Deerfield Associates is pleased to announce a national search on behalf of University School, located in Cleveland, Ohio, for a new talented and experienced Chief Financial Officer to lead the School’s Business Office, manage school finances, and work collaboratively with the Board of Trustees, Senior Administration, Faculty, and Staff to advance the educational mission of the School. The opportunity is available in July 2023 (or possibly sooner if preferable to the candidate of choice). The search will be filled following a comprehensive national search and the candidate of choice is identified.
University School in Cleveland is a nationally-recognized Jr. K – 12 independent school that specializes in the education of boys. University School teaches boys of all ages the important tenets of becoming young men: responsibility, loyalty, and consideration. At University School, our students are set up for success both in and beyond the classroom.
The University School mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. The dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence. University School is a diverse and inclusive community where each boy is known and loved.
University School is located in two campuses. The Shaker Heights campus is approximately 32 acres and was built in 1925. Originally built for K-12, in 1970 the high school moved to the 220-acre Hunting Valley campus which is six miles from the Shaker Heights campus. Current enrollment at the Jr.K – 8 campus is 447, with 404 additional students at the 9-12 Hunting Valley Campus. The school’s annual budget is $32 million, and the endowment is $100 million.
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The Chief Financial Officer is a member of the Head of School’s Directors’ Group. The Chief Financial Officer attends all Board of Trustee and Executive Committee meetings and is the primary staff member responsible on the Finance and Investment committees of the Board. The CFO is also a member of the Human Resources Task Force as well as the Retirement Advisory and the Building and Grounds committees of the Board. The CFO is responsible for the planning, control, account and reporting of income, expense, contributed and invested funds of the school. The CFO manages all activities designated as Business Office responsibilities including physical plant and grounds; risk management and insurance; transportation; compensation and benefits budgets; facilities leasing; and city, state, and federal government compliance.
Finance and Accounting
Management of Staff
Facilities, Maintenance, Transportation, and Security
Admission and Financial Aid
Patrick T. Gallagher was named Head of School in September 2018. For the nine months prior, he served as the school’s interim headmaster. Previously, Mr. Gallagher was the co-director of the Upper School and Hunting Valley campus for five years. He came to US in 2005 from The Culver Academies, where he taught English and humanities.
At US, Mr. Gallagher began as an Upper School English teacher and later worked with boys and families as part of the college counseling team. In addition, he has served as the Upper School Dean of Faculty, responsible for the recruitment and development of all part- and full-time faculty. During that time, he also chaired the Upper School Curriculum Committee, comprised of grades 9-12 department chairs and K-12 administrators. He designed, implemented, and oversaw the Faculty Development Program, and served as a liaison with the University School Parents Association leadership for grades 9-12. His tenure saw curricular expansions such as new AP and post-AP courses, the growth of the computer science program, and the inception of robotics.
A West Side Cleveland native, Mr. Gallagher is the youngest of five children. He was raised in Strongsville and graduated from Saint Edward High School in Lakewood. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in English literature and language from Princeton University and his master of arts degree from Columbia University, where he was a Klingenstein Scholar in Educational Leadership.
The University School offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries and a generous benefits package including a retirement plan, paid vacations and the full complement of health and welfare plans.
The target hire date for this excellent opportunity is July 2023. A national search will take place in the Fall of 2022, with our intent to identify and confirm the new hire by early 2023. Our client has some flexibility on the start date depending on the interest and ideal timeline for the candidate of choice.
In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at University School will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities as required by law. University School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis please send a resume, letter of interest, five references including contact information (which will only be contacted if mutual interest is determined) to: