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Chief Financial Officer

Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School seeks a Chief Financial Officer.

Wyoming Seminary, or “Sem” as it is affectionately known, is situated in the beautiful Wyoming valley of northeast Pennsylvania, famously dubbed, the “valley with a heart.” In close proximity to the Poconos, the area contains many opportunities for outdoor pursuits with its picturesque mountains and lakes. Sem is two hours from New York City and Philadelphia.

Known as a school that encourages faculty and students to develop individuality and strength of character, there are abundant opportunities for student participation in a wide variety of well developed athletic, artistic, and extra-curricular activities. Wyoming Seminary has always been a caring, diverse school that enrolls students from around northeast Pennsylvania, the United States and the world. With 174 years of successful educational service and a tradition of academic excellence, Wyoming Seminary enjoys a strong place in the independent school world.

The CFO will find ready collaborators among the President, trustees, and other administrators. Preserving Sem’s strong community ethos with its guiding core values of the True, the Beautiful and the Good and culture requires care and accompanying financial resources. The new CFO must develop a nuanced understanding of this approach to be successful.

Reporting to President as a member of the school’s senior Cabinet, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) holds comprehensive responsibility for all aspects of the School’s financial management including oversight, strategies, fiscal policies, hiring, programs, and practices.

Desired Qualities and Qualifications

Wyoming Seminary seeks a CFO who is thoughtful, even- tempered, a strategic thinker and a team player. In addition to overseeing members of the Business Office, the new CFO will oversee security and food service. The most appealing candidates will instinctively understand the interdependence of all aspects of an educational institution and the overriding need to best serve the students, teachers and staff who comprise the Sem community. Below are a list of the major responsibilities.

  • Report directly to the President and work closely with other senior administrators and the Chair of the Finance Committee as well as the Board’s Finance and Investment Committees.
  • Supervise members of the financial team.
  • Work cooperatively as a member of the senior administrative team. The CFO will function as a financial coach for all senior administrators, assisting them with all aspects of their financial responsibility.
  • Steward the organization’s resources effectively and, by the application of sound business principles, maximize the School’s resources and improve its operating efficiency. The CFO will also enhance the School’s financial stability by developing, implementing and monitoring effective systems of financial control and decision-making.
  • Develop a sustainable, multi-year financial model capable of ensuring the School’s fiscal stability as part of the School’s strategic plan.
  • Champion the budgeting process to ensure a high degree of financial literacy among all budget controllers.
  • Oversee the preparation of periodic financial statements for the President and the Board of Trustees.
  • Remain knowledgeable of emerging trends and their potential impact on the School’s future and its opportunity landscape. The CFO must be prepared to “see beyond the numbers” and provide vital business insights from a financial perspective. The CFO must have the ability to develop insights and communicate them to others on the leadership and governance teams.
  • Manage relationships with external parties including financial consultants, auditors, investment advisors, bank representatives, as well as other advisors to assist in the organization’s financial and legal affairs.
  • Be a skilled project manager: developing project plans, communicating changes and progress, and completing projects on time and within budget.
  • Research, analyze, and present excellent benchmarking data that will advise all financial decisions.
  • Implement investment decisions of the Investment Committee; and coordinate with the endowment consultants.
  • Provide sound and consistent employment policies, adequate staffing levels, compensation, and appropriate benefits programs for all facets of School operations.
  • Oversee and work collaboratively with others on specific responsibilities including financial aid, risk management, employee salaries and benefits, compliance with federal and state regulations and the preparation of the annual budget.
  • Oversee the annual financial and 403b plan audits and filings of tax returns.
  • Attend and support Board and Finance/Investment Committees meetings.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; M.B.A. preferred
  • 10-plus years of financial and business leadership
  • Strategic thinker who sees the larger picture
  • Ability to understand and embrace Wyoming Seminary’s mission
  • Ability to balance and prioritize the needs of the School
  • Ability to manage and mentor staff
  • Be process-oriented
  • Experience on senior administrative teams and working with nonprofit Boards; independent school experience a plus
  • Demonstrated experience in measuring and improving organization-wide productivity
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of analysis for strategic decision-making, such as key cost drivers, competitive analysis, market analysis, organizational strengths and weaknesses, etc.
  • High energy – brings a sense of urgency to the organization
  • Superb people skills; compassionate
  • Demonstrated ability to take complex subjects, distill them, and then communicate them to various audiences
  • A strong team player
  • Fair, but demanding; a willingness to say “no”
  • Committed to diversity and inclusion practices
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Evident integrity

To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate documents (preferably PDFs) the following materials:

  • A cover letter expressing interest in this particular position
  • A current résumé
  • A list of five professional references with name, phone number, and email address of each (references will be contacted only with the candidate’s permission) to:

Nicole Brogan

Executive Assistant to the President

nbrogan@wyomingseminary.org


Upper School Dean

Wyoming Seminary, a distinguished, 174-year-old day and boarding school located in Kingston and Forty Fort, in the historic Wyoming Valley of northeastern Pennsylvania, seeks a dynamic educational leader to serve as the new Upper School Dean, commencing in July 2018. The Upper School Dean will oversee the daily operations of the Upper School with a particular focus on the student experience while also collaborating with the Vice President for Academic Affairs to continue to evolve the excellence of academic programming, and the President of the school in evolving student opportunities in residential life, the arts, athletics, leadership, and service.

This is a wonderful opportunity for candidates to work with a talented, committed faculty and staff. Wyoming Seminary, or “Sem” as it is affectionately known, is situated in the beautiful Wyoming Valley of northeast Pennsylvania, famously dubbed, the “valley with a heart.” In close proximity to the Poconos, the area contains many opportunities for outdoor pursuits with its picturesque mountains and lakes. Sem is also only two hours from New York City and Philadelphia.

In addition to bringing a background of exceptional prowess in the classroom and a record of difference-making educational leadership, strong candidates will also possess many of the traits and skills listed below. Experience in varied approaches to teaching and learning and in change management is highly desirable, as is firsthand experience in a boarding setting.

Experience and Qualifications

• A flair for warm, visible, and engaged leadership;
• A high degree of adeptness in forging relationships and building community;
• A knack for being a “high school student whisperer,” someone with a genuine interest in and appreciation for working with adolescents;
• A commitment to character education and global outreach;
• An attentive listener who values collaboration but can step up and make difficult decisions;
• An inspirational leader who can also manage details and logistics;
• Someone who appreciates the traditions of the school but is also forward thinking;
• A compelling articulator of the school’s vision;
• A thinker who can navigate the grey areas of school decision making and possesses the emotional intelligence to work with the various constituents on campus;
• A strong one-on-one communicator who is also effective in engaging audiences in larger settings.

The next Upper School Dean at Wyoming Seminary will have the chance to enhance the already impressive trajectory of this beloved school, with its forward-leaning momentum and rich blend of distinctive ingredients. She or he will be expected to help mesh the quick pace of a sought-after day school environment with the deep familial structure of all-encompassing boarding life. This is a school that boasts a proud tradition of academic excellence but also readily embraces experimentation and value-adding fresh approaches. It offers many of the time-tested features of good independent schools but is unpretentious and down to earth and welcomes many first-generation independent school students. While there are well-honed and venerable processes for administrative leadership that have brought the school to its enviable standing, Sem is also interested in thoughtfully exploring new leadership designs to further heighten community and the experiences of all the school’s people.

It is truly an exciting time to be a leader in the world of Wyoming Seminary. A smart, empathic, determined, and creative educator will find abundant opportunities in the Upper School Dean’s pivotal role to contribute great things to this alluring and deserving school—one of the most original, impactful, and rewarding institutions in the entire U.S. independent school landscape.

To apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate documents (preferably PDFs) the following materials:

• A cover letter expressing their interest in this particular position

• A current résumé

• A one-page statement of educational philosophy and practice

• A list of five (5) professional references with name, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without permission of the candidate) to:

Bill Christ, Search Consultant, bill.christ@carneysandoe.com

Beth Dietz, Search Associate, beth.dietz@carneysandoe.com

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