|Located ten minutes west of Boston, Fessenden is a Pre-K - Grade 9 day and boarding school for boys. Enrollment at the School is 491 including 100 boarders in the upper grades from thirteen countries and many states in the U.S. A faculty and staff of over 100 provide a challenging educational program with a unique level of support for maturing boys. The school motto, “Labor Omnia Vincit” (work conquers all), reflects the objective of the School: boys are challenged to do their best, to take risks as learners, and to reach their full potential. In addition to intellectual diligence, a Fessenden education is based on high standards for personal behavior. The core values of the School underscore a strong academic, athletic and arts program designed specifically for boys. We seek qualified and experienced faculty and staff who support the objective of educating boys to become responsible young men of character and who are interested in contributing to a vibrant school community both in and outside of the classroom.|
|Chief Financial Officer|
Fessenden seeks a dynamic and experienced financial and business leader with superb financial, strategic and operating skills to fill the key position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), beginning July 2015.
Founded in 1903, The Fessenden School is all-boys and offers Pre-K through ninth grade located on a beautiful 41-acre campus in a residential community in West Newton, Massachusetts, just west of Boston. There are 513 students, including 93 boarding students and 420 day students. The School includes Lower School (194 students in Pre-K–Grade 4); Middle School (131 students in Grade 5–6); and Upper School (188 students in Grades 7–9) with students matriculating from 15 countries, 10 states within the U.S., and nearly 40 communities in MA. The student body includes 21% students of color (inclusive of international students). The School's endowment currently stands at nearly $50 million dollars. Fessenden is supported by parents, alumni, and friends through an Annual Fund of approximately $1.6 million dollars. The annual operating budget of the School is $24 million dollars. There are currently 4,800 Alumni with whom the School is in contact.
Fessenden seeks a dynamic and experienced financial and business leader with superb financial, strategic and operating skills to fill the key position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), beginning July 2015. The CFO is responsible for setting the strategic fiscal direction of the School. Responsibilities include management of the business office to ensure that the appropriate financial controls are effectively utilized and assure accurate reporting. Staff areas of responsibility include finance, budgeting, planning, purchasing, collections, legal compliance, and risk management. Reporting directly to the Headmaster, the CFO manages a team and oversees a staff of professionals and support staff, plus additional outsourced services such as payroll. The position requires active interaction and teamwork with the Headmaster, administrators, faculty, students, staff, parents, and the Board of Trustees. The CFO works in close partnership with the Chief Operations Officer (COO) to assure that financial and operational objectives are in harmony.
Requirements include: 10+ years’ work experience in a financial and business leadership and/or related field position. Experience with independent schools is preferred, though individuals in higher education and/or non-profit financial management will be considered. Excellent managerial, leadership, and financial skills are essential. Bachelor’s degree is required, MBA or CPA preferred. The position comes with an excellent compensation and benefits package. The Fessenden School is an EOE Employer. For more information about Fessenden please explore the School's website. A full search description may be viewed under “Current Searches” at www.deerfieldassociates.com.
To explore this excellent opportunity on a confidential basis, please send letter of interest and resume (both as WORD documents) to: Doug Cooney, Executive Search Consultant, Deerfield Associates Executive Search, Inc., 572 Washington Street, Suite 15, Wellesley, MA 02482. Telephone: 781-237-2800, Email: email@example.com
Fessenden Inclusion Statement
At Fessenden inclusion means building a community whose spirit and purpose is based on mutual respect and care. It is vital that each member feels recognized and valued. Inclusion is an essential part of our mission to cultivate each student’s potential and develop each boy’s mind, character, and heart. We believe that differences of backgrounds, perspectives and cultures are integral to preparing boys to be successful young men in a global community. Ongoing, mindful practice of inclusion requires both individual and institutional commitment to self-examination and learning. We further our mission to be a joyfully inclusive community by aligning policies, curriculum, and decision-making to support diversity and inclusion. Inclusion is at the heart of how we treat each other in our daily interactions.
We are guided by and are committed to the following community principles:
- Treat others with honesty and respect
- Practice compassion; make an effort to understand and care for others
- Honor diversity; promote a healthy respect for individual differences and affirm commonalities
- Celebrate individual potential; nurture the many ways boys learn
- Reject prejudice, bullying, and elitism; renounce behavior that excludes others
- Engage in open, trusting dialogue; seek to learn from those who have differing opinions
- Serve to strengthen our inclusive community