Director of Finance

United States, North America
May 09, 2014
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About The Unit: The Laboratory Schools is among the largest independent schools in the country with a history dating to 1896 under the auspices of John Dewey and the University of Chicago. Located on the U of C campus, the Schools serve children (N-12) from metropolitan Chicago with approximately 60% of the students coming from families affiliated with the University. The University environment attracts a rich and diverse student body and parents who value and support a quality educational program.

Unit Job Summary: Reporting to the Executive Director for Finance and Operations, prepare, manage and report on operational, project-based, and capital budgets. Advise and coordinate with other administrators and account managers on operational budgets. Develop and maintain school-wide budgeting processes. Maintain school-wide account structure that best serves the programmatic needs of the Laboratory Schools (Lab). Provide analytical support for budget projects of varying complexity. Responsible for analyzing budget estimates and proposals for accuracy and agreement with established procedures, policies, and organizational objectives, and will participate in long-range financial planning. Serve as liaison for Lab with University's Budget Office. Prepare financial statements, forecasts, and reports. Participate in strategic analysis and strategic planning. Manage the School's procurement, accounting, and billing operations. Establish school-wide procedure and policy around all financial activities. Supervise Lab's Business Office staff, including an accounts receivable manager, fiscal assistant and receptionist. Anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2014.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required, preferably in finance, business administration, accounting, statistics, economics, or related field. MBA or advanced degree in finance, public policy, not-for-profit administration, or a related field preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of five years of financial analysis experience required Experience in a University or a not-for-profit organization required Experience working in a K-12 environment preferred Supervisory experience required Budget development and management experience required Experience managing accounts receivables/payables preferred Experience managing procurement functions preferred Seven years of financial analysis experience in a university setting or other not-for-profit organization preferred

Unit Job Function Competencies: Knowledge of Microsoft Office, financial computing, and database software applications required. Working knowledge of Oracle's Hyperion Planning solution preferred. Knowledge of various financial principles, practices, and applications including budgeting, financial planning, and financial reporting required. Strong financial modeling skills required. Intellectual versatility and creativity required. Strong analytical and organizational skills required. Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills required. Ability to think strategically and translate into operational objectives required. Ability to independently develop and analyze alternative solutions and make recommendations required. Ability to work closely with senior University officials required. Ability to work effectively under considerable time pressure on high visibility, high stakes projects required. Working knowledge of Mac environment preferred.