We are committed to...
  • encouraging diverse points of view.
  • continuous reflection and on-going improvement.
  • collegial relationships and ethical leadership.
  • independent education options for families.
  • promoting the independence of our schools.
  • quality standards without standardization.
  • assisting schools in fulfilling their missions.

For Job Seekers

Seek Out an Opportunity to Work at a NWAIS School

Use the dropdown menus below to search for a job at a NWAIS school.  You can also visit the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Career Center  for a national listing of available positions.

Director of Finance and Operations

Position Type Administrator
Start 08/02/2021
School Name Little School, The
City, State Bellevue, WA 
Posted 05/04/2021

Director of Finance and Operations

The Little School

Our Mission:

The mission of The Little School is to keep alive each child’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, to support balanced social and academic skill development, and to foster community minded, compassionate and intrinsically motivated students.

Position Overview:

The Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) is responsible for the strategic and tactical management of finance and accounting, human resources, facilities, and technology. The DFO is responsible for ensuring the long-term financial health and viability of The Little School and is a key member and strategic partner of the school’s leadership team and Board of Trustees. The DFO reports directly to the Head of School and works with the Head as principal decision makers for the school’s financial affairs. The DFO serves on various board committees, including but not limited to the Finance Committee.



  • Oversees all areas of the accounting function to include accounts payable and accounts receivable and ensures accuracy, timeliness, and compliance with internal controls.
  • Supervises payroll function and ensures accuracy and timeliness
  • Reconciles all bank statements monthly and reviews statements with Head of School
  • Manages cash flow and allocations between investment and operating accounts
  • Prepares financial reports monthly for review with Head and Finance Committee
  • Prepares quarterly reports as required by loan covenants and within loan covenant deadlines
  • Oversees and is responsible for all required reporting
  • Oversees construction budget and construction loan draws, in collaboration with owner’s project representative and Head


  • Responsible for preparing and maintaining the annual budget in close partnership with school leadership and presenting the budget to the Finance Committee for approval.
  • Regularly maintains reporting of the full statement of operations against the budget for the Head of School and the Board of Trustees.
  • Works with the school leadership, the board finance committee, and other committees as appropriate on strategic planning.

Audit/Tax Forms/Other

  • Manages the classification and reclassification between restricted and unrestricted asset accounts.
  • Responsible for successful, timely, accurate completion of required IRS forms 990 and 5500.
  • Responsible for annual independent audit and addresses any findings.
  • Files all forms, renews various memberships, and ensures correct registration with all regulatory bodies.


Human Resources

  • Responsible for successful and timely administration of human resources activities
  • Maintains personnel files and manages employment agreements
  • Works with Head of School on matters of staff compensation and evaluation of benefits renewals
  • Maintains the employee handbook
  • Onboards new employees
  • Ensures compliance with, and communicates changes to, employment and health and safety laws

Risk Management

  • Works with commercial insurance broker to maintain appropriate and cost-effective insurance coverage of the school, its properties, and people.
  • Oversees Technology Manager and Director of Facilities to ensure that effective security and safety protocols are maintained and executed effectively, both for the physical buildings and technology and data assets of the school.


  • Direct supervisor of Bookkeeper, Director of Facilities and Technology Manager


  • Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting or a related field
  • MBA, MPA, and/or 10+ years in financial leadership roles
  • Previous experience in accounting for a non-profit
  • Experience supporting fundraising activities
  • Experience working with commercial banks and loan operations
  • Previous supervisory experience


  • Strong accounting knowledge, particularly the nuances of non-profit accounting
  • Detail oriented and persistent
  • Willing and able to attend to the tactical details of daily management, as well as engage in forward thinking ideation and strategic planning
  • Strong MS Excel skills
  • Experience with QBE and MIP is a plus
  • Highly collaborative and communicative; ready to share ideas, challenge ideas, and support sound decision making
  • Ability to do complicated ad-hoc analysis of multiple scenarios/decisions

Successful candidates will also welcome working in an environment committed to children, curiosity and community. An ability to collaborate, a sense of humor, an interest in children, and a willingness to jump in when needed are desired traits.

About The Little School:

The Little School serves approximately 200 children, preschool through 5th grade, on a 12.5-acre wooded campus in Bellevue, Washington. TLS aims to teach, nurture and challenge every student by building a deep understanding of children and their learning. Our school is a vibrant community of cultures, languages and nationalities, with families who are seeking a smaller school environment; a flexible, dynamic approach; and a place where all students can thrive.

Compensation includes a competitive salary and benefits package, plus the chance to work with great families and colleagues.

Review of applications will begin immediately. The position begins August 2, 2021. To be considered, please submit the following to employment@thelittleschool.org:

  • Resume
  • Letter of interest

Non-discrimination Statement

It is our strong desire to build a diverse community of students, families, and staff. The Little School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin. Furthermore, The Little School does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity or family composition in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, hiring or any other school-administered programs.

Copy the following URL for the Available Jobs feed:

Download The
NAIS Hiring Process
Principles of Good Practice

  • Guiding
  • Inspiring
  • Advancing
Northwest Association of Independent Schools
5001 California Ave. SW, Suite 112
Seattle, Washington 98136
T: 206.323.6137 • info@nwais.org
powered by finalsite