Associate Director of Financial Planning and Analysis

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The associate director of financial planning and analysis (FP&A) is an essential thought partner to Ascend's management as the organization undertakes the next chapter of its development and impact. The associate director of &A helps chart Ascend's future through the development of sophisticated forecasts, evaluation of complex transactions and major initiatives, and assessment of risks.

Why extraordinary professionals choose Ascend

Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 5,700 students across 15 schools in Central Brooklyn. Our mission is to lead our students on a great intellectual journey, providing them with an exceptional education and placing them firmly on the path to success in college and beyond.

We guide our students to think critically and independently and to enjoy education as an end in itself. We teach a rich and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that nurtures students' natural curiosity about the world. We foster a positive, non-punitive school culture where students feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks. Even our school buildings are designed to reflect our high aspirations for teaching and learning and the notable accomplishments that occur within our walls.

To create this kind of vibrant learning community, we invest heavily in our faculty by providing ongoing professional training and support, and encourage our educators to collaborate closely and push each other to achieve great outcomes.

You can learn more about the Ascend approach by visiting our website.


Long-term modeling
  • Collaborate with CFO to prepare 3-5 year strategic financial models
  • Develop and maintain financial dashboards for school teams, network, and school boards that are informed by the needs of individual stakeholders

Budgeting and forecasting

  • Create organization-wide bottom-up budgets for Ascend Charter Schools and Ascend Learning to demystify the budget line items for school leaders and department heads at AL
  • Educate and clarify: which line items leaders are accountable to manage, which line items the network is accountable to manager, and which are fixed
  • Develop and track a Friends of Ascend (FOA) budget and financial reports package
  • Own the use and development of Ascend's budgeting and modeling tools, including Adaptive Insights, a robust corporate performance management product
  • Maintain and manage financial model and corresponding capital structure analysis
  • Work with school operations staff to update monthly projections and ensure accurate forecasts

Reporting and analysis

  • Prepare and analyze school and network financial statements, including balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements
  • Perform analyses on various financial and operational issues such as the evaluation of network-wide changes in teacher compensation; third-party versus in-house service provision; vendor and contract comparisons; lease and facility development plans; and other ad-hoc reporting and analysis
  • Utilize analyses to identify potential cost savings measures and course corrective actions

Grant management

  • Collaborate across Ascend departments to develop budgets and projections for all public and private funding
  • Prepare grant reports and amendments for submission to funders and agencies
  • Manage relationships with funders and agencies and oversee adherence to reporting deadlines

Staff and Reporting Relationships

The associate director of FP&A reports to Ascend's chief financial officer and collaborates closely with the managing director of finance, as well as members of the Ascend network and school operations teams. The associate director of FP&A directly manages the financial analyst.


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in accounting/finance/financial planning/budgeting
  • Working knowledge of Adaptive Insights or similar forecasting and reporting tool required; administrator-level knowledge of such tools highly preferred
  • Superb organizational, project management, and self-management skills, and the ability to handle multiple responsibilities effectively and flexibly; effective problem-solving skills
  • Highly skilled in the use of Excel
  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing, favoring direct, plain, and concise communications
  • Excellent work habits, including a willingness to do what is necessary to get the job done, especially when important deadlines cause greater than normal departmental pressures
  • Acute attention to detail
  • A hunger for feedback and an openness to engage in a process of self-improvement
  • Passion and commitment to urban education and Ascend's mission of closing the achievement gap
  • A commitment to transparency in all dealings, exacting ethical standards at all times, and a sensitivity to the level of scrutiny to which Ascend and its schools are subject, as recipients of public funds
  • Alignment with the educational philosophy and core beliefs of Ascend
  • A professional style that respects all members of Ascend's community

Diversity at Ascend

Ascend is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community through our hiring practices and our focus on creating a culture and environment where diverse perspectives, ideas, and identities are valued and integrated into our way of working and educating students. Ascend staff represent a wide diversity of racial, socio-economic, gender, religious, and national identities—opening a window to the entire Ascend community on the richness of humanity. We welcome all applicants who share our mission and vision to join us in our deeply consequential work.


Ascend offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Please visit to learn more about the benefits of working at Ascend.

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The associate director of financial planning and analysis (FP&A) is an essential thought partner to Ascend's management as the organization undertakes the next chapter of its development and impact. The associate director…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Brooklyn, NY, United States

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