Director of Finance & Administration

Mercy McAuley is seeking a Director of Finance and Administration. See below for the complete job description. Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to Lisa Starkey at


Director of Finance and Administration  

The Director of Finance and Administration provides financial and strategic leadership and expertise to achieve the fullest attainment of the mission and vision and to continue the charism of the Sisters of Mercy in the school.   Responsibilities include operational, fiscal, and administrative effectiveness of the financial Administration, HR polices, and campus facilities, building projects, risk management, legal/vendor contracts, business policy and generally accepted accounting practices and procedures. As a member of the senior leadership team, the Director of Finance and Administration is committed to the educational philosophy, mission and goals of the school, and embraces the Mercy charism.

The Director of Finance and Administration assumes overall responsibility for effective day-to-day business affairs of the school in consultation with the president.  The position requires a collaborative working relationship with all administrators, staff, parents and other constituents.

Accountability:  The Director of Finance and Administration reports to and is supervised by the President of Mercy McAuley High School.

Supervises:  Business office staff and various contractors as assigned by the President.

Position Summary

Director of Finance and Administration Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with the President and the Board of Trustees as a member of the senior leadership team to build a partnership in governance and leadership.
  • Partners with the Finance Committee and the president to ensure ongoing fiscal responsibility and sustainability of the school. Appraises the school financial position and insures informative and timely reports in its financial stability, liquidity, and growth to the president and to the Finance Committee. 
  • Creates procedures for all necessary Administration
    • Business Administration, internal controls and purchasing  
    • Food Services, Athletics, Spirit Shop
    • Personnel policies and payroll
    • Monthly budget reporting to departments
    • Tuition setting and financial aid policies and procedures                            
  • Manages annual budget process and reporting of operational funds, as well as all investment accounts, and cash and collections systems.
  • Maximizes the full utilization of the school resources, oversees and reviews the school’s annual budget, tuition setting and oversees budgeting, audit, tax, accounting, treasury, purchasing, real estate, long range forecasting, and insurance activities.
  • Provides oversight and review of the recording and reporting of financial transactions and activity.
  • Works closely with the president to ensure the financial stability of the school by providing a consistent, ongoing review of programs and service to maintain sound fiscal management and compliant personnel policy.
  • Partners with the board committee and president to ensure the physical facility and grounds are safe, clean, and maintained at a high standard. Contracts with and oversees outside vendors. 
  • Responsible for managing the school’s resources in a prudent and careful manner, consistent with the mission and goals of the School, as well as with the charism of the Sisters of Mercy.  The DFO understands the charism, mission, standards and policies of the school, contributes to their formulation and evaluation, and is able to interpret them to others.
  • Develops, implements and maintains internal financial reporting systems, financial controls and information technology systems in compliance with appropriate laws and expected standards of practice.
  • Along with the president, ensures the school’s investment in its administrative and infrastructure support services are appropriate and consistent with the needs of the School.
  • Ensures the maintenance of the physical campus, including security, and works with the President to execute the school’s master plan.
  • Works collaboratively with the president, director of development and director of enrollment and marketing to ensure successful annual re-enrollment and tuition assistance goals and objectives.
  • Attracts, retains, develops, and supervises the business office, facilities, and information technology personnel. Fosters an atmosphere of empowerment, collaboration and continuing professional development.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the president.
  • Maintains and promotes active communication and positive relations with constituencies both within and beyond the school community. Demonstrates visibility and accessibility and communicates effectively with all constituencies.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Experience working with and connecting to a large and diverse community of people.
  • Demonstrated strengths in interpersonal skills, collaboration, and initiative.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Possesses the skills necessary to effectively use a variety of programs and software, including database programs.
  • Ability to effectively analyze, interpret and present relevant data for decision making.
  • Respect Mercy McAuley High School as a Catholic, Mercy school by maintaining a personal and professional presence consonant with the charism of the Sisters of Mercy and Catholic teaching. Please see the employee handbook for more detail.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, business or related field. An advanced degree preferred.
  • Five or more years of results-oriented executive Administration managing budgets in a school, university, foundation or other non-profit environment.