Pay rate: $150,000 - $190,000; depends on experience/education
Why St. Thomas School?
You thrive in a face-paced environment, working alongside others who share your ideals. You are inspired by children and appreciate their joy and energy. You enjoy making an impact and being part of something bigger than yourself. You believe that schools should be among the most innovative places on earth. And you are committed to excellence and professional growth.
We offer a competitive salary, robust benefits, professional development, and an extraordinary work environment.
If this inspires you, we’d love to learn more about you!
Who We Are:
Founded in 1951 and located on the east side of Seattle in Medina, Washington, STS is a private, non-sectarian school for Preschool through Eighth Grade students. Our educational journey is defined by a cognitively engaging program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. Our highly regarded curriculum prepared students to excel at future endeavors while honoring the school’s long standing core values.
We commit to an inclusive and diverse community in which everyone can say, "I belong." We seek employees who are passionate, qualified, and offer diverse perspectives. We are particularly interested in the role education and a diverse learning environment play in promoting equity and inclusivity.
A diverse, safe, and equitable school environment
Actions and advocacy that support our Core Virtues
Cultural competence, anti-bias, and social justice
Intellectually curious and engaged global citizenship
The Director of Finance & Operations reports to the Head of School and oversees Accounting/Finance, Facilities & Transportation, and HR. The DFO leads the school’s business office, is the conduit to many of the school’s external stakeholders and oversees an accounting team of two as well as other department leaders. This position will manage the close process and internal/external financial reporting, all third-party relationships and contract reviews, the yearly budgeting process, Board reporting, be a member on multiple internal committees, and generally be a sounding board to the Head of School for projects big and small in this fast-paced, ever-changing environment.
The school’s environment is fast-paced, diverse and entrepreneurial, so this position requires a creative and innovative financial leader who understands the flow of life in a school environment and who is high on the social/emotional spectrum. Some tangible qualifications include:
Bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, or finance is required.
Experience at least at the Controller level, but preferably the Director of Finance, VP of Finance or CFO level of an independent school is preferred.
In lieu of direct professional independent school experience, someone with a connection and exposure to independent schools is highly preferred.
Strong experience leading the HR function of an organization is preferred, otherwise strong knowledge of HR (benefits, onboarding) is required.
Confidence in leading an annual and ongoing budgeting process is required.
Displays an understanding of working with educators as their clients in a professional setting gained from professional or personal experience.
A strong desire to work for an educational organization.
Committed to working in a strongly equitable environment, where cultural humility and a listen-first style of communication is paramount.
Thank you for your interest in St. Thomas School and this position.
This description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.
St. Thomas School, a non-sectarian, Preschool through Eighth Grade school, is one of the oldest independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington. St. Thomas School’s educational journey is defined by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. Our mission is to develop responsible citizens of a global society. STS is a recognized leader in developing the whole student. Our core values include gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. STS serves over 300 students and boasts a 55,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.