Southwestern Law School seeks an experienced, “hands-on” financial leader to serve as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The CFO will serve as a key member of the senior administrative team and oversee all financial activities related to the Law School's $51M operating budget and $20M endowment. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the CFO oversees an experienced Controller along with an accounting team of four. The CFO will interface and present regularly to school leadership and the Board of Trustees. As the key financial leader advising the Dean, COO and Board of Trustees, the CFO will provide critical insight and analysis to support strategic planning, goal-setting, and key policy and administrative decision-making.
About Southwestern Law School
Southwestern Law School is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian law school approved by the American Bar Association and a member of the Association of American Law Schools. It was founded in 1911 and is located in the Wilshire Center district of Los Angeles.
The mission of Southwestern Law School is to produce highly skilled graduates who are capable of integrating theory and practice to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Through excellent faculty committed to promoting the highest level of professionalism, Southwestern seeks to create a vibrant, diverse academic community with a student-centered approach to legal education.
This leader will have the opportunity to analyze, assess and provide recommendations and solutions for resource allocation, budgeting, and best practices across the financial function. Among the key priorities for the Law School are: assessing and restructuring the school's financial and accounting systems to create a best-in-class internal structure that serves Southwestern; overseeing the institution's annual budgeting and compliance processes; working closely with the COO and Enrollment Management to project revenue and evaluate tuition; and monitoring and advising on investments and new initiatives.
Responsibilities for this role include oversight and administration of all financial operations on campus, including hands-on and detailed assessment, development and integration of systems, and thorough accounting and financial reporting.
The CFO will play an active role in the day-to-day management and strategic guidance of the following key areas:
Overall Finance and Accounting
Budgeting and Financial Projections
Financial Reporting and Regulatory Compliance
Monitoring of Investments
Additional project coordination as identified and assigned by the Chief Operating Officer and Dean
The ideal candidate will be strategic and results-driven, with strong leadership skills and a proven record of success in positions of progressively greater responsibility. This leader will have a robust background in financial compliance, analysis and forecasting; strong relationship-building capabilities; impeccable verbal and written communication skills; and an entrepreneurial approach to seeking and analyzing financial opportunities for Southwestern. The CFO will be relied upon for good business sense, clear and transparent analysis and evaluation abilities, flexibility and adaptability to shifting priorities or needs, sound and influential decision-making abilities, as well as a high level of integrity.
Candidates drawn to the opportunity to support the mission of Southwestern Law School may come from the nonprofit, higher education or private sectors, with at least 10 years of management experience in a similar or related finance and administration role. The CFO will have the business savvy, applicable financial and administrative expertise, and sound judgment needed to establish trust and credibility with the Dean and senior administrators, Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students and external partners. A natural change agent, the CFO will have the opportunity to direct, innovate and improve systems in a proactive and hands-on way. The CFO will be a nimble and strategic doer, and will bring thoughtful, well-reasoned perspectives based on industry best practices. It is preferred that candidates are licensed CPA's; an MBA or other advanced financial or business training is highly desirable.
Ideal candidates will have the following core competencies, personal qualities and qualifications:
Finance and Administration Expertise
Strategic and Entrepreneurial Leadership
Relationship Builder and Collaborator
Passion for the Mission
Contact Southwestern Law School has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Sheila Hennessey. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here or email Michelle and Sheila at the following:
Southwestern does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran/military status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law in connection with admission to the school, or in the administration of any of its educational, employment, housing, financial aid, scholarship, or student activity programs. Nondiscrimination has been the policy of Southwestern since its founding. Southwestern's policy on nondiscrimination is to comply fully with applicable state and federal law. Southwestern Law School strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and the LGBT community.