The Finance Manager serves as an integral member of the management team and supports Berkshire Waldorf School’s mission, vision and guiding principles. The Finance Manager is responsible for the fiscal and business operations and ensures that the School has the proper operational controls, financial administrative and reporting procedures. The Finance Manager will manage at least two other finance staff members and reports to the Board of Directors.
Essential Functions of Finance Manager
Serve as advisor to Leadership on fiscal, facilities, property, and administrative matters
Serve as a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees advising on Finance, Investment, Audit & Risk, Faculty Compensation, and Facilities, and serve on ad hoc strategic planning committee and others as Board requests
Direct and manage the School’s general business function including overseeing accounting, payroll, general ledger, accounts payable/receivables, financial reporting and human resources:
Budget preparation and reporting
Restricted and unrestricted funds fiduciary
Salary structure for exempt and hourly wage staff
Employee benefits and other HR matters
Real property including school-owned vehicles and business office equipment
Coordination with legal representatives
Oversee the daily operations of the business office.
Conduct and coordinate long-range planning, facilities planning and energy conservation
Develop and maintain strong working relationships with faculty, staff and parents, and cultivate an ethic of high-quality customer service
Partner closely with Development office to ensure the thorough reporting of all gifts to the School, and with the Admissions office in the determination and distribution of financial aid, among other things
Collaborate with peers at other Waldorf schools in order to share best practices and to stay abreast of relevant topics and trends in the field
Uphold the School’s Fundamental Standard, as stated in The Berkshire Waldorf School Employee & Parent Handbook
Overseeing proper management, storage etc. of financial and legal records
The Board may also assign other duties as needed
Desired Experience + Qualifications
3-5 years of business management experience in a school and/ non-profit setting
Successful administrative, customer service and school and/or non-profit track record
Possess a strong working knowledge of computers and related accounting software, as well as general accounting and non-profit accounting principles and State/Federal standards.
Demonstrated managerial skills to motivate and empower people through artful delegation while retaining ultimate accountability
Strong business and financial acumen and ability to develop, communicate and execute well-conceived business plans and programs to achieve organizational goals
Strong analytical skills to develop broad-based and long-range initiatives
Ability to utilize experience, technical expertise, interpersonal skills, empathy and genuine concern for others to forge positive and productive relationships with a wide range of constituents
Effective verbal and written communication skills to articulate complex matters to various constituencies in a manner that is clear, concise and readily understood
Ability to effectively interface and utilize strong negotiating skills with outside contractors
Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage numerous detailed tasks, anticipate and meet deadlines, use time effectively, problem-solve independently as well as in a team environment
Proficiency with widely used software (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Quickbooks) and knowledge of other technology tools that can promote the efficient and effective management of the School’s various financial and operational functions
Familiarity with physical plant management including financing, renovations, construction, maintenance and day-to-day operations
Flexibility with the special needs associated with an academic calendar and schedule.
Ability to remain professional and composed under deadline pressure while handling a multitude of duties and situations simultaneously, and respond with appropriate judgment
Goal-oriented, optimistic team player with the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and humility.
About Berkshire Waldorf School
Berkshire Waldorf School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
Berkshire Waldorf School is a N-8 school located in the bucolic setting of the Berkshire hills. BWS cultivates students’ academic, emotional and spiritual development through our unique curriculum. We provide students with the foundation to live up to their full human potential, creating lives of meaning and purpose that positively contribute to our world. BWS is a full member of AWSNA, and the Association of Independent Schools of New England. Located midway between New York City and Boston, the Berkshires are well known for their natural beauty and cultural and artistic communities