The National Business Officers Association (NBOA), the only national association focused exclusively on supporting independent school business officers and business operations staff and fostering financial and operational excellence among independent PK-12 schools, is seeking a dynamic and creative professional to serve as its Director, Accounting and Tax Programs.
The Director, Accounting and Tax Programs serves as the association’s primary advisor on independent school accounting and tax issues for NBOA members. In this role, the Director manages all aspects of content development and delivery related to nonprofit accounting and tax compliance issues affecting independent schools, ensures high-quality and member-responsive offerings, and supports additional programs, products and services related to independent school finance and business operations. This member-focused position reports directly to the NBOA Vice President, Professional Development and Business Affairs.
By joining the collaborative, high-functioning NBOA team, the successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to transition to a telework environment, and to make a positive impact on the business operations of numerous independent schools.
Essential responsibilities for this position include:
Lead the creation, delivery and management of NBOA’s accounting and tax programs, products and services, to assist NBOA member schools with a myriad of accounting and tax compliance priorities as they relate to independent schools and business operations.
Support member-facing finance and business operations programs, products and services, including the Composite Financial Index (CFI), NBOA Long-Range Financial Model, and serve as a catalyst for the development of additional tools and resources responsive to member needs.
Responsible for identifying, developing, communicating and monitoring accounting and tax issues related to nonprofit independent school finance and business operations.
Maintain knowledge currency on relevant accounting and financial reporting standards and practices and tax compliance issues and regulations for nonprofit independent school business operations.
Draft accounting, financial reporting and tax resources and materials, including Net Assets articles, e-newsletter briefs, comment letters, news alerts and talking points of relevance to business officers at independent schools.
Develop and deliver programs identifying timely topics for members on accounting, finance and tax issues including, but not limited to, NBOA, state and regional association meetings, webinars and online courses.
Respond to NBOA member inquiries and requests for information.
Serve as staff liaison to the NBOA Controllers Council.
Serve as a liaison between NBOA and accounting firms and tax professionals that serve the independent school community to foster positive relationships and identify emerging issues and potential opportunities for collaboration and program development.
Develop, implement and achieve mutually agreed annual performance goals and objectives.
Manage outside consultants as needed that support accounting and tax compliance work to help address member needs.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President, Professional Development and Business Affairs, and the President and CEO within the general scope of job responsibilities and in support of organizational goals.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance from an accredited college or university required; Master of Business Administration (MBA) preferred.
Current CPA certification required.
At least 10 years of progressive experience in not-for-profit accounting and tax, preferably specific to independent schools (either through direct independent school business office employment, at a public accounting firm serving independent schools, or, ideally, both).
Depth of knowledge and experience in nonprofit accounting and financial reporting standards and tax compliance issues related to independent schools.
Experience with regulations impacting independent schools and independent school business operations preferred.
Demonstrated success in analyzing and advising constituents and stakeholders regarding complex financial or regulatory issues and provide consistent superior service to members in a knowledgeable and professional manner.
Demonstrated success in public speaking, making presentations, and speaking as an authority on accounting, finance and tax issues.
Exemplary written and oral communications and presentations skills, including the ability to summarize issues and the means to address them, and articulate positions and strategies concisely and quickly, in a manner that is useful and easily understood by members and staff.
Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects, organize time and identify project resources.
Commitment to customer service within the staff and externally with members and other stakeholders.
Computer proficiency and expertise with Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and familiarity with new technologies and tools.
Requires travel throughout the year to NBOA conferences and meetings, for professional development, or to speak on other related programs.
Other key characteristics of the Director include:
The capacity to think beyond individual program area for the good of the association and membership.
Must be able to work with flexibility, efficiency, enthusiasm and diplomacy, in a virtual/distributed staff team environment as a leader, team member and professional role model, with daily interaction individually and as part of collaborative team efforts.
Highly conscientious and possess a high degree of integrity while working with confidential information discreetly and appropriately.
Display a high level of energy and thrive in a fast-paced, innovative environment.
The ability to develop and maintain positive, productive working relationships with members, colleagues, supervisors and key association partners/stakeholders.
Must have a dedicated work space for working in a distributed staff capacity.
The successful candidate will have occasional travel, to various locations to make presentations to external stakeholders, and to NBOA’s headquarters offices in Washington, DC. To be considered, the applicant must provide as attachments a cover letter that includes explicit salary expectations for this position, a resume and a list of professional references.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About National Business Officers Association
Founded in 1998, the National Business Officers Association is the only national membership organization focused on the needs of the independent school business office and business operations staff in the country. Its mission is to develop, deliver and promote best business practices to advance independent schools. Through its Annual Meeting, magazine and newsletter, webinars, online courses, research initiatives and websites, NBOA advances business excellence to help independent schools achieve educational excellence in the 21st century. NBOA employs 19 full-time staff and operates an annual budget of $6 million. The association is headquartered in Washington, DC, with some staff serving the association from home offices located across the country. Since 1998, NBOA has grown and expanded its membership, programs and services, currently serving over 1,400 member schools in the United States, 130+ corporate members, and more than 110 schools in Canada and across the globe.