Reporting to the head of school and serving as an integral member of the senior management team, the chief operating and financial officer provides leadership and management to ensure that The Bishop’s School has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to guarantee the School’s financial strength and operating efficiency. This person will oversee approximately 50 employees through six direct reports: the controller, the human resources compliance manager, the director of facilities, the director of food services, the director of childcare services and the administrative assistant. Specific duties include:
Serving as a high-level strategic advisor and partner to the head of school on fiscal, facilities, property and administrative matters.
Providing counsel to the board of trustees with regards to finance, investments, audit & risk, faculty compensation and facilities, and serving on the ad hoc strategic planning committee and others as needed.
Directing and managing the School’s general business function, including budget preparation, financial reporting, accounting, payroll, general ledger, payables, receivables, investments, insurance, coordination with legal representatives and human resources.
Overseeing the general supervision of transportation, buildings, grounds, housekeeping, food services, security, bookstore, reception and childcare services.
Playing a lead role in long-range planning, facilities planning and energy conservation, including creating financial and operational models that balance current reality and future aspirations.
Ensuring that technology is integrated into the business office and the School’s operations in a way that optimizes effectiveness and allows for the accurate and timely reporting and analysis of financial and operational data.
Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with faculty, staff and parents, and cultivating an ethic of high-quality customer service among staff members.
Partnering closely with the advancement office to guarantee the thorough reporting of all gifts to the School and with the admissions office in the determination and distribution of financial aid.
Collaborating with peers at other independent schools across the state and the nation in order to share best practices and to stay abreast of relevant topics and trends in the field.
Maintaining integrity, honor, responsible citizenship and respect for the rights of others in accordance with The Bishop’s School Faculty, Staff and Administration Handbook.
A strategic thinker who moves seamlessly between the “big picture” and details, anticipates future opportunities and needs, and can develop and articulate well-conceived plans to achieve goals.
A confident and experienced manager who motivates and empowers people through artful delegation while retaining ultimate accountability.
An executive whose combination of experience, technical expertise, intellect, empathy, and genuine care and respect for others allows him or her to forge positive and productive relationships with a wide range of constituents.
A minimum of 10 years of experience in financial and operational management, preferably with an educational institution such as an independent school or small college.
A track record of successfully managing a large and diverse staff, including mentoring and hiring as necessary.
Ideally, a career that includes expertise or experience in budgeting, accounting, financial planning and analysis, sophisticated modeling and forecasting, investing, human resources, facilities and construction, risk management, compliance and legal matters.
Skills and Knowledge
A broad and deep knowledge of financial management and skill in implementing its attendant administrative processes, budgeting procedures and accounting systems.
Notable skills in financial planning and analysis, including developing financial and operational models in the context of broad-based and long-range strategic planning.
A systems-thinking orientation and understanding of complex organizations along with the ability to develop, communicate, and execute detailed business plans and programs.
Strong oral and written communication skills that allow one to articulate and explain complex financial matters to various constituencies in a manner that is clear, concise and readily understood.
Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage numerous detailed tasks, to anticipate and meet deadlines and to use time effectively.
The ability to problem-solve independently as well as in a team environment.
Familiarity with physical plant management, including financing, renovations, construction, maintenance and day-to-day operations.
Knowledgeable of the latest software and other technological tools that can promote the efficient and effective management of the School’s various financial and operational functions.
Strong negotiating skills and the ability to interface effectively with outside contractors.
Adept at forging relationships throughout the School and collaborating actively with trustees, administration, faculty, staff, parents and students.
An understanding of the close relationship between advancement, admissions and the business office and of the ways in which fundraising, enrollment and financial management work hand-in-hand.
A person of the utmost honesty and integrity who deals with people in a straightforward fashion.
An unflappable individual who remains professional and composed under pressure, demonstrates sound judgment, possesses humility, and has the ability to balance shifting and sometimes-competing priorities.
One who supports Bishop’s mission and values as an educational institution founded in the Episcopal tradition and who is excited about being a visible and engaged presence in the life of the School.
A hardworking, goal-oriented, optimistic team player who is flexible and open to alternative ways of achieving results.
A wise and mature leader with a sense of perspective and a sense of humor.
Additional Salary Information: Among key benefits are medical, dental, and health coverage; retirement contribution and match; and 50 percent tuition remission.
About The Bishop's School
Founded in 1909 and affiliated with the Episcopal Church, The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for 800 students in grades six through twelve located on a historic campus in the heart of La Jolla, California, just 10 miles north of downtown San Diego. With a student/teacher ratio average of 9 to 1, Bishop’s is widely known for academic, artistic and athletic excellence while celebrating and honoring diversity and inclusion. Bishop’s draws from over 65 zip codes and 75 middle and high schools throughout San Diego County and surrounding areas. Self-declared students of color make up approximately 48 percent of the student population and $3.5 million is awarded annually in financial aid. The Bishop’s School offers a competitive compensation package, including benefits, and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.
For more information about The Bishop’s School, please visit www.bishops.com.