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Director of Finance and Operations
|School Name||Open Window School|
|City, State||Bellevue, WA|
Director of Finance and Operations
Open Window School
The mission of Open Window School is to nurture and inspire students of high intellectual potential.
Open Window School, situated on beautiful Cougar Mountain in Bellevue, Washington, is a leader in gifted education, committed to providing high challenge and high support to our kindergarten through 8th grade students every day. Faculty and staff are a collaborative and dynamic team, aligned around the school’s mission and core values: authenticity, love of learning, focus on social and emotional learning, and community. OWS is in the first year of a strategic plan which focuses on leadership in gifted education, diversity and inclusion, faculty excellence, and campus upgrades. This is a rare opportunity for a talented, forward-thinking leader to build on an excellent financial foundation to move a school forward in its ambitious goals.
The Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) serves as a strategic partner to the Head of School, collaborating to ensure the OWS mission is delivered with optimal efficiency and effectiveness. The DFO is the school’s operational leader, responsible for Open Window’s fiscal health, long-range planning, and risk management. They supervise and manage business operations, human resources, and facilities. They inspire and motivate team-members to ensure that responsibility and accountability for financial and operational excellence exists at every level of the organization. In concert with the Head of School, the DFO will provide timely, accurate, and relevant information to the Board of Trustees to facilitate strategic decisions that allow the school to achieve its goals.
The DFO will possess a strategic and forward-thinking style, balanced with significant experience overseeing budgeting and planning, financial forecasting and analysis, legal and risk management, human resources, information technology, and business operations gained through increasingly responsible roles in comparable complex settings. Their results-driven leadership experience will demonstrate initiative and excellent problem-solving skills. They embody integrity, leadership, growth mindset, and service to others. They will demonstrate through their actions an unwavering commitment to the mission of the school and will organize their work accordingly.
Major Areas of Responsibility/Specific Duties
Strategy, Planning, and Leadership:
Financial and Accounting:
Human Resources and Operations
Compliance and Risk
Schedule and Hours:
This is a full-time, exempt, administrative position, not eligible for overtime. Work schedule is generally 8 AM – 4 PM, Tuesdays until 5:00 PM for faculty meetings. This role requires some commitments outside these hours including, but not limited to evening Board of Trustee and Finance Committee meetings.
Compensation and Benefits:
Salary is competitive based upon education/training, breadth of experience, and similar positions at other independent schools.
Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position, your resume, and answers to the Diversity Commitment Questions below. Applicants must submit an answer to both of the following Diversity Commitment Questions as a single word or pdf document:
Please be prepared to provide 3-5 professional references and one personal reference if requested. If you are unable to apply online, you are welcome to fax your resume, cover letter, and answers to the Diversity Commitment Questions to 425-644-6320.
Open Window School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, or other status legally protected by local, state, or federal law.
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