Chief Financial Officer

Washington D.C.
Competitive Compensation Package
Apr 18, 2017
May 23, 2017
Full Time

Chief Financial Officer


The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is a key member of Chavez Schools leadership team, responsible for the fiscal health of the organization. The CFO develops and effectively manages  the Finance and Accounting team, and oversees the vital accounting, banking, budgeting, and financial planning functions for the entire organization. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the CFO will build an efficient financial organization that provides exceptional service and support to the four campuses, to ensure their continued financial success.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Financial Strategy

  • Serve as senior-most financial advisor to Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors on major strategic decisions; lead the design and execution of Chavez Schools financial strategy
  • Represent Chavez Schools to its financial partners, including financial institutions, potential investors, donors, and auditors
  • Conduct analyses to inform operational decision making and long-term strategic planning.
  • Develop decision-making frameworks for new initiatives that maximize the impact of financial resources
  • Lead the processes to build annual and multi-year budgets to drive the organization and realize each department’s goals
  • Frequently review processes in order to optimize investment of unused resources
  • Provide risk management analyses and  proactively review, anticipate, and address potential risks of all kinds affecting the network

Financial Operations and Reporting

  • Design and maintain effective internal controls, policies and procedures that comply with applicable federal, state, and local regulatory laws as well as rules for financial and tax reporting
  • Manage internal and external reporting, balancing accurate data and compelling presentation with cost-effectiveness
  • Supervise day-to-day fiscal operations to ensure efficient and effective flow of daily funds
  • Develop tools and systems to provide critical financial and operational information to the executive team, departmental managers, and the Audit and Finance Committees of the Board of Directors
  • Ensure successful completion of annual audits, IRS filings, and other mandated financial reports

Team Leadership


  • Build and lead a cohesive finance and accounting team, including third party financial service providers, in the execution of all financial functions, and in service to Chavez Schools stakeholders and mission
  • Manage direct reports, supporting and developing their potential
  • Manage overall team capacity, professional development, and performance management to ensure that goals are met


Chavez Schools  CFO candidates will have the following qualifications, skills, and attributes:

  • Bachelor's degree required; MBA or equivalent graduate degree preferred
  • Minimum of five years of work experience in an executive level finance or accounting role, handling budgets in excess of $15M
  • Significant experience with nonprofit and/or school finance; knowledge of fund accounting strongly preferred
  • Problem-solver with the ability to turn data into insights and anticipate challenges and opportunities; relentless results-orientation
  • Significant knowledge of treasury functions including debt covenants, cash flow and financial ratio projections, and banking
  • Knowledge of general accounting procedures and experience leading the budgeting, forecasting, and cash flow management processes for an organization or large group
  • Excellent track record of leading, managing, and developing high-performing teams
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to set up systems and processes to streamline accounting and finance functions
  • Familiarity with one or more major accounting systems and ERP platforms
  • Excellent business writing, oral communication, and presentation skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and remain calm in the midst of many changing circumstances; demonstrated flexibility and collaborative work style
  • Demonstrated passion for the mission, vision and values of Chavez Schools; comfort and willingness to actively participate in the school community


Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

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Founded in 1998, Chavez Schools educates approximately 1300 students in grades 6-12 across four campuses in Washington DC.  The mission of Chavez Schools is to prepare scholars to succeed in competitive colleges and to empower them to use public policy to create a more just, free and equal world.   Unique to our model is our public policy curriculum that focuses on real-world public policy experiences that foster critical thinking and strong advocacy skills.

Chavez Schools is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.


Job Position: Chief Financial Officer

Organization: Chavez Schools

City: Washington, DC

Type: Leadership

Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time, Year Round

Start Date: Immediately

The Organization: Chavez Schools, 525 School Street, 5th Floor, SW, Washington DC 20024

Date: April 4, 2017