Great Oaks Foundation, Inc.
The mission of the Great Oaks Foundation is to provide students with access to quality education through high-dosage tutoring.
ABOUT THE GO FOUNDATION
The Great Oaks (GO) Foundation is a non-profit organization that brings its model of high dosage tutoring to schools, from Maryland to Connecticut, with the mission of providing access to high-quality education for its students. The tutoring is provided by the Great Oaks AmeriCorps Fellows, which is a select cadre of recent college graduates who deliver individualized, small group instruction. This programming increases student achievement and builds a pipeline of teachers to work in Great Oaks and partner schools.
THE GREAT OAKS MODEL
The Great Oaks Foundation envisions an America where every child has the support of a tutor to enable them to realize their full human potential. Here is how Great Oaks will realize our vision and accomplish our mission:
Tapping the power of National Service to tutor students
At the Great Oaks (GO) Foundation, we recruit, train, and support a corps of service-oriented individuals who are placed in Great Oaks and partner schools where they intensively tutor students as a part of a year of service through the federal AmeriCorps program. We call our tutors Fellows to encompass the several roles they play to instruct, mentor and develop the students with whom they are matched.
- GO Fellows INSTRUCT FOR MASTERY by emphasizing continuous learning. Students must have deep knowledge, understanding, and the ability to apply that to new contexts and situations.
- GO Fellows MENTOR FOR LEADERSHIP by providing site-based social-emotional learning support. Our students will use the skills that they have learned to shape the world and not be defined by its current limitations. Equity and justice are important core values at Great Oaks and promotion of those values is essential to the work we do in schools.
- GO Fellows DEVELOP COMMUNITY through parent engagement, after-school clubs, and presence throughout the school. Community is the basis for healthy development and for active engagement with the world.
Combating racism and investing in community
The GO Foundation invests in the vitality of the communities in which our schools operate and in building an organization that is representative of them. The GO Foundation intentionally recruits a diverse group of tutors who reflect the children we serve and fosters inclusive learning environments for all students and staff.
Creating a pipeline of talent to the classroom
The GO Foundation invests in our Fellows' personal and professional development. Each year a select group of Fellows are accepted into our Teacher Residency Program conducted in partnership with NYU's Online Teacher Residency Program and Relay Graduate School of Education to train them to become effective classroom teachers.
The Great Oaks Foundation has successfully replicated this program in Newark, NJ; Bridgeport, CT; New York, NY; and Wilmington, DE. Additionally, we have begun partnering our Fellow program with several non-Great Oaks schools.
We are seeking team-oriented, student-centered, service-minded individuals who share the belief that all students deserve a high-quality education.
The Accounts Payable Associate plays a critical role in managing fiscal responsibilities at the Great Oaks Foundation as well as for two of its partnership schools. Reporting to the Director of Finance, the Accounts Payable Associate will work with school leadership and department leaders to allocate expenses accounts and maintain approvals and financial records. Limited travel to New York City and Bridgeport, CT will be required to develop strong working relationships at the schools. Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Processing a variety of accounting transactions, including receiving, processing, verifying, and reconciling invoices, accounts receivable, cash receipts, and bank and credit card expenses
- Allocating expenses to accounts and sources of funds to help track department budgets
- Resolving purchase order, contract, invoice, or payment discrepancies
- Processing purchase requisitions and issuing purchase orders
- Preparing and analyzing monthly grant and department budget-to-actual reports
- Adhering to compliance reporting and internal controls in line with the fiscal policy
- Recording bank deposits, verifying documentation related to schools’ cash collection process
- Supporting the Director of Finance in closing books in a timely and accurate manner
- Maintaining clear records in preparation for the organizations’ annual audit
- B.S. or B.A. in Accountancy or equivalent degree
- 2+ years experience in Accounting, accounts payable
- Strong analytical and organizational skills
- Strong computer skills, including spreadsheets (Excel)
- Strong knowledge of QuickBooks or similar accounting software
- Collaborative, team-oriented attitude towards problem-solving
- Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize and adhere to timelines
- A proactive, flexible approach to work.
- Good written and oral communication skills, while being courteous and effective at serving the school teams.
- Ability to work with various levels of management and staff
- Dependability, reliability, and strong ethics
- Ability to exercise professional judgment with confidential information.
- Willingness to spend time on-site at the New York City or Bridgeport CT school