Director of Finance and Facilities

West Nairobi School

School Info:

Name:West Nairobi School

Region:Africa

JOB DESCRIPTION – Director of Finance and Facilities

School Background:

Nairobi is the capital and largest city in Kenya, having about four million inhabitants. West Nairobi School (WNS) is located in Karen, Kenya, a suburb in the west of Nairobi. Adjacent to the Ngong Forest, WNS is a very beautiful place. The temperature is consistent year-round, remaining between 20 and 27 degrees Celsius (65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit) with rains occurring in November-December and again in March-May. English is one of the official languages of Kenya, Kiswahili being the other. Tourism is the top industry in Kenya, followed closely by the tea and coffee industry.


West Nairobi School is an international school that partners with parents to provide an education of excellence from a Biblical worldview based on North American curriculum.  West Nairobi School strives to nurture the academic, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual development of the whole child. WNS serves children in grades pre-K through 12 from missionary, diplomatic, international business, and Kenyan families.  

Job Summary/Objective:

The Director of Finance and Facilities oversees the WNS Finance, Operations, and Facilities Departments. The DFF works with the Director in designing and maintaining the yearly budget, and supervises the finance team in keeping the budget up-to-date and the business running smoothly. The DFF is also the public relations agent for the school and helps coordinate with the various consultants for tax, law, and registrations, etc. with government offices.  The DFF manages and supervises the Transportation, Security, and HSO (Facilities) Managers, as well as the Finance Team and members of the Business Office.

Responsibilities:

1. Must be a TEAM player, especially as a key member of the Field Leadership Team.

2. Must have a strong working knowledge of finance, budgeting and facilities.

3. Must be able to navigate and communicate well with NICS, the Director, and local parent and wider community.

4. Must be able to effectively manage his/her employees including encouraging and/or disciplining as needed all the while being a strong spiritual leader and role model.

5. Must have the ability to cooperate with employees in other departments and as an administrator be able to respond to the finance questions that arise within the diverse group of WNS employees.

6. Must be able to think quickly and act appropriately in emergency situations.

7. Must be flexible and able to adapt to change.

8. Must be able to function properly under time constraints and perform well under pressure.

9. Must have punctual and regular attendance.

10. Be available to work extra hours as needed and fill administrative needs that may arise.

11. Support the broader program of the school by attending extracurricular activities when possible.

Qualifications:

1. A bachelor’s degree in a business administration (or related field).

2. A minimum 5 years of work in the business realm and in education or an education-related field (can include an education/school project).

3. Ability to oversee a finance team and set a yearly (and monthly) budget.

4. Ability to create and communicate monthly financial reports.

5. Ability to oversee 5 year strategic plans for the school (business).

6. Ability to clearly communicate and represent WNS to the community.

7. Ability to manage personnel (finance team, purchasing, security, transportation, and office personnel).

8. Demonstrate a reasonable level of computer literacy, having a basic proficiency in doing word processing, emailing, use of accounting software (Quickbooks), and accessing the internet.

9. A Christian with a consistent testimony among his/her family and peers.

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