Chief Financial Officer

RePublic Schools
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
USD 57.69 per hour
16 Sep 2020
17 Sep 2020
Job role
Who We Are
RePublic Schools is a network of high-performing public charter schools based in Nashville, TN and Jackson, MS with a mission to reimagine public education in the South and prepare all of our scholars to graduate from college. In addition to providing a world-class traditional academic curriculum, we empower our students to be change-makers by teaching them to code - starting in the 5th grade.

Despite the fact that our scholars come from traditionally underserved communities (approximately 85% identify as low-income, and nearly 95% as students of color), we have seen them defy the odds to achieve outstanding results. RePublic's schools have scored in the top 5% of all open-enrollment public schools across the state of Tennessee for both student growth and absolute achievement - making ours the first charter schools in state history to achieve this dual distinction.

At RePublic, we cultivate a cohesive community of families, staff, and scholars committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure our scholars succeed. We are looking for a dynamic Chief Financial Officer to join our leadership team who shares our unwavering belief that all children can achieve at high levels and change the world. Sound like you?

What You'll Do


Organizational Leadership
  • Serve as a valued thought partner to the CEO and leadership team and support them in understanding how decisions impact the financial performance and sustainability of the organization.
  • Collaborate with the leadership team to ensure the organization will achieve short and long-term goals.
  • Interface with the Board of Directors and communicate timely and accurate financial information.
  • Provide support to school leadership and staff, emphasizing a culture of excellent customer service.

Financial Management
  • Lead the annual budgeting process, including the development of easy-to-use tools and templates.
  • Meet regularly with leadership to review financial information and help improve their financial and business acumen.
  • Maintain annual and multi-year financial models; conduct contingency and scenario planning to inform decision-making.
  • Manage cash flow and develop strategies to ensure the organization's cash position is strong.
  • Develop and communicate timely, accurate and insightful financial management reports for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Oversee grant compliance, as well as compliance with federal, state, and local agencies.
  • Lead the planning and implementing of efficient business processes and financial systems.

  • Provide oversight of all accounting activities and ensure accuracy and full compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Manage facilities financing, capital improvement budgets and debt compliance.
  • Oversee all payroll activities, including processing, reporting, documenting and updating procedures.
  • Manage and ensure clean annual financial audits.
  • Establish strong financial controls to ensure compliance with all applicable state and federal laws.
  • Ensure documentation is in place for accounting policies and procedures.

Procurement & Risk Management
  • Manage the procurement of goods and services, negotiate and approve contracts and manage vendor relationships.
  • Develop or enhance procurement policies and processes; ensure compliance with procurement laws.
  • Manage and maintain insurance; advise on risk management and crisis planning.

Team Leadership
  • Oversee hiring, on-boarding, management, and evaluation of all finance and accounting staff.
  • Serve as an exceptional role model as a leader and manager; support and develop finance and accounting staff.
  • Incorporate a strong customer service orientation into all aspects of the finance and accounting team's work.

The Fine Print


All successful candidates must be a steadfast believer that all students can achieve academic excellence, regardless of background. In addition, strong candidates will have:
  • Bachelor's degree required; CPA preferred
  • Over ten years of progressive finance and accounting experience; non-profit finance/accounting background is a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and manage financial systems and processes
  • Strong financial management skills and business acumen; demonstrated ability in budgeting, financial analysis and financial modeling
  • Exceptional critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Experience successfully leading change management initiatives
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, lead multiple projects and meet concurrent deadlines
  • Strong stakeholder management and communication skills.


The salary range for this role is $120,000-$150,000 plus benefits.

Diversity Statement

As a part of reimagining public education in the South, we are intentionally creating an environment that embraces, honors, and celebrates our scholars' identities and experiences. We are working to make environments that affirm our differences across race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender orientation, physical abilities, socio-economic class, and other characteristics that make up our unique identities. Additionally, we've committed to hiring and developing individuals who share the life experiences of our students because we believe these individuals have an additional impact on our scholars. To hear more about our journey to make our network a diverse and equitable place, read this blog post.

To Apply

RePublic Schools has engaged DGW Consulting Group to lead the search for our next CFO. To apply, submit a compelling cover letter and resume. Application materials should be submitted by September 4, 2020. If you have any questions about the position, please contact DeRonda Williams at