Employment

Director of Finance and Operations

The Spence School
Director of Finance and Operations

DEERFIELD ASSOCIATES has been retained by The Spence School to conduct a national search for a Director of Finance and Operations. The Spence School announces a search for a Director of Finance and Operations, a key leadership position responsible for the stewardship of the School’s financial resources and the oversight of the strategic priorities that maintain fiscal discipline and focus on sustainable financial strength. The Director of Finance and Operations reports to the Head of School, serves on the Senior Administrative team and leads highly experienced Business and Operations teams. The opportunity is available in July 2022, and will be filled following a comprehensive national search and the identification of the candidate of choice.
 
The Spence School, founded in 1892, is an all-girls K-12 independent school in New York City with 769 students and 244 employees. Renowned for its dynamic, deep, and broad liberal arts education, outstanding instruction and vibrant student culture, The Spence School empowers girls ages 5 to 18 to cultivate a passion for lifelong learning and effect meaningful change in their worlds. Spence has more than earned its national reputation for educating scholarly women of the highest order. Every angle and aspect of the Spence program focuses on teaching and learning, on building close connections with a gifted faculty, and on creating age-appropriate distinction for its Lower, Middle and Upper Schools. Spence puts equal emphasis on agency and development of self as it does on purposeful citizenship and care for others.
 
The Spence School seeks an experienced financial and business leader with superb fiscal, strategic and operations skills to fill the key leadership position of Director of Finance and Operations. The Director of Finance and Operations oversees and provides guidance on the School’s annual budget ($49,734,275 million in 2021-2022) and is responsible for the strategic forecasting and direction setting, as well as the organization, management and implementation of the business, finance, and investment functions for the School. The Director of Finance and Operations is responsible for the oversight of Facilities, Campus Safety, Information Technology, Student Health, Event Planning and Management and Food Service operations. The Director manages a team of 12 direct reports and oversees 39 other professionals and support staff. The position requires active interaction and teamwork with the Head of the School, faculty, students, staff, parents and the Board of Trustees.
 
For a full search description outlining the duties, responsibilities and opportunity, including the required academic credentials, work experiences and leadership skill sets required, please visit: https://deerfieldassociates.com/the-spence-school-director-of-finance-and-operations/
 
The Spence School offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries and a generous benefits package including a retirement plan, paid vacations and a full complement of health benefits. Spence is committed to an equitable and inclusive program and a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are therefore especially encouraged to apply. The Spence School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 
To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis, please send your resume, letter of interest and a list of 4 references (which will only be contacted if there is mutual interest) to: Doug Cooney, Executive Search Consultant, DEERFIELD ASSOCIATES Executive Search, Inc. 572 Washington Street, Suite 15, Wellesley, MA 02482 Telephone: 781-237-2800. Email: jobs@deerfieldassociates.com.   
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