At Pacific Ridge School, our mission statement drives all of our work: In a community that fosters academic excellence, ethical responsibility and global engagement, Pacific Ridge School prepares students for college and a purposeful life.
In support of the School’s mission, the Chief Financial & Operations Officer’s (CF&OO) primary responsibility is to ensure the School’s financial strength and operating efficiency. A key member of the executive leadership team, the CF&OO is the right-hand strategic partner to the Head of School and the Board of Trustees. Additionally, the CF&OO provides leadership and management of the day-to-day business operations to ensure proper operational controls, internal/external financial reporting and administrative human capital. This position supports four direct reports: Controller, Director of IT, Director of Facilities and HR Manager.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to, the following):
Serves as a strategic advisor and partner to the Head of School on fiscal, technology, facility, employment and administrative matters and the prioritization of organizational goals
Provides counsel to the Board of Trustees and supports the following Board committees: Finance, Audit, and Campus
Directs the School’s business functions, including: budgeting, financial reporting, accounting, payroll, insurance/risk management, human resources, legal/regulatory compliance, third-party service agreements and contracting
Oversees all facilities functions, including: general supervision of transportation, physical buildings/grounds, maintenance, security and emergency procedures
Ensures the School’s technology needs are integrated into the overall operations of the School, including the business office functions
Responsible for overall employee benefits program, including health plans and 403(b) plan
Plays a lead role in long-term planning and is responsible for managing the 5-Year Financial Plan
Manages School debt/capital structure, including relationship with lending bank and separate bond issuance
Partners with the Philanthropy (Development) Team to guarantee the thorough reporting of all gifts to the School
Collaborates with the Enrollment (Admissions) Team on student enrollment contracts, tuition assistance and opportunity grants
Networks with other professionals at independent schools across the region, state and nation in order to share best practices and stay abreast of relevant topics and trends
Maintains the integrity, honor, stewardship and respect for the rights of others in accordance with the School mission, practices, policies and procedure
Manages annual independent school surveys such as NAIS DASL and Index
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Business Administration or related field from a four-year college or university
10+ years of finance and operations experience with a minimum of 5 years at a director/managerial level
CPA or MBA preferred
5+ years of experience in an independent school or non-profit 501(c) organization preferred
Proven success in fostering professional relationships with all levels of faculty/staff employees and community members, including Board members, students and parents
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to articulate complex financial and personnel matters to various constituencies
Ability to maintain professionalism and act with tact and diplomacy
Knowledgeable on fund accounting and accrual-based non-profit accounting
Working knowledge of various accounting software solutions, preferably Senior Systems
Able to attend regional and national conferences that serve as a knowledge base and resource for independent schools and/or provide professional development opportunities
Mastery of Microsoft Office Suite, to include Excel and Word
Notable skills in financial planning and analysis, including development of financial and operational models
Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage numerous detailed tasks and to anticipate and meet deadlines
Ability to problem-solve independently and in a team environment
Strong negotiating skills with external resource vendors
Positive, goal-oriented team player who leads by example
Good listener who is open to alternative ways of achieving desired results
Broad knowledge of technology/information systems and human resources disciplines, including compensation and benefits, employment law, employee relations, talent management, organization development, and employee welfare (health, safety and security)
If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and a cover letter with your leadership philosophy and salary requirements.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Pacific Ridge School
Pacific Ridge School is a college preparatory co-educational independent school, offering a rich and challenging program to 560 students in grades 7-12. Pacific Ridge School opened in 2007; finished its permanent high school building in 2010, and its athletic center in 2012. We opened a permanent middle school/administration building and STEAM facility in 2015. Please visit our website at https://www.pacificridge.org/ for more information on our mission and programs.