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Director of Finance

  • Together Education
  • New York, NY (hybrid), or Remote

This position has been filled.

About Together Education 

Together Education is a non-profit incubator that helps entrepreneurs launch high-impact, scalable educational initiatives that support all students in accessing a high-quality education and attaining a choice-filled life.  We provide ongoing support to this interconnected ecosystem of education organizations, allowing them to learn faster and have greater impact together. 

We currently support five programs or ventures – Cooperman College Scholars, a college scholarship program targeting high-potential, underrepresented students from Essex County, NJ; nXu, a research-based, transformative, purpose-driven learning experiences for youth and adults through a school-based curriculum, educator training and development, and direct student programming; One World, a program supporting international non-profit organizations in launching and leading high-performing networks of schools; Lit, a program partnering with schools and nonprofit organizations to support high quality reading instruction; and Opportunity College, a new online post-secondary program for a new generation of career seekers. In July 2022, we are also welcoming a new team, Teach Like a Champion, to the Together Education family. 

The Together Education central team provides shared services support to all of our programs, including financial, operations, HR, technology, and legal support services.  Our job is to keep everything running smoothly behind the scenes so our colleagues can focus on delivering amazing, life-changing programs. In addition to paying our bills on time, onboarding and supporting staff across all programs, and being helpful and responsive resources to our teammates, we always find ways to learn in our roles and improve how we do our work.  We’re looking for entrepreneurial finance experts (or enthusiasts looking to become experts) dedicated to supporting a variety of education-focused programs who are excited to join a small, scrappy team. 

The Opportunity 

Reporting to Together Ed’s Partner, the Director of Finance will develop, implement and continuously improve our shared services systems and processes for all Together Ed programs and the organization as a whole, including budgeting, financial reporting, audits, and critical support for key fundraising efforts; manage members of the central team to provide support for and perform these functions; and take on other related duties as required and assigned. 

The position requires a strategic and operational finance expert who deeply understands and clearly, confidently communicates the big picture and the nuanced details alike. The Director of Finance will need to balance a long-term view with immediate needs and challenges, in addition to having a passion for Together Ed’s purpose, a deeply collaborative approach to work, and comfort navigating complex and evolving educational ventures. 

Position Activities 

  • Financial reporting, operations, and accounting. 
    • Manage and continually improve financial reporting process across the organization and programs, develop financial and budgeting literacy among program Executive Directors (EDs).  
    • Manage the annual audit process, ensuring a clean and seamless audit. 
    • Support annual budgeting for key Together Ed programs and maintain updated budget/cash flow projections by working closely with program EDs. 
    • Support fundraising efforts by producing and monitoring grant budgets and reports. 
    • Manage regulatory reporting, including tax reporting and quarterly reporting as required. 
    • Maintain sound fiscal policies and continuously improve financial operations and controls. 
    • Ensure that all finance and personnel documentation is organized and secure at all times. 
  • Team management: 
    • Manage 2-3 finance staff in implementing above functions as needed, including all bookkeeping processes, including payroll, A/P, A/R, reconciliations, and monthly closing. 
    • Identify and develop professional development opportunities for staff to improve financial effectiveness 
  • Finance operations and special projects: 
    • Lead efforts to research and implement new financial operations systems as needed for our central team and program teams. 
    • Collaborate with colleagues to improve financial operations and ensure a seamless, high level of service for colleagues. 

Essential Qualifications  

  • Bachelor’s degree required, MBA or master’s in accounting, finance, or related field preferred. 
  • At least five years of professional experience with three years in a finance-related position, start-up experience preferred, direct management experience a plus. 
  • Deep understanding of basic accounting principles with knowledge of nonprofit accounting. 
  • Fluency in MS Office; specifically, expertise in Excel and proficiency in Word and PowerPoint. 
  • Strong problem-solving and analytic skills. 
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, especially around coordinating with multiple people to deliver projects/tasks timely. 
  • Excellent project management and systems-building skills. 
  • Consistent accuracy in all tasks large and small, with enthusiastic attention to detail. 
  • Ability to work efficiently, intensely, and juggle multiple priorities within an entrepreneurial environment where meeting deadlines is expected and comfort with ambiguity is essential. 
  • Commitment to closing the education achievement and opportunity gap. 

Benefits 

  • Salary Range: $150,000-$175,000 
  • Competitive benefits package, including subsidized health insurance (medical, dental), disability insurance, 401(k) match, unlimited sick time, 18 holidays and 15 PTO/vacation days. 

Location 

  • This position can be a 100% remote position or structured to be a hybrid position that involves periodically working in person in lower Manhattan (up to 1-2 days per week). 
Contact

Liz Lombard and Angie Sessoms of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials to Angie directly at asessoms@koyapartners.com. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group firm, is 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.

Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone. Koya does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. For more information about Koya Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.

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