Director of Finance

  • Brooklyn, United States

Director of Finance

Job description

About Us

Williamsburg Charter High School (WCHS) is a high performing, public charter high school located in Brooklyn, New York. WCHS opened in August 2004 as the first Chancellor-authorized charter high school in the City of New York with a ninth grade class of 267 students. Now in its thirteenth year of operation, WCHS has grown to serve approximately 963 students in grades nine through twelve. The school’s mission is to unite youth, families, staff, teachers and the community at large in providing young people with the tools necessary to make sense of the world, and prepare them in their journey to become skilled workers and literate citizens of the world.  Young people will accomplish this through their participation in a rigorous and demanding liberal arts education that includes language, literature, writing, science, history, mathematics, the arts, technology, and exploration in disciplines designed to teach fairness, justice, respect and compassion for themselves and others, as well as the skills of critical thinking, communication and research. 


Williamsburg Charter High School provides a broad liberal arts academic program to the high-school age youth of north Brooklyn. School programs are individualized to connect to each student’s particular level of development, including English Language Learners and students with Special Education Services. Further, WCHS provides supportive relationships with faculty, extended instructional periods, and opportunities after-school and on Saturdays for additional academic support. Social and emotional support is also available to students to ensure their non-academic needs are addressed. Students are accepted to WCHS through a random lottery with no minimum requirements, tests, or auditions required to gain entrance and, as a public charter school, there is no tuition.


Position Description

The Director of Finance will develop and lead its financial operations and grow with the school. The Director of Finance will play a key leadership role in this pivotal position reporting to the Principal and will have primary responsibility for the development and execution of the school’s ambitious goals.


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an experienced senior manager to apply sophisticated and effective financial operating systems in the setting of a mission-driven school dedicated to academic excellence and accountability.  The Director of Finance  will participate in setting the school’s future strategic direction and establishing policies and procedures that will guide its financial operations and stability.  He/She will drive the school’s financial operations, including conceptualizing strategy, implementing plans and budgets, and achieving targets through oversight who are making a positive impact on the educational opportunities for previously underserved children.


Our ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of sound, crisp decision making in a financial role where rapid growth or other complex challenges demanded quick, thoughtful, detailed and common sense solutions. He/She will have managed an organization of scale and complexity, either in the non-profit or corporate sector.  The Director of Finance will be a superb manager with exceptional analytical skills who relishes building an school from the ground up and is simultaneously a “big picture” thinker, yet relentless on specifics.  He/She will be a motivator of people through outstanding interpersonal and negotiation skills, with the bandwidth to serve as a thought partner to the school, whose commitment to the very highest performance standards is uncompromising. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop financial strategy, planning, policy and evaluation directly correlated to the school’s fiscal functions and performance at all school levels, to align with and support academic initiatives and mission of the school
  • Produce regular financial reports pertaining to financial planning and forecasts, cash flow analysis, budget performance analysis and business modeling for the Principal, and WCHS Board of Trustees to ensure continuous flow of information for financial transparency
  • Evaluate and advise on the impact of long-range planning, introduction of new programs/strategies and regulatory action
  • Evaluate the Finance Team structure plan for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the group and provide team members with professional and personal growth
  • Create and monitor grant budgets and recommend fundraising goals based on overall budget
  • Monitor on an ongoing basis the fiscal stability of the school through the review of annual school budgets, financial reports, audit reports/recommendations and on-site reviews.  Determine and develop corrective/remedial action plans as necessary
  • Analyze charter school requests for changes-in-program to determine the extent of financial impact, if any, and monitor any required revisions of the school’s budget to ensure that the school remains fiscally viable
  • Manage audits, financial management and other fiscal issues as required
  • Oversee financial components of distribution of state and federal grants, including preparing RFPs, reviewing proposals, coordinating disbursements, and ensuring accurate accounting and reporting of grant funds
  • Manage relationships with auditors, banks, insurance, investment managers and custodians
  • Maintain adequate insurance coverage to protect the school’s assets and negotiate contracts with insurance agents
  • Negotiate lines of credit and financing arrangements with lenders
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned


Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • 4-5 years’ experience in financial management
  • Superior analytical, problem solving and organizational skills
  • Strong ability to effectively advocate ideas and influence internal and external audiences
  • Strong knowledge of financial computer application systems and databases (FUNDEZ preferred)
  • Strong ability to effectively manage resources and priorities
  • Collaborative approach to problem solving and the ability to work effectively with individuals on all levels (internally and externally)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and effectively manage initiatives, staff and multiple projects simultaneously
  • Exceptional proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Access
  • Non-profit or education-related experience a plus