The New School offers high school students a unique opportunity to discover their passions through a blend of rigorous academics and community-engaged learning. Located in the heart of Atlanta, we treat the city as an essential classroom where learning is fueled by students’ curiosity. We are a community of about 90 students in grades 9-12 with 15 faculty members. Now in our 8th year, we seek a Director of Business Operations and Finance to fill a newly created critical leadership position. The DBO will join a collaborative and growth-minded team and report directly to the Head of School. The DBO is responsible for managing the financial operations of the school in addition to the human resources, facilities and grounds, information technology, and risk management functions. This is an exciting opportunity for a school or non-profit leader eager to grow in a challenging and supportive environment.
Challenges and Opportunities
The Director of Finance and Operations will oversee an operating budget of approximately $1.2 million. The New School has grown each of the last seven years and is now contemplating an expansion phase. We face the ongoing challenge of providing an excellent high school education at a tuition that is much more affordable than other private high schools in the city. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work with conflicting demands in a busy and unpredictable school environment.
We are committed to creating a learning community that looks like the city of Atlanta. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
The New School offers a solid compensation package, including a competitive salary structure, medical, dental and vision insurance in addition to a retirement savings plan and annual professional development.
Conduct the day-to-day operation of the business office including payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash management, financial accounting, contract management, and most purchasing functions in coordination with external bookkeepers or accountants
Manage, develop, and direct the annual operating budget. Plan and prepare forecasts of the financial condition of the school
Report to the Head of School and the Board of Trustees on the results of the present operations of the school, pro forma projections for future operations, and annual audits of the financial statements of the school
Direct financial aid process and oversee financial aid decisions
Maintain compliance with governmental regulations and changing regulatory environment by staying current on law and regulations that may affect compliance. File all required regulatory reports, including State charity registrations and annual reporting.
Establish policies, procedures, standards, and strategies for areas of responsibility and provide appropriate internal controls and strengths to safeguard the school’s assets
In partnership with the Head of the School and other staff and trustees, evaluate, pursue, and manage additional (non-tuition) revenue-generating opportunities using the school’s resources
Oversee the risk management function and purchases of property, casualty, liability, and workers’ compensation insurance
Select or approve and directly oversee relationships with business service providers (e.g., banks, auditors, attorneys, insurers, contractors, consultants). Secure the highest quality products and services for the school’s business functions, including measurements of cost-effectiveness
Manage human resources, including employee relations, benefits and compensation, and safety for employees
Coordinate hiring and onboarding process of all employees in partnership with the Head of School
Oversee IT systems
Oversee facility maintenance
Create and implement campus safety and risk management protocols
Partner with the Head of School and other senior administrators on operational and strategic issues as they arise
Candidate Qualities and Capacities
Ability to set priorities, organize, analyze, work independently, meet deadlines and problem solve
Strong interpersonal skills to work effectively with multiple constituencies, such as faculty administrators, volunteers, parents, students, board members and contract workers
Ability to think strategically allowing the organization to grow and shift to as needed
Commitment to understanding diversity in our school community and our surrounding neighborhood community and bringing this as part of our students’ education
Ability to work in a collaborative manner in an environment of mutual support.
Flexibility and a growth mindset
Commitment to personal and professional growth
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Qualifications and Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Administration, Finance, or related field or equivalent in work experience
5+ years experience in an operations/finance role involving strategic and day to day financial and operational management. Experience in an educational institution is other non-proft setting is strongly preferred.
Proficiency with organizational budgeting and financial management. Experience with and understanding of general accounting (GAAP), payroll management, human resources, and general business systems and functions. Demonstrated success in developing and monitoring financial systems.
Knowledge of and experience with facilities management
Experience with local, state, and federal regulations in education or other business preferred
Working knowledge of MS Office Suite, Google Suites, QuickBooks, Dropbox
Ability to pass a criminal background check
About The New School
The New School, an independent high school in Atlanta, offers an innovative curriculum which blends traditional academic study and community-engaged learning, creating opportunities for students to do work that is meaningful and relevant to their lives. The New School uses multiple experiential learning opportunities to supplement a rigorous college prep program equipping students with the competencies they’ll need to thrive. TNS students apply their classroom learning in the real world and in the process, take the passions to the next level. Every student learns to code and build websites, every student goes through a year-long entrepreneurship program, every student takes internships, creativity meets technology and innovation in core classes and enrichment programs. The school day starts with yoga, and reflection and peer review are an integral part of projects and classes. To learn more, please visit www.tnsatlanta.org.