Mercersburg Academy, an independent coed college-preparatory boarding and day school nestled in the beautiful, rolling hills of south central Pennsylvania, seeks nominations and applications for the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Reporting directly to the Head of School, the CFO serves as a key member of the Executive Team and oversees a broad portfolio that stewards the school’s financial and physical assets, thus impacting, supporting, and reaching every aspect of the institution. The CFO will join Mercersburg at a time of great energy and opportunity, as the school envisions and enacts strategies to advance and strengthen its position as a leading independent school.
Through a collaborative approach, clear and accessible communication, and strategic leadership, the CFO will work closely with constituents across the school to extend and amplify Mercersburg’s academic mission. As CFO, they will oversee an annual operating budget that exceeds $36 million, in addition to all facilities and operations. The CFO leads a team of 7 direct reports and their portfolio includes the following functional units: financial operations, facilities, technology, campus safety, risk management, food service, and the school store. The CFO also serves as the liaison to the finance and the risk and audit committees of the Board of Regents.
The CFO will be a strong partner to the Head of School, the Executive Team, and the Board of Regents, as well as to faculty, staff, and students, providing leadership for all short- and long-term financial decision-making. The CFO will be a change leader and systems thinker, overseeing complex operational units, advancing strategies for campus maintenance and improvement, playing a key role in translating Mercersburg’s Strategic Design into actionable financial and operational plans, and progressing the school’s financial model to prioritize sustainability. As a vital member of the Mercersburg community, the CFO will possess the interpersonal skills to successfully connect and collaborate with a wide range of highly engaged stakeholders. As the leader of a large team, the CFO will be a strong and supportive manager, modeling a culture of accountability, transparency, flexibility, and high-quality service. Finally, they will bring a deep appreciation of the academic mission and uphold Mercersburg’s culture of integrity, community, engagement, and inclusivity.
Mercersburg Academy has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in conducting this important search and to help identify outstanding candidates. All inquiries, applications, and nominations for this opportunity should be directed to the search firm as indicated below.
Mercersburg Academy abides by both the spirit and the letter of the law in all its employment and admission policies. The school provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, marital status, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, genetic information, or disabilities which do not prevent performance of essential job tasks. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, promotion, demotion or transfer, termination, transfer or layoff, leaves of absence, discipline, compensation, and training.