Chief Financial Officer
The Agnes Irwin School
The Agnes Irwin School (AIS) invites applications and nominations for the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). AIS is an independent, non-sectarian, all-girls’ college preparatory school, founded in 1869 by Miss Agnes Irwin, the first Dean of Radcliffe College and the great-great granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin, serving students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades. Dedicated to a mission that “empowers girls to learn, to lead, and live a legacy,” AIS has a rich and varied academic and co-curricular program grounded in a culture of inquiry. One of the region’s best known independent schools, AIS maintains high academic standards in an atmosphere characterized by respect for the individual and the community. AIS currently enrolls a diverse and talented student body of 620 students in three Divisions – Lower School (PreKindergarten – Grade 4), Middle School (Grades 5-8), and Upper School (Grades 9-12) – and employs 85 full-time and 17 part-time faculty. AIS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools. AIS is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools.
Reporting to the Head of School, the CFO provides leadership, oversight, and stewardship for all aspects of AIS financial resources while ensuring absolute institutional integrity on fiscal matters and promoting best practices in finance and administration. The CFO works collaboratively with the Head, the Board of Trustees, and School Leadership in providing strategic advice and recommending financial and administrative objectives, policies, programs and practices that ensure a sound financial structure for the school. The CFO is responsible for the ongoing work of the business office; controlling the flow of cash through the organization; overseeing the financial records of the school; preparing monthly reports such as operating statements and reports of expenditures for each budget center; and establishing a plan and calendar to prepare annual budgets and audit of school financial records. With the Head of School and Board of Trustees, the CFO plans the operating and capital budgets and develops a long-term sustainable economic model to maintain and advance the financial stability of the school. The CFO oversees the business office and facilities, with joint reporting for auxiliaries. The CFO is a member of the School’s Administrative Leadership Team and the Head’s Cabinet and is a significant contributor to advancing the mission and strategic direction of the school.
AIS seeks an experienced financial and business operations leader who can connect a high level of technical competence with the mission of an independent girls’ school and who will be a strategic partner to the Head of School and the Board of Trustees. She or he must be unquestionably committed to academic excellence and to being a visible presence within the AIS community. The CFO will exhibit a personal style of self-management following AIS’s values and culture and that reflects collaboration, strategic thinking, proactive communication, and a commitment to the best interests of the school and its various stakeholder groups. She or he will be an independent thinker with a clear vision of her or his role as a leader, self-awareness regarding operating style, an ability to grow and adapt, and to serve as both a manager and a mentor of others. The CFO should bring an awareness of best practices and current regulations, and the ability to educate and engage with others in their implementation.
The successful candidate will possess at least 10 years in progressively responsible financial leadership roles in a complex environment, preferably within an educational or other mission-driven organization; comprehensive budget and financial planning experience together with experience in analysis and reporting, budgeting, asset management, audit compliance, and federal and state tax regulations and reporting procedures; strong business acumen and mastery of accounting principles; an understanding of complex financial instruments, awareness of market trends, and proven experience developing financial strategies that support strategic priorities; excellent strategic thinking skills and strong communication skills; a high degree of emotional intelligence, collaborative spirit, and excellent listening skills. An MBA or other appropriate advanced degree and CPA are preferred.
Nominations, inquiries, and applications (including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of five references) should be directed electronically in confidence to AIS_CFO@divsearch.com.
Kim M. Morrisson, Ph.D. Senior Managing Director
Nancy Helfman, Vice President & Senior Associate
2005 Market Street, Suite 3300, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Agnes Irwin School is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.
For additional information, please consult the AIS website at www.agnesirwin.org.