Financial Officers, Nonprofit and Social Impact, Social Justice and Advocacy, Youth Development and Educational Equity

Chief Financial and Operations Officer

  • 10,000 Degrees
  • San Rafael, CA

This position has been filled.

About 10,000 Degrees

Founded in 1981, 10,000 Degrees is a leading college success nonprofit organization in California with a mission to support students from low-income backgrounds get to and through college in order to positively impact their communities and the world. 10,000 Degrees envisions a world in which all children have equitable opportunities to realize their potential regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic background. They believe that education is the foundation of a just and equitable society. Students and their families as well as schools and local leaders each play a critical role in educating the next generation and strengthening the economic vitality and social health of our communities.

Through an innovative Fellowship program of alumni who are recent college graduates, 10,000 Degrees provides a comprehensive wrap-around program that includes college prep, mentoring, college and financial counseling and navigation, scholarships and financial aid management.

10,000 Degrees has helped thousands of students get to and successfully graduate college. Over 80% of 10,000 Degrees’ students go on to be four-year college graduates, far exceeding national averages, and its students starting at community college transfer and graduate with their baccalaureate at three times the national average. In addition, their students graduate with 85% less loan debt than the average college graduate.10,000 Degrees is a top-rated organization that has received numerous awards and recognition for effectiveness and efficiency, including the top rating from Charity Navigator consistently for many years.

10,000 Degrees currently operates in seven Bay Area Counties, reaching more than 12,000 students and families annually, and is supporting 2,200 students in colleges across the country. Last year, 10,000 Degrees distributed $4 million in their own scholarships and leveraged an additional $22.5 million in free financial aid.

10,000 Degrees recently launched its latest strategic plan (2022-2026), with plans to significantly grow its impact, doubling the number of students and families served while maintaining their high standard of student outcomes and college graduation rates. To accomplish this work, 10,000 Degrees plans to grow their budget to over $22 million by 2026.

For more information on 10,000 Degrees, please visit website.

The Opportunity

This is a tremendous opportunity for a Chief Financial and Operations Officer to be part of a dynamic team and organization committed to achieving educational equity. This position will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer, serve on the Senior Leadership Team and will help to inform, lead and guide the organization through its next growth phase. 10,000 Degrees is at a key inflection point in its history. With a recently approved strategic plan and critical seed funding already committed, this position will be key to the execution of a plan that will significantly grow the impact of 10,000 Degrees.

The Chief Financial and Operations Officer (CFOO) will bring deep experience in nonprofit finance and operations, organizational growth, and a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of program, operations, budgeting and planning and fund development.

This is a leadership role that sets the course for our success, mapping out the financial strategies and operational systems that directly impact our students and community. The CFOO has a head for numbers, command of big projects, a love of continuous improvement efforts, a vision for the future, and a heart for philanthropy.  The CFOO will join a thriving and rapidly growing organization that is doing bigger and bolder work in these challenging times.  As a member of the leadership team, they will bring a genuine passion for 10,000 Degrees’ mission and a holistic view of 10,000 Degrees’ impact in the community. They will have significant experience driving organizational success with an approach steeped in cultural awareness and competence. The CFOO is a coach and player who values the contributions of staff and ensures that staff have an environment where their work, ideas, and their lived experience are honored and appreciated.

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree preferred. Additional preferences include candidates with shared lived experiences to the students served by 10,000 Degrees. This is a full time, exempt role based in San Rafael, CA.

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

Executive Leadership

  • Strategy: Serve as a critical member of the executive leadership team and help develop the organizational strategic plan and organizational policy, ensuring that all organizational initiatives make economic sense and are consistent with our financial strategy and effective operations.
  • Collaboration & Communication: Serve as primary liaison to the Board of Directors Finance, Audit, and Investment committees with the ability to clearly communicate and present critical matters including monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reporting materials and metrics.
  • Analysis: Offer financial and economic insights and analysis for decision‐making, strategic direction, long‐range planning, and business modeling.
  • Leadership: Lead finance, human resources and operations team of eight, supporting them in executing effectively while continually building knowledge about industry best practices in budgeting and financial analysis, accounting, tax, HR, technology, legal and policy related to nonprofits and philanthropy.

Finance and Accounting 

  • Development, Oversight & Implementation: Oversee the tools and systems for all finance and accounting including organizational budgeting and financial analysis, internal accounting, compliance, contracts management, year‐end financial audit, and tax filings.
  • Budget & Mission Alignment: Oversee and manage costs and profitability, making sure expenditures are consistent with the organization’s budget, goals, and mission including fund spending calculations and cash flow to meet operational needs.

Administration and Operations

  • Administration & Technology: Establish organization‐wide financial, administrative, technology, and operational objectives, policies, programs, systems, and practices with a goal of continuously facilitating inter‐teams’ collaboration, improvement, and efficiency.
  • Human Resources: Oversee all aspects of HR and third‐party vendors and contractors including recruiting, hiring, compensation, training, evaluation, and policy.
  • Organizational Culture: Model and instill a service orientation that inspires a professional staff to provide the best service possible internally and externally.

Compliance and Risk Management

  • Expert Advice: Ensure strategic legal advice, anticipate issues and estimate risks, and identify proactive solutions that will eliminate or mitigate risks.
  • Compliance: Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal legal and reporting requirements; and tax, charitable giving, and governance regulations.
Candidate Profile

Comfortable with both high‐level leadership and hands‐on problem solving in a rapidly growing organization. An excellent leader of a highly skilled team. Contributor to a culture that is caring, supportive, and invested in the growth and development of the team. Oriented to detail and enthusiastic about our mission.

In addition, strong candidates will offer:

  • 10+ years of increasing responsibility in senior level management experience
  • 5+ years managing wide ranging finance and administrative responsibilities for a $10 million to $20 million organization or business unit
  • Experience and demonstrated effectiveness in management of financial reporting and ensuring streamlined, effective administration and operations
  • A demonstrated ability to build relationships by employing strong organizational management, communication, implementation, problemsolving and mentoring skills, fostering collaboration
  • Strong technology skills
  • Solid understanding of pertinent tax regulations and state and federal laws
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Christy Farrell of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials here [spell out URL if this will be printed], or email Christy Farrell directly at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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10,000 Degrees is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

At Koya, we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve.

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