Interim Director of Finance

St. Matthew's Parish School
Pacific Palisades, CA United States



St. Matthew’s Parish School is the educational outreach of the Parish of St. Matthew. As such, we are united with the Parish in spirit and purpose. As an Episcopal school, we see ourselves as providing a strong academic program within the broad context of the values, traditions, and tenets of Christianity. It is in that context that the appreciation of the dignity and worth of every member of the community is nurtured. We recognize that many of its functions are extensions of family life and encourage parents to work in partnership with the school. How we teach, how we discipline, how we work and play together, how we strive toward common objectives, ultimately determines the quality of life of the entire school. 


Present in the day-to-day life of the Interim Director of Finance are the following core competencies.


Provide counsel and support to the Head of School, Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, and faculty and staff on the financial impact of all administrative matters.


  • Oversee all aspects of the Business Office, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, reconciliations, accounting closes, journal entries, payroll and purchasing
  • Oversee and administer, from conception through implementation, a variety of financial processes in accordance with industry best practices, including: creation of the annual budget and tuition recommendation, conducting periodic audits, student re-enrollment, and collections of account
  • Collaborate with the Board of Trustees and Head of School to continuously refine the school’s long-term strategic plan and associated finance implications
  • Provide periodic budget-to-actual analyses for the benefit of the Administrative Team and Board of Trustees in the daily operation of the School and in comparison to long-term goals
  • Implement and continually strive to improve a robust set of Business Office policies and internal control systems
  • Maintain an accurate and integrated suite of computerized financial and administrative systems
  • Assume primary oversight of the School’s investment funds and work with the Investment Committee to evaluate the School’s policy and ensure compliance among the investment managers
  • Adhere to and be able to explain policies and procedures governing financial and legal relations with parents, faculty, and other members of the community
  • Evaluate and recommend changes to property and liability insurance policies as well as the applicable levels of coverage. Responsibility is carried out in conjunction with the Church
  • Assist Parents’ Council President, Treasurer, and various committees with special event planning and accounting operations
  • Develop and monitor framework for allocating common area expenses between church and school
  • Supervise and evaluate business office staff
  • Oversee the annual audit and ensure timely completion 
  • Solicit and evaluate competitive bids for capital improvement and work with the Director of Facility on School projects
  • Collaborate on long-range campus plans in conjunction with the Head of School, Board of Trustees, and Church as it relates to the financial standing of the school


A qualified candidate understands the school’s identity, embraces its mission, and actively seeks to contribute to its potential as an important member of the administrative team.  In doing so, the Interim Director of Finance will ensure that the financial resources of the school are directed to where they will bring the greatest benefit. 

Reflecting the utmost in professionalism in the Boardroom as well as the classroom, the position requires an individual with unquestionable integrity and a diverse array of skills far beyond what the position’s title might imply.  Most importantly, the Interim Director of Finance should be comfortable applying those skills to all facets of school life, offering help to wherever or whomever it is needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Finance or related field; CPA and or MBA preferred
  • 5-7 years experience 
  • 2- 3 years experiences as an administrative leader, preferably in independent schools
  • Proven success at working collaboratively in educational leadership
  • Tech-savvy – skilled with current applications for creating, editing, and publishing content and able to quickly learn and leverage new tools. Experience with Veracross a plus


To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to Alexandra Michaelson, Head of School at


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


This is an exempt position. Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience.  Benefits package includes, but not limited to medical, life, and dental insurance, tuition remission and retirement plan. Generous vacation package.  

Anticipated base compensation is $160,000 – $200,000, depending on experience.

Contact Information


To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to Alexandra Michaelson, Head of School at