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Chief Financial and Operation Officer - The Athenian School

  • 03 Sep 2020 3:03 PM
    Message # 9210537
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Athenian School fosters an atmosphere of intellectual, artistic, and physical challenge within the warmth of a nurturing community, developing students’ confidence and skills required to meet the complexities of their future. Their lush 75-acre oak covered campus is home to incredible student diversity from 20 countries. Despite Covid, they are at full enrollment and enjoy a robust waitlist. Financially, they operate with a $24M budget, $60M+ in assets, a $9M endowment, multimillion dollar reserves, and clean audits managed by a strong and experienced Controller. This role offers a competitive salary of $225K, excellent benefits, and tuition discount for children of employees.

    Position Description:

    The CFO / COO assumes a key leadership role in managing operational, financial and strategic aspects of the School. Areas of responsibility include overseeing the administration of the financial operations of the school, Human Resources, Plant/Facilities operations, Security, facilities planning – including all construction and renovation projects, and risk management. This role oversees management of contract facilities services and food service operations and third-party services. S/he is responsible for safeguarding the assets of the School and ensuring that the financial and operational needs of the School and its constituents are met following best practices. This role reports to the Head of School and is a non-voting officer of the Board of Trustees.

    The successful candidate for this position is a strategic and critical business and organizational thinker, with an understanding of, and commitment to, the mission of The Athenian School. S/he holds a record of successful managerial leadership, experience in a broad range of complex business matters including financial management, facilities management and human resources as well as capital project development and management, and a proven ability to both listen to and communicate well with constituencies inside and outside of the School.  This position requires a hands-on professional who is prepared to grapple with and resolve issues in real time as needed.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Works with the Head of School and Board of Trustees to ensure that the operations, business, and financial objectives of the School are met in an effective and timely manner.
    • Directs the Controller with all aspects of financial accounting responsibilities.
    • Collaborates with the Head of School and division administrators to ensure that programs remain on budget and are scaled to financial means. 
    • Secures the highest level of quality products and services for the School’s business functions, with an eye to efficiency, cost effectiveness and sustainability (environmental as well as economic).  
    • As an Officer of the Corporation, serves as the financial and administrative advisor to the Head of School and provides appropriate access to the School's financial information to the Board of Trustees through the Head of School and the Chair of the Finance Committee.
    • Reports directly to the Head of School with responsibility for the present and future operations of the School. 

    Core Qualifications:

    • At least ten years of CFO/COO experience, and proven managerial, problem-solving and planning capability.
    • Significant expertise in Accounting/Finance, Human Resources, facilities management, and day to day business operations    
    • Passion for continuous process improvement, accuracy and detail.
    • Ability to interpret and explain complex issues and their financial/operational implications.
    • Strong, hands-on experience in financial management including analysis and reporting, budgeting, asset management, audit compliance, federal and state tax regulations and reporting procedures.
    • Ability to strategize and develop mechanisms to manage expenses and capital projects.
    • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills with a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and relate well to students, parents, staff, faculty, and others.
    • Must be highly analytical and able to multitask and complete projects in a timely manner.
    • Detail oriented and organized; excellent project management skills
    • Ability to employ flexibility and creativity in the execution of duties.
    • Must be able to work under pressure.
    • Collaborative leadership style: must be a team player, with a positive attitude, exemplifying Athenian’s core values and Mission.
    • Nonprofit and/or private school experience not required
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, MBA preferred
    • An understanding and knowledge of environmentally-friendly business practices (a proven track record of this is a plus)


    This retained search is managed by Mary Law of Armanino

    Mary Law,Senior Manager, Executive Search
      925 790 2780 direct | 925-785-6991 cell

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