Business Manager
  • Finance

Applewild School, Fitchburg, MA

Accredited by AISNE

POSITION SUMMARY

In partnership with the Head of School and Director of Finance (DoF), the Business Manager will play a central role in developing and executing strategy, and developing policies to ensure that the overall finance and human resources of the school maximally supports the school’s mission and vision.

The Business Manager will have a role in several Finance and Human Resource matters including:  budgeting, tuition assistance, expense control, asset allocation, financial reporting, accounting controls, cash management and banking relations, capital budgets, operational procedures, and human resource  management.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Leadership

  • Collaborate with school leaders in Academics, Development, Marketing, and Admissions; serve on Board committees as appropriate and agreed upon with the DoF and Head of School; 
  • Lead change management initiatives that drive operational excellence by influencing and engaging others to implement or improve systems that enhance the parent, student, employee experience.

Supervision

  • Bookkeeper/HR Coordinator, Accounting Clerk

Financial Management and Human Resources

  • Support the work of the DoF to oversee the financial operations of the school to ensure the financial health of the school; develop short and long-term strategies regarding key drivers; oversee the financial reporting, internal control, policies and procedures development, collaborate in annual and multi-year operational budget planning, and manage the capital budget.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Admissions on Financial Aid matters to support enrollment.
  • Support banking activities and management of all Applewild cash and investment accounts and ensure adherence to the approved investment policies of the board;
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all human resource functions; and
  • May act as liaison with legal counsel on all human resource matters.

 REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL SET

  • Demonstrated organizational, strategic, and management skills along with outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability and patience to lead change and continuous improvement initiatives;
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people—prospective and current students, parents, faculty, staff, vendors, donors;
  • Excellent communication, planning, and interpersonal skills; ability to work collaboratively with colleagues;
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, have excellent judgment and be able to work in a changing environment;
  • Possess strong computer skills including working knowledge of MS Office Suite;
  • Fluent in English Language 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field required.  Minimum of 5-7 years of experience; non-profit, education, or hospitality experience a plus.  Experience with Blackbaud Financial Edge and FACTS SIS and Tuition Management system preferred.

Human Resources management experience required

About Applewild School:

Applewild has been a cherished community institution since 1957 and we are courageously re-imagining ourselves to evolve our programs to offer a compelling and relevant education. We have a main campus in Fitchburg, Massachusetts which is approximately one hour from Boston. We offer preschool through 9th grade, including a small junior boarding program for students in grades 5-9. In 2014 we opened a satellite location in Devens which serves preschool through third grade and is growing. We are additionally sponsoring the creation of a new school called “Foundations at Applewild” which is located on Applewild School’s Fitchburg campus and will serve students in grades two through eighth with diagnosed language-based learning disabilities.

We are thankful to draw a broad range of students from over 32 towns and several countries, and well over half of our students receive financial assistance in order to attend. Our core values and competencies lay the foundation for a culture that encourages respect, honesty, compassion, and fairness. Our faculty have invested in their professional growth to create an educational environment that is deeply metacognitive --- our goal is to teach children to be the protagonists in their own educations. At Applewild, we know that once children feel emotionally safe and valued for who they are, then children will avail themselves to deeper and more authentic learning experiences.

When considering adult additions to our community, we are very interested in growing our diversity and in diverse perspectives and experiences. We seek smart, creative, and thoughtful professionals who are interested in trying new things knowing that some failures are intrinsic to cultivating a culture of progress. We are looking for professionals who care deeply about developing the next generation for a future we know will be marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Intellectual curiosity, cognitive agility, passion, and emotional resiliency are paramount for success. We are committed to offering a progressive but proven curriculum, so professionals seeking to join our community must be keen on teaching using student-centered and project-based learning. We are a small school so everyone wears multiple “hats” to meet the needs of our community.

The School is accredited through the Association of Independent Schools of New England and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and The Association of Boarding Schools.

Applewild School is an equal opportunity employer and as such does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.  We welcome individuals that add to the diversity and vibrancy of our community.

Candidates should send a letter of interest, and resume to Amy Jolly, Head of School to employment@applewild.org (please indicate position in subject line).

Salary range $52-65,000

  • Business Manager