At this time, Asheville School seeks an Assistant Head of School for Operations (ASHO) who will report to Asheville's Head of School, Arch Montgomery, and serve on the senior administrative team. S/he will be a key partner with the Head of School and Board members, and will direct all financial and operational functions at Asheville School, including overseeing the work of the Controller, Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable Coordinator, the Director of Physical Plant, and the Director of Technology. Towards that end, the successful candidate will be a strategic and critical business thinker who can breed immediate trust and confidence among his or her colleagues, Board members, and current parents.
Opportunities and Challenges
The new Assistant Head of School for Operations (AHSO) will be joining a school whose enrollment is healthy, physical plant is in enviable shape, and whose fundraising apparatus is both capable and ambitious. The successful candidate will succeed Glenn Mayes, who is retiring after 24 years of service to the school. Glenn's stock in trade has been a high degree of institutional loyalty that has earned him the trust and respect of Board members, senior administrators, faculty and staff.
Aside from building solid relationships with the Head of School and key Board members, the new AHSO must also forge excellent partnerships with his or her direct reports, other senior administrators, and all faculty and staff at the school. Being a visible presence on campus must be a priority. Immediate key issues for the new AHSO will include working on the campus's parking situation; establishing firmer oversight over employee benefits programs, and then communicating in a timely and clear way with all constituents about important features and changes to those programs; and, establishing effective procedures for reviewing, evaluating and negotiating relationships with outside vendors that provide key School services, such as food and janitorial services. Additionally, there is an expectation, framed in the School's Strategic Plan, for the new AHSO to spearhead entrepreneurial activities that would result in new and increased revenue streams emanating from creative use of the School's campus and facilities, online educational initiatives, land usage possibilities, etc.
Further, the new AHSO must work closely with the Director of Advancement to ensure that the school's pending capital campaign to strengthen the endowment and raise capital dollars for a new facility is a success. This will require establishment of firm gift acceptance policies and minimum requirements for endowed funds, along with providing timely information about the endowment's performance to donors. Finally, the new AHSO must become a key sounding Board for the Head of School, willing and able to convey honest appraisals of available options to him, as well as effectively and confidently presenting those options to Board members.
In addition to embracing Asheville School's mission, supporting its Head and leadership, and representing the school at professional and public forums, the new Assistant Head of School for Operations has a number of primary responsibilities:
- Oversee the development, administration, and reporting of the operating and long-term budget to the School's Board of Trustees; Finance Committee; auditors; federal, state, and local authorities; lenders; donors; and various School administrative offices.
- Oversee the administration of the School's endowment; execute endowment and investment policy; implement investment decisions of the Investment Committee; and coordinate with the endowment consultants, investment managers and custodians, ensuring effective endowment allocations, performance, and reporting.
- Oversee all School operations including personnel, maintenance, food service, campus security, health center, neighborhood relations, etc.
- Building and/or maintaining the School's short- and long-term strategic financial models.
- Serve as chief staff liaison to the Finance, Audit, Investment, and Buildings & Grounds committees of the Board of Trustees, working closely with Committee chairs and organizing agendas and meeting materials.
- Collaborate with the School's counsel and insurance agents regarding all legal and risk management matters.
- Ensure that the School is in compliance with all local, state and federal reporting requirements.
- Oversee the physical plant, grounds, and construction functions with the Director of Facilities; help plan and direct all replacements and renewals of the physical plant.
- Publically represent the School in a positive and proactive way, collaborating with other School administrators, neighbors, and Asheville officials.
- Provide sound and consistent employment policies, adequate staffing levels, compensation, and appropriate benefits programs for all facets of school operations.
- Help implement and administer all employee benefit programs including health insurance; retirement; worker's compensation; life insurance; and other related plans.
- Collaborate with the Head of School and other senior administrators on providing leadership regarding employee hiring, termination, compensation and management.
- Oversee the annual financial and 403b plan audits and filings of tax returns.
- Serve as a member of the Financial Aid Committee.
- Provide transparent financial reporting and planning that builds trust among administrators, faculty and staff, students and alumni, parents, and trustees.
Qualifications and Qualities
The school is most interested in candidates who demonstrate the following qualities and qualifications:
- Bachelor's degree required; M.B.A. preferred
- 10-plus years of financial and business leadership
- Experience on senior administrative teams and working with nonprofit Boards
- Experience in human resource management, employee benefits (including pension plans), and payroll procedures
- Demonstrated experience in entrepreneurial activities, such as start-ups, product or program expansions and/or growth initiatives, resulting in new, significant revenue streams within a three- to five-year span
- Demonstrated experience in measuring and improving organization-wide productivity
- Demonstrated experience in the development of analysis for strategic decision-making, such as key cost drivers, competitive analysis, market analysis, organizational strengths and weaknesses, etc.
- Demonstrated ability to take complex subjects, distill them and then communicate them to a varied audience
In addition, the school hopes to find candidates who embody the following personal qualities:
- High energy – brings a sense of urgency to the organization
- Strategic thinker who sees the larger picture
- Ability to understand and embrace Asheville School's mission
- Ability to balance and prioritize the needs of the School
- Ability to manage and mentor staff
- Superb people skills
- A strong, team player
- Fair, but demanding; a willingness to say "no"
- Committed to diversity and inclusion practices
- Excellent communications skills
Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically, in one email, the following materials to John Clark:
Cover letter expressing your fit with the specific values and needs of Asheville School
List of five references with name, phone number, and email address of each to:
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