From the top of Mount St. Alban, St. Albans School looks up to the Washington National Cathedral and out to the United States Capitol. Our location serves as an embodiment and constant reminder of the School’s motto: Pro Ecclesia et Pro Patria, for Church and Country. The school was established in 1909 by the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation. Our mission is to prepare boys in grades 4 through 12 to develop and use their spiritual, intellectual, artistic, and physical gifts not for themselves alone, but in service of the greater community. As an Episcopal school, we welcome and embrace boys of all faiths and backgrounds to this caring community that learns, prays, plays, sings, and eats together. We are committed to a diversity among students, faculty, and staff that shapes and enriches our shared experiences.
As part of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation (PECF), St. Albans, the Cathedral, the National Cathedral School, and Beauvoir benefit from strong ties and collaboration.
Reporting to the Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations, the Director, Finance and Business Services serves as the primary lead for accounting, financial reporting, and financial operations for the school. This position provides expertise in core business services to support functional and academic departments at the School in understanding and processing financial transactions while promoting an environment with sound internal controls and fiscal accountability and responsibility.
Specifically, areas of responsibilities will include:
Overseeing and managing the school’s general ledger, to include chart of accounts set up and maintenance, account reconciliations, and financial reporting;
Interpreting financial accounting and reporting standards for proper implementation with processes;
Writing financial policies and procedures and implementing strong internal controls for financial activities;
Partnering with faculty and staff across the school to help promote understanding and compliance of financial policies and procedures;
Coordinating with the PECF on accounting practices, including the annual external audit and financial reporting;
Reviewing set up and execution of payroll, including recommending payroll process improvements and ensuring compliance with applicable laws;
Monitoring capital activity to include construction in process, fixed asset procurement, and depreciation;
Monitoring long-term debt activity, including transfers to sinking funds, payments of principal and interest, and participation in swaps;
Managing net assets and funding sources, including transfers, reconciliation, and analysis;
Performing liquidity analysis for cash and investments and recommending optimal balance management;
Performing timely reconciliations of financial transactions, including payroll, banking, payables, receivables, capital assets, and debt;
Providing expertise and overseeing purchasing, including promoting best practices for procurement, reviewing contracts, implementing an appropriate program for P-Cards, developing and implementing expense reimbursement processes, and managing petty cash;
Overseeing accounting for investments and the school’s endowment, including acting as liaison for the school’s Investment Subcommittee;
Providing expertise around student accounts, including tuition contracts and use charges, adhering to appropriate revenue recognition guidance;
Providing guidance for receipt of donations and recognition of revenue, including set up of endowments in accordance with donor restrictions and monitoring funds for use in alignment with donor intent; and
Overseeing the work of other accountants as the organization structure supplies, promoting team morale and ensuring an effective and efficient finance office.
The position may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
For the purposes of management, performance assessment, and span of control, the Director, Finance and Business Services directly supervises:
Accountant, Procurement to Payables
Accountant, Revenue and Receivables
Experience: A minimum of 8 years of relevant experience
A Master’s degree in school administration, business, accounting, or a related field;
Significant experience in financial accounting, as a controller or accounting manager;
Experience in an academic setting;
Experience in procurement, including policy formulation and implementation of best practices;
Experience with endowments, including timing and restriction of donations;
Ability to independently plan, organize, and coordinate multiple tasks;
Demonstrated strategic skills in short- and long-term planning and facilitation and collaboration;
Ability to negotiate, mitigate conflict, and build alliances;
Experience managing people and teams to achieve desired results;
Creative, innovative, and strategic thinking ability;
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
Analytical, organizational, interpersonal, and cross-cultural skills;
Ability to work efficiently and quickly under pressure;
Sensitivity for and understanding of academic disciplines and issues;
Ability to work with faculty, staff, and professionals to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
This position requires an individual with the following characteristics:
Commitment to St. Albans School’s values;
Good character, kindness, and an open heart and mind;
Integrity and honesty, with the highest ethical standards to choose the hard right over the easy wrong;
Personally accountable; assumes ownership, control and accountability for all areas of responsibility and commitments made to others;
Accessible and responsive; serves others through collaborative problem-solving and openness to new ideas;
Passionate, collaborative, strategic, and smart with a hands-on, roll-up-the-sleeves orientation;
Strong team player with high EQ, making it a key priority to develop strong relationships with faculty and staff at all levels at the School;
Invests the time to be a visible, engaged and engaging presence on campus;
Ability to establish trust and credibility;
Flexible and receptive to change;
A positive “can-do” attitude.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About St. Albans School
Located in Washington D.C., St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.