The Caedmon School seeks an experienced and dynamic Chief Financial and Operations Officer (CFOO) to replace a well-respected incumbent who is retiring after twelve years.
The CFOO manages all financial and operational aspects of the school, reports to the Head of School, is an integral member of the School Leadership Team, and works closely with a supportive board of trustees.
Overview of Caedmon
Caedmon is a progressive coeducational institution that includes a Montessori preschool and a Montessori-inspired elementary program. Its schoolhouse is on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, but it is not an “Upper East Side School.” It has a $7.5 million annual budget, it is debt free, and it maintains a $4 million investment portfolio, which acts as a quasi-endowment. Caedmon is in the third year of a $3.5 million capital/endowment campaign, of which 80% has been raised. The current Annual Fund goal is $255K.
Caedmon Mission Statement:
At The Caedmon School, we honor the individual and foster each child’s natural curiosity, which is the foundation of academic achievement. We nurture empathy in our students to value perspectives other than their own.
Our graduates are creative, capable, and courageous, ready to make their place in the world.
The Caedmon School is dedicated to creating and maintaining a community where we embrace and explore differences and commonalities, and the challenges they may present. We are committed to ensuring that Caedmon families feel a sense of belonging, because we value the different and precious identities among us.
We cultivate a caring, respectful, and safe environment, in which bonds are forged across potential barriers of human difference, advancing compassionate, responsible, courageous citizens.
Fast Facts about Caedmon:
School type: coeducational, independent, Toddler (2-year-old) through Grade 5
Current enrollment: 180 (Pre-COVID: 230, and ultimate capacity: 280)
Preschool: 71; Elementary: 109
Students who receive financial aid: 28%
Total faculty: 40, plus numerous p/t Afterschool and Music School faculty
Student-faculty ratio: 4.5:1 (Pre-COVID 7:1)
Total Staff: administrative team of 10, support staff of 7, and independent catering team of 7
Caedmon was the first Montessori school in New York City. It was founded in 1962 to provide an independent, lay Catholic, Montessori education to an inclusive community of diverse students. Caedmon subsequently became independent and welcomes families of all backgrounds. It is named after a 7thCentury English poet, the earliest one whose name is known.
Caedmon embarked on a Strategic Plan several years ago that identified five goals: branding and identity, program excellence, intentional diversity, philanthropy, and scope and space. Caedmon has successfully pursued these goals and is ready to begin a new strategic planning process. Recently, Caedmon opened a program for 2-year olds after a market analysis revealed a strong neighborhood demand for such a program.
The School Facility
The school’s four-story building, which is leased, contains 15 renovated classrooms, a library, a gym and administrative offices, a cafeteria and multi-purpose space in the basement, and an adjacent outdoor playground/courtyard. An independent facilities manager is responsible for building operations; the CFOO supervises the facilities manager. High bandwidth Wi-Fi and internet is available throughout the school and support a 100% cloud-based infrastructure.
Opportunities and Challenges for the CFOO
The new CFOO will be a strategic business thinker, maintain responsibility for the general ledger, and demonstrate sensitivity to faculty and family needs. She/he will strive to earn the immediate trust and confidence of various constituencies: not only faculty and families, but also administrative colleagues, trustees and outside service providers.
The CFOO will supervise one full-time and one part-time employee in the business office, direct all financial aspects of the school, and work with the Head and the Board on matters such as budgeting, banking, investments and the audit. She/he will manage human resources; and supervise various external service providers, including the PEO that provides health insurance, the independent facilities manager for the building, the independent catering company that provides school meals, and the external technology consultant.
A detailed job description is available on request.
MBA and/or CPA license preferred.
Ten-plus years of financial and business experience.
Experience on a senior administrative team.
Non-profit experience (including collaboration with trustees) strongly preferred.
Hands-on accounting, general ledger and audit prep experience.
Strong technology skills, and familiarity with applicable hardware and software.
Human resource management, employee benefits (including pension plans), and payroll procedures.
Skill and experience in contract negotiations.
Broad experiences are preferred.
Strategic thinker who sees the larger picture.
Ability to balance and prioritize among the School’s competing needs.
Confident voice in the room.
An excellent listener.
An excellent communicator.
Ability to manage and mentor.
A strong team player.
Empathetic, open, and warm.
Demanding but fair.
The courage to say “no,” even when unpopular, and the willingness to search for a way to say “yes,” even when the path is not apparent.
Versatile and flexible; not fearful of admitting mistakes.
Superb people skills.
Committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Caedmon School is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to veteran status, uniformed service member status, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.
About The Caedmon School
The Caedmon School is an independent school (2 year olds to grade 5) on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and is actively pursuing a diverse, dynamic, team oriented faculty, devoted to seeing young children thrive. We seek candidates committed to equity, justice, and an anti-racist institution. As stated in our Mission, we honor the individual and foster each child’s natural curiosity. Our Early Childhood Program is taught by Montessori certified faculty, and the Elementary program is an exciting, challenging progressive, Montessori-inspired program.