Chief Financial Officer

Job Type

Full Time




301 Garden st
United States


Stevens Cooperative School, an independent, non-sectarian day school in Hoboken and Jersey City, New Jersey, is seeking an experienced finance leader to be its next Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Reporting to the head of school, the CFO provides leadership on business matters, human resources, facility management, technology and risk management. 

The CFO supervises the controller and finance associate who staff the business office, as well as the director of technology and facility director. Working collaboratively with the head of school, the board of trustees and the leadership team, the CFO works to ensure congruence between the financial and business operations of the school, its mission, core values and strategic initiatives. The CFO understands and appreciates the balance between the business elements of the school and its educational purpose. The CFO provides school-wide leadership, analysis and management of the school’s finances, in addition to leadership of critical operational areas of the school and establishes financial and operational strategies that enhance the value proposition of the institution. 

The right candidate for the position possesses strong financial acumen, excellent interpersonal skills, and both a collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit. This individual will have the opportunity to support and develop a mission driven and dynamic school organization into the future. 

The CFO:

  • Ensures that standard and accepted accounting and bookkeeping practices are in place to allow a continuous record of the financial position of the school, and to ensure the institution’s financial stability and tax-exempt status.
  • Is responsible for the timely preparation and distribution of financial reports and for ensuring that the school is in compliance with all legal requirements.
  • Oversees the school’s banking activities; payroll and benefits programs; school purchasing; the acquisition of bids for outside services of a certain level.
  • Maintains the school’s relationships with relevant financial institutions, the school’s legal counsel and independent auditors; reviews these relationships periodically; and secures an annual audit of the school’s financial records and position.
  • Establishes and manages a plan and schedule for the preparation of the succeeding year’s annual budget, including the setting of tuitions and other variables, to allow for the approval of the Board at the January meeting.
  • Works with budget managers to develop proposed office and department budgets for finance committee approval.
  • Collaborates on efforts in risk management at the school, establishing emergency protocols and plans to ensure, as possible, the safety of all staff, students and visitors in their use of the campus; ensures that appropriate levels of insurance are maintained to protect the school’s property and to cover the school’s liability.
  • Evaluates and adjusts as needed the system used in the billing and collection of accounts and timely payment of invoices; ensure that dealings with parents and faculty are done in a positive manner
  • Evaluates, assesses, and directs the negotiation of employee benefits and property and casualty insurance
  • Is responsible for timely upkeep and review of the Staff Handbook and for portions of the Faculty Handbook.
  • Stays abreast of policy developments, national, state and local labor law, and best practices in independent schools.
  • Ensures compliance with local, federal and state laws and regulations impacting compensation and benefit administration
  • Partners with the Advancement Office as a resource in the establishment and achievement of team objectives.
  • Partners with the Admissions Office in enrollment management and in the development of financial aid strategies.
  • Meets with each direct report and collectively as a department to establish and address key strategic and ground level issues and create action plans to fulfill them
  • Provides support and timely information to the Finance, Audit, Space and Investment Committees of the Board of Trustees.
  • Is responsible for the completion of annual surveys and other reports that are relevant to institutional bench-marking and data-driven decision making.
  • Seeks and participates in opportunities for professional growth and networking to be fully engaged in discovering, considering, pursuing and implementing, as appropriate, best practices in this role.
  • Attends board of trustee meetings and serves on the finance, audit, investment and facility committees.
  • The successful candidate will have:
  • At least eight years of financial management experience.
  • Working knowledge of benefit administration and federal and state employment law.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; advanced degree in a relevant field and a CPA is preferred.

The CFO position starts immediately and candidates should send a cover letter and resume to the head of school’s attention, Dr. Sergio Alati, at

About Stevens

Founded in 1949, Stevens is the oldest parent cooperative school in New Jersey, and an excellent model of progressive education. Originally an informal playgroup for children of the faculty at Stevens Institute of Technology, the School has grown into a full progressive nursery, elementary and middle school, with campuses in Hoboken and Jersey City. Today the school serves over 435 students from 2-years-old through the 8th grade, of which 46% are ethnic minorities and has a faculty and administration of 90. Stevens is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and staff body and is eager to consider applications from traditionally underrepresented groups. Stevens’ enrollment is at capacity and has an annual operating budget of $11.5M.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement