Director, Finance & Administration

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


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55 Airport Road, Suite 201
United States


Director of Finance & Adminstration

About the Organization:

COMPASS Youth Collaborative is a nonprofit based in Hartford, Connecticut, that helps youth develop the skills to become successful. Since 1995, the organization has improved the lives of thousands of youth and their families through impactful school-based youth development programs, and through an innovative violence prevention model known as COMPASS Peacebuilders. What began as a small drop in recreation center has also grown to one of Hartford’s most well regarded nonprofits – employing 35 full-time employees and 35 part-time employees with an annual operating budget of $2.5 million. See for more information.

Position Description:

With creativity and enthusiasm for COMPASS’s mission and values, the Director, Finance & Administration provides leadership, direction and oversight for the organization’s administrative functions, including business planning and budgeting, financial management and forecasting, grants management, data integrity and analysis, human resources administration, technology and office management. The position reports to the CEO and supervises the Director, Human Resources and Executive Assistant; is an active member of the senior leadership team; and supports the board’s finance committee.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Lead the organization’s annual planning and budgeting process in support of the strategic plan, involving staff, board members and other relevant parties throughout the process; coordinate ongoing efforts to monitor, report on and project progress throughout year
  • Provide oversight to all financial recordkeeping and reporting functions, ensuring an adequate internal control environment, compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and other relevant standards for nonprofit organizations, and compliance with all funder and other requirements
  • In collaboration with program staff (and/or consultants), lead the development of creative, responsive proposals and accurate, engaging reports for current and potential government, corporate, foundation and other funding sources
  • Ensure the availability and integrity of financial, programmatic and donor data
  • Analyze financial results and support the analysis of programmatic and donor data; prepare and/or support the preparation of monthly, quarterly, annual and other reports and schedules for management, Board of Directors, auditors, funders, donors, and other constituents
  • Provide direction, as appropriate, and manage relationships with accountants, auditor, grant writer, insurance agent, bankers, technology consultant, payroll service, landlord, employee benefits providers, etc.
  • Support the board’s finance committee; ensure the board has access to the financial information necessary to carry out its fiduciary responsibilities with confidence
  • Develop overall technology strategy and oversee implementation
  • Ensure that human resources policies and practices are current and consistently applied
  • Ensure administrative policies and practices are current and relevant for a small business


  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively across department lines in a values-driven, resource-constrained environment
  • 5-7 years of broad-based planning, budgeting, financial management and data analysis experience, including 2-3 years in a leadership capacity
  • Experience with grants management
  • Experience working with program staff and supporting their operational needs
  • Strong computer aptitude, familiarity with creatively meeting technology needs in a small business environment, proficiency in Excel, and ability to learn program data collection and analysis software
  • Experience establishing and managing effective, ongoing relationships with consultants and other business function experts
  • Excellent communicator with ability to present financial and other data analysis and findings in both verbal and written formats in layman’s terms to management, board members, program and development staff, external constituencies, etc.
  • Excellent listening, communication and relationship building skills
  • Analytical, organized, and able to understand and articulate both the big picture and operational details
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, set priorities, wear multiple hats, motivate colleagues and get things done in an environment of limited resources
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting or related field, or equivalent experience

COMPASS Youth Collaborative is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates.

Compensation is competitive with similar nonprofit positions and within the framework of the organization’s annual operating budget.


Paid holidays, PTO, health insurance, dental, vision.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Qualified applicants should submit a single document, including cover letter describing how qualifications and experiences match COMPASS’s needs, resume, salary requirements, and how they learned about the position to Ann E. Thomas, Consultant, at