PCDS Careers

Aspire and inspire. Together.

Together with our students, we talk, try, test, dance and demonstrate our way through ideas and concepts. We take full advantage of the social, interconnected nature of human learning to bounce ideas, pose questions, test hypotheses, handle materials, compare notes, and negotiate differences. Listening generously, we guide and coach our students and one another.

Current Openings

Director of Finance and Operations

PCDS seeks a Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) to begin July 2020 or sooner. This is a tremendous opportunity to be an integral part of a strong and positive leadership team in a thriving, vibrant independent school. Reporting to Head of School and working closely with the Board of Trustees, the DFO is responsible for oversight of the school’s finances and campus operations. The successful candidate will have a very strong financial analysis background, highly attuned management skills and the personal skills to work positively with a wide range of individuals.

In partnership with the Head of School and other members of the school’s leadership team, the DFO plays a key role in the development and execution of strategy to ensure that the finance and operations of the school supports its mission and vision. Essential responsibilities include:

  • Long range financial planning
  • Preparing monthly financial statements and the annual operating budget
  • Management and support of the business office staff and the Directors of Employee Resources, Facilities, Food Services and Security
  • Ensuring that the school’s leadership is kept updated regarding the school’s financial position, including identification of emerging issues
  • Working, as needed, with the school’s legal counsel to ensure that the school is in compliance in all of its actions and decision
  • Developing and managing efficient financial systems, reporting, and procedures, in cooperation with others, throughout the school
  • Proactively exploring efficiencies to improve the school’s financial position
  • Communicating effectively and positively with all school constituents

Skills, Qualifications & Attributes

The successful candidate will be a detail-oriented, strategic financial professional with strong interpersonal skills, enthusiastically embracing the school’s mission and culture and building a climate of trust and responsiveness.  The DFO will successfully partner with the school’s leadership in providing day-to-day and long-term financial management, offering strategic financial visioning to continue to move the school forward. The successful candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated successful experience in strategic financial management and a strong working understanding of accounting principles
  • The ability to think analytically and creatively and to serve as a strategic and thought-partner to the Head of School and other school leaders
  • Integrity, credibility, enthusiasm, passion, a sense of humor and a strong work ethic
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills and the interest and ability to work with others in a team setting
  • Ability to effectively lead and inspire others, positively managing relationships and interpersonal dynamics, and fostering a positive work environment
  • An aptitude for and comfort with technology
  • MBA along with non-profit (ideally independent school) experience are pluses

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resumé to: Employee.Resources@pcds.org

Director of Major and Planned Giving

The Director of Major and Planned Giving will serve as a lead fundraiser for Phoenix Country Day School, developing and managing major and planned gifts to the School. This position will report to the Assistant Head of School, and will work collaboratively with the Head of School, Advancement and Alumni team, Advancement Committee, members of the Board of Trustees, and faculty as needed to solicit gifts and perpetuate a strong culture of philanthropy throughout the school community.

This individual will also be the lead fundraiser for the School’s next capital campaign, expected to launch in the next 2 years. This arts-focused campaign will have a dramatic impact on one of the nation’s best independent PK-12 schools, and the only such school in the greater Phoenix area. The campaign timeline will likely be five years.

After the campaign is completed, the Director of Major and Planned Giving will continue to play an integral role in the life of the school, developing and managing the ongoing major and planned gifts effort for the School and continuing to oversee fundraising for critical campus initiatives.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • Demonstrated success in cultivation and solicitation of major gifts
  • Familiarity with planned giving techniques and best practices
  • An enthusiasm for connecting with others to achieve a greater goal
  • Experience with capital campaigns preferred but not required
  • Proven ability to create and deliver a strong fundraising message that appeals to a variety of donors
  • Strong appreciation for the importance of donor stewardship at all levels
  • Ability to work both independently and as an integral part of a collegial team
  • Ability to connect with a variety of constituencies, from current and prospective families to senior leadership, current students, faculty, and alumni
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, comfort with conducting presentations large and small for various constituencies
  • An affinity for the PCDS culture of being happy, healthy, and hardworking
  • Demonstrated success as a confident and adaptable problem solver
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to prospects and donors
  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred
  • Experience with fundraising software: e.g., Raiser’s Edge

Phoenix Country Day School offers a competitive benefits package, and salary for this exempt position will be commensurate with the candidate's experience

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resumé to: Employee.Resources@pcds.org

Substitute Teachers

Substitutes needed for all grades. Background in education and teaching experience required.

For consideration, please send resume along with letter of interest to:  EmployeeResources@pcds.org

Unless otherwise directed, please feel free to email your letter of interest and resumé to EmployeeResources@pcds.org.

School employees or other community members interested in seeking more information about, or wishing to recommend others for these positions, should contact the Headmaster. In the interest of privacy and courtesy, we ask that employees who currently hold the listed positions not be contacted.

PCDS is an equal opportunity employer. This means that employment decisions are based on merit and business needs, and not on race, religion, age, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, color, sex, sexual orientation, creed, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, gender expression, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Further, it is the policy of PCDS that employees not discriminate against or harass each other or non-employees based on the above listed protected categories. Individual job performance and the needs of the School are the principal factors in decisions affecting contract offerings, salary adjustments, promotions, and all other terms and conditions of employment.