The CFO will report to the Head of School and serve on the School’s senior administrative team. S/he will be a key partner with the Head of School and Board of Trustees and direct all financial functions at Purnell School. Towards that end, a successful candidate will be a strategic and critical business thinker who can breed immediate trust and confidence among his or her staff, colleagues, Board members, and current parents.
The CFO will oversee the work of the Business Director and Bookkeeper. Additionally, s/he will work closely with the Facilities Director, the Office of Advancement, and the Office of Admissions and Enrollment.
A top priority for the CFO will be building a cohesive collaborative team that is responsive to the faculty and students in a timely and efficient way. To achieve that aim, it will be essential to review existing processes and systems, including the technological integration across the various offices at Purnell.
The CFO should be a curious, proactive critical thinker who embraces performance metrics and devises constructs that measure excellent in a number of arenas. S/he must be willing to work with the Head of School with financial data and planning to entertain a variety of multi-year financial models.
In addition to embracing the mission of the School, supporting its Head and leadership, and representing the School at professional and public forums, the CFO will have a number of primary responsibilities:
Oversee the development, administration, and reporting of the operating and long-term budget to the School’s Board of Trustees; Finance, Advancement, and Admissions committees; auditors; federal, state, and local authorities; lenders; donors; and various School administrative offices.
Build and/or maintain the School’s short- and long-term strategic financial models.
Serve as chief staff liaison to the Finance committee of the Board of Trustees, working closely with Committee chair and organizing agendas and meeting materials.
Collaborate with the School’s counsel and insurance agents regarding all legal and risk management matters.
Ensure that the School is in compliance with all local, state, and federal reporting requirements.
Publicly represent the School in a positive and proactive way, collaborating with other School administrators, neighbors, and municipal officials.
Function as the Human Resources Manager to ensure sound and consistent employment policies, adequate staffing levels, compensation, and appropriate benefits programs.
Help implement and administer all employee benefit programs including health insurance, retirement, worker’s compensation, life insurance, and other related plans.
Collaborate with the Head of School and other senior administrators on providing leadership regarding employee hiring, termination, compensation, and management.
Oversee the annual financial and 403b plan audits and filings of tax returns.
Serve as a member of the Financial Aid Committee.
Provide transparent financial reporting and planning that builds trust among administrators, faculty and staff, students and alumni, parents, and trustees.
Desired Experience and Characteristics
Bachelor’s degree required; MBA and or CPA preferred.
10-plus years of financial and business experience.
Experience on senior administrative teams and working with non-profit boards preferred.
Experience working in an educational setting or another non-profit organization preferred.
Experience in human resource management, employee benefits (including pension plans), and payroll procedures.
Knowledge of QuickBooks required.
Committed to education with an understanding and support of the mission of the School.
Strategic thinker who sees the larger picture.
Ability to balance and prioritize the needs of the School.
Ability to manage and mentor staff.
A good listener.
A strong team player.
Empathetic, open, and warm.
Fair, but demanding; a willingness to say “no.”
Versatile and flexible.
Confident voice in the room.
Superb people skills.
Committed to diversity and inclusion practices.
Excellent communications skills.
Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please send letter of interest, resume, and at least 3 references to Anne M. Glass, Ed.M. Head of School, at email@example.com.
Purnell School is a creative and progressive boarding and day school for girls who learn differently. Our community of dedicated faculty and staff serve students in grades 9-12 who strive to think outside the box. Purnell School transforms the lives of girls with learning and attention differences or who thrive in a small learning environment.
Purnell is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to diversity in community and does not discriminate on the basis of color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Purnell is a nonsectarian independent school located in Pottersville, NJ, 20 miles south west of New York City. To learn more about Purnell, please visit our website www.purnell.org.