Professional Opportunity: Chief Financial Officer Saint George’s School (SGS) is an independent, non-religious K-12 school, serving a population of approximately 330 students from the greater Spokane area. The school offers a vibrant and challenging academic program highlighted by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme in 11th and 12th grades complemented by a well-developed set of enrichment offerings. SGS seeks team members who commit to continue their growth as professionals, both through reflective practice and professional development. Saint George’s School is seeking a Chief Financial Officer. This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Head of School. This position is a member of the Saint George’s School Leadership Team.
Responsibilities: • Lead strategic financial planning and execute long-term financial strategies aligned with the school's strategic objectives. This includes proactive scenario modeling and forecasting to ensure the school's financial sustainability and operational efficiency. • Maintain open communication with school leadership, regularly updating the Head of School and Board of Trustees on the school's financial status. This involves preparing and presenting budgets, financial statements, investment reports, and capital project updates. • Collaborate with the Leadership Team to develop budget proposals and forecasts and present them to the Finance Committee. Additionally, provide recommendations regarding tuition, financial aid, and salary adjustments. • Manage cash and investments according to the investment policies and strategies established by the Finance and Investment Committees. • Monitor expenses and manage accounts payable to ensure all expenditures are consistent with the approved budget. • Actively monitor the Accounts Receivable/Collections and manage these accounts pursuant to the school’s policies and procedures. • Ensure that the school complies with all federal, state, and local laws as well as maintain tax exempt-status on a federal, state, and local level. • Oversee the preparation of annual audits of the school’s finances and retirement plans; supervise internal auditing of all financial systems and coordinate the annual independent audit; create and implement appropriate internal controls. • Oversee internal accounting for endowed funds to ensure responsible stewardship. Collaborate with the Development Team and team to ensure accurate reporting of gifts to donors. • Coordinate the work of the insurance advisors and brokers to maintain appropriate levels of coverage for the school’s operations. • Participate in Financial Aid Committee activities and oversee the Financial Aid Coordinator. Ensure timely review and processing of parent applications and personal financial documents, including tax returns, balance sheets, income statements, pay stubs, Form W-2’s, etc. • Provide supervision, coaching, mentoring, and management for all Business Office and Human Resources staff. Demonstrate the capability to extend these responsibilities to Facilities, Technology, and Operational functions as needed.
Qualifications: • Preferred qualifications include a CPA, Public Accounting experience, and/or an MBA. However, candidates with a bachelor's degree (B.A.) in Accounting or Business, coupled with an exceptional track record and significant relevant experience, will also be considered. • A minimum of five to seven years of experience with both detail and higher-level accounting, financial management and tax functions. • A minimum of five to seven years of experience in budgeting, asset management, audit compliance, federal and state tax regulations, and procedures. • A minimum of five to seven years of proven managerial, strategic leadership, analytical skills, problem solving, and planning capability. • Demonstrated understanding of effective fiscal management of an organization required; experience working in a non-profit finance environment preferred. • Experience in stewardship, cultivation, and generation of non-tuition revenue and capital funding preferred. • Fundamental understanding of project planning and operational systems in a school preferred. • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to cultivate effective, professional relationships with students, faculty, administrators, parents, alumni, and guests. • Strong project management skills with the ability to manage time efficiently. • Excellent written communication skills along with the ability to deliver professional presentations. • Proficiency in public speaking, with the ability to confidently address large groups, coupled with a strong cultural competency and a proven track record of successful collaboration with individuals from diverse backgrounds. • High ethical standards and strong professional boundaries. • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite as well as the school's accounting, payroll, and billing systems, including Blackbaud for accounting, tuition billing, and fundraising record-keeping, and Paylocity for payroll processing.
Saint George’s School is an independent International Baccalaureate World School nestled on a beautiful 120-acre property overlooking the Little Spokane River in Spokane, Washington. Founded in 1955, Saint George’s continues to make a difference in the lives of young men and women and prepares them to succeed at the best colleges and universities in the world. The Core Beliefs of the founders of Saint George’s have remained as the cornerstones of the school: Honesty, Respect, Generosity of Spirit, and Best Efforts. As part of our commitment to excellence, we try to live those Core Beliefs daily. They set the tone for how our students, teachers, staff, and parents interact with each other. Saint George's currently enrolls approximately 330 students K-12. More information about our school is available at www.sgs.org