Lake Ridge Academy is an independent, nonsectarian day school with coeducational classes from kindergarten through grade 12. Founded in 1963, Lake Ridge Academy is the only independent college preparatory school on Cleveland’s west side. Today, the school serves about 420 students with an upper school (grades 9-12) enrollment of approximately 180. The school is located on a 93-acre campus in North Ridgeville, a suburb 25 miles west of Cleveland. Students travel by bus or car from over 40 surrounding communities. All students are college bound; they represent diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. For more information about Lake Ridge Academy, click here.
Socioeconomic diversity is assured by a financial aid program, which assists students in grades K-12. The 28 Upper School faculty and administration teach classes ranging from 4 to 18 students in size. Approximately eighty percent hold advanced degrees, with three holding Ph.D.’s. The mission of the school is to send into a changing world confident young people of integrity who think critically and creatively while embracing the joy of lifelong learning.
The pillars of the academic program are three Centers of Excellence: Scientific Exploration and Research, Fine Arts, and Global Citizenship. These centers are focused academic programs that provide enhanced learning opportunities for all K-12 students. The Centers build awareness, knowledge, and applied skills in the Lower and Middle Schools, so that students are well prepared for rigorous and specialized coursework in the Upper School and college.
The Chief Financial Officer at Lake Ridge Academy is responsible for the overall financial oversight and management of the school, providing timely and accurate financial data, overseeing the school’s outside audit, and ensuring the integrity of all accounting information. In addition, the CFO has broad responsibilities in other areas: he or she will be responsible for all human resources functions, awarding and administering student financial aid, and overseeing transportation at the school. The CFO will manage a staff of two in the business office as well as all transportation employees. He or she will regularly prepare and present financial information to school leadership, the Board of Directors, and Board committees. The CFO also will also interact with donors, potential donors, parents, and prospective families. The CFO reports to the Head of School, and is a member of the senior leadership team. A detailed job description including all essential job functions and specific responsibilities will be provided to candidates before the first interview. To view the leadership opportunity statement, click here.
Salary will be competitive with schools and other non-profits of a similar size. In addition to common employee benefits including health insurance subsidized by Lake Ridge Academy and a 403(b) plan, Lake Ridge provides a generous tuition remission program for children of employees. Lake Ridge Academy will provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, gender, gender identity, age, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic background or country of origin.
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that he or she has a proven track record of integrity, flexibility, collaboration, and transparency in the workplace. He or she should have a customer service orientation, be a creative problem solver, and be able to make effective
Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business Management, Accounting or a related field
At least five years of experience in a financial leadership
Demonstrated ability to independently record, audit and enter financial
Comfort and experience working in an environment with limited
A pre-employment background check will be conducted on the successful candidate, including a criminal history check, credit check, and confirmation of prior employment and educational
Additional Desired Requirements
One or more advanced degrees in a related discipline, such as accounting, finance, business or non-profit
One or more professional certifications such as a CPA or similar
Experience with preparing audited financial
Experience in managing the Human Resources
Experience working in a non-profit environment, especially an independent school.