Financial Lead Full or Part-time

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Established in 2004 by several leading foundations, the New York City Charter School Center (Charter Center) has worked for more than 15 years to build and empower a successful charter school movement in NYC.  Working alongside charter schools and other stakeholders, the Charter Center not only provides programs and services to aid every stage of a school’s development, but our team also advocates for community and legislative support in order to solidify the movement’s continued growth and success.

Now comprised of 260 charter schools educating over 11% of all public-school students in New York City (and growing), NYC’s charter sector is considered one of the most successful efforts to grow a diverse array of high quality, public charter schools. The Charter Center, itself, is recognized as a premier advocacy and support organization, a model that has been replicated in many places across the United States. While the Charter Center advocates for specific city and state policies and outcomes, it has never been satisfied merely with what is; we also look to engage stakeholders in an ongoing dialogue to build upon existing structures and help bring about an ever-improving sector. We do this in service to our vision of a future in which all of New York’s students have access to an equitable, high quality public education. 


The Charter Center is looking for an experienced professional to oversee our finance function and support planning and budgeting. As a lead, with part-time support, you will step into a small (20 employees), well-respected and financially healthy nonprofit organization. The finance lead will be a strategic thought-partner and report to the Chief Operating Officer. In this position, you will collaborate closely with the officers and department leads as the Charter Center continues to enhance its quality programming and build capacity. This is a great opportunity for a finance leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a high-impact organization.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all roles are currently remote. We anticipate a return to office space in NYC following Labor Day 2021. For this role, we are seeking candidates who will be able to work in-office in NYC once the Charter Center resumes in-person operations.

Primary Responsibilities

The Finance Lead reports directly to the COO and will work closely with them to manage the Charter Center’s financial matters as well as contribute to the operational direction of the Charter Center. The Financial Lead will work closely with department directors across all functions to ensure tight budgeting and efficient use of Charter Center resources and will also maintain and build upon our financial model to drive organizational sustainability and success. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


 Oversee the preparation of annual program and administrative budgets; analyze and present quarterly to the Board of Directors; offer advice to the COO and CEO regarding spending and budget questions.

 Help to manage organizational and department-specific costs, ensuring that agency resources are expended responsibly; assist in identifying opportunities for revenue generation. 

 Prepare, in consultation with all department leads, monthly financial closings and reconciliations.  

 Prepare financial and cash flow reports annually and quarterly, for the Board of Directors, officers, and staff to allow for timely program decisions, audit oversight and operational efficiency.  

 Assist COO with crafting proposals for continued or new funding as well as prepare reporting required by numerous existing funders, including a potential State grant initiative. 

 Oversee and review all fiscal policies and procedures to ensure accurate information for analysis, including bimonthly payroll preparations and records maintenance.

 Introduce new software and workflows to increase automation or efficiency to internal processes, including invoicing and payment.

 Work with auditors in preparation of the annual financials and tax returns. 

 Supervise part-time accountant; when needed, cover their day-to-day accounting/finance duties.

 Develop strategies to assess, manage, and minimize any potential financial risks.


 Work with auditors and attorneys to remain informed of current federal and state compliance issues related to advocacy, fundraising, and grant writing affecting the Charter Center.

 Disseminate compliance information to appropriate staff for their implementation. 

 Review vendor and grant contracts for budget compliance.  

 Compile compliance data, in partnership with the Policy & Advocacy department, for New York State and New York City lobby reporting.  


 8-10 years of proven track record of successful financial management; non-profit or education-related experience a plus; CPA preferred

 Highly ethical, team player

 Excellent analytical, problem solving and organizational skills

 “Roll-up your sleeves” attitude as a lead contributor in a small organization

 Strong creative skills to develop new and innovative solutions 

 Excellent verbal and written communications skills, applicable to a diverse audience

 Strong knowledge of financial computer applications systems and databases.  Current systems in use include Fund EZ, QuickBooks, Paychex, Excel, and Salesforce 

 Strong customer service focus (internal and external)

 Ability to review new program ideas and identify the financial and compliance implications

 Ability to implement and manage change

 Belief in educational opportunity through charter schooling


 Title commensurate with experience

 Annual Salary $75,000- $90,000

 Medical and dental benefits

 Matching 401(k) plan

 Generous paid time off 


Established in 2004 by several leading foundations, the New York City Charter School Center (Charter Center) has worked for more than 15 years to build and empower a successful charter school movement in NYC.  Working alongside…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    June 1, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


$75,000 - $90,000


 Medical and dental benefits

 Matching 401(k) plan

 Generous paid time off 

 Medical and dental benefits

 Matching 401(k) plan

 Generous paid time off 


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
111 Broadway, New York, NY 10006, United States
Suite 604

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