The CFOO is responsible for all financial and administrative operations of the school. The successful candidate must be detail-oriented, have a strong financial background, ask good questions, be skilled in analytic and quantitative analyses and be committed to a customer-service approach to school operations. Because we are a small high school, we are looking for an individual who is equally comfortable with big-picture strategic thinking as they are with tactical operations and hands-on implementation. He/she must be a team player and willing to jump in and help out as needed.
Supervise the following departments: Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Business Office, Financial Aid, Transportation, Facilities, Food Services, Rentals and Extended Year Programs (camps, etc.)
Key Operational Responsibilities
Manage all financial operations including: budgeting, financial aid, expense control, asset allocation, endowment and treasury accounts, financial reporting, accounting controls, cash management and banking relations, capital budgets, operational procedures, and risk management.
Manage all HR functions including employee policies and employee trainings. Work with other senior leaders to improve performance review process for faculty and staff.
Manage IT Department including IT infrastructure and cybersecurity. Work collaboratively with other departments who rely on IT back-end (Blackbaud) for instructional and communication purposes; Research new approaches to educational technology and IT for schools;
Manage the food services department to ensure excellent customer satisfaction and a balanced budget;
Manage all short and long-term facilities projects;
Research best practice in school business operations to monitor careful investment and cost management relative to strategy and priorities; and
Seek continuous improvement in all departments.
Key Leadership Responsibilities
Prepare presentations and actively participate in Board of Trustees meetings and Finance Committee, and other Board committee meetings as directed;
Prepare for and actively participate in Senior Leadership Team Meetings;
Participate in financial conversations with prospective and current families as needed; and
Work with the Board to plan short and long-term facility projects and establishing appropriate capital reserve recommendations.
DESIRED COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS
At least 5-7 years of comparable and relevant experience (ideally, in an educational or other not for profit setting);
BS/BA in Business Management and advanced degree (MBA) preferred
Fluency in all aspects of financial management, experience in K-12 school finance is a plus;
Ability to quickly study an operational system (food services, IT, etc.), research best practice, conduct analyses, and make strategic recommendations for improvement;
Ability to effectively lead others in managing relationships and interpersonal dynamics, navigate conflict well, and foster a positive work environment;
Ability to generate creative ideas around revenue-generation (rentals, mixed-use agreements) and implement carefully and with excellence;
Ability to maintain a sense of humor and positive outlook;
Excellent communication, listening, interpersonal skills, including the willingness and ability to engage in difficult conversations with students, parents, faculty, and staff.
Internal Number: 12
About Gann Academy
Gann Academy is an independent high school (grades 9 - 12) in Waltham, MA, serving students from the Greater Boston area. The mission of Gann Academy is to educate, to inspire, and to empower intellectually confident, passionately engaged, ethically responsible Jews who, through critical thinking and the contribution of their unique voices, will create a vibrant Jewish future and build a better world where human dignity will flourish.
Central to a Gann education is our commitment that all students in our school will have adults who know them well and care about their growth and development, not only as scholars but as unique individuals. Gann’s outstanding faculty sharpens our students’ intellects, challenging them to become both analytical as well as creative, out-of-the-box thinkers.
Gann’s curriculum is broad and deep and includes courses from introductory to advanced in the humanities, arts, sciences and Jewish Studies. Classes are discussion based and emphasize critical thinking and analysis. At Gann, excellence is not measured in a grade or score, but in the achievement and satisfaction that come from thoughtful work, intellectual growth and the willingness to embr...ace real academic challenges.
From weekly assemblies to arts to sports to clubs to social activities and student organizations, a Gann education includes a wealth of extracurricular and creative opportunities to explore new passions and discover new talents. These activities extend classroom learning, encourage students to develop new skills such as collaboration and leadership, and inspire their compassion and curiosity.
Gann Academy seeks employees who will not only be highly skilled experts in their fields, but who will embrace the school's culture and be active members of our community. Gann offers attractive career paths and professional challenges within a welcoming and energetic school community. We are proud of our competitive salary and benefits package and our extensive professional development program.
Gann Academy is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all employees without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability.