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Deerfield Associates Executive Search, Inc. has been retained by Saint Andrew’s School, located in Boca Raton, Florida, to conduct a national search for a Chief Financial Officer.

Saint Andrew’s School

Saint Andrew’s School seeks a talented Chief Financial Officer to oversee and manage the financial, risk management and legal affairs of the School, and to provide leadership to assigned functional areas. Functional oversight includes Finance and Accounting, Information Technology, Human Resources, Dining Services, Security, Auxiliary Operations and Facilities Management. The CFO provides primary support to the Board of Trustees Executive Committee, Asset Management Committee, Audit Committee and Investment Committee. Prepare monthly agendas and related information for Asset Management Committee, Audit and Investment Committee meetings. The CFO also serves in a leadership capacity for the School as a member of the Head of School’s Senior Leadership team, and various faculty and staff committees. The target hiring date for this position is July 2019. For more background on the School please visit rates Saint Andrew’s School as the top boarding school in Florida and rates the School in the top 20 in the country.

A great education celebrates each child, embraces the support of family, delivers outstanding programs, and fosters meaningful relationships between students and teachers. To achieve that ideal, a school begins with a solid and well-articulated mission. At Saint Andrew’s School, the mission is to develop every child in mind, body, and spirit. Nationally recognized, Saint Andrew’s is a junior kindergarten (PreK) through grade 12, day and boarding, college preparatory school in Boca Raton, Florida. The School offers a rigorous curriculum that fosters creative thinking, opportunities to achieve balance, and experiences that build strong character. Saint Andrew’s is delighted to serve 1,280 students from over 40 countries of multiple faiths and cultures. Demanding courses are the heart of the School’s academic program. Saint Andrew’s has developed a top college preparatory curriculum, which includes Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. The annual operating budget for the School in 2018 – 2019 is about $42 million dollars. The current endowment of the School is approximately $20 million dollars.

Located 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, the campus is located on 81 acres in the heart of Boca Raton. From the beloved banyan trees to our campus lake, the School is truly blessed to be in such of a magnificent part of South Florida. Graduating seniors are well prepared to attend the top colleges and universities of their choice, achieving as scholars, artists, and athletes. Over 80 percent of the 2016 graduates have been accepted at a college rated either Most Competitive or Highly Competitive by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges.

Responsibilities & Essential Duties

Financial Operations

  • Oversees the creation, administration, and reporting of the operating, capital and FTE budgets to the Head of School and the Trustees.
  • Oversees immediate and long-term financial planning, analysis, operation, and compliance.
  • Monitors and reports on the investment of the School endowment funds.
  • Consults and works with the Head of School and Trustees on various financial and legal issues.
  • In collaboration with the Head of School, approves department’s human and financial resource needs.
  • Development and reporting of the capital budget recommendations and variances.
  • Makes day-to-day and long-term financial decisions.
  • Responsible for cash planning and management.

Risk Management and Legal Affairs

  • Oversees the institutional risk management process, reporting and mitigation structures, including development community education surrounding risk and coordination of insurance requirements.
  • Provides overall guidance and interface for institutional legal affairs, including coordination of legal counsel process and interaction.
  • Assures compliance with all Federal, State and Local regulations and statutes.

Functional Area Leadership

  • Defines and implements the appropriate organizational structure for the assigned functional areas of finance/accounting, human resources, information technology, dining services, security, facilities management, and auxiliary operations.
  • Provides clear leadership, policy development, direction and support for assigned employees and operational areas.
  • Supports and ensures development of a strong underlying internal control environment in all of the school’s operational processes and enterprise resource systems.
  • Fosters a culture of service, professionalism, teamwork, accountability, and compassion.

Planning and Communication

  • Works closely with the Head of School and Director of Facilities Management to plan, evaluate, assign, and adjust resource needs to support institutional initiatives and priorities.
  • Collaborates closely with the Head of School’s senior leadership team members and other institutional leaders to understand and develop resource needs to support the School’s mission and the Head of School’s vision.
  • Works closely with the Director of Institutional Advancement on strategies and approach to financial initiatives including regular evaluation and reporting of the Advancement office productivity and goals.
  • Engages with departments across campus to understand and support the mission of the school. Supports the Head of School in the communication and presentation of financial issues.
  • Works with colleagues to identify areas in which greater coordination or collaboration can improve the quality or cost-effectiveness of operations, services or administrative support.


  • A high level of integrity in all matters.
  • At least ten years work experience in the leadership and supervision of a complex organization required, including involvement and supervision of financial, risk management, and legal functions.
  • A Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree both in finance, accounting or business required.
  • The ability to work successfully with members of the community, including faculty, staff and administrative leaders, as well as the Board of Trustees, alumni, parents, and local officials.
  • A collaborative and strategic leadership style.
  • The ability to serve as a critical business thinker, capable of providing positive and proactive solutions to business issues.
  • A track record of effective leadership.
  • Effective financial and business management skills.
  • Strong communication skills, both in print and in speech.
  • The ability to organize, set priorities, and multi-task.
  • An extraordinary work ethic and the ability to meet unexpected challenges.
  • Familiarity with financial and business issues attendant to a large physical plant.
  • Understanding of compensation, benefits, and employee and labor relations.
  • Proven financial modeling and forecasting skills.
  • An interest in education in general and the school’s mission specifically.
  • Strong negotiation skills in establishing contracts with outside vendors.
  • Good listening skills and the ability to empathize.
  • Humor, energy, creativity, and a positive attitude.
  • The ability to identify and recruit new talent, help develop employees professionally, and effectively lead and motivate a Business Office.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to implement internal controls.
  • An awareness of trends and issues challenging education and the capacity to relate them to the school’s opportunities.
  • An understanding of technology and the willingness to embrace technological change to achieve more efficient and cost-effective results

Saint Andrew’s School Rankings

Saint Andrew’s School was recently named the #1 Best Boarding High School in Florida by Niche combines rigorous analysis with authentic reviews to highlight the best schools, companies, and neighborhoods. Saint Andrew’s School was also listed as a Top 20 Boarding School on the following website, which puts SAS in the company of some of the very best schools in the country.

Episcopal Tradition

Saint Andrew’s School was founded by the Episcopal School Foundation in 1961 and was named after the patron saint of Scotland, Saint Andrew. It is the largest independent, co-educational, Pre-Kindergarten-12, Episcopal boarding and day school in the United States.

Schools in the Episcopal tradition are communities where spiritual and moral development are integrated with a challenging academic experience. Saint Andrew’s School is a proud member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES).

Honor Code and Values

The Saint Andrew’s School community cares deeply about its core values and forms decisions based upon them. Saint Andrew’s core values are academic excellence, community, honor, integrity, and respect. The School believes in “Honor Above All” and its honor pledge encourages students to be honorable, respectful, and responsible young people. The pledge fosters a commitment to integrity and to promoting honor and trust within the community.

Strategic Plan: Vision 2020

Vision 2020, Saint Andrew’s School’s strategic plan, represents the best thinking about how the community will meet the challenges the School will face in the future. This plan is the culmination of months of collaboration, research, and lively debate among parents, trustees, alumni, faculty, and friends. Vision 2020 – Vision Statement – “By 2020, Saint Andrew’s will be a leader in providing a unified academic community unparalleled in inspiring students to lead honorable lives of purpose and take on limitless opportunities to impact the world.” View the Strategic Plan.


Saint Andrew’s Annual Fund is the cornerstone of all fundraising programs on campus and is critical in supporting the School’s mission to develop all PreK-12 students in mind, body, and spirit. Each year, this campaign supports key priorities such as classroom enhancements, professional development opportunities, facilities upgrades, financial aid, and technology advancements. It also helps provide extracurricular activities, arts, and athletics that give students the balance that is so important for a successful education. The growth of the Saint Andrew’s School endowment is one of the School’s highest priorities. Endowment funds support scholarships, academic chairs, professional development, academic programming, facilities, and various other needs that advance the mission of Saint Andrew’s. All endowed funds are awarded in perpetuity.

Ethan Shapiro

Head of School

Beginning July 1, 2017, Ethan Shapiro took the helm as the school’s new interim Head of School. Mr. Shapiro came to Saint Andrew’s from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, where he has served in various leadership and teaching positions for almost 30 years. His lifelong commitment to learning and education, combined with his passion, energy, and proven success as both an administrator and an educator, provides our school and our students with the strategic leadership required for growth, development, and long-term success. Following a comprehensive national search in 2018, by Saint Andrew’s School Board of Trustees, Mr. Shapiro was appointed Head of School.

Mr. Shapiro served as Exeter’s dean of faculty. In this role, he was responsible for fulfilling the academic mission of the school and ensuring the highest performance of its 180 faculty members. Prior to that, he was Exeter’s director of summer school, a position which he held for eight years. In addition to overseeing all aspects of the nation’s largest five-week summer enrichment program, he established best practices for the program’s faculty and staff in the areas of risk management, training, and student safety. He also served as Exeter’s dean of students for six years, during which time he created a centralized compliance team, coordinated appropriate training for all faculty, created a health and wellness council and educated students on standards and expectations related to conduct and ethics.

A Russian language and history scholar with a bachelor’s degree from Colby College and master’s degree from Middlebury College, Mr. Shapiro, in addition to his leadership roles at Exeter, continued to teach in the classroom on a regular basis since joining the school’s faculty in 1988. He also coached the very successful Exeter varsity wrestling team for 27 years.

Saint Andrew’s campus is located on 81 acres in the heart of Boca Raton, Florida. The School is just five miles from the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and is easily accessible through three international airports in South Florida.

After graduating, over 80% of Saint Andrew’s students typically enter a “Most Competitive” or “Highly Competitive” university as ranked by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges.

Saint Andrew’s School is proud to be one of the few private day and boarding schools in the world that offers the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP) on one campus.

Our school’s philosophy is that children need a balanced approach to education with athletics, arts, extra-curricular offerings, and experiences that build strong character.

Campus Projects and Plans

Over the last 15 years, more than $30 million in new plant construction and renovation projects have been completed. The capital projects include a new Welcome Center, Stoops Family Gymnasium on the Middle School Campus, Shapiro Family Adventure Gymnasium featuring a rock climbing wall and dance studio, a track and field facility, Moabery Early Years Learning Center, Andrews Hall – The Center for Performing Arts, Malnik Family Athletic Center, and Schmidt Family Science Center. The School has also constructed a new Headmaster residence and erected a new Chickee Chapel, a symbol of the school’s heritage. In 2012, Saint Andrew’s embarked on a new campus master plan. The inaugural project under this exciting plan is the Dr. Albert Cohen Family Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. This innovative facility is scheduled to open for the 2017-­2018 academic year.

Dr. Albert Cohen Family Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Scots know it takes just one great idea to grow into a brilliant venture. And inspiration for world-changing ideas begins with a learning space that excites creative, flexible thinking, encourages original voice and vision and prepares Scots for future exploration. The Dr. Albert Cohen Family Center for Entrepreneurial Studies is the first major building implemented as part of Saint Andrew’s School multi-year master plan.

The School’s Benefits

Saint Andrew’s School offers an exciting and supportive work environment, a competitive salary and benefit package which includes medical plans, a defined contribution plan, tuition remission, basic life insurance, and long-term care, and vacation. Saint Andrew’s School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Contact Information

To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis please send a letter of interest and a resume (both as Microsoft 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

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