The Chicago Academy for the Arts (www.chicagoacademyforthearts.org), one of the nation’s four independent visual and performing arts high schools, seeks a part-time Business Manager beginning as soon as possible.
The Academy’s educational model is co-curricular: students engage in rigorous academic classes for five hours each day before being immersed in 3-5 hours of professional-level training in dance, filmmaking, animation, writing, music, musical theatre, theatre, or visual arts. (Please note that The Chicago Academy for the Arts is a different school than “ChiArts,” a CPS school.)
Students at The Academy are characterized by an extraordinary sense of passion, purpose, excellence, and community. Most continue with the arts after high school: alums include prominent visual artists, hit songwriters, Grammy Award nominees and winners, Broadway stars, internationally acclaimed dancers, and award-winning filmmakers and writers. Students also pursue degrees and careers outside of the arts: many alums are successful professionals in the fields of science, mathematics, technology, business, law, and medicine.
The Business Manager (BM) supervises, manages, and/or executes all aspects of the school’s day-to-day and annual financial management and planning.
The BM reports to the Head of School.
Specific responsibilities include:
Partnering with the HOS all financial planning (including budget production and controls)
Regularly preparing financial reports for the HOS and the Board.
Managing all aspects of accounts payable and receivable, including setting up tuition payment plans and collecting tuition
Creating, monitoring, and supervising cash flow tracking
Managing all accounting matters, ensuring that the school is in compliance with all
relevant regulations and best practices.
Managing basic human resource functions, including employee compensation and benefits administration, personnel files, and the mechanics of hiring and dismissal of employees
Managing all matters related to the school’s annual independent audit
Excellent management, problem-solving, and analytical skills
A history of designing, maintaining, and managing clearly organized processes and procedures
An ability to cultivate strong relationships with a broad range of constituents
A deep sense of integrity, curiosity, and flexibility
A commitment to continuous learning and professional growth
The ability to work well under pressure with multiple deadlines
The salary for this position begins in the low $60’s and is commensurate with experience and availability as our budget allows. We anticipate the business manager working 20-35 hours per week on a highly flexible schedule, including aggressive remote-work possibilities.
Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume via email to Jason Patera, Head of School.
The Chicago Academy for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and maintaining an inclusive community. All qualified applicants — regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law — are strongly encouraged to apply.
Established in 1981, the Chicago Academy for the Arts is a nationally recognized, internationally influential independent high school acclaimed for its successful academic model and intellectually savvy graduates. Designated a National School of Distinction by the John F. Kennedy Center, The Academy transforms emerging artists through a curriculum and culture which connect intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity to impart the skills to lead and collaborate across diverse communities.