The Country School is a preschool through eighth grade Independent School. The Country School seeks to promote a life-long passion for learning and give its students both the academic and the socio-emotional skills they need to thrive and be happy.
The Country School currently seeks a Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately, to join the school’s senior administration to oversee all financial operations at the school. The duties of the CFO require working directly with the Head of School, fellow administrators, and Board of Trustees to develop and execute the overall financial strategy for the school.
In addition to embracing the mission of the school, supporting its Head and leadership and representing the school, the new CFO has a number of primary responsibilities:
Lead and Oversee all accounting functions of the business office.
Oversee the development, administration, and reporting of the annual operating budget and long-term budget to the school’s Board of Trustees, Finance committee, auditors, lenders, donors, and various school administrative offices.
Building and/or maintaining the school’s short- and long-term strategic financial models.
Working with consultants and outside lenders in obtaining and managing funding; monitoring compliance with loan covenants and terms.
Serve as chief staff liaison to the Finance committee of the Board, working closely with Committee chairs and organizing agendas and meeting materials.
Collaborate with the school’s council 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, and neighbors.
Work with the Head of School to ensure sound and consistent employment policies, compliance, adequate staffing levels, compensation, and appropriate benefits programs.
Participate as a member of the Facilities and Expansion Committee.
Work with the Facilities Manager to ensure the smooth functioning of all current and future facilities management.
Oversee, implement and administer all employee benefit programs including health insurance, retirement, worker’s compensation, life insurance, and other related plans. Provide guidance and best practices on salary and benefits.
Collaborate with the Head of School on participation in industry forums, data-gathering surveys, and external outreach efforts.
Oversee the annual filings of tax returns.
Provide transparent financial reporting and planning that builds trust among administrators, faculty and staff, students and alumni, parents, and board.
Lead and oversee the business office in its entirety.
Opportunities and Challenges
The next CFO will be a proactive, strategic thinker who will work with the Head of School, senior administrators, and the Board of Trustees to help The Country School fulfill its plan to grow its enrollment, complete any future expansion and continue to establish a solid foundation for future growth and development. Accordingly, the new CFO must be proficient with projections, financial modeling, and fluent in accounting and budgeting procedures. Additionally, the successful candidate should possess an external vision aligned with the Head of School and leadership team for the organization.
The new CFO will report to the Head of School, who is in all respects the CEO and the face of the school. The CFO will be a member of the school’s senior administrative team and will also work closely with a devoted Board of Trustees, comprised of both current parents and individuals with no ties to the school other than their belief in the Country School’s core values and philosophy.
The administrative mindset insists upon everyone playing their part and chipping in whenever and wherever the need arises. The successful candidate must have both intelligence and heart to fully thrive and succeed in this role. The leadership team is engaging, creative and moves at a fast pace. The culture is one of mutual respect and collaboration.
Desired Experience and Characteristics
Bachelor’s degree required and CPA required.
3-plus years of financial and business leadership.
Experience in senior administrative teams and working with non-profit boards.
Experience working in an educational setting or another non-profit organization.
Experience in human resource management, employee benefits (including retirement plans), and payroll procedures.
Experience with FACTS Accounting and Billing or similar program
Experience with multi-year construction projects and their financing.
Familiarity with Capital Campaigns
Demonstrate cultural competence by understanding and appreciating one another’s differences and respect for those different from them.
Willingness to evolve policy and practices to enhance inclusion and respectful engagement with different groups.
Child-oriented and committed to education
Well thought out, a sound decision-maker
Ability to understand and embrace the mission and values of the school
Discreet and able to honor confidentiality
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 and a good speaker
A strong, team player
Empathetic, open, and warm
Fair, but demanding
Versatile and flexible
Superb people skills
Committed to the action of diversity and inclusion practices.
Excellent communication skills and written skills.
Excellent organizational skills
About The Country School
The Country School (TCS) is an independent coeducational day school, preschool through grade 8. For over 45 years, TCS has offered an innovative and challenging academic program, a nurturing learning environment, and a strong culture of caring values. TCS is a very special place for children to learn and grow. Acclaimed for our team teaching and individually tailored curriculum, we take great pride in providing a strong, academically enriched education to a highly diverse population of students. TCS Elementary pupil/teacher ratio averages approximately 10/1, our Middle School averages approximately 8/1, some of the lowest ratios within the local independent school community.
TCS is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.