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We thrive on collaboration

It takes a diverse team of talented individuals to do extraordinary work. The Holdsworth Center is comprised of professionals with deep expertise in educational leadership, organizational talent management, adult learning and school district administration. We're looking for experienced and versatile professionals who enjoy working within multidisciplinary teams and thrive on pushing ideas further through feedback, collaboration and iteration.

All employment decisions are based on job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Open positions

Chief Financial Officer

About the organization

The Holdsworth Center is a non-profit organization founded and largely funded by Charles Butt, Chairman of H-E-B, a regional retail company. Our mission is to impact, over time, the quality of K-12 public education for all Texas students by supporting and developing leaders. We are guided by three core values—Be of Service, Believe in People, and Drive for Excellence & Equity. Based in Austin, Texas, our campus and programs are being developed in honor of Charles’ mother, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt, who was an educator, a philanthropist and a lifelong champion for social justice.

We partner with public school districts over five years to help them grow outstanding leaders at all levels so that staff thrive, and students excel in every classroom. At Holdsworth, we believe leadership isn’t just about titles. We make a deep investment in leaders at both the district and campus levels, including teachers who lead students in the classroom and influence and lead their colleagues.

As The Holdsworth Center continues to mature, leadership has identified the need for a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to play an active role in organizational strategy while managing financial, accounting, and other operations functions. Holdsworth is unique in many ways and it requires an executive with broad organizational experience with the ability to simultaneously function at both high-level strategic and more granular tactical levels. Importantly, this individual must be comfortable executing the change(s) required to elevate the level of the finance department while ensuring excellence in accounting. With further growth on the horizon, the next CFO must bring a creative perspective, capable of viewing challenges through different lenses and adapting when devising strategic and tactical solutions. Finally, Holdsworth requires an individual who shares a deep commitment to its mission and whose experience and vision will deepen the capacity and enhance the impact of Holdsworth as it strives to serve public school districts across the state of Texas.

The opportunity

Role

As The Holdsworth Center continues to mature, leadership has identified the need for a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to play an active role in organizational strategy while managing financial, accounting, and other operations functions. Holdsworth is unique in many ways and CHIit requires an executive with broad organizational experience with the ability to simultaneously function at both high-level strategic and more granular tactical levels. Importantly, this individual must be comfortable executing the change(s) required to elevate the level of the finance department while ensuring excellence in accounting. With further growth on the horizon, the next CFO must bring a creative perspective, capable of viewing challenges through different lenses and adapting when devising strategic and tactical solutions. Finally, Holdsworth requires an individual who shares a deep commitment to its mission and whose experience and vision will deepen the capacity and enhance the impact of Holdsworth as it strives to serve public school districts across the state of Texas.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the President and supervising the finance and accounting team(s), The Holdsworth Center requires an innovative and mission-driven CFO who can meet the needs of a rapidly growing enterprise. As Holdsworth matures, this executive’s responsibilities will expand proportionally, as leadership anticipates that the CFO will oversee a broader portfolio of operations over time. Critically, this will involve ensuring building a team to maintain excellence in accounting and finance while actively engaging with senior leadership on a strategic level. Specifically, the CFO will:

  • Provide leadership and direction to finance and accounting team members, managing the overall financial operations of the organization, including overseeing or managing:
    • The day-to-day accounting and treasury operations.
    • The production of the annual budget and financial forecasts.
    • The annual financial audit.
    • The preparation of all tax returns.
    • A system of policies and procedures that impose an appropriate level of control over all financial activities.
    • The maintenance of appropriate insurance coverages.
  • Provide strategic counsel and recommendations to the President and other members of senior leadership.
  • Serve as an officer of the organization and as the staff liaison to the board on all financial matters.
  • In partnership with the President, senior leadership team, and governing board, formulate and oversee the organization’s long-term financial plan.
  • Aligned with the long-term financial plan, oversee and manage The Center’s investment portfolio.
  • In partnership with HR and other members of the senior team, manage vendors and relationships with outsourced support functions (Oasis, Certify).
  • Oversee The Campus on Lake Austin—including financial, operational, and security-related dimensions—and the vendors/partners that drive day-to-day operations.
  • Manage the overall risk profile of the organization.

The ideal candidate:

Leadership experience

  • Ten (10) to fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience within a comprehensive finance department, preferably with a nonprofit or education agency.
  • At least five (5) years of experience leading the finance function at the enterprise level, with nonprofit experience preferred.
  • Managerial experience
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credential is required.

Knowledge

  • General accounting and financial reporting procedures in accordance with all applicable state, GAAP, and federal funding circulars.
  • Human resources-related laws, regulations, and practices.
  • Payroll reporting and processing of payroll taxes.
  • Employee benefits, including the management of health care and retirement plans.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft NAV financial reporting software.

Skills

  • Ability to manage and oversee all aspects of the financial/accounting management function.
  • Ability to create, analyze, and report on financial statements and budgets.
  • Supervisory skills, including the ability to develop job descriptions and provide performance evaluation and improvement plans.
  • Effective and efficient analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong verbal and written interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to cultivate relationships at all levels (internal and external), including experience working with an independent governing board.
  • Effective priority management and the ability to meet deadlines and multitask.
  • Capable of assimilating new information and technology.
  • Ability to foster and cultivate business opportunities and partnerships.

Personal characteristics

  • Must be highly ethical with a high level of integrity; self-motivated; dependable and reliable; detail-oriented; able to interface easily with staff, other senior management personnel, and funding sources.
  • An executive who thrives on leading change and building systems in an early-stage, fast-paced environment.

Other considerations

  • Compensation
    • Competitive with comparable organizations, and commensurate with capability, experience, and prevailing market trends
  • Location
    • Austin, Texas
  • Travel
    • Limited
  • Education
    • Master’s degree in accounting, finance, or business administration required, as well as a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

How to apply

Interested candidates can submit a current resume and a cover letter detailing their interest in the CFO position to carlos@penasearch.com of Peña Search. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

The Holdsworth Center is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. All employment decisions are based on job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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