Additional information about Chadwick School is available on the School’s website: https://www.chadwickschool.org/
Applicants should submit a current résumé, letter of interest, personal statement/statement of educational philosophy and a list of 5 references by e-mail to: Marcus Hurlbut, Educators’ Collaborative at [email protected] No calls please.
Chadwick School seeks a Chief Financial Officer to assume duties as soon as possible.
Chadwick School is a K-12 coeducational, independent day school located on a beautiful 45-acre hilltop in Palos Verdes, California. Founded in 1935 by Margaret, Chadwick, the school was from the very beginning committed to serving a diverse group of students from a broad geographical reach in greater Los Angeles. Today, Chadwick enrolls 865 students from more than 50 different neighborhoods. The school allocates more than $5 million in financial aid serving 20% of the student body.
Chadwick is fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and holds institutional memberships in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) works directly under the supervision of the Head of School and is a member of the senior Leadership Team. Specific areas of responsibility include finance, facilities and operations, risk management, IT, and human resources. The CFO works closely with Board committees such as the Finance and Investment Committee. The Head of School may assign other duties.
Oversee all aspects of financial transactions, financial reporting and external auditing
Enhance and drive financial controls for the organization including Delegation of Authority, Contract and Vendor Management and Asset Tracking.
Create and maintain a long-range financial plan supporting the strategic plan
Develop a financial reporting regime which effectively informs the Leadership Team and Board of the organization’s financial health and operational performance.
Working in conjunction with the Board’s Fulfillment Committee, establish KPI’s to drive financial and operational excellence
Attend Board meetings and serve on the Finance, Investment, Development, Audit, and Facilities Committees of the Board, and other ad hoc committees as required by the Head of School
Provide supervision and direction to the Controller and members of the Business Office team
Lead the annual budget preparation and approval process
Reconcile and track investment activity, to include contribution income, capital gains/losses, and changes in market value.
Develop and implement a Cash Management Program given guidelines established by Head of School
Ensure that quarterly budget vs. actual reports are accurate and available for review
Coordinate compliance reporting relating to school operations and debt management
Work with Head of School to determine school tuition, annual faculty and staff compensation, and financial aid.
Coordinate with Director of Development on all matters related to fundraising and stewardship of donors including gift accounting, compliance, management of restricted investments and preparation of an annual report.
Serve as directed by the Head of School on any other project related committees related to short-term and long-range financial and operational planning
Review accounts receivable against and collect past due balances
Update all relevant Benchmark Reports as they relate to strategic goals.
Provide oversight and guidance for Parent organizations on financial matters.
Oversee the enterprise risk management program (ERM)
Work with the school’s insurance advisor and brokers to ensure that adequate, appropriate and cost-effective insurance is in force, including public liability, property and casualty, directors and officer, Workers Compensation and bonding.
Coordinate with various government and insurance inspectors to ensure that the school is operating consistent with health and safety codes.
Maintain vigilance for situations that could pose a safety or health hazard and recommends appropriate remedial action.
Establish, effectively communicate and test an extensive emergency response system
Insure that all safety systems are fully functional and that the security systems are operating at the level specified and within the expectations of the School community.
Work in conjunction with the Director of Planning, Design and Construction to ensure proper risk mitigation plans are in place for all projects.
Advise the Head of School of any situations which might have adverse safety or legal consequences for the school.
Provide supervision and guidance to Director of Planning, Design and Construction to plan and budget facility maintenance and minor repairs and update long-term repair schedule
Ensure code compliance, proper permitting, and neighborhood relations for all facility and property management, including compliance with the Conditional Use Permit (CUP)
Serve as school liaison with legal counsel on facilities related matters
Provide supervision and guidance to the Director of Human Resources
Provide supervision and guidance for the Director of Information Technology
Desired experience and qualifications include:
10 years of progressive responsibilities in accounting, finance, operations and/or general business management (prior management experience with a private school or non-profit organization preferred)
BA Degree in accounting, finance, business management, or related area of study (MBA and/or CPA, preferred)
Ability to think and plan strategically and creatively
Broad-based operations and project management experience
Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
Excellent communication and presentation skills and work well in team environment
Strong Excel skills and proficiency with accounting and financial systems
Screenings – TB Assessment and Livescan Background check
About Chadwick School
Chadwick is a K-12 coeducational non-denominational independent day school located on a beautiful 45-acre campus on a hill overlooking mountains, canyons and the Pacific Ocean. Founded as a boarding school in the 1930's in what was then a remote area of Los Angeles County, the school has retained its rural charm and relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Thirty-three faculty and staff families reside on campus, adding to a strong sense of community and shared aspirations.
The school is dedicated to academic excellence and to the development of the character and individual gifts of its students. The school’s challenging academic offerings are therefore complemented by extensive programs in community service, outdoor education, athletics and the arts, in which virtually all students participate.
Chadwick is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, disability, marital status, medical condition, national origin, religious beliefs, sex, sexual orientation and race, or any other applicable law prohibiting discrimination in employment. This commitment applies to all empl...oyees and agents of the school, including the headmaster, division and department directors, supervisors and co-workers.