Chief Financial Officer
  • Finance
  • Full-time

The Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, MA

Accredited by NEASC

The Cambridge School of Weston seeks a Chief Financial Officer (CFO), a proven professional drawn to our progressive community and skilled in building partnerships with colleagues. Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Finance and Operations is an integral member of the senior leadership team and is responsible for managing the financial and physical resources of the school. The ideal candidate will be a professional devoted to the core teamwork that makes our school strong. We seek a forward-thinking, dynamic partner ready to engage in our vital and compelling work in building and sustaining our vibrant, inclusive and justice minded enterprise.

Specific responsibilities for this position include:

  • Develop and oversee financial policies, procedures and internal controls to safeguard assets, protect confidential information and ensure accurate financial reporting;
  • Oversee school business functions, including: tuition billing and collection; accounts payable; contracting; payroll; human resources; accounting and reporting; regulatory reporting and compliance; and other business administration activities;
  • Prepare manage and interface with external auditors and manage the schools banking and insurance relationships;
  • Oversee the maintenance of the buildings, grounds and equipment;
  • Manage and insure the school’s exposure to risk; promote the safety of personnel and students; oversee campus security; maintain appropriate levels of insurance to protect the value of the school’s assets;
  • Administer the annual budget and multi-year forecasting process to align with the school's goals and mission and maintain account records related to the school’s budget;
  • Provide financial reports to school leadership and the board;
  •  Participate in the development of school strategy, providing recommendations, financial analysis, projections and other data to inform the process;
  • Collaborate with and assist the Head of School and Board of Trustees in meeting fiduciary responsibilities;
  • Understand the culture and climate of the school and the wider educational environment;
  • Manage, mentor and develop direct reports, providing constructive and timely feedback;
  • Model and foster high ethical standards, integrity and respect for colleagues, alumni/ae, parents and students in the conduct of the school’s business;
  • Communicate clearly and enthusiastically to all staff and stakeholders;
  • Monitor performance of the endowment portfolio manager as directed by the Board;
  • Ensure that human resources policies and practices conform to legal requirements and are clearly articulated and consistently applied;
  • Remain current with business management trends, professional standards and development through ongoing professional educational, participation in local, regional and national professional organizations and cultivation of personal networks.

Other duties:

The CFO will be involved in the community of the school, attending community events in the arts and

athletics, and will be part of the rotational administrator-on-duty program several weekends per year.

Skills and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; focus on accounting or finance preferred
  • MBA or similar advanced degree preferred
  • Significant (5-7 years) experience in finance/accounting/operations at a leadership level
  • Proven success in a senior administrative role, preferably working with a board
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities – organizing people and processes
  • High ethical standards
  • Proven skillset in advanced technology use
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to work collaboratively with coworkers and other school community members
  • Ability to see the “big picture” and think and work strategically
  • Keen analytical skills and a detail-oriented work style

To apply for this position:

Interested persons should send a letter of interest and resume to Thom Greenlaw- Principal Creative Independents.   thomgreenlaw@gmail.com

School Description:

A leader among America’s progressive independent schools, The Cambridge School of Weston (CSW) has been at the forefront of educational innovation since 1886. At this day and boarding high school located in Weston MA, creative, motivated students embrace challenging work and address complex questions — with curiosity and courage. Inspired by the diverse perspectives and high expectations of our justice-minded community, they find and develop what is extraordinary in themselves and in the world around them. CSW's mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community, and the world.

resources:

http://www.csw.org

http://www.csw.org/Page/About-Us/Heads-Corner

The Cambridge School of Weston does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, retaliation, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, mental illness, genetics, choice of health insurance, marital status, age, veteran status or any other basis prohibited under applicable law. We are an equal opportunity employer and we encourage candidates who will increase our diversity to apply.