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Business Manager
Start Date: July 1, 2024

PK-12 Coed, Day school, 850 Students

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Position Overview

Lebawi International Academy is a prestigious educational institution in Ethiopia, dedicated to inspiring and empowering our students through a rigorous curriculum and an enriching learning environment. We strive to nurture future leaders who contribute positively to Ethiopia and the world. We are seeking for a seasoned, strategic, and dynamic Business Head for our school who manages the overall school operations and designs strategic plans for sustainability.

The general aim of the position

  • To oversee all non-academic operations, including Finance, Human Resources, Facilities, Admissions, Administrative Assistant, and IT department.
  • To plan and implement strategic directions to achieve the business goal of the institution.
  • To ensure the sustainable growth and success of the institution.

Priority Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Lead the Academy’s business functions, such as Finance, Operations, Human Resources, Compliance, Admissions, IT department, and Facilities management.
  • Develop and implement strategic business plans that align with the school’s missions and goals.
  • Develop contingency plans for financial sustainability in various situations of crisis.
  • Manage financial operations, including budgeting, forecasting, and audit processes, ensuring financial sustainability.
  • Create 3, 5, and 10-year budget projections, including pathways for various scenarios.
  • Plan and budget for growth and ongoing building projects and expansion.
  • Provide professional leadership and management to those they are supervising.
  • Provide professional development as requested by the Head of School or Quality Assurance Officer.
  • Ensure compliance with local regulations and contractual obligations, maintaining relationships with relevant bodies.
  • Collaborate with the Dean of School to ensure harmonious integration of the academic and business aspects of the school.
  • Advise and support the Board of Directors on all business/operational-related matters.
  • Work closely with the Head of School/General Manager.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, or related fields: Master’s Degree or MBA preferred.
  • At least 10 years of leadership experience, preferably within an educational or non-profit setting.
  • Strong financial understanding and experience in operations management.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders, including faculty, staff, parents, students, and community members.
  • Familiarity with Ethiopian regulatory bodies and compliance requirements is a plus.
  • High level of integrity and professionalism.

Personal Characteristics

  • Committed to the values, mission, and vision of Lebawi International Academy.
  • Proven leadership skills with a track record of managing staff and significant initiatives.
  • Excellent problem-solving and decision-making abilities.
  • A growth mindset with a focus on continuous improvement and innovation.
  • Meticulous and well-organized personality that demonstrates positive working relationships with colleagues.

Lebawi International Academy is an equal-opportunity employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

How to Apply

Mary Seppala of Educators Collaborative, LLC is assisting in this search.

Application Deadline: Hiring immediately

Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials in a Single Merged Document to maryseppala@gmail.com

  • EC Candidate Summary Sheet (contact Mary Seppala, above) 
  • Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee 
  • Current résumé 
  • A list of five or more professional references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses) 
  • Up to three letters of reference (optional)

Listing Date: April 9, 2024