Wildwood School is an urban, co-educational, college-preparatory, K-12 school in West Los Angeles recognized for its innovative practices, progressive pedagogy, and commitment to the work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Thirty-seven percent of its students and forty-three percent of its faculty and staff identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). Founded as a K-6 in 1971 and expanded to K-12 in 2000, the school enrolls 740 students in three divisions on two campuses. Wildwood School is known internationally through its Outreach Center, which has offered programming to teachers and administrators in upwards of eight countries and 18 states. More than 1,000 people have benefitted from Wildwood’s Outreach Programs, including the school’s annual Multicultural Leadership Institute. Long known as a national leader in the independent school world, Wildwood’s program and structures have served as a model for other schools around the world.
Reporting to the Head of School, the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer (CFO/COO) is responsible for providing financial, administrative, and operational leadership, as well as collaborating with and supporting the work of the Head of School and other senior leaders in all areas of the school. The CFO/COO works closely with the Head of School, the Board of Trustees and its Committees in advisory, analytical, budgetary, and strategic capacities. The CFO/COO directly supervises the Business Manager, the Administrative Assistant to the Business Office, the Director of Human Resources, the Director of Information Technology, the Director of Enterprise Software Systems, and the Director of Facilities, and their direct reports also fall under the purview of the CFO/COO.
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide strategic leadership on schoolwide initiatives, including regular assessments of future opportunities and challenges.
- Serve as a member of the Head of School’s Leadership Team (HLT), the major administrative policy-setting and decision-making body of the school.
- Chair the Flexible Tuition Committee, which meets seasonally to determine the appropriate tuition for families requesting participation in the tuition-support program.
- Represent Wildwood at the West Los Angeles Sawtelle Neighborhood Council meetings to track political and land use issues.
- Act as a member and representative at NAIS, NBOA, CAIS, CallSBOA, and INDEX trade groups, preparing and supplying materials, reporting and data.
- Provide analysis, research, and recommendations as requested by the Head of School and Board of Trustees to guide decision-making on varied and complex financial subjects.
- Serve as the primary liaison to the Finance Committee, Investment Committee, Audit Committee, Buildings and Grounds Committee, and occasional task forces, planning and preparing for meetings, major projects, and other activities as necessary
Finance and Accounting
- Supervise the accounting department to ensure the proper functioning of all systems, databases and financial software. Ensure regular maintenance and backup of all accounting systems.
- Ensure timeliness and accuracy of financial and management reporting data for the Head of School, Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, and major funders.
- Oversee the preparation and timely filing of all local, state and federal tax returns.
- Manage the preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements, as well as all month-end closing processes.
- Provide oversight and leadership to annual auditing processes, serving as key collaborator with Board of Trustees, staff, and auditors.
- Develop and maintain robust financial models for annual budget, long-range planning, and special projects, developing others as necessary.
- Negotiate major strategic transactions, such as leases, real estate investments, and banking/borrowing relationships.
Administration and Operations
- Chair the Operational Leadership Team, working with academic and non-academic administrators from multiple disciplines on operations, safety drills, risk management, transportation, food, and other needs or issues that arise.
- Oversee Director of Human Resources, taking an active role in employee benefit design and implementation, requirements for recordkeeping and compliance, as well as payroll, benefits and general HR management for over 200 employees and independent contractors.
- Manage Directors of Facilities and Information Technology, collaborating on strategic and budgeting decisions, staffing and vendor contracts, and security and transportation, while ensuring compliance and accurate recordkeeping and reporting. Oversee the enterprise risk management process, insurance renewals, and technology updates, informing and consulting with appropriate Board committees as appropriate.
- Manage Director of Enterprise Software Systems to ensure high-functioning software systems that manage student records, billing, finance, accounting, fundraising, financial aid processing and other administrative and educational services.
- Hire, develop, manage, and conduct annual performance reviews for all direct reports.
- Serve as primary manager of construction projects at the school, directing all aspects from architect selection to construction bidding to contract negotiations to permitting.
- Undergraduate degree in accounting, finance or related discipline. Graduate degree in business or related discipline preferred. CPA preferred.
- Successful track record of progressive responsibility in accounting and financial management, with a minimum of 10 years’ experience as CFO managing an annual operating budget greater than $5M, and the supervision and management of financial staff.
- Effective oral and written communications skills, including writing comprehensive reports and insightful presentations to leadership and the Board of Directors.
- Experience with financial accounting and analysis, including accounting for independent schools and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
- Experience with managing nonprofit investments/endowments preferred.
- Working knowledge of information technology and organizational management, including demonstrated ability to improve and upgrade internal systems, operations, facilities, and risk management procedures.
- Working knowledge of all human resource functional areas including legal, employee relations, recruiting, compensation and benefit administration, and training and development.
- Collaborative, team-oriented approach, and demonstrated ability to support and supervise others while maintaining high morale and productivity.
- Nuanced understanding of issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
- Superior ability to develop and maintain positive professional relationships.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This is an exciting position in a fast-paced organization. Wildwood School offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance, short and long-term disability, 403 (b) plan, flexible spending accounts, and PTO.
Wildwood School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals who are representative of the culturally and ethnically diverse communities that we serve.