ACIS accredits, supports, and advances the interests of Colorado independent schools.

Director of Finance and Operations

November 5, 2020 - March 2, 2021

The High Mountain Institute is seeking a full-time Director of Finance and Operations to begin work May 24, 2021. The Director of Finance & Operations oversees HMI’s accounting, bookkeeping, budgeting, human resources, technology, and operations. The Director serves as a member of the school leadership team and serves as the staff support member to the HMI Board of Trustees Finance Committee.

About the High Mountain Institute: HMI seeks to connect our students to the natural world and teach them essential leadership and communication skills through participation in a rigorous academic program, extended wilderness trips, and a community of shared responsibility. For more information, please visit

Position Responsibilities:

  • Create and oversee annual and capital budgets and long-term fiscal planning
  • Provide staff support and advise Board of Trustees on fiscal matters
  • Oversee IT systems
  • Bid and oversee all HMI insurance programs
  • Oversee retirement, healthcare, and other employee benefits
  • Oversee all bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, and regulatory filing for HMI
  • Oversee facility maintenance and new capital construction
  • Oversee human resources for all HMI employees
  • Serve on HMI’s administrative team/oversee Executive Assistant/participate in on-call coverage

Position Benefits:

  • Health, dental, and vision benefits
  • 4-9% retirement benefits match after 1 year
  • 3-6 weeks vacation
  • Wilderness leadership training opportunities
  • Annual professional development opportunities
  • Competitive salary, dependent on experience
  • On-campus housing (as available)

Qualifications: BA or higher in Accounting or another Business related field; 5-10 years prior experience in office management, benefits management, budgeting, bookkeeping, GAAP and accounting; ability to manage IT systems; proficiency in MS Office suite, Google Drive, Quickbooks, and web based applications, ability to pass a criminal background check and drug screen.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Em Ducharme, Administrative Coordinator & Registrar, at [email protected]

We will review applications on a rolling basis, but expect a thorough review to begin the week of February 15, 2021; we will continue reviewing applications until the position is filled. Finalists will be invited to HMI for a formal interview.

Correspondence via e-mail is preferred.

The High Mountain Institute is an equal opportunity employer that strives for diversity by honoring the differences of each member of the community. We seek to build a community (of trustees, faculty, staff, and students) that represents ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic diversity and that brings a diversity of experience, background, talent, and perspective.