Director of Financial Operations
Friends Select School is seeking a Director of Financial Operations to begin July 2019. The Director of Financial Operations is the chief financial officer who oversees the school’s annual budget and implementation of the Advance Friends Select strategic plan. The Director reports directly to the Head of School and will be an integral member of the administrative council and board committees for finance, financial aid, audit, and investments. The Director administers the financial aid program, and works closely with the Board of Trustees, serving as an administrative liaison for those board committees. The Director is also accountable for overseeing all financial and certain non-academic areas of Friends Select School, including the business office, health room, school store, food services, technology services, and outside rentals.
Friends Select School is a Pre-K-12 Quaker school in the heart of Philadelphia. Friends Select’s campus on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway utilizes the city as a dynamic living classroom, enhancing education through unparalleled access to local resources, including universities, science institutes, arts and cultural organizations, social service agencies, businesses, and government offices. Such learning opportunities combine with a foundation of Quaker values, resulting in a world-class education in a world-class city that is deeply rooted in student advocacy and active citizenship.
Friends Select has three divisions—Lower, Middle, and Upper School. In addition to the Head of School, the administrative council consists of the Directors of those three divisions, the Assistant Directors of Lower and Middle Schools, and the Dean of Middle School, along with the Directors of Admission, Development, Facilities, College Planning, Technology, and the Director of Financial Operations. The Board of Trustees consists of 22 members.
Friends Select’s Financial Sustainability and Growth committee establishes systems and policies that ensure ongoing assessment of present revenues, expenses, efficiencies, and investments. This committee focuses on revenue generation, programmatic and facility enhancements, and diversifying adult and student populations. The school has a $19 million operating budget, around 150 employees, and an endowment of approximately $12 million.
- Serve as a trusted partner to the Head of School and trustees in achieving strategic goals for the school.
- Advise the Head of School in all matters relating to finances, budget preparation, facilities planning, legal matters, human resources, and related policy formulation and interpretation.
- Embrace the school’s commitment to Advance Friends Select, our strategic plan, and adopt a long-term perspective about the school; bring a sophisticated understanding of the financial levers and risks, and seek creative and innovative approaches to further the school’s strategic goals.
- Provide comprehensive and transparent financial information to the administrative council and board members to inform priority setting, and help guide multi-year decision-making and long-term implications of capital investments.
- Provide the Head of School and trustees with comprehensive analyses of competitive data, up-to-date compensation and benefits requirements, infrastructure utilization and planning (including specific deferred maintenance needs), facilities planning, and new construction. Provide oversight of project management and financial performance for major construction projects.
- Oversee the annual budgeting process to ensure thoughtful and coordinated budgeting with the administrative council and the finance committee.
- Provide support to Facilities Management and the Information Technology department, as well as oversight and direction to the outsourced dining services provider.
- Assure up-to-date and equitable policies and procedural plans for salaries, wages, benefits, and all conditions of employment for school employees. Identify and implement benefits enhancement as appropriate and feasible.
- Address and resolve regulatory issues with the school’s legal counsel, external auditors, and IRS.
- Effectively communicate financial information in a way that is useful for high-level, strategic decision-making.
- Engage faculty and staff in discussions around the financial objectives and challenges of the school, conveying a strong appreciation of the school’s vision and the need to make informed decisions around competing priorities.
- Enjoy working with diverse teams and take initiative to build and deepen partnerships with a broad range of constituents at the school.
- Appropriately delegate projects to team members and with a clear set of agreed objectives.
- Provide expert financial leadership and insight, and help safeguard the control environment and enhance the finance function.
- Continue to identify and measure key business metrics and develop plans to address areas where goals are not being met.
- Modernize systems, policies, and structures to support a world-class financial operation.
Qualifications and Skills
- 10-15 years experience in a financial leadership role in an academic setting, with strong analytical skills and deep knowledge of management accounting and finance are required.
- Experience in other areas including endowment management, facilities, information technology, legal and risk management, payroll, employee benefits, and human resources management, is desirable.
- Experience leading and managing a team of three direct reports, including hiring, performance management and training, and professional development.
- A strong business orientation with the ability to think strategically and “go beyond the numbers” in helping the Head of School and school community understand the financial implications of decisions, prepare annual budgets, manage annual audits, set short- and long-term priorities, and chart an informed, sustainable, ambitious future.
- Strong technical and computing capability, including expertise with enterprise-wide financial systems.
- Top academic credentials, including MBA, CFA, CPA, or related graduate degree, are strongly preferred.
- Understand and respect Quaker educational and community values and demonstrate experience working in or with an academic setting and/or non-profit organization.
- Must be a team player, highly cooperative, collegial, diplomatic, and adaptable.
- Must be self-motivated, hard-working, energetic, tenacious, creative, and passionate.
Interested applicants should submit their resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to Jan Burns (firstname.lastname@example.org). Salary is commensurate with experience.
Middle School/Upper School Support Professional
Friends Select School is seeking a full time student support professional to work with middle and upper school students. This newly created position will work as an integral member of each divisional guidance team, comprised of the two division directors, associate directors, the school’s psychologist, and the MS/US learning specialist. The individual in this role will support students in both the Middle and Upper School divisions around learning, and social and emotional issues. The successful candidate will be flexible, dynamic, and team-oriented; additionally, the candidate will possess the ability to create and implement new programs and systems to positively impact individual students and the community. This position reports to the Middle and Upper School Directors.
- Develops presence with students, faculty, and parents-becomes part of the School community.
- Connects well with pre-teens, teens, and their families.
- Works with individual students to support specific, documented learning needs.
- Work with students to achieve self-understanding including the ability to recognize their strengths, and self-advocacy.
- Collaborates closely with the guidance team to promote the physical, social, emotional, educational, and health needs of students in Middle and Upper School.
- Meets with students individually and in small groups.
- Facilitates various support groups for students.
- Support students who are dealing with learning disabilities, AD/HD, anxiety, etc…
- Provide instruction to develop academic, executive functioning, social, and peer relationship skills.
- Works toward the advancement of the Friends Select Health and Wellness Program for all students (including interfacing with the school nurse, the food service program and members of the guidance team).
- Initiates and participates in meeting with parents and/or teachers as needed.
- Attends after school faculty meetings, grade level team meetings, and school gatherings.
- Hosts talks about parenting, various mental health issues, and child development topics.
- Assist with professional development of teachers and provide them with appropriate instructional strategies.
- Provide instruction to develop academic skills and executive functioning skills, as well as strategies for organizing and completing work effectively to students who qualify for support
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree, master’s preferred, in a related field such as education, child and adolescent development, special education, psychology, counseling, etc...
- Seasoned practitioner with experience working a school or counseling setting with students ages 10-18.
- Strong public speaking, organization, and written communication skills.
Must be warm, nurturing, creative, and adaptable to meet the needs of a diverse community.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, three professional references, and a resume to email@example.com. All materials should be submitted by February 25, 2019.
Technical Theater Director
Friends Select School is seeking a full-time Technical Theater Director to oversee performances and the physical theater space.
- Work with the Drama and Music Departments in the design and implementation of events in Blauvelt Theatre, including Drama productions and Music performances.
- Design and execute sets, lighting, and sound for all school plays, musicals, concerts, etc.
- Establish and maintain all safety and security measures for all theatrical events.
- Work with Facilities team on physical maintenance of all theatrical systems, electrical, rigging and construction and sound.
- Purchase and transport all goods, materials and supplies needed to mount all productions in Blauvelt Theatre and for all daily theatrical maintenance.
- Train and supervise a student stage crew to work on all aspects of theatre: design scenery and lighting, construction, painting, hanging and focusing of lighting equipment, sound (live, record and playback), safety and maintenance.
- Teach one upper school class on technical theatre.
- Work with middle and upper school productions after school.
- Maintain a calendar with all school events in the Blauvelt Theatre.
- Oversee evening and weekend rentals in the theatre.
- A bachelor’s degree in a related field.
- Extensive work in theaters, both professional and educational.
- Experience working with middle and high school students.
- The ability to work on a team
- Teaching experience
Interested applicants should submit their resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. All materials must be in by February 25, 2019.
Upper School Art Teacher
Friends Select School seeks a dedicated and versatile digital art and studio art teacher to work with students in grades 9 through 12. Our Visual Arts Program endeavors to nurture each student’s creative potential though practicing skills and engaging with art-making as a means of celebration, communication, and revolution. Our ideal candidate will have extensive experience with both digital media and studio arts. This is a photography and publishing arts position that will also be responsible to teach both 2D and 3D media in the introductory Art Foundations course.
- Be well versed in a variety of two and three-dimensional media
- Have strong photography and digital media skills
- Extensive knowledge of the Adobe suite, Wordpress publishing platforms, web development software, and digital equipment
- Bachelor’s degree in art, master’s preferred
- Effective classroom management skills and a working knowledge of the developmental needs and learning differences of upper school age students from a variety of backgrounds
- Be a dedicated and experienced educator
- A collaborative spirit
- The ability to be an advisor to a group of about 10 students
Interested applicants should submit their resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to email@example.com. All materials must be in by February 25, 2019.
World Languages MS Mandarin Teacher 2019-2020 (Full-time)
Friends Select School, a pre-K-12 grade Quaker independent school, is seeking a middle school (grades 5 - 8) Mandarin teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. This position includes middle school advising and is a member of the middle school faculty. The ideal candidate will be warm, student-focused, and enjoy working in a close-knit, collegial environment that puts a premium on deeply knowing the whole child. The World Languages department makes use of a Reading and Storytelling approach, with an emphasis on communicative proficiency. Experience teaching in middle school is an asset, as is experience in a Quaker setting.
Please send letter of interest, resume, and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed application materials will be reviewed as received.
Middle School English Teacher
Friends Select school seeks a full-time Middle School (grades 5 & 6) English teacher for the 2019-20 school year. The English program at Friends Select emphasizes close reading, analytical and creative writing, departmental collaboration, and a grasp of literature from multicultural perspectives. The ideal candidate will be experienced in an independent school, will have familiarity with Quaker education, will be committed to social justice through literature, and will demonstrate a desire to connect with all students, faculty, and parents.
Candidates should be team-oriented, eager to work in a highly personalized environment, and energized by the strengths and challenges of early adolescent learners. Qualified candidates should also have the ability to challenge students at the highest academic level as well as assist students who need more guidance. Other duties and responsibilities include student advising, club and committee involvement, and fulfillment of general faculty duties.
Interested applicants should submit their resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to Chris Kottcamp at email@example.com. Completed applications will be reviewed as received.
Math Teacher (Middle School)
Friends Select School is seeking a middle school math teacher for the 2019- 2020 school year. Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree in mathematics or a related field (advanced degrees are preferred). The ideal candidates will be experienced teachers of mathematics in a middle school setting and should be prepared to teach all levels of middle school mathematics (5th - 8th grades). Candidates should be team-oriented, eager to work in a highly personalized environment, and energized by the strengths and challenges of early adolescent learners.
The most qualified candidates will have the ability to challenge students at the highest academic level as well be able to assist students who need more support. Other duties and responsibilities include student advising, club and committee involvement, and fulfillment of general faculty duties.Interested applicants should submit their resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references to Chris Kottcamp at firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications will be reviewed as received.
Choral Director, Middle and Upper School, Part-Time
Friends Select School is seeking a part-time Choral Director to conduct Middle School Choruses and Upper School Chorus. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent musicianship, be an effective vocal instructor, a skilled pianist, an experienced choral conductor, and value authentic connections with middle and upper school students. The candidate will have an approach to choosing repertoire that prioritizes cultural competency, develops technical facility in the students, engages their interest, and deepens their empathy. Students will be encouraged towards vocal development appropriate to their individual level through ongoing process and practice. Embracing a growth mindset while maintaining positive energy and strong communication skills will be essential to this position. Broad knowledge of rehearsal techniques and experience with developing voices is a plus. In addition to classes, responsibilities include collaboration with the performing arts department and the wider faculty, cultivating growth in the choral program, and working to further the mission of the school. This position begins September 2019. A bachelor’s degree is required and a master’s degree is preferred.
Please send cover letter, resumé and 3 references to performing arts department chair Heather Fortune: email@example.com.
Job Description (US Crew)
Friends Select School is seeking applications for an Upper School Assistant Crew Coach for the 2019 spring season. The candidate must possess a strong personal commitment to work within an academic setting and philosophy of the institution. Previous playing and/or coaching experience required. CPR and 1st Aid certification required. The season runs from February 25th through the end of May. Send resume to:
Bill Klose, Director of Athletics
Friends Select School
Friends Select Aquatics: Assistance Age Group Coach - Part Time
We are seeking an enthusiastic and organized age group coach. We are looking for someone who is dedicated to developing quality age group swimmers through our established curriculum focused on fundamental stroke technique. This coach will be working directly with our Head Coach to establish technically efficient swimmers.
Friends Select School is currently seeking applicants for a part-time Assistance Age Group to assistant our year-round age group team of approximately 70 athletes aligned by four levels.
Coaches will be responsible for between 9 – 15 hours of on-deck coaching per week, and may attend 1 weekend meet per month. Hours will depend on groups and coach availability.
- Assist other coaches as needed within FSA, and communicate regularly with counterpart group coaches.
- Plan, prepare, and conduct team practices in accordance with the FSA curriculum.
- Recommend practice level placement and changes for all swimmers in currently in practice groups and in one group below current training group.
- High School / College Degree (preferred)
- Desire & passion for developing swimmers at a competitive level.
- Patient and gives simple instructions.
- Strong communication, organizational, and administrative skills.
- Expertise with current technique development and training methodologies.
- Enthusiastic and highly motivated team player.
- ASCA Level 1 certified or above
- Team Unify /Hy-Tek Meet/Team Manager skills (A Plus)
- 2 years competitive swimming experience (preferred)
- Current CPR, First Aid, Coaches Safety, and Safe Sport certifications and membership in good standing with USA Swimming.
Inquiries should be sent to Head Coach Arilson Champam firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends Select is seeking per-diem substitute teachers with a teaching degree and classroom experience to substitute for PreK through 4th grade teachers. Substitute teachers may be called on for daily needs or for longer term assignments . They should be reliable, prompt, and available from 7:45 am - 3: 30 pm. Clearances need to be up to date. If you are experienced and interested in substituting at Friends Select School, please email your resume to email@example.com.
Working at Friends Select School
Friends Select School offers its full-time employees competitive salaries, medical and dental benefits, generous retirement benefits, paid time off, school holidays, paid parental leave, and a wide variety of professional development opportunities.
Friends Select School is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity of its students, faculty, and staff. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status.