Finance Manager
  • Finance

Berkshire Waldorf School, Great Barrington, MA

Accredited by AISNE and AWSNA

The Berkshire Waldorf School is seeking a Finance Manager to join our team. The Finance Manager serves as an integral member of the management team and supports Berkshire Waldorf School’s mission, vision and guiding principles. The Finance Manager is responsible for the fiscal and business operations and ensures that the School has the proper operational controls, financial administrative and reporting procedures. The Finance Manager will manage at least two other finance staff members and reports to the Board of Directors.

Essential Functions of Finance Manager

  • Serve as advisor to Leadership on fiscal, facilities, property, and administrative matters
  • Serve as a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees advising on Finance, Investment, Audit & Risk, Faculty Compensation, and Facilities, and serve on ad hoc strategic planning committee and others as Board requests
  • Direct and manage the School’s general business function including overseeing accounting, payroll, general ledger, payables, receivables, financial reporting and human resources:
    1. Budget preparation and reporting
    2. Purchasing
    3. Restricted and unrestricted funds fiduciary
    4. Investments
    5. Salary structure for exempt and hourly wage staff
    6. Employee benefits and other HR matters
    7.  Insurance
    8. Real property including school-owned vehicles and business office equipment
    9. Coordination with legal representatives
    10. Best practices
  • Oversee the daily operations of the business office.
  • Conduct and coordinate long-range planning, facilities planning and energy conservation
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships  with faculty, staff and parents, and cultivate an ethic of high-quality customer service
  • Partner closely with Development office to ensure the thorough reporting of all gifts to the School, and with the Admissions office in the determination and distribution of financial aid, among other things
  • Collaborate with peers at other Waldorf schools in order to share best practices and to stay abreast of relevant topics and trends in the field
  • Uphold the School’s Fundamental Standard, as stated in The Berkshire Waldorf School Employee & Parent Handbook
  • Overseeing proper management, storage etc. of financial and legal records
  • The Board may also assign other duties as needed

Desired Experience + Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration or related field
  • 3-5 years of business management experience in a school and/ non-profit setting
  • Successful administrative, customer service and school and/or non-profit track record
  • Possess a strong working knowledge of computers and related accounting software, as well as general accounting and non-profit accounting principles and State/Federal standards.
  • Demonstrated managerial skills to motivate and empower people through artful delegation while retaining ultimate accountability
  • Strong business and financial acumen and ability to develop, communicate and execute  well-conceived business plans and programs  to achieve organizational goals
  • Strong analytical skills to develop broad-based and long-range initiatives
  • Ability to utilize experience, technical expertise, interpersonal skills, empathy and genuine concern for others to forge positive and productive relationships  with a wide range of constituents
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills to articulate complex matters to various constituencies in a manner that is clear, concise and readily understood
  • Ability to effectively interface and utilize strong negotiating skills with outside contractors
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage numerous detailed tasks, anticipate and meet deadlines, use time effectively, problem-solve independently as well as in a team environment
  • Proficiency with widely used software (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Quickbooks) and knowledge of other technology tools that can promote the efficient and effective management  of the School’s various financial and operational functions
  • Familiarity with physical plant management including financing, renovations, construction, maintenance and day-to-day operations
  • Flexibility with the special needs associated with an academic calendar and schedule.
  • Ability to remain professional and composed under deadline pressure while handling a multitude of duties and situations simultaneously, and respond with appropriate judgment
  •  Goal-oriented, optimistic team player with the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and humility.

To Apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter, resume and list of five references to our Human Resources Team at Please include the job title and your name in the subject line.

Berkshire Waldorf School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Berkshire Waldorf School is a N-8 school located in the bucolic setting of the Berkshire hills.  BWS cultivates students’ academic, emotional and spiritual development through our unique curriculum. We provide students with the foundation to live up to their full human potential, creating lives of meaning and purpose that positively contribute to our world.  BWS is a full member of AWSNA, and the Association of Independent Schools of New England.  Located midway between New York City and Boston, the Berkshires are well known for their natural beauty and cultural and artistic communities.