Chief Financial Officer

Cardinal Gibbons High School
Employment Type
Full Time
Raleigh, NC
Posted Date

Hours per week: 40

Position Summary:

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Cardinal Gibbons High School is a member of the Administrative Team and is responsible for the financial health of the institution. This role requires a strategic leader with a deep commitment to the values and mission of a Catholic educational environment. The CFO will oversee all financial operations, including budgeting, financial planning, cash management, and financial reporting. Additionally, the CFO will play a critical role in shaping the long-term financial strategy and sustainability of the school.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Financial Strategy and Planning
    • Develop and implement financial strategies to support the school’s mission and strategic goals.
    • Provide financial forecasts and analysis to support decision-making by the school’s leadership and board of directors.
  • Budgeting and Financial Management:
    • Oversee the preparation and management of the annual budget.
    • Monitor and report on the financial performance, ensuring alignment with the budget.
    • Implement cost-effective measures while maintaining the quality of education and services.
  • Financial Reporting and Compliance:
    • Ensure timely and accurate preparation of financial statements, reports, and analyses for the board of directors, auditors, and regulatory agencies.
    • Ensure compliance with all federal, state, local, and diocesan financial regulations, as well as adherence to accounting standards.
    • Maintain a positive and collaborative relationship with the Diocese of Raleigh. 
  • Cash Management and Investment:
    • Manage the school’s cash flow to optimize financial stability and growth.
  • Risk Management:
    • Identify and mitigate financial risks to the institution.
    • Ensure appropriate insurance coverage and risk management strategies are in place.
  • Fundraising and Advancement Support:
    • Collaborate with the development office to support fundraising initiatives and ensure proper accounting and stewardship of donations.
    • Provide financial insights and reporting for grant applications and donor communications.
    • Ensuring compliance with donor restrictions
  • Operational Leadership:
    • Supervise and develop the business office, ensuring high standards of performance and professional growth.
    • Work closely with other administrative departments to ensure cohesive and efficient operations.
  • Strategic Partnership:
    • Act as a strategic partner to the Head of School and administrative team, providing financial insights and contributing to the overall strategic planning process.
    • Engage with the school community, including parents, alumni, and other stakeholders, to promote transparency and trust in financial matters.
  • School: 
    • With the Head of School, be a steward of Gibbons’ workplace culture, proactively seeking to maintain a welcoming and consistent environment for all. 
    • Provide information, empathy, and support when employees have questions or concerns about workplace policies or experiences. 
    • Work with the Financial Aid committee to ensure that tuition assistance monies are distributed equitably and transparently. 


  • Education and Certification:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, or related field required.
    • Master’s degree in Finance, Accounting, or Business Administration preferred.
    • CPA (Certified Public Accountant) or CMA (Certified Management Accountant) designation is strongly preferred.
  • Experience:
    • Minimum of 7-10 years of senior financial management experience, preferably in an educational or non-profit organization.
    • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, budgeting, and financial analysis.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong commitment to the mission and values of Catholic education.
  • Excellent leadership and management skills with the ability to inspire and develop a team.
  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to present complex financial information in a clear and accessible manner.
  • High level of integrity and ethical standards.
  • Proficiency in financial management software and Microsoft Office Suite.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the representative responsibilities. 

This position will report to the Head of School.

Employment is contingent upon applicant satisfactorily passing criminal background and reference checks.
Must complete diocese-sponsored Safe Environment Training.