the vision set forth by the Board of Trustees
Budgeting and long-range financial planning for a $12 million operation
Preparing the annual operating and capital budgets for Board approval and any additional reports necessary to assist them with their review of the budget
Managing the approved budget and preparing monthly and annual financial reports
Managing banking relationships and overseeing the investment portfolio and cash position of the organization
Supervising the following functions and related staff: Financial Reporting, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll & Benefits, Human Resources, and Information Technology
Developing and managing a system of internal controls and providing oversight in order to ensure the operating effectiveness of the system
Managing risk, including liability insurance, claims, class trips, and related areas
Interacting with governmental entities, licensing, and professional organizations such as the State of Nevada, NAIS, NWAIS, NAEYC, etc.
Serving as school liaison for construction projects
Collaborating with the Head of School and the Director of Campus Operations to assure appropriate resource allocation for ongoing and future campus operations and facility maintenance
Other duties as assigned by the Head of School
Adaptability – Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events
Confidentiality – Maintains confidential information
Customer Service – Solicits customer feedback to improve service
Dependability – Keeps commitments
Ethics – Treats people with respect regardless of position; upholds organizational values
Innovation – Develops innovative approaches and ideas
Integrity – Must display ethical behavior at all times; must have trust and respect of staff, board members and parent body. Commitment to confidentiality is imperative. A highly ethical person who treats all parties with courtesy and professionalism.
Interpersonal – Ability to form substantive and productive relationships with a wide variety of constituents
Judgment – Exhibits sound and accurate judgment
Math – Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages
Oral /Written Communication – Excellent writing and verbal communication skills; ability to write routine reports and correspondence; ability to speak effectively to various constituents including parents, employees and board members of the organization in a clear, persuasive and positive manner
Presentation – Ability to create thoughtful and compelling presentations using appropriate software programs; ability to speak effectively and persuasively before groups of parents, employees and board members
Problem Solving – Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics; ability to perform root cause analysis to solve complex problems
Project Management – Ability to manage multiple projects across functions including follow up and timely resolution of issues
Professionalism – Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; must possess a high level of diplomacy
Research minded – Seeks out all available information to constantly improve and enhance existing systems and processes, and to support the implementation of new systems and processes; learns and applies new concepts and ideas to move the school forward
Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions
Strategic Thinking – Identifies internal and external threats and opportunities; analyzes market and competition; understands how the organization’s parts make up the whole, and how to make and act on decisions that will move the entire organization toward established goals
Teamwork - Ability to work independently and in teams; contributes to building a positive team spirit
Values – Uphold the mission, values and core beliefs of the Alexander Dawson School
Individual should be proficient in computer systems and programs including Word Processing, Spreadsheet, and Accounting software
Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university in either Finance or Accounting plus a minimum of five years of experience managing accounting and finance functions at a Director level or above. A Certified Public Accountant is preferred.
A working knowledge of accounting principles and practices in independent school and non-profit sectors is preferred.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
About The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain
The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain is a coeducational, nondenominational, independent day school for college-bound students in preschool (age 3) through Middle School (8th grade). Our school is located on a 40-acre site in the foothills of the mountains west of Las Vegas in the community of Summerlin. Dawson offers our 600 students wonderful facilities and great teaching. Built at a... cost of more than $35 million, our campus includes an Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) for three- and four-year-olds with low teacher-to-student ratios (1 to 8). The Lower School (Kindergarten – 4th grade) and Upper School (5th -8th grade) are taught in state-of-the-art classroom buildings. We are proud to offer more than $1 million each year in financial aid to qualified families. In addition, we offer four foreign languages, including Mandarin, and several merit-based scholarships for Middle School students.