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Chief Financial Officer

Island School
Lihue, Hawaii
$90,000 - $110,000

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Located on a 38-acre campus in Līhu‘e, Island School enrolls 494 students in grades PK-12 and offers a traditional, well-rounded, private school structure while providing a distinctive college-preparatory educational experience for families on the island of Kaua‘i. The student body represents communities from across the island, from as far north as Hā‘ena to as far west as Kekaha. They work hard for their academic achievement and to fulfill their promise. In accordance with our mission, we strive to guide our students with an education that is not only rich in academic content, skill development, the arts, athletics and wellness, but also deeply rooted in place, as well as the Hawaiian values of ho‘ihi (respect), kūlia i ka nu‘u (striving for the summit), kuleana (personal responsibility), ‘ike loa (learning and wisdom), pa’ahana (hardworking), lōkahi (teamwork and collaboration), ho‘omau (perseverance), and mālama (stewardship).


Island School now seeks a chief financial officer to oversee all aspects of financial management including accounting, insurance, and outside contracts. The CFO oversees three business units with a small team — finance, transportation, and food services — and will work collaboratively with other members of the leadership team to provide both hands on and strategic financial and operational support. The CFO reports directly to the head of school and serves as a member of the senior leadership team. Island School looks forward to welcoming the CFO to start later this summer, with a start date of July 8, 2024, or later by mutual agreement.


12M Recruiting is running the search on behalf of Island School.  Applications received by May 10 will receive priority review.  For application instructions and the full job opportunity statement, please visit:





Location: Līhu‘e – Kaua‘i, HI

Priority Deadline: May 10, 2024, late applications accepted

Start Date: July 8, 2024 or later by mutual agreement

Reports To: Head of School

Salary: $90,000 - $110,000

Classification: Full-time, Exempt



General Leadership & Strategic Direction

  • Report to the head of school, participate as a collaborative member of the senior leadership team, and serve as a trusted advisor to the head, leadership team, and board of directors.
  • Build multi-year budget models and forecasts and develop key performance indicators to achieve the school’s strategic priorities for its operating and capital budgets, along with its investments and endowment.
  • Supervise a staff accountant, three transportation staff, two food services staff, and two substitute bus drivers.
  • Partner with the director of development to identify, establish, and maintain funds, and to provide other products and services that meet donors’ philanthropic goals.
  • Serve as the liaison to the board of directors’ finance committee and participate on the buildings and grounds committee.

Financial Management & Compliance

  • Oversee internal controls, cash management, banking relationships, and asset management, and maintain accurate and timely continuous records on the financial position of the school.
  • Lead the comprehensive risk management strategy including managing liability and insurance for the entire Island School community.
  • Ensure that the school is in compliance with all local and state reporting requirements.
  • Oversee and ensure the successful completion of the annual independent audit.
  • Work with designated CPA and on-site HR coordinator in the preparation and timely submission of appropriate reports and tax forms, annual audit, and payroll processing.

Operational Management & Collaboration

  • Oversee several operational areas of the school including transportation and food services, including training, supervision, and support.
  • Collaborate with the director of admissions financial aid, and campus operations to support special events, security, and general facilities maintenance.
  • Collaborate with executive assistant who oversees HR needs regarding payroll management.
  • Develop and review fees for outside organization rental use of campus facilities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • A degree in business management or accounting and/or comparable experience demonstrating competence in the areas of oversight
  • A comprehensive skill set for oversight of financial reporting, budgets, investment and endowment strategy, accounting, and facilities. Experience with construction and project management, HR, technology, and risk management preferred but not required
  • Fluency in spreadsheet software and accounting systems; knowledge of Blackbaud’s Financial Edge preferred but not required

Professional and Leadership Qualities

  • Exceptional communication, collaboration, and relationship-building skills, including the ability to work with board members, colleagues, and parents/guardians
  • Broad-based analytical, problem-solving and leadership capabilities, and an ability to contribute strategically to school finance and operations
  • An ability to create and maintain positive, supportive, and trusting relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds and positions, confront problems tactfully, and maintain appropriate confidentiality
  • Good understanding of how to implement, leverage, and/or manage: internal controls, accounting and risk management policies, risk mitigation, and the audit process, including audited financial statements for nonprofits
  • A willingness to participate in the life of the school




For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.



Island School is an equal opportunity employer. The School strives to provide equal employment opportunity to all applicants and staff in accordance with sound employee relations practices and federal and state laws. Our policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity or expression), age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, arrest and court record, reproductive health decision, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, credit history, citizenship status, military/veterans status, or other characteristics protected under applicable state and federal laws, regulations, and/or executive orders. This policy applies to all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring, promotions, training, discipline, compensation, working conditions, and benefits.


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