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Friends Academy seeks qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds who are committed to fulfilling the school’s mission. We offer generous compensation packages and a wide-ranging professional development program. Of equal importance, this is a place where our leadership, faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni respect and appreciate each individual member of our community.

Friends Academy is a small, progressive Early Childhood-Grade 8 school of 250 students on the South Coast of Massachusetts. We are known for having a strong sense of community that balances academics, arts, social and emotional learning, and outdoor activities. Our outstanding faculty and staff play a critical role in helping each child reach their highest potential.

To apply for any of the open positions listed below, please email your cover letter, current resume, and list of three references and their contact information to employment@friendsacademy1810.org. Please include the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

Director of Finance and Operations

Friends Academy, a small, progressive Early Childhood – Eighth Grade co-educational independent school of 250 students in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, seeks a mission-driven, experienced and collaborative Director of Finance and Operations. Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Finance and Operations works in collaboration with other administrators to support the mission, vision and strategic direction of the school, including embracing the school’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The new Director of Finance and Operations handles all operational systems and aspects of school finance as well as the strategic level of partnering with a dedicated senior leadership team.

With a yearly operating budget of approximately $5.8 million, the school awards $1.9 million in financial assistance each year. The 2019-20 Annual Fund raised more than $200,000. Friends Academy endowment funds total $3.5 million.

Friends Academy is in a strong financial position with stable (and increasing) enrollment and low debt, enabling the school’s leadership to plan proactively. Friends Academy’s incoming Director of Finance and Operations will have the opportunity to lead strategic financial planning to support a robust educational program. Friends Academy’s mission to “provide each student with an educational foundation that will instill the academic knowledge, skills, and understanding; responsible citizenship; respect for diversity and differences; and sense of well-­being needed for a lifetime of learning and personal growth” will need a forward-thinking Director of Finance and Operations as part of the school’s leadership team.

Strategic priorities and opportunities for the Director of Finance and Operations include:

  • Be a thought partner with the Head of School and Board of Trustees to ensure the school’s long-term vitality and viability through responsible financial stewardship and increased revenue.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Development and the Director of External Programs to identify funding streams and strengthen the school’s financial position.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Admissions on financial aid considerations.
  • Establish a system to enable the Division Heads and Directors to plan, manage, and monitor their budgets.
  • Plan for and facilitate the upkeep of the buildings and grounds.
  • Work with the Head of School in reconfiguring the Business Office systems and functions.

The Position:

The Director of Finance and Operations will join a collaborative leadership team and provide day-to-day financial management, as well as strategic financial visioning, moving the school forward in its commitment to a strong academic program, diversity and the well-being of its students. The Director will work closely with the Head of School to develop strategies that will increase the School’s viability and sustainability, and develop and maintain a budget that reflects the School’s priorities and values. The Director will collaborate with the Directors of Admissions, External Programs, and Development to develop a strong team-based approach to the school’s revenue.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Finance

  • All areas of accounting, including developing and overseeing financial procedures and controls.
  • Prepare and present monthly financial statements and analysis of accounts.
  • Develop and monitor the annual financial budget.
  • Annual audit preparation, reporting and filing, including the 5500 and 990, and workers’ compensation.
  • Review and update vendor contracts (i.e. phones, copiers, mail machine, etc.)
  • Formulate financial aid award with the Financial Aid Director, the Head of School, and the Division Heads utilizing data from SSS by NAIS.
  • Maintain relationships with financial institutions; Administer bank arrangements, loan agreements, etc.
  • Be aware and knowledgeable of changes in State and Federal regulations affecting independent schools and non-profit organizations.
  • Oversee all legal and risk management matters relating to the school, its personnel, and student body.
  • Responsible for all aspects of payroll and tax filing related to payroll; including independent contractors.
  • Work with division heads on purchases of supplies, books, equipment, furniture, etc.
  • Responsible for all student enrollment contracts and billing.
  • Yearly data entry and reporting for BIIS, NBOA, NAIS, Commonfund, etc.
  • Participate in Administrative Team meetings.
  • Oversee and review the investment portfolio. Rebalance as needed to keep in line with the spending policy.
  • Approve all agreements concerning financial obligations including computer equipment and services.

Building and Grounds

  • Prepare and monitor maintenance plans (both long-term and short-term).
  • Prepare and monitor the safety of students, faculty/staff and buildings.
  • Execute bids, contracts, and leases.
  • Review Contractors’ licenses to ensure they are properly insured.
  • Responsible for renting the building after hours and ensuring the renters are properly insured.
  • Evaluate, purchase, and oversee property, liability, and workers’ compensation insurance programs.

Human Resources

  • Partner with outside Human Resources service provider to:
  • Generate Faculty and Staff employment contracts
  • Evaluate and supervise employee benefit programs
  • Formulate and revise employment policies and tax laws

Safety

  • Oversee all use of the school-owned vehicles and licensing of faculty and staff.
  • Coordinate and run all background checks.
  • Oversee the hiring and firing of all personnel.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and security of all personnel records.
  • Ensure the Nurse is up to date on all State and Federal guidelines and licenses.
  • Perform safety drills (i.e. Fire Drill, ALICE, etc.)
  • Work with the local fire department and police department.
  • Responsible for maintaining proper licenses and inspections for elevators.

Board of Trustees

  • Monitor and maintain the capital budget and financial aspects of new construction, including pre-construction costs.
  • Monitor and maintain the annual operating budget.
  • Responsible for preparing financial materials for the Finance Committee, Building & Grounds Committee, Investment Committee and Audit Committee.
  • Attend Board Meetings and answer questions pertaining to Financials and Building & Grounds related items.

Supervision

  • Supervise and review professional growth for the Receptionist, IT Director, Plant Manager, Director of External Programs, and Nurse(s).

View the full Friends Academy Opportunity Statement

The Director of Finance and Operations will be a highly competent, organized, detail-oriented and strategic financial professional driven by the school’s mission and a collaborative problem solver with other school leaders.

The Director must possess a sense of humor, optimism, humility, empathy, excellent emotional intelligence and interpersonal and communication skills.

Education, experience and skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field
  • 5 years experience in a professional accounting environment.
  • Handle sensitive, confidential information appropriately.
  • Knowledge and experience with fund accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel; Google Docs.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with building management and building codes
  • Ability to work with detailed information with a high degree of accuracy

Interested candidates must submit the following materials confidentially via http://bit.ly/Friends_Dir_FinOps in one PDF attachment that includes in the following order:

  • Cover letter expressing interest in the Friends Academy Director of Finance and Operations position
  • Current résumé
  • Personal Statement: a one-page statement describing your professional and career arc
  • List of five references including name, title, phone number, email address and professional relationship (references are contacted only with the candidate’s permission)

Lower School Teacher

This opportunity is an on-campus, in-person teaching opening. Primary responsibilities will include teaching in a lower school grade-level pod. If the pod or school goes into distance learning, responsibilities would shift to teaching virtually. Please see our detailed summary of our reopening plan.

We seek a dedicated educator who believes in collaboration and understands the importance of relationship-building when helping students find success. We value teachers who are creative and embrace inquiry and project-based learning. Our new lower school teacher should be well-versed in technology so that they are able to maximize in-person and distance learning opportunities. We use Google and Blackbaud platforms and other assistive technologies to meet our students’ varied needs.

The ideal candidate would:

  • Love young students
  • Serve as a role model for students and demonstrate a commitment to our school’s mission
  • Design, implement, and creatively deliver curriculum
  • Promote responsible citizenship and respect for diversity and differences
  • Have a positive outlook on the world and opportunities for young people
  • Desire to contribute to something larger than oneself and have a deep-seated belief in the power of teamwork
  • Differentiate curriculum for different types of learners
  • Be dedicated to social-emotional learning and positive discipline practices
  • Collaborate with grade teams and departments to create an integrated academic program for our students
  • Help prepare for and facilitate Student-Led Conferences

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Previous experience working with children is a plus
  • A passion for lower school, a sense of humor, positivity, and warmth
  • Dedication to teaching and learning in a vigorous, progressive school community with commitment to equity and inclusion.

Middle School Teacher

This opportunity is an immediate on-campus, in-person teaching opening. Primary responsibilities will include teaching in a grade-level pod and advising a group of students at that grade level. If the pod or school goes into distance learning, responsibilities would shift to teaching and advising virtually. Please see our detailed summary of our reopening plan.

We seek a dedicated educator who believes in collaboration and understands the importance of relationship-building when helping students find success. We value teachers who are creative and embrace inquiry and project-based learning. Our new middle school teacher should be well-versed in technology so that they are able to maximize the effectiveness of our 1:1 MacBook environment. We use a Google platform and assistive technologies to meet our students’ varied needs.

The ideal candidate would:

  • Love Middle School students and learning
  • Serve as a role model for students and demonstrate a commitment to our school’s mission
  • Design, implement, and creatively deliver curriculum
  • Promote responsible citizenship and respect for diversity and differences
  • Have a positive outlook on the world and opportunities for young people
  • Desire to contribute to something larger than oneself and have a deep-seated belief in the power of teamwork
  • Differentiate curriculum for different types of learners
  • Be dedicated to social-emotional learning and positive discipline practices
  • Collaborate with grade teams and departments to create an integrated academic program for our students
  • Help prepare for and facilitate Student-Led Conferences

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Previous experience working with children is a plus
  • A passion for middle school, a sense of humor, and positivity and warmth
  • Dedication to teaching and learning in a vigorous, progressive school community with commitment to equity and inclusion.

Middle School Teacher Experienced in Special Education

Friends Academy seeks an enthusiastic and optimistic middle school teacher to join our Sally Borden Program. This is an immediate on-campus, in-person teaching opening. This teacher will join our team of talented, passionate faculty who are dedicated to working with students who have language-based learning differences such as dyslexia. In addition to the academic course load, the position includes participating in an advisory.

We seek a dedicated educator who believes in collaboration and understands the importance of relationship-building when helping students find success. We value teachers who are creative and embrace inquiry and project-based learning. Our new middle school teacher should be well-versed in technology so that they are able to maximize the effectiveness of our 1:1 MacBook environment. We use a Google platform and assistive technologies to meet our students’ varied needs.

Qualifications:

This job may be for you if you:

  • Possess a bachelor degree in middle school education or related field; master’s degree preferred
  • Feel a strong alignment with Friends Academy’s Mission and Philosophy of Learning
  • Have experience working with students with language-based learning differences
  • Are optimistic, steady, humble, and committed to doing what is best for children
  • Possess a dedication to teaching and learning in a vigorous progressive school community with a commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Are comfortable creating curriculum to meet the diverse needs of Sally Borden learners
  • Appreciate and are excited by innovation in education
  • Are well-versed in technology such as the Google Suite for Education and can pivot to remote teaching if needed
  • Are a strong role model for middle school adolescents and understand the cognitive, social, and emotional development of this age group
  • Personalize and differentiate content to best serve all learners
  • Value working as part of a team and making contributions to a shared vision of the best possible learning outcomes for students
  • Are comfortable being flexible, trying new ideas, and taking intellectual risks
  • Believe in a professional, optimistic educational community and will work to bring their best to school each day

Sally Borden Program Reading & Support Specialist

The Sally Borden Program at Friends Academy has an immediate opening for an enthusiastic and optimistic Reading & Support Specialist to join our on-campus team of talented, passionate faculty for the current school year. The position involves teaching reading to individual and small groups of students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.

Orton-Gillingham is our foundational reading program, so an associate level of certification or the willingness to become trained and certified is a requirement. Reading & Support Specialists also provide individualized support to students in writing and other academic areas.

We seek an enthusiastic, dedicated educator who believes in collaboration and a team approach to helping students find success. We look for educators who seek fresh, creative ways to bring learning to life in a collaborative and engaging environment. Our teachers are a strong role model for the social and emotional development of the students with whom they work. We look for teachers who desire to contribute to something larger than oneself and hold a deep-seated belief in the power of teamwork.

Qualifications:

This job may be for you, if you:

  • Possess a bachelor degree in Reading, Literacy, Special Education or related education field; master’s degrees preferred
  • Feel a strong alignment with Friends Academy’s Mission and Philosophy of Learning
  • Have experience working with students with language-based learning differences
  • Hold an Associate level of Orton-Gillingham or are willing to be trained
  • Are comfortable using a Google platform and assistive technologies to meet our students’ varied needs
  • Have experience working with remote learning
  • Feel comfortable writing individual comments for each marking period
  • Attend faculty meetings and positively contribute to discussion and dialogue
  • Value working as part of a team and making contributions to a shared vision of the best possible learning outcomes for students
  • Are dedicated to teaching and learning in a vigorous, progressive school community with a commitment to equity and inclusion

Substitute Teachers

Friends Academy is a small, progressive EC-8 school of 250 students on the South Coast of Massachusetts. We are known for having a strong sense of community that balances academics, arts, social and emotional learning, athletics, and outdoor activities.

We are looking for energetic and dedicated individuals to serve as on-call Substitute Teachers in all grades. (Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, substitute teaching opportunities may be limited during the 2020-21 school year.) Teaching experience is appreciated, but not required.

The ideal candidate would:

  • Love Lower/Middle School students and learning
  • Deliver curriculum in a variety of disciplines
  • Have a positive outlook on the world and opportunities for young people
  • Be dedicated to social-emotional learning and positive discipline practices
  • Demonstrate a commitment to our school’s mission
  • Promote responsible citizenship and respect for diversity and differences

Equal Opportunity Employer

Friends Academy admits students and hires faculty and staff of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to all students, faculty, and staff at the school. Friends Academy does not discriminate against someone (applicant or employee) because of that person’s race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity of others in the administration of its educational policies, employment practices, admissions policies, financial aid program, or other school administered programs.

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