DEERFIELD ASSOCIATES has been retained by The Nightingale-Bamford School, located in New York City, to conduct a national search for a Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer. Founded by two bold, visionary entrepreneurs in 1920–the same year that women won the right to vote–The Nightingale-Bamford School gives girls from diverse backgrounds a rigorous college preparatory education. The school is widely recognized as one of the top girls’ schools in the country. There are currently 668 students enrolled in the school (Lower School 232; Middle School 202 and Upper School 234). Average class size is 12, student to faculty ratio: 6:1, and $5.5 million of aid was awarded this past year.
Nightingale offers a unique academic program that leads from a foundation of essential skills to ever-increasing independence and creativity. By developing both the intellect and the character of girls from kindergarten to twelfth grade, Nightingale prizes and reflects a balance between mind and heart, producing young women of passion who enter the world with confidence, compassion, and an independent voice. The school is located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, in the Carnegie Hill neighborhood, near many museums and Central Park. One hundred eleven full-time faculty members teach in the technologically advanced schoolhouse. The annual operating budget for the school is 32,297,617 million. The school’s endowment is currently valued at $68,647,766 million. In 2014/15, Nightingale received $12 million in gifts, including $3,400,000 million in annual giving. There are 2,400 living alumnae. The CFO/COO position is targeted for hire February 1, 2020. For more background on Nightingale, please visit: www.nightingale.org
Nightingale is searching for an innovative leader with financial, and operations transformation acumen with significant experience, preferably in a non-profit or higher education setting, with increasing responsibility and proven management success. The Chief Financial & Operating Officer (CFO & COO) is the chief financial, business and administrative officer of the school who sets the financial and operational agenda for the institution, and provides guidance and leadership to ensure the efficient, effective, and timely stewardship of the schools financial and operational resources ensuring that they are deployed efficiently and in support of the School’s mission and goals.
As a key member of the Head of School’s leadership team, this position serves as a strategic partner and advisor to the Head of School, Leadership Team, Board of Trustees including serving as the staff lead on the Finance, Audit, Investment and Facilities Committees in all matters related to the operations and financial planning for the institution. Must have demonstrated ability to take big picture concepts and break them down into actionable items.
The CFO & COO oversees all finance functions, including budgeting, accounting, financial reporting, long-range financial planning, treasury management, investments, asset management, liability management, and risk management. She/he will be involved in almost every facet of the institution, including supporting the enrollment department by serving as the chair of the financial aid committee, IT, Human Resources, facilities, administrative oversight and auxiliary services to ensure fiscal integrity, the effective management of financial resources, and the deployment of resources in support of the School’s mission.
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer
The Nightingale-Bamford School
The CFO & COO will collaborate with the Head and senior leaders to chart the vision for the next century and will play a critical and on-going role to bring that vision to reality. The Chief Operating & Financial Officer will assist the Head by bringing his and the leaderships vision to fruition by employing their expertise in strategy development, developing partnerships, identifying revenue generating ventures, and the creating of big ideas for modern, forward-thinking solutions that will lead the institution toward higher organizational performance.
CFO & COO plays an active role in shaping the strategy and a culture of excellence and innovation. As a key institutional leader, the Chief Operating & Financial Officer is a big-picture thinker, with outstanding skills in analytics and attention to detail, who will bring counsel, collaboration, and ensure the integrity of fiscal data and modeling transparency and accountability. The CFO & COO embraces a culture of respect for the individual, integrity, ethics and transparency, and sets the standard with their leadership abilities.
Direct reports include but are not limited to; Associate Director of Finance and Controller, Director of Operations and Capital Planning, Director of IT, Director of Human Resources, and the Registrar.
The position reports directly to Paul A. Burke, who is Nightingale's seventh head of school. An American history teacher for more than a decade, Mr. Burke began his career in 1996 as a college counselor at the Salisbury School in Connecticut. In 2000, he joined the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, where he served as a college advisor for three years before becoming a dean of students. He joined the faculty of the Nightingale-Bamford School in 2008 as head of Upper School; he became head of school on July 1, 2012. A graduate of Williams College, Mr. Burke earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi honor society.
The Nightingale-Bamford School offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries and a generous benefits package including, a retirement plan, paid vacations, and medical insurance. The Nightingale-Bamford School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis please send resume, a letter of interest and references (who will only be contacted if mutual interest is determined) to:
Doug Cooney, Executive Search Consultant, DEERFIELD ASSOCIATESExecutive Search, Inc.
Founded in 1920, Nightingale-Bamford is an independent school for girls, enrolling 592 students from Kindergarten through Class XII. The schoolhouse consistes of 97,000 square feet with a regulation-size gymnasium, auditorium with computerized sound and lighting systems, state-of-the-art science laboratories, computer rooms and library technology. The school is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools.Full-time faculty members:92 Average tenure at Nightingale: 11 years