The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) seeks an innovative leader ready to commit to improving college admission for the public good to serve as its inaugural Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Reporting to NACAC’s new Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Angel B. Pérez, the CFO serves as a true business partner to the CEO and the senior leadership team in imagining, developing, and implementing ambitious and forward-thinking strategies that will guide NACAC through today’s challenging higher education environment into an even stronger future. The CFO ensures all aspects of budget, finance, and operations align with our ambitious agenda to reinvent NACAC and US higher education. The CFO promotes a culture of excellence and accountability by leading open and honest dialogue throughout the organization (e.g., CEO, leadership colleagues, staff, Board of Directors) and with important external constituents, members and partners.
NACAC works to expand access to higher education through policy, advocacy, convening, education, and training. The largest association in the world supporting professionals who serve students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education, NACAC has a membership of more than 23,000 member institutions and individuals, partners with 23 state and regionally-based affiliate organizations, and cultivates special interest groups (SIGs), “micro communities” that nurture the growing diversity of interests across the association.
During a time of disruption for both the college admission profession and associations, NACAC is reinventing itself through a new strategic vision, mission, and values that ensure the organization will become a cutting-edge influencer, leading and supporting the transformation of the college admission profession. The trusted source of information and resources for NACAC members and the students they serve, NACAC infuses the following values into its work: trust, excellence, integrity, innovation, accountability, and sustainability. For more information, please see www.nacacnet.org.
POSITION OVERVIEW & DESCRIPTION
A true business partner to the CEO and the senior leadership team, the CFO ensures all aspects of budget and finance are aligned with our ambitious agenda to reinvent NACAC and US higher education. The CFO is responsible for the financial management of an annual budget of approximately $18 million (pre-pandemic) and provides leadership and direction to a team and organizational portfolio which currently includes finance, operations, and outsourced human resource services. In this inaugural leadership role, the CFO will be responsible for the following:
Participate in ongoing strategic planning as an integral member of the leadership team
Help lead innovations around business development and revenue generation
Provide strategic recommendations based on financial analyses and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue/expense analysis, and in alignment with NACAC’s goals and priorities
Serve as the financial liaison to the Performance Committee of the Board of Directors.
Financial and Operational Management
Oversee development, implementation, and management of:
People and culture/human resources policies and practices to attract, develop, retain, and engage the talent and foster a culture that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion
Effective information technology policies and practices and allocation of NACAC’s office facilities
Develop a framework for financial sustainability and growth; build resource reserves
Develop and continually improve operational and financial policies, procedures, and systems to ensure accountability, effectiveness, and adequate internal controls to comply with governmental, regulatory, legal, and GAAP regulations.
A seasoned and effective leader, as well as an inspirational manager, a successful candidate enjoys processes and strategy, and is comfortable working across multiple areas of the association. The CFO will have keen strategic and operational planning skills, strong financial acumen, superb staff and project management skills, a natural inclination toward action, and a highly communicative and collegial working style. They must demonstrate:
An openness to change, learning, and engaging with new ideas, concepts, and colleagues
Excellent collaboration and communication skills and ability to work effectively with individuals and groups at all association levels
Commitment to supporting diverse populations through diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
Ability to produce, properly analyze, and interpret the financial information of the organization, as well as ensure the efficient management of the association’s operations and facilities
8–10 years of broad operational and finance experience with depth and range in managing finance, human resources, technology operations, business development and administrative functions—ideally for a national nonprofit, membership organization, or educational institution
Master’s degree in business or a related field is preferred.
To apply for this position, please upload your cover letter and résumé here. For other inquiries, please see the full position description here or contact Adrienne O'Rourke at email@example.com. Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group is supporting NACAC in this search. NACAC is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About National Association for College Admission Counseling
NACAC is the world’s largest association supporting professionals who serve students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. The association works to expand access to higher education through policy, advocacy, convening, education, and training. It has a membership of more than 23,000, comprised of postsecondary admission professionals, high school counselors, independent educational consultants, community based organizations, and
others throughout the United States and around the world. NACAC is fortunate to partner with 23 state and regionally based affiliate organizations that share a common mission to serve and support the needs of admission and counseling professionals. In addition, the organization cultivates special interest groups. These “micro communities” nurture the growing diversity of interests across the association.
NACAC is in the process of reinventing itself during a time of disruption for both the college admission profession and higher education associations. New strategic vision, mission, and values statements, as well as a new organizational structure, will ensure the organization becomes a cutting-edge influencer,... leading and supporting the transformation of the college admission profession.
NACAC commits to:
• Leading important initiatives resulting in a more diverse and inclusive student population
• Boldly influencing higher education policy
• Serving as a clearinghouse for readily accessible knowledge sharing, transformative professional development opportunities, and cutting-edge research
• Creating a membership that is reflective of the changing demographics among students
To ensure the organization’s success, NACAC is committed to being innovative, nimble, and meeting the moment— working at the speed of light to stay ahead of the curve and to lead meaningful and impactful change.
Recently, NACAC staff members participated in strategic visioning sessions to reaffirm, as well as reimagine, its organizational values and guiding principles. The newly developed vision statement and values direct the CEO, the senior leadership group, and staff in their work together as they seek organizational and cultural transformation to better serve
NACAC’s membership and external stakeholders, in service of the college admission counseling profession.
Staff Vision Statement
We are the trusted source of information and resources for NACAC members and the students they serve, providing exceptional service and stewardship to meet the evolving needs of the college admission counseling profession.
Dr. Angel B. Pérez became CEO of NACAC in July 2020. Prior to joining NACAC, he served as the vice president for enrollment and student success at Trinity College in Connecticut, where he also taught in the educational studies department. A recognized thought-leader on issues of equity and access in American education, he is a tireless champion for underrepresented communities and a creative advocate for reform. Named by a Forbes article in 2019 as the most influential voice in college admission, he strives to build an educational ecosystem that better represents today’s America.
Dr. Pérez’s expertise has been sought by key policy influencers. In 2016, the governor of Connecticut appointed him to the New England Board of Higher Education, and he was chosen by the Gates Foundation and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators to serve on Forward50, a group of higher education leaders presenting solutions to Congress. In 2019, the New York Times Magazine profiled his story in a cover feature, and he is a frequent contributor and commentator in national media outlets, including the Washington Post, NPR, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Forbes, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Highlights of Pérez’s first seven months were featured in a recent article, “How an Association Rebounded, Turning Challenges into Progress,” in Associations Now Daily News, the daily newsletter from ASAE, the Center for Association Leadership.