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Chief Financial Officer

at Clayton Early Learning

Posted: 9/22/2019
Job Reference #: 1136547

Job Description

Chief Financial Officer

Department:Administration
Location:Denver, CO

Overview of Clayton Early Learning


Clayton Early Learning is a hub for Colorado’s innovative work in early childhood development.
Committed fiercely to the belief that healthy early childhood development offers one of the most
powerful levers for ending inequality, Clayton plays a leadership role in demonstrating what’s
possible in the early years and the positive impact that has for children and families over time.
Clayton’s 20 acre campus in the heart of Denver is the home of Colorado’s only Educare school, a
nationally recognized model supporting children from birth to age five and their families. We also
impact systems change in Colorado and beyond through our research and evaluation services,
professional development for teachers and leaders throughout Colorado, and policy and advocacy
work at the state and federal level. Our direct service and systems change work has impacted 20,000
children throughout Colorado.


The Opportunity
Clayton is at an exciting juncture in its history; we have new leadership and are engaging in a
strategic planning process that will build on Clayton’s wide-ranging strengths and position
Clayton to be a nationally recognized center for innovation in the field of early childhood
development. The role of Chief Financial Officer is an opportunity for an entrepreneurial
systems-builder to help lead a large and complex organization to lay the groundwork
for this vision. We have exciting aspirations and we need to meet our existing staff members
and systems where they are and build toward the future. With that in mind, we are seeking an
executive team member who is not only highly skilled and passionate about our mission, but
one who is ready to roll up the sleeves and design systems improvements while building on
the organization’s strengths.the CFO has leadership responsibility for the strategic and
operational management of Clayton’s facilities, including long-range campus planning, daily
management and maintenance of a historic 20-acre campus, and responsibility for short and
long-term property rentals.


Specific Responsibilities


Strategy, Planning, Staff and Board Engagement


• Provide executive-level leadership modeling organizational values for finance and operations
teams and Clayton as a whole
• Play a leadership role in organizational and departmental strategic planning efforts
• Establish and ensure the functionality, efficiency, impact and viability of the organization’s
financial activities and management, including policies, procedures, practices, strategies,
technology and legal/regulatory/compliance issues as well as best practices in non-profit
financial management
• Oversee accurate and timely financial reporting to the CEO, other senior staff, and the Board
of Trustees
• In partnership with senior staff, play a leadership role in the development of the
organization’s business model, business plan, annual budgets and related financial planning
• Work closely with the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees and serve as a standing member of
the Finance, Investment and Real Estate (FIRE) committee
• Work with the CEO and the Board’s finance committee on investment and asset policies and
management for 40+M investment portfolio (endowment). Manage relationships with
investment advisors.
• Provide other advice and recommendations to the CEO and Board of Trustees on all
significant financial management issues and financial implications of real estate and other
business activities
• Establish and maintain strong relationships with senior executives to identify their
needs and seek full range of potential revenue-generating business solutions
Financial Operations, Insurance, and Risk Management
• Direct the finance functions of the organization in accordance with generally accepted
accounting principles (GAAP) and develop effective internal accounting control policies
• Maintain integrity of all financial processes
• Provide timely and accurate analysis and reporting of finance data and processes
• Develop reliable cash flow analysis and ensure availability of funds across the organizations
and within programs, departments and cost centers to meet operating needs
• Improve financial management and related processes through upgrades of technology,
systems, policies and procedures
• Working with relevant staff, create annual budgets for programs, departments and cost
centers
• Oversee regular financial training within the organization to ensure financial management
literacy as needed by relevant staff
• Direct and supervise all aspects of the operations and staff for the finance and accounting
functions of the organization
• Oversee all aspects of annual audits, including serving as liaison with the audit firm and
providing oversight for the process
• Oversee the organization’s risk management including general liability and related insurance
coverage, risk mitigation
• Ensure that the organization complies with all legal and regulatory requirements
• Collaborate closely with the Human Resources team to monitor compliance, conduct
compensation studies, reviews of total rewards program, and workers compensation
Campus Operations
• Supervise Clayton campus Facilities and Operations department and staff including property
and assets, historic buildings, equipment, grounds, vehicles, security, janitorial services,
transportation
• Plan for capital and deferred maintenance needs
• Manage tenant contracts and relationships
• Provide senior leadership and guidance for special projects related to campus improvements
Informational Technology
• Oversee Information Technology department operations, staff and third-party providers
• Provide strategic and tactical planning, development, evaluation, and coordination of
information technology systems. This includes overseeing the design and implementation of
a multi-year campus IT systems upgrade effort aligned with Clayton’s strategic plan.
• Provide management, direction, and leadership in fiscal planning for campus infrastructure,
applications development, computer operations, networking, technical support, and systems
administration


Qualifications and Requirements


The Chief Financial Officer will be a results-oriented leader with superb interpersonal and
communication skills. The CFO will have at least 10 years in progressively responsible financial
leadership roles. There is a strong preference for candidates with 5+ years of senior nonprofit financial
management. Ideally, the candidate has familiarity with managing public funding sources including
Head Start.


A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Finance or similar experience is required; CPA, CMA, and/or MBA
preferred. Additionally, the most competitive candidates for the position will have the following
professional competencies and personal characteristics:


Financial and Technical Expertise: The Chief Financial Officer must possess significant financial
and technical expertise as a financial professional and business leader. The CFO will be
knowledgeable of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and financial management,
including accounting, cash management, cost/benefit analyses, budgeting, facilities management, and
capital projects. The CFO must also be technologically savvy, with proficiency working in a windows
environment and strong capabilities using Excel and accounting software (preferably the Abila MIP
Accounting System). The CFO will bring together data/information to inform strategic decisions and
harness technology to simplify workflows, avoid duplication of efforts, and improve the overall
operations of the organization. The CFO will possess knowledge of federal and state financial
regulations.


Results-oriented Management and Collaborative Leadership: The CFO will inspire others to work
together to achieve a common purpose, and will be an effective leader on the executive team. This
person will foster a culture of collaboration and mutual respect, and will encourage diversity of
opinions, values, and perspectives. The CFO will be skilled in motivating teams to produce quality
materials within tight timeframes and simultaneously manage multiple projects. The CFO should have
experience recruiting and retaining high performing team members as well as providing professional
development opportunities to cement interpersonal and organizational growth. The CFO will ensure
goals and ownership of objectives and key results are clearly delineated and lead the team to
accomplish these goals.The CFO will be skilled in the design and implementation of strategic
initiatives with a focus on change management. Strong problem solving and creative thinking skills
and the ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions based on accurate and timely
analyses are essential. Clayton has ~200 team members and the CFO manages a team of ~10.


Strategic Thinking and Problem Solving: The CFO will be a strategic partner to the CEO and Board
of Trustees in developing and implementing a strategic plan. The Chief Financial Officer will regularly
review organization structure, staffing levels, and processes to ensure alignment with present goals
and future milestones. Communication and transparency will be critical. The CFO must be
comfortable anticipating problems and developing proactive solutions, particularly when there may be
no available precedents, guidelines, or policies. As such, the CFO must have a track record of
success in devising innovative solutions and creative problem solving by drawing upon experience,
research on best practices, and outreach to colleagues.


Passion for the Mission: The Chief Financial Officer must be passionate about the role of early
learning in human and community development and Clayton’s potential for impact on the local and
national front.


Modeling Organization Values: The CFO is a values-driven, results-oriented leader. Emotional
intelligence, humility, and self-awareness will be necessary to foster collaborative leadership. The
CFO understands, values, and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. The CFO must have a track
record of sound judgment, uncompromising ethical standards, a high level of personal integrity, and
the ability to handle confidential matters with discretion. Finally, the team is building a culture of
innovation, continuous improvement, and excellence while modeling how the combination of high
performance, joy, and human connection make Clayton a great place to work.


For best consideration, please submit a resume and letter of interest to Staci Johnson,
sjohnson@claytonearlylearning.org by Friday, October 4th, 2019.

See our website at: www.claytonearlylearning.org.

Clayton Early Learning encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.
Clayton Early Learning is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing employment
opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.