Website Drew School
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s vibrant Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood, Drew School is an independent high school enrolling 290 students in grades 9 through 12. Drew’s mission speaks to a fundamental belief in teenagers that truly sets the school apart. We recognize and honor their innate gifts, talents and curiosity, and strive to develop all of them as they construct a deeper sense of self and purpose. In service of the mission, we are committed to delivering on the three essential aspects of what we believe high school should be:
Drew connects what students learn to what’s important to them and how to apply that learning to impact the world in a supportive environment that will not just prepare them for college, but will equip them with the skills and competencies required of a 21st century global citizen. Our work around anti-racism, equity and inclusion is central to our focus in building multicultural competencies and empathy to help build a more just world.
Drew becomes a second home for our students where they will explore their independence and feel safe and validated in a welcoming, energetic and diverse community that celebrates their individuality and interests.
Drew’s faculty and staff see each student as the individual they are and encourage them to not just use but to amplify their distinct voice as they discover a newfound sense of agency to use what they learn in their life.
About the Role
Drew seeks an experienced leader as its chief finance and operations officer (CFOO), who will report directly to the head of school. The CFOO works closely with the head of school and the board of trustees to develop and execute the school’s long-term financial strategy, planning, and analysis. The CFOO will work collaboratively with other members of the school’s strategic leadership team, and oversee the business office, facilities, operations, technology, and HR. The school is about to embark on a new strategic planning exercise and would like to grow its endowment to support enhancements to the program and increases to faculty compensation. A talented and engaged CFOO partner will be essential for these and many other school-wide initiatives. Drew would like to onboard its next CFOO this spring, but no later than July 1, 2023.
12M Recruiting is running the search on behalf of Drew. Applications are due March 17. For application instructions and the full job opportunity statement, please visit:
Applications Accepted Starting: February 14, 2023
Application Deadline: March 17, 2023
Remote Semifinal Round: Week of March 27
On-Site Final Round: Week of April 10
Decision Announced: April 24, 2023
Start Date: July 1, 2023, or earlier by mutual agreement
Reports To: Head of School
Salary Range: $225,000 to $275,000, depending on qualifications and experience
- Provide strategic direction for use of financial resources to achieve the school’s strategic priorities, reduce the school’s debt burden, and ensure the long-term financial health of the institution.
- Build multi-year budget models and forecasts and develop key performance indicators to achieve the school’s strategic priorities for its operating and capital budgets, along with its investments and endowment.
- In partnership with the head of school and other members of the leadership team, identify and explore alternative revenue streams including creative uses of existing property, and community partnership opportunities.
- In partnership with the director of admissions, develop, execute, and manage the school’s financial aid budget.
- Work with each school department to provide transparent and proactive financial reporting, planning, and budgeting processes that build trust among administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and trustees.
- Supervise on-site and outsourced business office staff, and evaluate and ensure that institutional and business office staffing levels and budgets are sufficient to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
- Proactively communicate with department leadership to ensure that teaching, learning, and all other aspects of the school’s program, as well as scheduled events, are adequately supported by the school’s operating procedures.
- Consider creative uses of on-campus and off-campus space to better support the facilities needs of the school’s academic programs, build community partnerships, and oversee capital improvement projects as needed.
Operational Oversight & Compliance
- Supervise the facilities manager, director of technology, and operations manager to ensure operational services that deliver a high quality of life for students and faculty, and that are commensurate with financial resources available.
- Develop multi-year capital improvement budgets, forecasts, maintenance schedules and other operations plans and projects to meet the evolving needs of the school.
- Report to the board and work with its committees on strategic matters of operational risk, planning, safety, compliance, and budgeting.
- Ensure that the school is in compliance with all local and state reporting requirements.
- Report directly to the head of school, and perform other duties as assigned.
DREW IS LOOKING FOR CANDIDATES WHO CAN DEMONSTRATE
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or MBA preferred
- 7+ years of strategic financial planning experience, including the use of technology for financial analysis, modeling and reporting
- 5+ years of team leadership experience and demonstrated ability building teams, including supervising managers or directors, preferably in an educational, not-for-profit, or mission-aligned organization
- A comprehensive skill set for oversight of financial reporting, budgets, investment and endowment strategy, accounting, facilities, construction and project management, HR, technology, and risk management
Qualities & Competencies
- A genuine belief in Drew’s mission and an excitement to join a close-knit and supportive community as a key strategic partner to the head of school and other leadership team members
- An analytical, detail-oriented, organized, and passionate approach toward process improvement, financial and operational project management, and decision making
- Demonstrated quantitative and analytical skills in support of projecting, developing, and managing capital and operating budgets
- Outstanding communication, collaboration, and relationship-building skills, including the ability to work with board members and school leaders to contribute positively to organizational morale
- A flexible, creative, and innovative approach to problem solving
- The ability to establish, implement, and maintain operational policies, procedures, controls and standards in a complex environment with multiple demands and on time and attention
- Exceptional collegiality, and a relational approach to leadership, and the ability to motivate a team of direct reports and to hold others accountable to a high level of performance
For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.