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The Baldwin School is seeking a strategic, collaborative leader to serve as its Chief Financial Officer. The CFO reports to and works closely with the Head of School, to oversee all aspects of the School’s financial management. A member of the School’s ten-person Leadership Team, the CFO helps develop strategic priorities for the School and works closely with the Board of Trustees on long-term financial planning, investment strategies, fiscal policies, and related practices. The CFO also oversees many aspects of Baldwin’s operations and facilities management, including the Director of Facilities, Director of Technology, and Director of Human Resources, and helps lead their respective teams. Strategically oriented, experienced in financial oversight, and expert at managing people, the successful candidate is expected to be an active partner in interactions with members of the Baldwin community, including Trustees, parents, faculty and staff.
Reports directly to the Head of School, planning both near and long-term financial strategies including the annual budget.
Works closely with the Board of Trustees to support the Board’s Finance Committee, Investment and Audit sub-committees, and the Building and Grounds Committee.
Works collaboratively as a member of the School’s Leadership Team. The CFO will function as a financial coach for senior administrators, assisting them with all aspects of their budget and financial responsibility.
Oversight of the 3-person business office, as well as those departments handling the School’s physical plant, security, information technology, human resources, and auxiliary programs.
Manages relationships with external parties including financial consultants, auditors, investment advisors, bank representatives, and other advisors, to assist in the organization’s financial and legal affairs.
Stewards the organization’s resources effectively and, by the application of sound business principles alongside long-term strategic thinking, maximizes the School’s resources and improving its operating efficiency. The CFO will also enhance the School’s financial stability by developing, implementing and monitoring effective systems of financial control and decision-making.
Manages preparation of periodic financial reports for the Head of School and Board of Trustees.
Oversees the annual budgeting process.
In collaboration with the Board of Trustees, manages the School's endowment investments
Partners with Head of School to set strategic vision for maintaining the financial sustainability of the School, including staying abreast of emerging trends in non-profit financial management and new approaches to financial planning and forecasting.
Oversees other specific responsibilities including risk management, employee salaries and benefits, compliance with federal and state regulations, preparation of the annual budget and the development of a sustainable, multi-year financial model capable of ensuring the School’s fiscal stability.
Manages coordination with and activities of independent auditors and third party consultants for specific projects, including review of annual financial statements and retirement plans.
Strategic thinker who can see the big picture beyond the numbers, think creatively about long-term financial and operational planning, and effectively communicate those ideas to members of the School community.
Collaborative leader with strong business acumen and a demonstrated ability to lead teams, and manage both vendor and customer relationships.
Thorough knowledge of accounting, financial compliance, cash management, contracting, purchasing, risk management, information management systems, and personnel management processes.
Minimum of 7-10 years of progressive senior responsibility in a complex financial environment. Familiarity with not-for-profit organizations is helpful but not required.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present data and ideas effectively to various constituencies.
High degree of computer literacy including proficiency with Excel and accounting software.
Advanced degree in applicable field (e.g., CPA, MBA) is preferred.
About The Baldwin School
The Baldwin School, founded in 1888, is an independent college preparatory school serving preK through 12th grade, dedicated to a tradition of excellence in all-girls education. The mission of The Baldwin School is to develop talented girls into confident young women with vision, global understanding and the competency to make significant and enduring contributions to the world. The School nurtures students’ passion for intellectual rigor in academics, creativity in the arts and competition in athletics, forming women capable of leading their generation while living balanced lives. More information is available at www.baldwinschool.org