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Providence School

Located in Santa Barbara, California, Providence School is a Christian independent school for 350 students in pre-kindergarten through the twelfth grade on two different campuses. At Providence we are interested in preparing our students for their next step, but more importantly, we prepare them for their lifetime. The dreams we have for our children are based on hopes for a lifetime of faith, success, and fulfillment. We want our children to thrive. We believe the foundation of those dreams is built upon a relationship with Jesus Christ, and by engaging young minds with a rich academic program and shaping tender hearts with an emphasis on spiritual and character development. Our students learn through a program that values and develops critical thinking, innovation, creativity, and foundational skills to prepare them for life after graduation.

The school operates on a $4.7 million budget, and is a product of a recent merge between Providence, SBCS and ELMO San Roque. Both schools have been engaged in strategies that are creating a path to sustainable greatness. We love children, we know Christian education, and we value great teaching.

Please visit the Providence School website for additional information about the school.

Position Overview

The Chief Financial Officer upholds the school’s mission statement and manages the [non-educational] operations of the school on a day-to-day basis. The position also is responsible for managing school resources in a prudent and careful manner, with a focus on ensuring the long-term sustainability of the institution. The CFO is a senior leader of the school, consistently providing valuable counsel and strategic vision to the Head of School and the Board of Directors.

Reporting to the Head of School, the CFO works closely with the chairs of the Finance and Facilities committees of the Board of Directors on strategic and operational matters. The CFO serves on the administrative team, and leads activities and personnel related to the Business Office, Human Resources, and Facilities. Direct reports include the Business Office Administrator.

Specific Responsibilities

Financial Planning, Accounting, and Investment Management: Lead the annual budget process, including tuition and salary planning, and monitor and forecast operating results. Responsible for accounting practices, internal controls, audits, and tax returns. Manage AP, AR, cash flow, investment accounts, and banking relations.

Human Resources: Serve as Director of Human Resources, supporting a positive, safe, and legally compliant workforce. Oversee payroll, benefit plans, and school policies.

Facilities Management: Responsible for the overall maintenance of the campus/grounds and capital projects.

Risk Management, Safety, and Security: Assess and oversee risk management, safety, and security for the school community.

Administrative Team Collaboration:  Lead and support joint administrative team responsibilities, including managing the financial assistance program with the Tuition Assistance Director, working closely with the Director of Development to ensure contributions are recorded correctly, and supporting the Principals to address the technology needs of the classrooms and other facilities.

Characteristics and Skills

For the CFO position, we seek someone who embodies five key characteristics -- a sincere and consistent faith in Jesus Christ, competence in the field of finance, collaboration with colleagues, professionalism in all interactions, and a reflective practitioner. In addition, the CFO should be a natural problem solver and strategic thinker with strong conceptual and analytical abilities. The CFO should be a self-driven, hands-on administrator. The successful candidate will be results focused with strong business acumen, integrity and judgement, and will possess exceptional interpersonal and communication skills to quickly gain the respect that will allow them to work effectively with the faculty and administrative team, the Head of School, and the Board of Directors.

Credentials and Education

An undergraduate degree is required; a MBA, CPA, or other advanced degree is preferred. The successful candidate will have a minimum of five years of broad-based finance experience. While familiarity with an independent school is a plus, finance executives with corporate, non-profit, or higher education experience that are mission oriented and passionate about education also will be considered.

Please send a resume and cover letter explaining why you would be an effective CFO at Providence School to