La Scuola International School offers a unique trifecta of Italian Immersion, Reggio Emilia pedagogy, and International Baccalaureate education from preschool through eighth grade. In fact, La Scuola is the first International Baccalaureate (IB) preK-8 World School in San Francisco and the first Reggio Emilia – IB - Italian Immersion school in the world. La Scuola is now in its 15th year as a preschool and its ninth year as an elementary school and it has grown one grade per year until reaching eighth grade for the 2019-20 academic year. La Scuola seeks to promote a life-long passion for learning and give its students both the academic and the socio-emotional skills they need to thrive and be happy.
The school currently seeks a Chief Financial Officer, effective on or before July 1, 2020, to join the school’s senior administration to oversee all financial operations at the school which is in the midst of substantial growth in enrollment and expansion of facilities. The duties of the CFO require working directly with the Head of School, fellow administrators, and Board of Directors to develop and execute the overall financial strategy for the school as it deals with all the moving parts of its growth and expansion.
The next CFO will be a proactive, strategic thinker who will work with the Head of School, senior administrators, and the Board of Directors and help La Scuola fulfill its ambitious plan to grow its enrollment complete the physical transition into the Mission District, and establish a solid foundation for future growth and development. The move to the Mission District represents a multimillion investment involving several construction stages funded by a combination of gifts and debt. Accordingly, the new CFO must be facile with projections and financial modeling, fluent in accounting and budgeting procedures, and a true steward of cash. Additionally, the successful candidate should possess an external vision for the organization that closely aligns with the Head of School and leadership team. Working closely with lenders and vendors to optimize cost and building goodwill within the neighborhood and business community will also be important. The facilities expansion is designed to accommodate 450 students by 2026.
In addition to embracing the mission of the school, supporting its Head and leadership, and representing the school at professional and public forums, the new CFO has a number of primary responsibilities:
Oversee the development, administration, and reporting of the operating $10 million for 2019-20) and long-term budget to the school’s Board of Directors; Finance and Audit committees; auditors; federal, state, and local authorities; lenders; donors; and various school administrative offices.
Building and/or maintaining the school’s short- and long-term strategic financial models.
Working with consultants and outside lenders in obtaining and managing commercial funding; monitoring compliance with loan covenants and ratios.
Serve as chief staff liaison to the Finance and Audit committees of the Board of Directors, working closely with Committee chairs and organizing agendas and meeting materials.
Collaborate with the school’s counsel and insurance agents regarding all legal and risk management matters.
administrators, neighbors, and San Francisco officials.
Work with the Director of Administration to ensure sound and consistent employment policies, compliance, adequate staffing levels, compensation, and appropriate benefits programs.
Participate as a member of the Facilities and Expansion Committee.
Work with the Facilities Manager to ensure smooth functioning of all current and future facilities management across campuses.
Help the Director of Administration to implement and administer all employee benefit programs including health insurance, retirement, worker’s compensation, life insurance, and other related plans. Provide guidance and best practices on salary and benefits.
Collaborate with Director of Administration on participation in industry forums, data-gathering surveys and external outreach efforts.
Oversee the annual financial and 403b plan audits and filings of tax returns.
Provide transparent financial reporting and planning that builds trust among administrators, faculty and staff, students and alumni, parents, and board of directors.
Oversee the work of two members of the Business Office.
Experience dealing with multiyear construction projects and their financing.
Demonstrates cultural competence by understanding and appreciating one another’s differences and is respectful of those different from them.
Shows willingness to evolve policy and practices to enhance inclusion and respectful engagement with different groups.
Experience in human resource management, employee benefits (including pension plans), and payroll procedures.
Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate documents (preferably PDFs) the following materials:
A cover letter expressing their interest in this particular position;
A current resumé;
A one-page statement of educational and leadership philosophy and practice;
A list of five professional references with name, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission)
Please do not contact the school directly. Interested candidates who meet the qualifications for the position posted should submit relevant documents to:
Practice Group Leader, Development & Finance Practice