Position: Vice President of Finance
Location: New York, New York
Type: Full-Time Salaried
WHO WE ARE
We are Partnership Schools.
We believe that great schools are guided by faith and values, grounded in rigorous content, supported by quality professional development, and animated by a clear vision. As a network of nine urban Catholic schools in Harlem, the South Bronx, and Cleveland, we are led by talented and dedicated teachers and school leaders, and supported by a central team of education, finance, and operational leaders.
Granted operational management of nine long-standing Pre-K to 8th grade schools, we are committed to providing students in historically underserved neighborhoods with the academic preparation, faith, values, and skills they need to excel in school and in life.
The historic success of urban Catholic schools stems not only from a rigorous tradition of academic excellence, but also from an emphasis on developing self-worth, moral character, a love of learning, and a sense of civic responsibility—all part of our long-standing commitment to educating the whole child. Partnership Schools is unique in knitting this tradition together with lessons from high achieving public, charter, and independent schools, in the service of our students. Today, as a School Management Organization (SMO), the Partnership is intensifying its efforts to break the cycle of poverty and close the achievement gap across our network schools.
Partnership Schools is also recognized as a leader in the burgeoning Catholic school renaissance—a nationwide effort to strengthen and rebuild urban Catholic schools as models of academic rigor and faith-based education.
Our shared core values of Integrity, Humility, Hard Work, and Service are alive in our schools and guide all that we do.
“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when nobody is watching.”—C.S. Lewis At Partnership Schools, we seek to give all students a clear understanding of the moral principles and virtues on which the Catholic faith and tradition is built. From that framework, we are committed to building a community where all individuals act with honesty, forthrightness, and respect.
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”—C.S. Lewis Developing humility in our students means understanding and appreciating the unique gifts and potential of every member of the community, and working together to ensure that everyone works hard to achieve his/her highest potential. That requires hard work, selflessness, and an appreciation for what we can learn from everyone around us. It also implies judging ourselves not in comparison with others, but in light of our capabilities. And it requires us to focus on developing our gifts not for our own personal gain, but to serve others.
“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.”— St. Francis of Assisi
Hard work, persistence, and determination are essential to learning and success. At Partnership Schools, we expect all students, teachers, and leaders to work hard; to give 100 percent 100 percent of the time.
“Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love.”—Mother Teresa
At Partnership Schools, we aim to develop “young men and women for others.” We are committed to serving others, both within the four walls of our schools and beyond. To that end, teachers emphasize cultivating individual student gifts, broadening students’ understanding of the community and the world, and using our gifts in service of the community in which we live and work.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
The Vice-President of Finance serves as the senior finance professional for Partnership Schools, reporting to the Executive Director, and managing the three-person network finance team, outsourced finance and accounting resources, and a $25MM budget. The VP will oversee the day-to-day management of the organization and network’s financial operations, including the allocation of resources to best serve the network needs. The VP will provide information and analysis and collaborate with the Executive Director, Chief of Staff, and Superintendent on a regular basis. The VP will also work closely with the Finance and Audit Committees of the Board of Trustees (composed of seasoned finance professionals), external auditors, EdOps (our outsourced finance and accounting team), and other outside parties and implement financial directives authorized by the Board. As a senior leader, the VP develops a strategic plan for finance each year, aligning resources with priorities and ensuring sound controls are in place. The VP supports school operational teams with information and analysis critical to decision-making. S/he is responsible for the integrity and transparency of the finances for Partnership Schools, as well as for those of our our seven-school network in New York that employs over 250 school site team members, and for Partnership Schools Cleveland, which houses our two network schools in Cleveland, Ohio, employing over 40 school-site team members.
As the Partnership looks ahead, it hopes to expand beyond the current nine schools in New York and Cleveland in order to serve more students, have a greater impact, and to improve overall sustainability. As a result, the VP will be critical in leading the effort to budget and
forecast the various components of the strategic growth plan, as well as playing a lead role in assuring the long-term sustainability of the network’s schools.
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WHAT YOU’LL BRING
WHAT WE OFFER
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The Partnership offers a competitive benefits package and is an equal opportunity organization that values diversity.