The New School — Chief Financial Officer (CFO)


The New School, a distinguished progressive university located in the heart of New York City, seeks nominations and applications for the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President for Business and Operations, the CFO serves as a key advisor to the senior leadership team and leads the Finance and Business department at The New School. The CFO will support and drive the financial strategy of the University, providing an innovative approach to advance the business and finance goals of The New School, and will oversee the operating budget, which in FY 2022 is $443 million. Specifically, the CFO has direct oversight over finance and business operations including Business Operations, Accounting, Financial Operations, Real Estate and Insurance, Investments, Treasury and Risk Management, and University Budget Planning. The CFO will also serve as the University Treasurer, a position governed under the Bylaws of the University, and will act as a fiscal advisor to the Board of Trustees.

This is a critically important appointment for The New School and one that comes with a great opportunity to make a tangible impact. Building upon its legacy of innovation, The New School is embarking on a new era of change, developing a new strategic plan under the bright new leadership of President Dwight McBride and Provost Renée White. A critical component of this new plan will be the development and growth of new mission-related businesses, including partnerships to deliver online and executive education and licensing agreements for both educational and other products. The CFO will be vital to these efforts, providing strategic counsel and leadership for the building of these new businesses, driving innovation, and increasing the metabolism of service provision within the Office of Business and Finance to meet the needs of new and existing activities and customer groups. Another critical component of the plan will be the efficient financing and deployment of The New School’s real estate assets in New York City. 

The ideal candidate will be a strategically-minded, transparent leader who can effectively advise and collaborate with the Executive Vice President, President, Board of Trustees and University community members. The CFO must be an effective communicator and proactive, engaged partner committed to advancing the strategic goals of their team in support of the mission of the institution as a whole. Given that The New School is strongly committed to social justice and promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, the next CFO should possess a track record of fostering equity and promoting inclusive diversity within a complex organization.

The New School is pleased to offer this position the option of a hybrid work schedule, if desired. 

The New School has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this important search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to the search firm at the address below. 

Daniel Rodas, Partner
Gail Gregory, Managing Associate
Katy Ryan, Senior Associate
Isaacson, Miller

Electronic submission of application is required.

The New School is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that promises diversity and tolerance in all areas of employment, education and access to its educational, artistic or cultural programs and activities. The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including actual or perceived gender identity or expression or transgender status), sexual orientation, sexual and other reproductive health decisions, pregnancy, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status.