Kent Place School
Chief Financial Officer
Kent Place School, located in Summit, New Jersey, is pleased to announce a national search for a new Chief Financial Officer.
The new hire will report directly to Jennifer Galambos, the Head of School. This high-profile position calls for a highly experienced, strategically oriented and experienced finance and business operations professional who will work closely with the Head of School and the Trustees. This opportunity is available in July 2024, and the search will be completed following a comprehensive national search and the identification of the candidate of choice.
Kent Place School
Kent Place School is a Kindergarten through Grade 12, independent college-preparatory day school for girls with a coeducational Preschool. The students at KPS are brave and brilliant girls and young women who are eager to learn, excited to lead, and ready to advance the world. The school is fully enrolled.
The only nonsectarian school for girls in New Jersey, Kent Place offers a robust and challenging academic program balanced by a sharp focus on student physical, mental, and emotional health for 669 students in Preschool through Grade 12. The beautiful,
26-acre campus draws families from more than 74 communities. Fifty-four percent of the students identify as people of color. The student to faculty ratio is 7:1.
Kent Place’s dynamic curriculum offers many perspectives, inspiring students to think with ethical and interdisciplinary lenses. At all grade levels, students learn to use and apply tools that will prepare them for a world in which digital, civic, and cultural literacies are essential to live and lead.
For more information about the school, please visit www.kentplace.org.
A recognized leader in the Kindergarten through Grade 12 education of girls and young women, the School balances its operational and strategic goals by maintaining fiscal discipline and sustainable financial strength. The annual operating budget of Kent Place School for 2023–24 is $34 million, and the School’s endowment is currently valued at approximately $16 million. In 2022–23, Kent Place School raised $1.96 million in annual giving. There are approximately 3,000 alumnae.
Kent Place School 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). The new hire is directly responsible for all financial functions and transactions as well as health services, facilities, security, construction, and food services. The Chief Financial Officer reports directly to the Head of School, and is responsible for setting the strategic direction, organization, management and implementation of a comprehensive business, finance, and investment function for the School. The CFO serves on the Leadership Team and the Strategic Advancement Team, the Head’s direct reports. The CFO is the liaison to the Board’s Audit and Risk Management, Finance, and Investment committees.
The CFO manages a team of seven direct reports and oversees 10 professionals and support staff. The CFO’s direct reports’ areas of responsibility include finance/accounts receivable, facilities and security, budgeting and planning, endowment, risk construction management, human resources, dining/food service, and health services. CFO responsibilities include management of the central business office to ensure that appropriate financial controls are effectively utilized. The position requires active interaction and teamwork with the Head of the School, faculty, students, staff, parents, and the Board of Trustees. The Chief Financial Officer works closely with the Head of the School, the Board of Trustees, and other senior administrative staff and faculty.
- Work with the Head of the School to provide strategic direction and implementation of all matters relating to finances, budget preparation, facilities planning and construction, legal, human resources, and related policy formulation and interpretation.
- Ensures the safekeeping of the School’s assets and the integrity of the accounting records, and provide accurate and timely financial information to the Head of the School and Trustees on School operations.
- Manages and directs the annual operating budget of $34 million dollars, including supervising the day-to-day business function.
- Assures up-to-date and equitable policies and procedural plans for salaries, wages, benefits, and all conditions of employment for School employees.
- Oversees the development, administration, and reporting on the operating budget to the School’s Board of Trustees, the auditors, federal, state, and local authorities, rating agencies and bond information agencies, donors, and various Kent Place School administrative offices.
- Oversees the School’s endowment, executes endowment and investment policy, monitors and controls investment decisions with the Board Investment Committee; coordinates with the endowment consultants, investment managers, and custodian ensuring effective endowment allocations, performance, and reporting.
- Organizes and coordinates agendas and meeting material for the Finance Committee, Audit and Risk Management Committee, and Investment Committee.
- Collaborates with general counsel and/or insurance broker regarding all Risk Management matters.
- Supervises key Business Office professional staff, including the director of finance and director of human resources.
Kent Place School seeks the following personal values and professional skills and work experiences in the new Chief Financial Officer.
- The ability to serve as a strategic and visionary business thinker, capable of providing positive and proactive solutions to business issues.
- An open, collaborative, and sophisticated management leadership skill set, a team player.
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
- Knowledge and experience in setting up effective financial controls, and proven financial modeling and forecasting skills.
- Commitment to diversity and inclusivity and possession of the skills necessary to lead in a diverse community and support the implementation of the school’s plan for diversity.
- Effective negotiation skills in developing contracts with external vendors.
- Creativity, analytical skills, project development, and management skills.
- A strong background in financial management and modeling, investment and risk management, support services administration, business services, human resource and benefit administration, and facilities management.
- An effective financial and business manager, capable of earning the respect and attention of the faculty, administration, staff, families, and the Board of Trustees.
- Ability to interface with all constituencies of the school community – the Head of the School, the administration, staff, faculty, students, the Board of Trustees, alumnae, parents, and friends of the School.
- Experience and ability to use technology to support the School.
- Ability to lead, motivate, and manage a high-quality staff, and hire new talent.
- Experience in an independent secondary school, college or university setting preferred, although individuals with strong financial and leadership skills in a related field are encouraged to explore this high visibility opportunity.
- 10+ years work experience in a financial and business leadership position.
- Bachelor’s degree required, M.B.A. and/or a master’s degree in a related field strongly preferred.
Dr. Jennifer C. Galambos, Head of School
Dr. Jennifer C. Galambos brings decades of experience and a deep understanding of 21st-century education for girls to her position as 11th Head of School at Kent Place.
Dr. Galambos is committed to leading a girls school, she says, because she has witnessed the tremendous growth and opportunities that exist for students in a single-sex environment. She understands the need for an approachable, innovative and creative leader who is dedicated to advancing Kent Place School’s mission and to preparing girls and young women for a global future. Dr. Galambos is that leader. She earned her doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University; her master’s degree in education with a concentration in private school leadership from Loyola University; and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Franklin and Marshall College.
Early in her independent school career, Dr. Galambos was the Middle School principal at the Bullis School, in Maryland; director of admission at Green Farms Academy, in Connecticut; director of admission and financial aid at Saddle River Day School, in New Jersey; and a history teacher, a dorm parent and a coach at the Perkiomen School, in Pennsylvania. More recently, Dr. Galambos spent nine years at Bryn Mawr School, in Baltimore, as the Assistant Head of School and Upper School Director. Before that, Dr. Galambos was its Middle School Director.
In addition to this impressive list of accomplishments, Dr. Galambos serves on the Board of Moorestown Friends School, the Heads Network, and the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. She has been a nationally-ranked tennis player.
In the spring of 1894, six Summit, New Jersey, families gathered to discuss the establishment of a school for girls that would ultimately alter the course of education for generations of young women. That fall, on an estate once belonging to New York State Chancellor James Kent (1763–1847), Kent Place School for Girls opened its doors to its first students, with the vision of fine academic training and intellectual pursuits already accessible to boys and young men. In 1896, Kent Place began accepting boarding students. Six boarders were among the 18 Lower School and 36 Upper School students enrolled that academic year. The school prided itself then, as it does today, on its outstanding faculty, challenging curriculum, and wide range of cocurricular and social activities. For a historical timeline, please visit here.
A highly selective college preparatory school with a strong national reputation for providing a 21st-century environment for learning through its comprehensive curriculum, Kent Place continually attracts students from more than 74 different communities throughout northern and central New Jersey. Kent Place demonstrates its commitment to providing learning experiences for students, faculty, and staff, within and beyond the School, through its programs, among them Global Learning, Health & Wellness, Economic & Financial Literacy, Leadership, and STEM. The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School, launched in 2007 as a first-of-its-kind program at the primary- and secondary-school levels, promotes the process and practice of ethical decision making. Kent Place also runs a popular summer camp, which attracts over 2,000+ campers each year.
In early 2021, Kent Place School’s Board of Trustees, along with the Leadership Team, faculty, staff, students, alumnae, and parents launched a new strategic plan to advance its vision and fulfill its mission. The Empower Girls. Advance the World. strategic plan affirms four institutional priorities: learning with purpose, leading with ethics, thriving in community, and investing in one another. These priorities are rooted in the school’s core strengths, enriched by its long history of understanding how high-achieving girls learn best, and deepened by the story that every student brings to the community. The results will be transformative for its students and for the world.
Working at Kent Place School
Kent Place School offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a generous benefits package with a retirement plan, paid vacations, and medical insurance. See the KPS benefits here.
Kent Place School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We seek candidates who will add to the diversity of the school community.
To explore this superb career opportunity, on a highly confidential basis, send your résumé and a letter of interest, along with a list of five (5) reference contact information (who will be contacted only if mutual interest is determined), to: