Director of Finance and Business Operations at American School of Dubai in United Arab Emirates
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Director of Finance and Business Operations
American School of Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

Nov 2, 20
Nov 22, 20




Director of Finance
and Business Operations

The American School of Dubai (ASD) is a college-preparatory, PreK to G12, independent, not for profit, US curriculum school offering what is best about American education to provide learning experiences designed to promote the maximum potential of its students. We challenge and inspire each student to achieve their dreams and to become a passionate learner prepared to adapt and contribute in a rapidly changing world.

OUR CAMPUS  ASD is located in a residential area within Dubai, the global business and cultural hub of the United Arab Emirates. The ASD campus is a 23-acre, million square foot, wireless, state-of-the-art facility and includes spaces designed to promote phenomenal learning experiences for approximately 1900 students, representing over 70 nationalities. The campus offers 100 classrooms, an Early Learning Center, two libraries, multi-purpose rooms, a 630-seat performing arts theatre, a black box theatre, a field house, indoor and outdoor running tracks, a climbing wall, regulation soccer fields, playing fields and play areas, a dance studio, fitness center, two 25-meter swimming pools, six tennis courts and two cafeterias. The facilities provide for band and choir, offers five art studios, nine science labs, three maker/STEAM labs and a student-broadcasting studio. 

LEARNING PRINCIPLES  Learning is at the heart of the ASD experience. To support the rich and dynamic relationship between teacher and student, ASD provides guidance and support to faculty by fostering an environment of collaborative professional practice. The faculty work in teams and departments in support of continuous student learning. ASD fosters dialogue around research supporting the best practices in curriculum  alignment, assessment and instruction. ASD is committed to student-centered approaches to learning and assessments in accordance with the ASD Learning Principles, valuing inquiry, creativity, collaboration, and collegiality.

FUTURE READY  At ASD, students remain a primary focus as evidenced by our bold and courageous strategic plan–mobilizing us to make disruptive change in areas such as community service (e.g. volunteerism), meeting the diverse learning needs of students (e.g. inclusion) and deepening our relationship with metrics (e.g. using data to inform instruction). As we consider the work ahead, we are also personalizing learning by developing “pathways” through the ASD curriculum, where students can go deeper in the areas of interest or future-relevant disciplines.

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Director of Finance
and Business Operations

Position Summary: The American School of Dubai is seeking a Director of Finance and Business Operations to provide leadership in the overall business and finance operations of the School. The ideal candidate will demonstrate competence in developing and nurturing a high performing team and in establishing and developing policies and best practices in the areas of accounting, finance, treasury and business operations. He/she will also possess the ability to implement and establish effective financial monitoring practices and procedures to support the growth of the school’s academic and activities programs. The successful candidate will support the school’s mission and core values with a proven track record of outstanding  interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.


The Director of Finance and Business Operations reports to the Superintendent and will serve as a  member of the ASD Core Cabinet, working closely with the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees, as well as Principals (division heads) and Directors. 

The areas of responsibility of the Director of Finance and Business Operations include: 

Administrative Leadership:

  • Develop annual goals in line with the school’s strategic improvement initiatives.
  • Implement and comply with Board of Trustees’ policies and other relevant school policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Design and implement a risk management program, under the direction of the Superintendent to  protect the welfare of students and staff, protect the assets of the school and limit the liability of faculty, staff, administration and the Board of Trustees.
  • Work closely with the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Attend Board of Trustees meetings as required.
  • Represent the school at regional professional association (NESA) meetings, relative to the role of the Director of Finance and Business Operations.
  • Collaborate with external consultants and legal counsel.
  • Manage the school’s insurance and investment portfolios.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with bankers, legal advisors, local government  agencies, tax authorities, and other entities as necessary.

Business Office Management:

  • Create a Business Office culture with a customer service mindset, focused on serving and supporting ASD families, staff, and students.
  • Provide direct supervision of the Business Office staff.
  • Ensure that policies and procedures are appropriate, documented, and consistently applied.
  • Assure that all Business Office affairs are conducted in a professional manner.  

Finance and Accounting:

  • Plan and oversee management of the financial operations of the school within Board of Trustees policies.
  • Establish and maintain a system of internal controls and reporting procedures to ensure the  financial integrity of the institution.
  • In collaboration with the Core Cabinet and other cost center managers, prepare the annual consolidated budget.
  • Prepare a long term strategic plan for the financial operations of the school for review by the Superintendent, Finance Committee, and approval by the Board of Trustees.
  • Prepare financial reports, cash flow projections, and other ad-hoc financial analyses for the Superintendent, Associate Superintendent, and the Board of Trustees.
  • Create and maintain a financial dashboard to report on the key performance indicators.
  • Oversee the timely collection of accounts receivable.
  • Develop and implement a short term working capital management plan.
  • In conjunction with the Investment Committee, develop an Investment Policy Statement and monitor and report on compliance with the IPS. Keep an accurate continuous record of the cash and financial position of the school and manage the financial and cash operations of the school to ensure  its financial stability.
  • Oversee the independent annual audit. Report results to the Finance Committee and follow up on internal controls or other issues identified during the audit.
  • Ensure that all accounting and finance practices and procedures are compliant with applicable local and overseas laws and tax regulations.
  • Supervise monthly payroll to ensure that all staff are paid accurately in consultation with the Director of Human Resources.

Development and Fundraising:

  • Provide the necessary reports and financial models to support the Superintendent in the development and fundraising programs at ASD.
  • Provide support to the Superintendent in the identification and development of alternative non tuition sources of revenue to support the programs at ASD.


  • Prepare and/or review and negotiate contracts with major vendors, suppliers, consultants, and in conjunction with appropriate members of the administrative team.
  • Design and implement the local and overseas procurement processes necessary to enhance and support the programs at ASD.
  • Perform internal audits of cost centers and provide recommendations and support for cost center managers.

Required Qualifications:

  • BA/BS Degree in management, finance or equally relevant area
  • Proven success in leading a comparable organization at the executive level
  • Demonstrable budget and finance expertise
  • Proven experience in financial planning and implementation
  • The ability to make and implement decisions while building a high performing team
  • Strong management, negotiation and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Fluency in English (reading, writing speaking)

Preferred Qualifications:

  •  CPA or Chartered Accountant
  • Prior finance experience in the GCC region
  • Prior international school experience
  • Arabic speaker
  • Familiar with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)

Salary and Benefits:

The Director of Finance and Business Operations position is an administrative role. Salary is highly competitive and will be dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Benefits include housing, health insurance, life insurance, home leave, shipping-in and shipping-out allowances, retirement contributions, educational benefit and ongoing professional development opportunities.


Application Deadline:

Applications will be accepted until November 22, 2020. The school reserves the right to end the search as soon as the ideal candidate has been identified. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply without delay.

How to Apply:

Candidates applying through Search Associates, Carney & Sandoe and those with active ISS-Schrole profiles do not need to reapply directly to ASD, nor are they required to resubmit application materials. Specific inquiries should be sent to

All other candidates are requested to send a cover letter, an updated Resume and a list of not less than three professional references (including contact details) to by the established deadline.


Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Harry Deelman was at various times headmaster of schools in a fascinating foursome of global cities: Buenos Aires, Rome, Dubai, and Bangkok.