Educate!, a fast-growing non-profit social enterprise, is looking for a Head of US Finance & Operations to solidify our US side finance function and operations systems to build the foundation for our ambitious future growth plans. We have scaled dramatically over our 10 years of operation and this role will take on significant areas of responsibility as our US team’s needs expand. As the Head of US Finance & Ops, you will lead and build out Educate!’s US finance & operations function and team. Our dynamic US team is primarily focused on fundraising and communications, and we’ve experienced rapid growth from 2 to 15 full-time team members in 4 years (and growing!).
Your goal will be to execute and set up the systems you’ll need to smoothly run and scale finance and operations functions to support the organization’s continued expansion. You’ll be managing our external financial contractors and the Operations Assistant to achieve goals around finance, operations, admin, and HR/talent. You’ll lead: all of our US and global-level financial management, external facing budgeting and financial reporting for donors, building and managing HR systems and processes, overseeing administrative process execution, and generally finding ways to support and improve the ways we work. You’ll work closely with the US Director with the goal of hitting the ground running and taking ownership of as much as possible, as quickly as you can.
About you: You have nonprofit finance experience, a rock-solid sense of professional judgment and responsibility, and an exceptional eye for detail. You enjoy spending time with numbers and Excel, joining a team with best-in-class standards, working independently, and taking ownership. Your ambition is to build and run an exceptional finance & operations function for an organization creating deep social impact.
Educate! tackles youth unemployment by partnering with schools and governments to reform what schools teach and how they teach it so that students in Africa have the skills to start businesses, get jobs and drive development in their communities. Our model is delivered through practically-trained teachers and youth mentors. Educate!’s goal is to make this practical, skills-based model part of national education systems.
- Educate! has partnered with the governments of Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya to integrate key parts of our curriculum nationally.
- In 2019, we’re partnering with the government to pilot in 60+ schools in Kenya, working in 175+ secondary schools in Rwanda and 750+ schools in Uganda (25% of the country) reaching over 44,000 students intensively and 545,000 more broadly. Educate!'s long-term vision is to design solutions that measurably impact millions of youth across Africa each year.
- Our measured impact shows Educate! participants earn double the income of a control group towards the end of secondary school and created 64% more businesses. More on our commitment to results here.
- Our graduates change their lives and their communities, such as Lillian Aero who employs over 100 AIDS-affected women.
- We have been backed by top foundations such as the MasterCard Foundation, Big Bang Philanthropy, Mulago, Echoing Green, Ashoka, and Global Innovation Fund.
- Educate! won a 2018 Klaus J. Jacobs Prize, a 2015 WISE Award, and was featured by Bill Gates, in an Al Jazeera documentary, Forbes 30 under 30, and The Brookings Institution as one of 14 case studies in their global scaling education learning initiative.
- Educate!’s team includes 200 staff and 300 volunteer youth mentors. 10 staff (including you!) are based in the US. 90% of our staff and 100% of our Mentors are East African nationals.
HOW YOU’LL CONTRIBUTE
US/Global Finance (50%)
Manage key finance functions including our global quarterly financial closes, US banking, annual global audit, annual tax filings, cash reserve investment strategy, transfer and invoice processing, and financial controls design.
- Manage the external US accountant and bookkeeper to complete critical day-to-day financial and ops activities (such as payroll, retirement plan administration, bank reconciliations, state/federal filings, and insurance renewals), building and managing systems to promote smooth and consistent execution
- Lead strategic financial projects such as modeling revenue and cash flow by country and proposing ways to increase the transparency and effectiveness of our external finance communications
- Serve as key liaison to the Board on US finance, presenting the global financial reports to the Board Finance Committee quarterly
Financial Support to the Fundraising Team (20%)
Oversee donor grant budgets and financial reporting on grants, working with the fundraising team to streamline our systems and improve our output quality
- Build and oversee systems to seamlessly track grants and restricted revenue from opportunity to accounting.
HR Systems and Operations (10%)
- Create and execute systems to make sure that our HR and Talent practices are effectively implemented for the US team
- Dive into the nitty-gritty of organizational management by overseeing research on best practices and making recommendations on new policies
- With the support of the Operations assistant, ensure that our HR policies and procedures stay up-to-date and serve as our point person for HR compliance. Create systems and clear lines of communications to ensure policies and procedures are effectively communicated and questions are addressed.
- Build and manage (executing or overseeing as necessary) systems to support adherence to key HR processes related to benefits tracking, recruiting, onboarding, engagement, performance management, goal-setting, and learning
Operational support for Fundraising and Communications teams (20%)
- Manage the Operations Assistant to implement key administrative duties and build administrative systems and processes.
- Identify, propose, and build systems and processes to improve the effectiveness of US team operations.
WE’RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO IS…
- Detail-Oriented– You are meticulous and have excellent organizational skills. You are able to work fast without cluttering your desk or mind. You are especially attuned to spotting mistakes or inconsistencies in numbers, spreadsheets, and formulas. You take pride in completing your work accurately and on schedule. You have a knack for project management and a love for work plans and checklists. You cringe at missed steps, and you are the first to identify a summing error.
- Intentional– Your working style is about creating order and planning ahead. You think systematically and excel at establishing elegant processes.
- Impact-Driven – You bring an eagerness to grow as well as to roll up your sleeves and contribute. You have a go-getter attitude and a drive to solve all sorts of problems, no matter the size or shape. When something is your responsibility, you find a way to see it through to the end.
- Perceptive & Practical –You are comfortable handling a heavy amount of “intake,” quickly and effectively sorting out and triaging tasks.
- Flexible – You are able to manage a diverse set of team needs, and aren’t afraid to step outside your job description or your comfort zone to help the team reach its goals. You’re comfortable with shifting priorities and don’t expect every day to go “as planned.”
- High Integrity - You will be asked to make sensitive and critical judgment calls, and as such, you are known for your integrity; you take that reputation seriously. You always choose to make the right decision versus the easy decision. You know what information is sensitive, and you will protect it accordingly. You are comfortable escalating issues and holding your ground when you think it’s the right thing to do for the organization.
WHAT YOU BRING
- A minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience. 5-8 years experience strongly preferred- including at least 2 years of nonprofit finance experience
- Demonstrated comfort and fluency with the fundamentals of finance, Excel, numbers, and detailed processes, particularly as applied to nonprofit finance. Enjoying these will be key to excelling at and enjoying this position day to day.
- Demonstrated experience in building and implementing systems. You are comfortable designing, testing, improving, and smoothly running systems and processes. This could be any system that involved inputs from or served multiple people and required consistent and accurate functioning.
- Detail orientation, particularly around numbers and processes.
- A practical get-it-done attitude, openness to feedback and change, and ambition to learn and grow.
- Exceptional professional judgment and integrity.
- A preference for working independently and having full ownership over your responsibilities.
- You should be a fit for and be excited by our Five Cultural Tenets. These active values are core to the way we work at Educate!, from hiring to performance management and promotions for everyone from our front line mentors in the field to our Board members, and they inform how we make decisions on everything from highest level strategy to where we go for lunch--We encourage you to learn more by looking at Educate!’s culture deck here.
- This is a full-time position. A two-year commitment is ideal to meet full potential professional growth at Educate!
- Salary is commensurate with experience
- Benefits include a generous health insurance policy (premium fully paid), cell phone/internet bill contributions, 403(b) retirement savings account (matching policy after 3 years), generous flexible/remote work policy, and a generous leave policy.
- The preferred location for this role is in our dynamic Denver office, but we will consider a remote position for strong candidates.