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March 26, 2019
CFO/Business Manager
The Palm Valley School is located in Rancho Mirage, CA, in the heart of the beautiful Coachella Valley. We are a college-preparatory school that serves around 400 students in Preschool through Grade 12. The Palm Valley School is the only CAIS/NAIS Independent School in the Coachella Valley. Our mission is to be an exceptional learning community that educates, nurtures, and challenges each student to achieve excellence and contribute to our global society. We value individual attention to students, inquiry and exploration, diversity, athletic and artistic growth, and a responsibility to self and others. For more information about our school, visit us at www.pvs.org

Job Summary
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) directs and manages the financial and physical resources of the school including finance, investments, human resources, risk management, accounting, and facilities. S/he reports directly to the Head of School and is an integral part of the senior leadership team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Develop and oversee financial policies, procedures, and internal controls to safeguard assets, protect confidential information, and ensure accurate financial reporting.
Responsible for the long-term health and sustainability of the school’s financial and physical resources.
Oversee school business functions, including: tuition billing and collection, accounts payable, contracting, payroll, human resources, accounting and reporting, budgeting, regulatory reporting and compliance, and other business administration activities.
Oversee the maintenance of the buildings, grounds, and equipment.
Administer the annual budget and multi-year forecasting process to align with the school’s goals and mission and maintain account records related to the school’s budget.
Provide financial reports to school leadership and the board.
Participate in the development of school strategy, providing recommendations, financial analysis, projections, and other data to inform the process.
Collaborate with and assist the Head of School and the Board of Trustees in meeting fiduciary responsibilities.
Staff representative on the Board of Trustee’s Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Investment Committee, Risk Management Committee, and Building and Grounds Committee.
Oversee the processing of financial aid applications and awards in conjunction with the Tuition Assistance Committee.
Ensure that human resources policies and practices are clearly articulated, consistently applied, and conform to legal requirements.
Performs risk management to ensure that appropriate precautions and safety policies are in place and adequate and cost-effective insurance is in force.
Manage, mentor, and develop direct reports including staff accountant, maintenance technicians, and janitorial technicians.
Understand the culture and climate of the school and wider educational environment.
A bachelor’s degree, accounting or finance preferred
Five years of experience in finance/accounting, independent school experience highly preferred
Proven success in senior administrative role, preferably working with a board
Demonstrated leadership qualities – organizing people and processes
Excellent oral and written communication skills
The ability to work collaboratively with co-workers and other school community members
Keen analytical skills and a detail-oriented work style

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to the contact below. We are looking to fill the vacancy as soon as possible, but could wait until July 1 start date for the right candidate.
Susan Rice
[email protected]

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