Watershed School is an innovative middle and high school located in central Boulder, Colorado. Our students are engaged in real-world learning that helps them see how rigorous academic content is relevant to their lives. By taking them off campus and putting them in challenging, real-world situations, we spark passion, curiosity, and deep understanding. As the result of our unique approach to learning, Watershed School has been recognized by The New York Times, student performance on creative problem solving tests, and the 100% college acceptance rate of our alumni. The school is intentionally small to support our educational model; however, the school continues to grow.  In 2014-2015, the school will enroll approximately sixty-five students.

Business Manager/CFO (Part-Time)

The Business Manager directs the school’s financial planning and management practices, including accounting, budget, credit, investment, risk management (insurance), tax, and treasury. In support of the overall operation of the school, the Business Manager administers tuition payments, manages (oversees) human resources, including benefits administration and payroll. The Business Manager maintains relationships with banks, professional accountants, insurance agents, lending institutions, vendors, and private business on contractual and other matters pertaining to financial and operations management. The Business Manager is a member of Watershed’s administrative team. As an administrative leader of the School, the Business Manager provides counsel and strategic vision to the Head of School and the Board of Trustees, helping to ensure that the school’s strategic priorities are reflected in its financial operations.

Watershed’s Business Manager will have an unusual opportunity to work at a senior level within a dynamic, mission-driven organization while retaining the flexibility of a part-time position. 

Reports to: Head of School

Key Accountabilities

  • Staff for the Board Finance Committee and other Board Committees as needed.
    >Assist the HOS and Board in Long Range (strategic) planning.
  • Oversee accounting, audit, function
  • Operating and Capital Budgeting
    >Assist the Head of School with creating and tracking the annual budget
  • Monthly variance analysis and reporting
  • Financial Reporting, Surveys, including reports needed for Board review (balance sheet, YTD relative to budget)
  • Accounts Payable
  • Student Billing (Accounts Receivable)
  • Internal Controls
  • Cash Management
  • Purchasing/Contracting Major Items
  • Financing — Credit Facility
  • Banking Relationships
  • Identify opportunities to deliver more impact for the school’s mission with existing resourcesPersonnel / Human Resources Management:
  • Compensation
  • Administer payroll biweekly
  • Contract Management
  • Writing and Maintaining the Staff Handbook in cooperation with the Head of School and
  • Assistant Head of School
  • Employee Benefits
  • Health & other Insurance
  • >Debit Cards
  • >Simple IRA Retirement Plan
  • >Other

         Risk Management:

  • Ensure insurance coverage is adequate and appropriate for plant, equipment, liability, D&O, benefits, worker’s compensation, etc.
  • Regulatory Compliance — Federal, State and Local agencies

Legal Issues and Overall Compliance:

  • Record retention
    >Non-AcademicKey Skills and Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree with specialization in business or accounting, or a related field required.
  • Minimum of 5 + years progressive financial and administrative leadership experience in a non-profit organization. Education experience, particularly independent school experience, is a highly sought after plus.
  • Proven competency with computer applications related to business office job functions including accounting software, word processing, spreadsheet, database and internet functions. Experience with
  • MS Excel required.
  • Discretion and personal integrity.
  • Excellent organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to details.
  • Ability to independently set priorities.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities.
  • Good judgment and creative problem-solver.
  • Flexible self-starter and anticipates needs of the school.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with all constituents in a school environment, including Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, administration, vendors, parents, and students.
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment.
  • Reliable, dependable, and punctual.
  • Commitment to development of relevant professional knowledge, skills and abilities.Competencies

    To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ability to Learn and teach others established processes – Recognizes the importance of learning and motivates others by own enthusiasm. Is able to learn and reproduce the current processes and recommend best practices to streamline them.
  • Time Management Skills – Manages many tasks and projects simultaneously while adhering to deadlines and promises. Maintains work/life balance without compromising expectations of others. Respected for ability to “find” or “make” time to get things done.
  • Organizational Skills – Creates action plans to meet divisional goals and objectives. Conducts periodic reviews of progress and measures against goals. Establishes broad policies for the office to ensure success.
  • Communications Skills – Effectively communicates accounting, financial and service issues that are complex in nature. Maintains open communications channels with peers, administrators, and customers at the School.
  • Written Communication Skills – Effectively communicates broad and very complex business issues.
  • Problem Solving Skills – Considers a broad range of internal and external factors when solving problems. Grasps complexities and perceives relationships among different problems or issues.Work Hours and Compensation

    The Business Officer will be on campus two days a week (specific dates negotiable based on the final candidate hired) and will have school holidays and the summer closure period off. The Business Manager will be expected to be within cell phone and/or e-mail contact during the summer closure period to assist with unexpected needs as they arise.
    Additional hours may be required during the school’s audit.

    Pay negotiable depending on experience (estimated $25k-$30k for 2 days/week).


Desired Job Qualifications

The ideal candidates for teaching positions will have the following:

  • outgoing personality

  • excellent communication skills

  • demonstrated organizational skills

  • demonstrated skills developing and supporting community

  • commitment to high academic standards

  • demonstrated success as a collaborative member of a team

  • previous experience with schools

  • familiarity with current issues in education

  • experience with facilitating student groups

  • depth of knowledge in content area

Please send cover letters and resumes to greg@watershedschool.org.