Chief Finance and Operations Officer

Job Level
Senior position
Job Category
C Level
Educational Leadership
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility

Please download the opportunity statement, which contains information about Catlin Gabel School and the position, as well as required application materials to prepare in advance.  All applications must be submitted online. Please review the How to Apply section below for further application instructions.


In the southwest section of Portland sits a premier independent school with both an outstanding reputation and an exciting future. Catlin Gabel has been educating preschool through grade 12 students since 1957, and the two schools that merged to form Catlin Gabel have nearly 100 years of history before that. This progressive institution that runs on an old family farm is a true diverse and inclusive community, with more than 50% students of color. The main campus comprises approximately 70 acres, and the school recently purchased an eight-acre campus just three blocks away that housed a former art college. With this acquisition comes an exciting array of possibilities for Catlin Gabel to expand its program, services, and facilities. On that note, the school has just begun a $30M campaign that will yield a thriving community center for athletics and wellness and add funds to the endowment. In the future, the school will likely undertake additional campaigns to support facility renovations as well as new construction.

Now, Catlin Gabel seeks a chief finance and operations officer (CFOO), reporting to the head of school, to play a critical role for all these major undertakings. On a day-to-day basis, the CFOO oversees three critical finance and operations units--the Finance Department, the Facilities Department, and the Technology Department--each of which has an experienced leader at the helm. Between all that, the CFOO works collaboratively with other leadership team members, including two assistant heads of school, and helps to ensure continued operational improvement across this complex campus. The CFOO also works closely with the head and the board on financial strategy, planning, and analysis. The school hopes to onboard its next CFOO by late January of 2023, to allow for a graceful transition of leadership.


Applications Accepted Starting: October 26, 2022
Application Deadline: December 4, 2022
Remote Semifinal Round: Mid-December
On-Site Final Round: Week of January 2
Decision Announced: January 16, 2023
Start Date: January 30, 2023, or later by mutual agreement

We invite you to watch an interview Catlin Gabel's head of school, Tim Bazemore, who talks about the partnership he is seeking from the school's next CFOO.

We invite you to watch an interview Catlin Gabel's head of school, Tim Bazemore, who talks about the partnership he is seeking from the school's next CFOO.

How to Apply

  1. If you have not done so already, download the opportunity statement.
  2. Prepare your application materials, which are described on the last page of the opportunity statement.
  3. Click on Apply Now, which will take you to our application portal on Ed Tech Recruiting, where all applications will be processed.
  4. Follow the instructions on that application portal to upload your documents.
  5. Applications received on or before December 4, 2022 will receive priority review.

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