Online Courses

Essentials of the Business Office

This six-week online course is designed for both business officers new to independent schools as well as the more experienced business administrator who wants to gain new insights. Participants share experiences of the ever-changing role of the business officer, from the day-to-day responsibilities to the strategic leadership role. Topics covered include financial planning and modeling, accounting and tax compliance, tuition and enrollment policies, human resources, risk management and facilities.

Essentials of School Business for Non-Business Administrators: Budget Meets Mission

This online course is designed for those administrators who desire to be good stewards of their school's financial resources, to be strategic in light of financial pressure, and to work more collaboratively with their leadership team around financial issues.

HR 101 for School Administrators

This is a three-week online course designed for independent school administrators, department heads and others who are responsible for supervising school employees. The course provides a legal framework that will help you spot issues, learn when to seek help and avoid legal risks.

Human Resource Compliance for Independent Schools

This online course is designed for both human resources professionals and business officers who have oversight and responsibility for human resources. Participants will be empowered with the knowledge and tools to address day-to-day human resources challenges such as evaluation and termination, FMLA, the ADA and employee classification. Participants will gain knowledge to improve their policies and practices and know when to engage legal counsel.

Long-Range Financial Modeling

This three-week course is designed for business officers and/or controllers who want to customize NBOA's Long-Range Financial Model so they can spend more time using the data to make sound financial decisions for their schools. The course will provide you with a roadmap to tailor the NBOA Long-Range Financial Model to your needs. Course facilitators will guide you as you build and test your assumptions and learn to use this powerful planning tool.

Stewarding Donor Dollars: Financial Reporting for Contributions

This three-week course is designed for business office and advancement professionals to understand best practices related to gift reporting compliance and donor transactions, as well as enhancing the strategic partnership between the two offices to ensure long-term success.

Questions? Contact Rini Sarmaroy at or call 202-407-7139.


These programs are presented with generous support from TIAA.



Your #1 Summer Read: By the Numbers and Beyond

NBOA's authoritative guide to independent school business operations, By the Numbers and Beyond, is now available in print and ebook editions. With 15 chapters covering everything from tax-exempt financing to transportation and food services, By the Numbers will have you more than prepared to tackle any obstacle the 2018-2019 school year throws at you.

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