Chief Financial Officer
Kimball Union Academy, Plainfield, NH
The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for the oversight of administrative staff; human resources; risk management; food service; accounting, financial planning and reporting, and bank relationships to ensure and advance the sound business functions and financial well-being of the School.
The position requires active leadership, interaction and teamwork with the Head of School, faculty, students, staff, parents, and the Board of Trustees. The CFO reports directly to and works closely with the Head of School to assure sound management of the School’s resources. This position is a faculty position, with all of the responsibilities and benefits commensurate with faculty status.
The successful candidate shall be a strategic and critical business and organizational thinker, with an understanding, and commitment to, the central mission of a selective independent secondary school; a record of successful managerial leadership; experience in a broad range of complex business matters, including facilities management and human resources; experience in project development and management; and a proven ability to both listen to and communicate well with all internal and external constituencies of the School.
ABOUT THE POSITION
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Works with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees to ensure that the operations, business, and financial objectives of the School are met in an effective, efficient, and timely manner.
- Develops strategic financial plans that further the sustainability of the Academy and manages daily financial operations to include accounting, budgeting, reporting, bank relationships, insurance and risk management, internal controls and compliance.
- Oversees contract terms, conditions, compliance and price of all major construction projects and major purchases for the School.
- Ensures that the Technology Department maintains appropriate hardware and software necessary to support the School’s academic and business operations.
- Acts as financial advisor to department heads with particular emphasis on facilities issues.
- Collaborates with outside counsel and advises the Head of School regarding all legal, regulatory, compliance and risk matters.
- Collaborates with other school administrators and personnel in working with the Town of Plainfield and other neighboring communities and special interest groups.
- Oversees all auxiliary services and outside contracts and vendor relationships.
- Supports KUA’s operated and hosted summer programs, including contract terms, price setting and business goal-setting.
- Provides leadership regarding all Human Resource issues, including hiring, terminations, employee benefit programs, compliance, and employee policies and procedures.
- Serves as primary liaison to the School’s Board of Trustees committees relating to Finance, Investments, Audit, and task forces as needed and appointed by the Head of School.
- Oversees outsourced activities, including Food Services.
Direct reports include: Controller, Director of Human Resources, Director of Technology, and Director of Day Care.
- A passion for working with kids and in a school setting and a desire and willingness to participate fully in a boarding school community.
- A high level of integrity, a strong work ethic, and a predisposition to kindness.
- Grasping and committing to forwarding KUA’s mission and strategic path forward.
- Operating with a positive attitude and growth mindset in daily work and interactions.
- Mindful of the importance and value of a diversity of voices and perspectives.
- A strong background in accounting, financial management and modeling, risk management, support services administration, business services, and human resource and benefit administration.
- From an understanding of the mission of the School, the ability to steward the School’s goodwill, public persona, and identity.
- The ability to serve as a critical business thinker, capable of providing positive and proactive solutions to financial issues.
- Experience in complex problem-solving, sometimes with limited resources.
- An open and collaborative approach to management, and role on the Senior Administrative Team.
- The expertise and competency to be responsible for your own ‘lane,’ with an appreciation of how that works aligns with the mission and full operations of the Academy.
- Possesses an understanding of the technology necessary to support the work and mission of the School.
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and well-developed skills as a listener.
- Effective negotiation skills in developing and managing contracts with external vendors.
- Creativity, analytical skills, project development and management skills.
- Ability to motivate and manage a high-quality staff, and to hire and evaluate new talent within the limits of the school’s resources and needs.
- 10+ years of work experience in a financial/business leadership position.
- Bachelor’s degree required; CPA and/or M.B.A. and/or a master’s degree in a related field strongly preferred.
- Experience in an independent secondary school, college, university and/or non-profit setting is preferred, though individuals with strong financial and leadership skills in a related field are encouraged to explore this opportunity.