Founded in 1962, The Colorado Springs School (CSS) is a college-preparatory, day, and international school serving students from preschool through high school. Recognized as the top choice among Niche schools and nestled in the shadows of Pikes Peak, The Colorado Springs School’s distinctive educational philosophy strikes a balance between innovation and tradition.
CSS is a PreK-12th grade school of approximately 330 students and 55 faculty/staff. Founded more than fifty years ago, The Colorado Springs School offers a hands-on education with balanced concern for students’ academic, social, emotional, and physical growth. Through superior academics and mentoring, The Colorado Springs School prepares students to think independently and to meet the challenges of a dynamic world with leadership, ingenuity, problem-solving skills, and personal integrity.
CSS prides itself on high student engagement, and its teachers are known for their ability to bring learning to life with project-based units, real-world connections, and student-centered classrooms. In addition to teaching, faculty members are expected to serve as class and club sponsors, student advisors, and seminar leaders in our fast-paced, active, school community.
The school is situated on one campus with 28 acres.
The Business Manager will be responsible for handling the day-to-day activities of the Business Office. The primary functions of the business manager are to ensure accurate bookkeeping, administer HR policies and procedures for school personnel. As the overseer of personnel documents and accounts, the Business Manager holds policy, procedure, and protocol as its primary responsibility. Working
closely with the CFO, Leadership Team, faculty and staff this position would be instrumental in the day to day operations and general operations of the school.
The position’s preferred qualifications:
● Desire to work in an environment that promotes the education and well-being of children.
● 3-4 years experience in financial accounting with an excellent eye for detail .
- Account reconciliations, includes bank operating cash accounts / investments.
- Coordinate reporting & analysis of various financial accounts
● Strong experience in benefits management
● Managing family/student accounts receivables & vendor’s accounts payable.
● Strong background in financial software [Financial Edge], along with record-management.
● Complete timely payroll processing for accuracy, current system Paychex.
● Ensure that human resources policies and practices are clearly articulated, consistently
applied, and conform to legal requirements.
● Demonstrated capability to build excellent credibility/trust, positively influence relationships,
and the ability to engage effectively with the Head of School and CFO, as well as the senior
● Display strong written/oral communication and listening skills with outstanding interpersonal
● Strong personal integrity and awareness of internal controls and accounting processes..
● Knowledge and experience utilizing technology, including Excel to enhance/manage results.
The knowledge, skill, and abilities required for the Business Manager position:
A Bachelor’s degree in business or related field is preferred, however proven success or experience can serve as an equivalent. Advanced knowledge of appropriate software tools ( Blackbaud Financials, & Google products) is preferred. The Business Manager must pass a background check and have the ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time. Must display and uphold high ethical standards, and possess keen analytical skills and a detail-oriented work style.
Submit a cover letter, resume, and 3-5 professional references in PDF to Head of School Tambi Tyler at email@example.com.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Job summary: Reporting directly to the Head of School and serving as a member of the senior leadership team, the CFO is responsible for managing the business/financial function of The Colorado Springs School, as well as providing management and oversight of Operations and Food Services. The CFO will plan and execute the strategies to support and lead the initiatives relating to driving the best business and management practices throughout CSS. Working closely with the Head of School, the Board of Trustees, and the senior leadership team, the CFO will play an instrumental role in the day-to-day operations and management.
- Strong business acumen and strategic thinking ability. Outstanding financial planning, analytical and problem-solving skills with a high degree of intellectual curiosity and the ability to make informed decisions based on data and analytics.
- Demonstrated capability to build excellent credibility/trust, positively influence relationships, and the ability to engage effectively with the Head of School, the senior leadership team, and the Board of Trustees.
- Superior written/oral communication/listening skills with outstanding interpersonal qualities and a natural, effective consultative style. Someone who is sought out for their opinions and counsel and who can forge and maintain close relationships, both internally and externally.
- Demonstrated experience managing both the annual and long-range planning processes as well as endowment and pension funds.
- Strong capability to manage the controllership, treasury, and operation function, excellent people, leadership, and managerial experience. Demonstrated passion and experience coaching and developing staff to assume higher levels of responsibility.
- Knowledge and experience utilizing technology to enhance and measure the results of the financial and accounting programs and processes. Experience managing IT functions with system implementation experience a plus.
Required knowledge, skill, and abilities:
- A Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, or related field is required.
- A Master’s degree and preferred 10+ years of progressive financial and administrative experience in an educational institution or non-profit organization strongly desired. Advanced knowledge of appropriate software tools (Microsoft, Blackbaud Financials, & Google products) is required.
- A CPA or CMA certification is preferred.
- The Chief Financial officer must pass a background check and have the ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time. He/she will also need to have the ability to lift supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.
The Chief Financial Officer candidate will:
- Maintain a system of internal controls and approvals for cost - control of resources to ensure the integrity and effective processes for ordering, purchasing, delivery, and expense reimbursement.
- Prepare and review financial budget statements, investment, and capital project reports for review and approval by the Head of School, Treasurer, Finance Committee, and/or the Board.
- Participate in all Board and committee meetings as required.
- Prepare the preliminary annual budget after consulting with the Head of School and submit a proposed budget to the finance committee.
- Recommend annual tuition rates, financial assistance budget, and salary scale/benefit plan increments.
- Ensure expenditures are consistent with the approved budget and that deviations from the budget are explained and approved in advance.
- Manage accounts receivable, financial assistance, and parent and employee contracts. Oversee all accounting functions (payroll, health and employee benefits).
- Oversee the collection of aged accounts receivable.
- Work with parents on financial issues relevant to their children’s enrollment at the school.
- Analyze, review, and approve financial assistance awards in collaboration with the Head of School and enrollment management director.
- Administer the tuition refund insurance program, including filing claims and dispersing funds.
- Manage risk through maintaining crisis management plans and administering appropriate liability policies such as general liability, worker’s compensation, unemployment, and coverage for buildings and equipment.
- Planning and oversight of the transportation and food service.
- Supervise the Facilities staff in the oversight of the outsourced cleaning and custodial company, as well as, all other facilities vendors being used on campus (HVAC, plumbing, lighting, etc.).
- Advise and oversee the Facilities staff in the creation and dissemination of the summer, spring, and winter break projects lists
- Act as a liaison to the security company.
- Provide reports to the finance committee and/or the Board on significant financial matters as requested or appropriate.
Submit a cover letter, resume, and 3-5 professional references in PDF to Head of School Tambi Tyler at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received by September 15, 2020. Onboarding for this position is expected to begin in November 2020.
Communications Assistant (Part-time)
Job Title: Communications Assistant (part-time; 20 hours per week)
Position reports to: Director of Advancement and Communications
Job Purpose/Summary: To support The Colorado Springs School’s plans to advance fundraising, communications/marketing, and enrollment activity.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
- Assist in the execution of communication strategy and branded assets
- Video production: Capturing, managing and editing video for a branded look and telling the school’s story.
- Ability to work collaboratively on the creation of storyboards and then independently execute video production, transitions, voiceovers and music selections, audio balancing, and supporting graphics to complete a finished look for social media and dissemination to families, alumni and donors.
- Manage live feeds for certain school events. (Nights and weekends may be necessary)
- Serve as point person with Lifetouch studio pictures for yearbook photos, student information and parent assistance.
- Coordinate with external agencies and vendors as needed (e.g. printers, web host, photographers, clothing companies, media agencies, catering companies, event venues, etc.)
- Execute assigned communication elements for varied audiences and messages (e.g. Annual Fund appeals, electronic newsletter (ROAR, Alumni News) and eblasts, social media posts, website updates and blog posts, videos, and other needed collateral, etc.).
- Apply style guidelines and branding across collateral materials.
- Support events and volunteer management for donor gatherings, gala, admission events, etc.
- Clerical office support
- Responsible to prep charitable contributions for gift entry: includes checking mail, coding, scanning documents for Raiser’s Edge database admin, generating acknowledgments, completing additional tax documentation, mailing, and filing records.
- Assist with fundraising mailings and solicitations: includes list pulls, mail merges, printing, coordination with printer on collateral material, ordering stationery, adhering to postage guidelines
Preferred experience or similar experience: with Microsoft Office, Google Apps for Education, Constant Contact email system, video-editing software, photo-editing, content management system for websites, Renweb admission database, Raiser’s Edge fundraising database, social media management tools.
- Demonstrate an aptitude and attitude to learn a variety of computer-based tools; self-paced training and some formalized training available.
- Ability to manage systems, produce high-quality and consistent data, and exercise follow-through.
- Ability to work with sensitive and confidential information. Exude a high-level of customer service and professionalism to all constituents including, current parents, faculty/staff, donors, foundations, corporations, past parents, volunteers, and alumni.
- Strong communication and proofreading skills.
- Embrace the school’s mission for educating students in an experiential learning environment.
Hourly: $15; this position is year-round and works throughout the summer. No benefits or tuition remission for part-time work.
How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and references in a PDF format to: email@example.com. Serious candidates should also include a link to a sample video project that you have filmed and edited.
Position overview: Substitute teachers ensure that learning continues when classroom teachers are absent throughout the school year. For the 2020-2021 school year, CSS is looking to add to its substitute teaching roster and seeks experienced individuals who have flexibility in their schedules and availability to cover classes upon notification. CSS is eager to have teachers with a broad range of experience who are eager to teach in areas where they have the greatest depth of knowledge and expertise. Alignment of subject matter and experience with a specific age group are primary considerations when selecting substitute teachers for assignment.
Given the climate in today’s schools, flexibility and agility are essential qualities that we are looking for in successful candidates. Specifically, teachers who are adept at using technology in the classroom to facilitate learning and have used technology to support learning online are highly sought after.
Qualified applicants should submit to submit a resume, and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected candidates will be required to complete an employment application and agree to complete a formal background check before working at CSS.
While CSS has minimal faculty and staff turnover, we are always interested in reviewing the qualifications and experience, of enthusiastic teachers for PreKindergarten through 12th grade. If you are interested in being part of a faculty that engages students through active, hands-on learning, and individual attention, then email your resume and references as PDF documents to our HR Department.
The Colorado Springs School is an equal opportunity employer.