Founded in 1972, Churchill School and Center serves just under 400 students with language based learning differences, Grades K-12. Located in the Kipp’s Bay district on Manhattan’s East Side in a story 77,000 square foot facility and brownstone, the school’s class size and supportive culture engender a warm, welcoming community.
The next CFO will be joining a strong, experienced and professional team in the school’s business office, serve as a member of the senior leadership team, and work closely with the Head of School and Board’s finance and investment committees. As an approved non-public school, the majority of Churchill students are state funded, a designation and financial structure that require keen understanding and significant record keeping. The school’s yearly budget of $18M is additionally supported through an annual fund that garners approximately $1.3M and an appropriate draw from the school’s $14.5M endowment. With a major gift campaign underway and plans for building renovations and expansions, an energized, forward-looking CFO will find this an exciting time to join the leadership team.
The Churchill School and Center, a K-12 coeducational college preparatory day school, is dedicated to working collaboratively with students, educators, and families to help children with language based learning disabilities realize their full potential.
The Chief Financial Officer is a key member of the school’s leadership team and will partner with the Head of School, Board of Trustees, and other school leaders to advance the mission and financial sustainability of the school. The CFO is responsible for oversight of all aspects of school finances. The CFO manages and supports the four additional members of the business office: executive assistant to CFO, controller, accounts payable, and bookkeeper and is the liaison to the independent contractor who supports the school’s human resources. He or she works closely with the Chief Operating Officer as well.
The CFO plays a key role in the development and execution of financial strategy to support the school’s mission, vision and financial sustainability. Essential responsibilities include:
- Long range strategic and financial planning including acumen with fiscal modeling and data analysis
- Preparing the annual operating budget and regular financial statements for internal use as well as dictated by the State
- Regularly updating the school’s leadership regarding the school’s financial position, including identification of emerging issues
- Developing and managing efficient financial systems, reporting, and procedures, in cooperation with others, throughout the school
- Proactively exploring efficiencies to improve the school’s financial position
- Communicating effectively and positively with all school constituents
Skills, Qualifications & Attributes
Churchill’s next CFO will possess strong accounting and financial analysis background and the ability to develop a comprehensive knowledge of the entire workings of the school and its funding model. Additionally, Churchill’s next CFO will possess highly attuned management skills and the personal skills to work positively and collaboratively with a wide range of individuals in a close community.
Churchill School and Center seeks a detail-oriented, strategic financial professional with strong interpersonal skills who will enthusiastically embrace the school’s mission and culture and build upon a climate of trust and responsiveness. He or she will successfully partner with the school’s leadership, provide day-to-day and long-term financial and investment management, and offer wise and creative strategic financial thinking in support of advancing the school. In addition, the successful candidate will possess:
- Strong emotional intelligence, initiative, goal-orientation, professionalism, and an ability to keep the school’s mission at the forefront of decision-making
- The abilities to think analytically and creatively and to serve as a strategic and thought-partner with the Head of School and other school leaders
- Credibility, enthusiasm, and passion
- A sense of humor
- Strong work ethic
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, possessing the interest and ability to: work collaboratively and openly with others in a team setting and simplify financial and budget information for the lay person
- The ability to effectively lead and inspire others, successfully managing relationships and interpersonal dynamics, and fostering a positive work environment
- Strong problem solving skills
- A willingness to encourage feedback and seek ongoing improvement
- A strong fiduciary sense and be a good capital allocator
- An aptitude for and comfort with technology.
Churchill’s next CFO will join a strong, positive school community and work as a key member of the school’s leadership team as it plans and implements strategic initiatives. This is a great opportunity for a financial professional who has strong relational skills and is interested in applying those skills and experience in a well-functioning, mission-based not-for-profit school.
Interested individuals should submit a current resume and a letter of interest to:
Jane Armstrong or Bill Lyons