Ascend is seeking a chief financial officer (CFO) who possesses a deep command of financials and budgeting. This role is an ideal opportunity for a dynamic and visionary leader with significant financial experience to drive the budget strategy and systems for a premier K-12 charter management organization. The CFO will forge a three to five-year financial plan to support the vision and strategy of Ascend while expertly navigating annual responsibilities such as oversight of financial reporting and loan negotiation. The CFO will ensure Ascend continues to serve our growing network of schools by keeping dollars close to students and operating on a per pupil model that serves as a leading example for charter school financial operations. Reporting to the chief executive officer (CEO)—and working closely with the executive team, school leaders, and network leaders—the chief financial officer will drive financial strategy and decision-making across the organization.
Ascend Public Charter Schools
Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 5,700 students in 15 schools across Brooklyn—New York's most populous borough. Our undertaking is to lead our students on a great intellectual adventure, provide them with an exceptional college preparatory education, and place them firmly on the path to success in college and beyond.
We guide our students to think critically and independently and to enjoy education as an end in itself. We teach a rich and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that nurtures students' natural curiosity about the world. We foster a positive, non-punitive school culture where students feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks. Even our school buildings are designed to reflect our high aspirations for teaching and learning and the notable accomplishments that occur within our walls.
To create this kind of vibrant learning community, we invest heavily in our faculty by providing ongoing professional training and support, and encourage our educators to collaborate closely and push each other to achieve great outcomes. Leading at Ascend means growing deeply in your career, expressing your voice, and playing a defining role in the future of your students, your school, and the Ascend network.
Ascend is committed to building a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist community, both through our hiring practices and our focus on creating a culture and environment where diverse perspectives, ideas, and identities are valued and integrated into our way of working and educating students. Ascend staff represent a wide diversity of racial, socio-economic, gender, religious, and national identities—opening a window to the entire Ascend community on the richness of humanity. We welcome all applicants who share our mission and vision to join us in our deeply consequential work.
For more information on Ascend, its model, and core values, please visit www.ascendlearning.org.
Reporting relationships and teams
The chief financial officer will report to the CEO and will directly supervise the controller and the managing director of finance. This role will also partner with and develop strong working relationships with the principals and assistant principals of operations at Ascend's 15 schools.
Ascend offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Please visit www.ascendcharterschools.org/careers to learn more about the benefits of working at Ascend.
Ascend is seeking a chief financial officer (CFO) who possesses a deep command of financials and budgeting. This role is an ideal opportunity for a dynamic and visionary leader with significant financial experience to drive the…