About First Book
First Book believes that education offers children the best possible path out of poverty. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 200 million books and educational materials to children from low-income families. Reaching 5 million children from birth to age 18 annually, First Book has built the country’s largest and fastest growing network of educators serving kids in need. Today First Book reaches over 525,000 educators nationwide with an additional 750 joining every week. In addition to our work in the United States, First Book also distributed books to children in more than 30 countries last year.
A recognized leader in social enterprise, First Book harnesses the power of the private sector to advance social change. First Book has also been highlighted for its innovation and impact by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the World Economic Forum and in case studies at Columbia Business School, Wharton Business School, the Yale School of Management, and the London School of Economics. Finally, Charity Navigator recently awarded First Book its highest rating, including a perfect score for Accountability & Transparency.
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The Chief Financial Officer is a strategic visionary who will be responsible for the overall financial health and growth of the organization. Reporting to the CEO, the CFO is a key member of the executive team, working with senior leadership to set the strategic direction of First Book. The CFO provides strong technical and visionary leadership to the finance department, while guiding the pace of growth of the organization overall and ensuring its financial health. The CFO actively engages with staff at all levels, establishing and supporting the necessary systems for responsible fiscal management and protection of the organization’s assets. The CFO also serves as a trusted advisor to the Board of Directors as they shepherd the organization towards increased impact.
The ideal CFO will be an experienced leader with a passion for First Book’s mission of educational equity and proven experience managing the financial aspects of an organization.
Highly collaborative, with a solutions-orientation, the ideal candidate will foster strong working relationships internally and externally to ensure the organization’s success. While it is essential that the CFO bring deep financial skills to ensure compliance and sustainability, it is also critical that they exhibit creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit and think broadly about how to drive organizational growth.