Business and Facilities Manager

  • Nonprofit Full Time
  • Illinois
  • City: Chicago

The Chicago Academy for the Arts

The Chicago Academy for the Arts (, one of the nation’s four independent visual and performing arts high schools, seeks a full-time Business and Facilities Manager for immediate appointment.

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 and Facilities Manager (BFM) supervises, manages, and/or executes all aspects of the school’s day-to-day, annual, and long-term financial management and planning as well as overseeing management of the school’s facilities.

The BFM reports to the Head of School and serves on the Senior Leadership Team.

Specific responsibilities include:

Managing all financial planning, (including budget production and controls), and 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
Overseeing facilities management, including safety, security, and technology
Supervising security, building, and office staff
Maintaining relationships with various vendors and providers (insurance, technology, etc) to ensure that adequate and appropriate plans are in place

Experience and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

A relevant degree
Significant nonprofit financial management experience
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
Excellent judgement
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 mid-$60’s and is commensurate with experience as our budget allows.

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume via email to Jason Patera, Head of School: employment at chicagoartsacademy dot org.

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.

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