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Founding Director of Finance and Operations
The City Fund
Finance and Accounting
Flexible

Organization Overview
The City Fund is a start-up nonprofit organization founded by a group of senior district, charter school, and non-profit executives. The City Fund is dedicated to supporting the growth of high-quality public schools in cities across the country. With funding from national philanthropists, we invest in a variety of education organizations at the city, state, and national level to improve urban school systems.  
                                                                                               
We believe that all students can succeed if given access to great public schools. We believe that schools can succeed if educators are empowered to make key decisions in their classrooms and schools. And we believe that school systems can succeed when schools operate with autonomy while being held accountable for strong student results. Therefore, The City Fund drives change through three primary strategies: 1) funding; 2) building the capacity of key city-based education organizations through advising and governance support; and 3) convening communities of practice to facilitate peer-to-peer learning.   
 
Position Overview
The founding Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) will play a critical role in ensuring The City Fund's operational excellence. By working with the Partner team to build, maintain, and improve systems, the Director will support the effectiveness of the organization and individual team members, while ensuring a high degree of trust from The City Fund's Board and auditors. The DFO will report to a Partner, while working closely with all staff in a virtual environment. 
 
Key Responsibilities
Financial Management
  • Develop and manage The City Fund’s finance and reporting procedures; manage all financial transactions including accounts payable, payroll and benefits administration
  • Work with Managing Partner to develop annual budget and monitor spending accordingly
  • Oversee annual financial audit and 990 preparation process in collaboration with consultants from The City Fund's financial services vendor
  • Process expense reports and reimbursements through Expensify
  • Support the Event Manager with financial planning for and tracking of our events
 Grant Management
  • Work closely with the Partner team to design and build our operational systems, ensuring the organization is a successful grant maker and serves as a conservative steward of available resources
  • Develop and manage The City Fund’s grant making and reporting procedures
  • Work with Managing Partner to develop budgets for and track spending against in-bound grants
    • Manage cash flow and grant disbursements
    • Monitor grant metrics and ensure team is on track for helping the organization reach metric milestones and goals
    • Assist with developing affiliated grant reports
 Operational Management
  • Manage all internal operations including HR, IT, and facilities
  • Manage relationships and contracts with finance and operations vendors, including The City Fund's PEO and bookkeeper
  • Develop and refine organizational strategies for use of technology and productivity tools to make the organization more operationally supportive and efficient (Zoom, Slack, Google Apps, Expensify, Quickbooks Online, etc.)
The City Fund is a virtual organization and staff members work remotely from their homes. The Director should be prepared to travel an estimated 1-2 nights per month. The City Fund offers a competitive compensation and benefits package and is proud of its flexible and supportive policies and culture.
 
Your skill set
As the incoming DFO, you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:
  • You demonstrate a passion for improving public education
  • You have at least 5 years of professional experience with substantial experience overseeing financial and operational systems; you bring expertise in financial functions including accounting and controls, compliance, reporting, budgeting, grants management and budget planning
  • You work effectively with senior leaders; your approach to operations nurtures and leverages a senior level team
  • You bring a strong customer service orientation and have a track record of making those around you more successful
  • You are fluent with online productivity and collaboration tools; you have successfully integrated new tools or products to improve communication and collaboration with virtual teams
  • You thrive while working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, virtual environment; you are intellectually curious, a self-starter, highly comfortable operating autonomously while managing multiple work streams, and have strong attention to detail
  • You are an achiever, dedicated to innovation and improvement; you enjoy planning and have exemplary time management skills; your teammates describe you as a solutions-oriented colleague who is always willing to support their efforts
  • You want to be part of and contribute to a "no-drama" team culture
  • You have exceptional oral and written communication skills;
  • You are familiar with Google applications, Cloud sharing, Expensify, Quickbooks, and Microsoft Office
To Apply 
Using the link below, please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word or PDF format. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
 
The City Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to cultivating an environment where diverse perspectives and backgrounds are embraced, acknowledging that a team reflecting diversity of race, gender, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, marital/ domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, and veteran status allows us to serve our communities better. We celebrate the diversity of our nation and communities, and we seek to build a team that reflects that diversity. We welcome and encourage all applicants who share that same vision, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to our powerful mission.
 

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