Basic Function: As a member of the senior leadership team, the Chief Financial Officer provides consultation and support to the Head of School and the Board of Trustees, and works with the leadership team to identify and support the achievement of The Lovett School’s objectives. The CFO is responsible for providing strategic leadership and vision for the School in the areas of financial planning and analysis, as well as in the day-to-day financial operations.
Responsible for establishing financial strategies and fiscal oversight of financial functions of all of Lovett
Oversees the investment professionals who manage the school’s endowment assets
Serves as a liaison to the Board of Trustees Endowment, Finance, Audit, Executive, Retirement Governance Committees and acts as an ex officio member on the Buildings and Grounds and the Human Resources Committee
Plans and prepares forecasts relative to the financial condition of the School
Leads a business office team of twelve professionals, including the Campus Store
Oversees overall risk management for the community
Consults and works with Head of School and Human Resources Director in managing legal matters and plays a key role with the School’s attorneys
Actively participates in strategic planning, campus master planning, and capital campaign processes
Owns relationships with international interests, namely Siempre Vierde
Works closely with Head of School and the senior leadership team to understand and develop resource needs that support Lovett’s mission and vison
Qualifications and Skills: The Lovett community is interested in all candidates who possess the proven leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills to further expand its commitment to excellence within a child-centered community. The most promising candidates will be leaders who understand the functions of all aspects of a large independent school and how they work together. The school is most interested in candidates who possess or are able to demonstrate most, if not all, of the following:
A strong passion and commitment to The Lovett School’s mission and values
A collaborative yet clear and decisive leadership style, built on a foundation of servant leadership
The ability to build and lead teams effectively, empowering others through delegation, valuing the contributions of all team members, and cultivating the talents and strengths of each individual for the success of the team
Demonstrated skills in financial management, risk management and contract negotiation
A minimum of 10 years leadership and financial responsibility in a complex organization, preferably in a nonprofit or education setting
Exemplary written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills
Superior listening skills and the ability to understand and respond appropriately to the multiple perspectives represented in the school community—parents, trustees, key school leaders
An awareness of trends and issues challenging education and the capacity to relate them to the School’s opportunities
A bachelor’s degree required; an advanced degree in finance, accounting and/or business strongly preferred.
The Lovett School Mission: The Lovett School is a community that seeks to develop young men and women of honor, faith, and wisdom with the character and intellect to thrive in college and in life.
The Lovett School Vision for Learning: Lovett offers experiences that inspire our students to love learning. We encourage them to think critically, communicate effectively, engage creatively, and collaborate purposefully. We provide the opportunities and resources that help our students develop independence and self-direction and extend their learning beyond the walls of the classroom as they grow intellectually, emotionally, physically, aesthetically, morally, and spiritually.
The Lovett School Diversity Mission Statement: The Lovett School celebrates the uniqueness of each individual within an intentionally inclusive, diverse, and welcoming environment. We recognize that our community is enhanced as we seek to appreciate and respect the differences among our students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni. We are committed to supporting this environment through classroom instruction, professional development, and other curricular and co-curricular programming, and in accordance with our nondiscriminatory policy.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, and talk or hear. The position requires frequent typing, at times for long periods of the day. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.