Friends Community School (FCS) is a progressive co-ed Quaker K-8 day school serving a diverse student body from the greater Washington, D.C. area. FCS offers a challenging curriculum imbued with strong values of equality, integrity, community, environmental stewardship, simplicity, and peaceful conflict resolution, rooted in our Quaker heritage. Faculty and staff are highly engaged and enjoy flexibility, autonomy, and creativity. FCS’s LEED-certified building is situated on 17 acres surrounded by Greenbelt National Park, nine minutes from the University of Maryland, College Park, and thirty minutes from Washington, D.C.
In order to achieve the educational mission of Friends Community School, the Director of Finance is responsible for the management of the School’s financial and business activities. The school is entering its 34th year with a yearly budget of about $5.6M and a small endowment. Major responsibilities include managing and coordinating long-term financial planning, preparing the annual budget and audit, and business reports and filings. The Director of Finance manages payroll, purchasing and contracting, accounts payable and accounts receivable, and investment management.
Reporting directly to the Head of School, the Director of Finance works closely with the Clerk of the Finance Committee and the Board of Trustees. As needed, the Director of Finance attends Finance, Personnel, and Buildings and Grounds Committee meetings and provides financial reports and information to enable the Board to fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities. The position requires interaction and teamwork with the Head of School, administrators, faculty, staff, parents, and board members. The Director of Finance supports the Head of School in addressing the financial, investment, and business objectives of FCS.
Manage day-to-day financial operations.
Partner with key department heads to ensure expenses are managed efficiently.
Lead and supervise all business and financial operations of FCS.
Oversee vendor, student and employee contract processes and employee benefits.
Prepare monthly financial statements for the head of school and the Finance Committee.
Serve as a member of the financial aid committee.
Develop the annual operating budget.
Prepare the annual audit of the school’s finances.
Manage systems and procedures for billing and collections, including billing for ancillary services, and ensure the appropriate reconciliations, both third-party and internal.
Stay well-versed and up-to-date with employment laws and regulations and ensure regulatory compliance for labor and pay matters
Demonstrated leadership qualities in organizing people and processes.
High ethical standards.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Keen analytical, strategic, and problem-solving skills and a detail-oriented work style.
Ability to collaborate and partner with key constituencies.
Demonstrated skill in building and managing financial and human resources.
Proven sound business judgment and overall financial acumen.
Knowledge of and experience setting up effective financial controls and accounting systems.
Effective negotiation skills in developing contracts with vendors.
Attentive to time-sensitive reports and deliverables.
A bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance preferred.
At least five years of experience in finance/accounting in a nonprofit or educational organization.
About Friends Community School
Friends Community School in College Park, Maryland is a progressive Quaker K-8 day school with small class sizes. We serve a diverse student body from Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and Washington, DC. FCS offers a challenging curriculum imbued with strong values of equality, integrity, community, environmental stewardship, simplicity, and peaceful conflict resolution, rooted in our Quaker heritage. Faculty and staff are highly engaged, and enjoy the flexibility, autonomy, and creativity associated with progressive education. FCS provides competitive salary and benefits, and offers flexibility in scheduling for part-time employees. Our green campus and LEED-certified building are located within minutes of the Beltway, easily accessible to public transportation and bike trails, surrounded by Greenbelt National Park.
FCS is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive educational community and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, color, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.