Business Management, Facilities or Plant Operations
St. Mark’s School seeks a dynamic, experienced Chief Financial and Operations Officer (CFOO) to manage and advise on a full spectrum of matters ranging from day-to-day financial and operational issues to development and implementation of long-term strategic goals.
St. Mark's is a coeducational preparatory boarding and day school located on a 250 acre campus 25 miles west of Boston. The School prides itself on being intentionally small, while thinking big. Its 65 highly-motivated teachers lead 360 students, grades nine through twelve, through a rigorous curriculum and a full program of co-curricular activities. Highly selective, St. Mark’s accepts one of eight applicants. These students benefit both from the School’s vibrant traditions and from its continuing investment in educational innovation, such as the high-impact initiatives outlined in its strategic plan, St. Mark’s School: 2020. St. Mark’s has a $22.5m operating budget, is far along in its $90 million capital campaign, and is well-positioned for a promising future with its $128m endowment.
The CFOO reports to, and functions as a strategic partner of, the Head of School and works closely and collaboratively with the Senior Administrative Team and the Board of Trustees. The CFFO oversees a staff of 40 performing the business, financial, investment, facilities, human resources, risk management and operational functions of the School. The ideal candidate will have the experience, skills, and passion to provide the strong, innovative leadership and the financial and business acumen needed to achieve the School’s ambitious mission.
Essential Functions and Key Objectives
Provide School-wide strategic leadership, analysis, and thoughtful counsel
Successfully manage the School’s finances
In consultation with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees, create, administer, monitor and adapt the School’s strategic financial plan, operating and capital budgets and other financial matters as needed; provide oversight of the management of the endowment
Serve as primary liaison to the Finance, Investment, Master Planning and Facilities and Compensation Committees of the School’s Board of Trustees, as well as to the Board’s Treasurer; prepare and present management and Board reports
Evaluate and improve financial systems, operations and controls by championing continuous improvement, adopting best practices and effectively utilizing technology
Manage and actively participate in all Business Office operations, including budgeting and accounting, financial modeling and analysis, payroll, human resources, risk management and benefits; supervise the Business Office staff of 6
Supervise the managers, operations and budgets of Facilities Maintenance, Auxiliary Programs, the Golf Course, Food Services, the Bookstore, and general office services; provide communication and support for members of the staff
Provide oversight of all major capital projects; communicate with all constituencies regarding construction planning and progress
Work with auditors to ensure compliance with applicable accounting procedures and standards; oversee and actively participate in the annual audit process
Manage the timely and accurate filing of all required financial reports in accordance with GAAP and in compliance with the IRS and other regulatory standards and requirements
Support the Head of School and other senior administrators during accreditation reviews
Work with colleagues to identify areas in which greater coordination or collaboration can improve the quality or cost-effectiveness of operations, services and administrative support
Collaborate effectively with, and provide support to, the Office of Advancement
With the Head of School, maintain positive relationships with the School’s neighbors and local town officials
Communicate effectively with the St. Mark’s community
Complete annual surveys and reports for benchmarking purposes
Maintain appropriate professional memberships and represent St. Mark’s at related meetings and conferences
Attend Board meetings ex officio
Qualifications and Skills Required for Position
A strong intellect and 10-15 years of senior level experience creating and executing financial planning and management strategies
Hands-on experience preparing, managing and analyzing budgets and financial reports
Outstanding leadership skills and the ability to work collaboratively and proactively with the Head of School, the Board, staff, and other members of the community to evaluate and improve business processes and operations to advance the mission of the School
Demonstrated ability to manage a team of senior direct reports in diverse administrative and operational areas
A passion for innovation and experience as a relentless problem-solver who takes initiative and contributes as a business-oriented strategic thinker
A sophisticated understanding of the complexities of an independent boarding/day school. The ideal candidate will embrace the 24/7 lifestyle of a boarding school and the opportunities it provides to interact with faculty members, staff, students and parents
St. Mark’s encourages applications from candidates who support the School’s commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive living and working environment. Candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Debbie Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org EOE
St. Mark’s, founded in 1865, is a coeducational college-preparatory school, educating students in grades nine through twelve, 80% of whom board. Nested upon 250 acres in the picturesque suburb of Southborough, Massachusetts, the school is only 25 miles from the abundant cultural and social opportunities in Boston.
The school’s outstanding faculty — 70 in number — leads 350 students through a ri...gorous curriculum and a full program of athletic, artistic and spiritual activities, fostering a close and supportive community. St. Mark’s engages and motivates talented students of diverse backgrounds from around the country and around the world, emphasizing excellence, values, character, and service to the larger community. Class size averages 12 students with a student–faculty ratio of five to one.
Dr. John Warren, a graduate of the Class of 1974, was appointed in July 2006 as the fifteenth Head of School for St. Mark’s School.
St. Mark's School is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, valuing diversity in its many forms. This commitment is exemplified in numerous ways, such as our welcoming Chapel program, our Pathways and STRIDE programs for students of color and international students, school representation at the People of Color Conference, a student-led Gay/Straight Alliance, a faculty-led Community and Equity Committee, and our Board of Trustees Diversity Committee. The small size of the St. Mark’s community, its ideal location, and its rigorous intellectual atmosphere make St. Mark’s a great place to live and work. The School offers competitive salaries and a generous benefits package including retirement plan, paid vacations and medical insurance.