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Chief Financial Officer/
Director of Finance (2024-2025)

The Lang School seeks a chief financial officer to support our twice-exceptional (2e) students — gifted students with learning differences — across a variety of grades, subjects, and clinical support areas.

We offer our highly promising learners in grades K-12 a rigorous, learner-centered, empirically validated education with integrated supports that foster independence and self-advocacy.

Candidate Preferred Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree required; MBA or CPA 

  • At least 5 years of senior-level experience creating and executing financial planning and management strategies 

  • Minimum of 2 years of professional grant writing and development experience

  • Experience in an independent school

  • Experience serving on senior administrative teams and working with nonprofit boards

  • Experience in human resource management, employee benefits, and payroll procedures.

  • Demonstrated ability to take complex subjects, distill them, and communicate them to varied audiences

  • Demonstrated experience in the development of analysis for strategic decision-making, such as key cost drivers, competitive analysis, market analysis, organizational strengths and weaknesses, etc

  • Complete knowledge of not-for-profit administration, accounting policies, procedures, practices, and software programs

  • Strong understanding of employment law and practices

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States and does not require sponsorship for an employment visa to work in the U.S. now or in the future


Successful candidates:

  • have an authentic connection with our school's mission and our student population of twice-exceptional learners

  • have experience working in educational environments, and have deep knowledge in and passion for their area(s) of specialty

  • are tenacious and possess a “whatever it takes” attitude to support The Lang School, that derives from adaptability, flexibility, and unwavering kindness and patience

  • are excellent communicators who actively listen and ask probing questions with/of all members of the community and know how to be candid and empathic at the same time

  • are community and collaboration-focused, and know the importance of leveraging divergent viewpoints for the improvement of our collective work and the building of positive relationships

  • hold their colleagues accountable, and are receptive and humble when held accountable

  • are comfortable with ambiguity and not always having or knowing the answers, but are an intellectually curious, growth-focused lifelong learner who picks up new ideas quickly



  • Serve as a true strategic partner to the Head of School and other organizational leaders, providing strong and accurate financial guidance to support decision-making, as well as leading long-term financial forecasting, budgeting, and strategy-setting

  • Provide school-wide strategic leadership, analysis, and management of finances and operations

  • Oversee all financial reporting, including the development and approval of the annual operating budget, periodic reports of operating results compared to the budget, and cash flow analysis. Audiences for financial information include the Board of Trustees, the finance committee, the Head of School, and other administrators

  • Develops recommendations to the Finance Committee on annual tuition increases as well as salary pool increases in consultation with the Head of School. Prepares annual budget proposal for Finance Committee review and Board of Trustees approval.

  • Collaborates with members of the Board of Trustees, the Head of School, Controller and others to complete all needed financial tasks including audits, school development and fundraising, grant writing, weekly budget monitoring and spending reports, communication and outreach with various partners including legal representatives of the school and of families, the NYC department of education and more. 

  • Oversee the annual financial audit and the filing of tax returns

  • Ensure that the school follows all local and state reporting requirements

  • Supervise all business office activities and operations.

  • Oversee the benefits budget (health insurance, retirement, and other related plans) in conjunction with the controller and Head of School

  • Form and maintain relationships with banks, professional accountants, legal counsel, and insurance companies

  • Assures up-to-date and equitable policies and procedural plans for salaries, wages, benefits, and all conditions of employment for School employees

  • Handle risk management for the Foundation, working with insurance agents to ensure proper liability coverage (D&O, cybersecurity, key person, etc.)

  • Oversees all aspects of the grant-writing program - Research possible grant opportunities, develop grant proposals, coordinate grant activities, and ensure that grant requirements are met in a timely manner

  • Oversees the Annual Fund, Special Events, Donor Program and Grants to meet or exceed annual development plan income goals

  • Cultivates annual, major, and planned giving directly from Board Trustees

  • Willingness to support with additional tasks or committees as requested by Head of School


The Lang School ( is a progressive independent school located in lower Manhattan serving grades K-12. Our high potential and gifted learners also have learning challenges, such as ADHD, anxiety, EF difficulties, dyslexia, or autism. These twice-exceptional (“2e”) learners have a unique set of social, emotional, and intellectual needs. We meet students where they are and empower them to achieve their next levels of excellence with research-based supports and a robust Talent Development Program.

Our mission is to create a safe and engaging learning environment for students with an emphasis on creative thinking and assets-based approaches. Our students are both unique and diverse, and we seek out and celebrate diversity in our community — in our identities (race, ethnicity, gender expression, socioeconomic status), as well as our backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

To Apply:

Please submit a RESUME and COVER LETTER in relation to the specifics of your experience and training and our program and student population to We will follow up with promising candidates who align with potential openings. At Lang, we appreciate that people's professional paths aren't necessarily linear and that they can be punctuated by purposeful gaps.

Compensation: Salaries are competitive and based on experience and training. (Salary range $120,000 - $180,000) The Lang School offers a competitive benefits package, including employer-paid health insurance, 401k matching options, and ample professional development opportunities.


The Lang School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Lang does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, unemployment status, or any other status protected by law.

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