Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Gann Academy, Waltham, MA

Accredited by NEASC

The CFOO is responsible for all financial and administrative operations of the school. The successful candidate must be detail-oriented, have a strong financial background, ask good questions, be skilled in analytic and quantitative analyses and be committed to a customer-service approach to school operations. Because we are a small high school, we are looking for an individual who is equally comfortable with big-picture strategic thinking as they are with tactical operations and hands-on implementation. He/she must be a team player and willing to jump in and help out as needed. 




  • Supervise the following departments: Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Business Office, Financial Aid, Transportation, Facilities, Food Services, Rentals and Extended Year Programs (camps, etc.)


Key Operational Responsibilities

  • Manage all financial operations including: budgeting, financial aid, expense control, asset allocation, endowment and treasury accounts, financial reporting, accounting controls, cash management and banking relations, capital budgets, operational procedures, and risk management.
  • Manage all HR functions including employee policies and employee trainings. Work with other senior leaders to improve performance review process for faculty and staff.
  • Manage IT Department including IT infrastructure and cybersecurity. Work collaboratively with other departments who rely on IT back-end (Blackbaud) for instructional and communication purposes; Research new approaches to educational technology and IT for schools;
  • Manage the food services department to ensure excellent customer satisfaction and a balanced budget;
  • Manage all short and long-term facilities projects;
  • Research best practice in school business operations to monitor careful investment and cost management relative to strategy and priorities; and
  • Seek continuous improvement in all departments. 


Key Leadership Responsibilities

  • Prepare presentations and actively participate in Board of Trustees meetings and Finance Committee, and other Board committee meetings as directed;
  • Prepare for and actively participate in Senior Leadership Team Meetings;
  • Participate in financial conversations with prospective and current families as needed; and
  • Work with the Board to plan short and long-term facility projects and establishing appropriate capital reserve recommendations.



  • At least 5-7 years of comparable and relevant experience (ideally, in an educational or other not for profit setting);
  • BS/BA in Business Management and advanced degree (MBA) preferred
  • Fluency in all aspects of financial management, experience in K-12 school finance is a plus;
  • Ability to quickly study an operational system (food services, IT, etc.), research best practice, conduct analyses, and make strategic recommendations for improvement;
  • Ability to effectively lead others in managing relationships and interpersonal dynamics, navigate conflict well, and foster a positive work environment;
  • Ability to generate creative ideas around revenue-generation (rentals, mixed-use agreements) and implement carefully and with excellence;
  • Ability to maintain a sense of humor and positive outlook;
  • Excellent communication, listening, interpersonal skills, including the willingness and ability to engage in difficult conversations with students, parents, faculty, and staff.



For immediate consideration please send an electronic copy of your resume, a detailed cover letter describing your interests and professional references to:


Thom Greenlaw- Principal

Creative Independents