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Business Manager

Mountain Phoenix Community School

Wheat Ridge, CO, USA

Full time


Apr 1

Mountain Phoenix Community School is accepting applications for our Business Manager position beginning May 2022.

The MPCS Business Manager works closely with the Governing Council and school leadership to strategically design and oversee the school’s financial resources and personnel/talent potential through expertise and guidance provided to the GC Finance, Personnel, and Governance committees. Additionally, the Business Manager collaborates with school directors and staff to coordinate, organize, and manage the daily business activities, financial transactions, and personnel matters of the school.

Financial responsibilities include: leadership on the Governing Council Finance Committee for budgeting and supervision of all other financial processes, which include: accounts receivable, accounts payable, commercial credit card program, vendor relations, payroll, general ledger, financial reporting, financial audit, tax filing, banking, bond issuance and debt, and financial policy and procedural compliance. The Business Manager attends meetings and acts as a key liaison between the school and the MPCS Foundation (fundraising 501c(3)), and the MPCS Building Corporation.

Personnel/Talent responsibilities include: leadership on the Governing Council Personnel Committee to ensure MPCS personnel policies and practices are aligned to state and federal legal requirements and employment law, proficient use of data systems to manage and account for all personnel functions, facilitating all phases of the employee life cycle include: hiring, onboarding, performance management, and off-boarding, acting as a liaison for staff members regarding employee benefits, leaves, and payroll, and fostering a safe, healthy workplace.

The MPCS Business Manager is a highly effective communicator able to develop schoolwide relationships and build trust with all employees. They act with the highest ethical standards at all times, including keeping confidentiality, and maintaining appropriate demeanor, tact, and professionalism in their interactions with others.

Qualifications & Skills:
Bachelor's Degree required, with an emphasis on accredited supplemental coursework in business administration, finance, accounting, bookkeeping, and human resources management. Master’s degree preferred.
Demonstrated experience in human resource management, certification such as that offered by SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) preferred. (Willingness to obtain certification required.)
Significant experience in finance, bookkeeping, and large computer financial systems. Experience in a school setting or with school accounting preferred.

Demonstrated initiative and skills in the following areas: relationship and community building, shared leadership, responsiveness to accountability requirements/feedback, communication, conflict resolution through restorative practices, creativity, problem solving, decision making and time management.

Entrepreneurial outlook, growth and restorative mindset to achieve consequential action, and charter school commitment required.
Demonstrates an impeccable ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the role.

Possesses excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with all stakeholders at all levels.
Ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines, maintain required documentation and record keeping systems, and possess an operating knowledge of and experience with computers, office software (Microsoft Office - Word & Excel, Google G-Suite), Internet, e-mail and general office equipment.

Personal and professional commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.
Demonstrated understanding and commitment to the school’s Mission, Vision and Core Principles of Public Waldorf Education.

Position Responsibilities: Responsibilities of the Business Manager span a range of financial, operational, and human resources tasks. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties satisfactorily. A representative list of essential duties, knowledge, skills and/or abilities follows. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

General responsibilities include:
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, policy and expectation documents, strategic plans and unified improvement plans, key performance indicators, staff agreements, evaluation rubrics, school, district, state and federal policy documents that define required actions, charter school laws and documents, budget documents, curriculum proposals and relevant human relations procedures.

Maintaining job skills to keep pace with changing technology and internal systems, primarily computer systems. Participate in district-offered and product specific training classes in order to maintain job skills and effectively act as a district-school liaison.

Preparing correspondences, reports, and procedural documentation to demonstrate compliance with legal requirements.

Acting as a public relations liaison for people contacting the school. Explain MPCS and district policies and procedures to all stakeholders.

Attending MPCS staff and committee meetings as scheduled and Jeffco meetings/training relevant to the position as needed. Attendance required at all GC Governance, Finance, and Personnel committee meetings. Regularly attend meetings of MPCS affiliate organizations such as MPCS Foundation and Building Corps.

Networking with industry professionals through attendance at finance and HR business manager network meetings offered through the Colorado League of Charter Schools and Colorado Department of Education.
Supervisory responsibility could involve training secretaries, sub-secretaries, clerical staff, and/or paraprofessionals in the office. Act as a departmental resource for staff.

Initiating outreach and intentional communication to cultivate and maintain positive relations between school, parents/caregivers, and community members, resolve problems, and negotiate matters. May involve matters requiring a highly developed sense of professional discretion and confidentiality.

Full Job Description: Please email Maggie.Payne@jeffco.k12.co.us

Position Schedule: The Business Manager at MPCS is a full time, year-round position. The Business Manager is expected to be on campus from 7:30-4:00 pm during all days school is in session. Occasionally work may need to be conducted outside of school hours. Work during school vacation has a more flexible schedule and will be based on progress toward goals and projects rather than time on campus.

Salary Range: $55,000-$80,000 to be determined based upon candidate qualifications and experience. MPCS offers a competitive salary with compensation for applicable years of experience, advanced degrees, and ongoing professional development. We provide a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision, and PERA (retirement). There are 8 PTO days provided annually.

APPLY: For more information or to apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to Maggie Payne (Director of Enrichment and Student Support) at mpayne@jeffco.k12.co.us and include “Business Manager” as the subject of the email.

NOTE: The Mountain Phoenix Community School is an equal opportunity employer. This position description identifies general responsibilities and is not intended to be a complete list of all duties performed. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties described herein.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to become a part of our innovative community at Mountain Phoenix Community School.

About Mountain Phoenix Community School
Our charter school, as a member of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education and the Jeffco public school district, offers a comprehensive academic curriculum integrating the arts with special subject classes in Handwork, Spanish, Performing and Visual Arts, Music, Band/Orchestra, Games/Movement, and Eurythmy.

At Mountain Phoenix, fostering an environment of equity and inclusion is part of our school culture. We support and embrace diversity in all its forms, including differences in ethnicity, cultural and religious heritage, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, geographic origin, and family structure. We provide our students with a rich, inclusive curriculum that reflects the world in which we live and fosters a safe atmosphere where every member of the community is respected and multiple viewpoints can be peacefully expressed.

Our thriving preK-8th grade charter school serves a diverse community of over 600 children through an educational model based on the Core Principles of Public Waldorf Education. Placed on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, our lively campus has beautiful outdoor play space and views of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Our children enjoy year-round outdoor activities with over 300 days of annual sunshine.

To learn more about Mountain Phoenix Community School, visit our website at http://www.mountainphoenix.org.

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