Director of Finance & Strategic Planning
Full-time opportunity starts ASAP in NYC
Every college grad deserves a fair shot at a meaningful, upwardly mobile career. That’s the promise of higher education in America, but the payoff depends on who you know, not just what you learned.
COOP Careers closes the social capital gap by recruiting and investing deeply in diverse, low-income, and first-generation grads from the City University of New York, San Francisco State, and other urban public colleges.
Our flagship program is the Digital Apprenticeship. Peer cohorts of 16 motivated, underemployed grads meet nightly for 16 weeks (200 hours) to learn technical skills, build community, and jumpstart careers in digital marketing and data analytics.
Each cohort is led by a team of four captains, “near-peer” COOP alumni who serve as coaches, mentors, and guides on top of busy day jobs at local ad agencies and tech companies. In parallel, COOP helps these same employers meet, interview, and hire more and more diverse candidates.
Since 2014, COOP has run 50 cohorts with over 700 alumni, on our way to 10,000 by 2025. Four-in-five alumni work full-time, earning an average of $45,000 after 12 months (3x pre-program average) and almost $70,000 after three years (2x peer baseline).
Long-term, COOP aims to double lifetime income of alumni—fueling upward mobility and fulfilling our collective promise of higher education.
COOP Careers is seeking a passionate and experienced Director of Finance & Strategic Planning to support a quickly growing, vibrant national organization, currently operating in NYC and San Francisco. In 2019, COOP will serve 300 recent grads in New York and almost 200 in California, along with 700 alumni in both regions.
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Director will work closely with the COO, CEO, and senior leaders as an expert in strategic planning, while simultaneously leading all financial planning activities of the organization, including primary accountability for COOP’s financial model.
Collaborate closely with the CEO and COO for all organizational financial objectives and initiatives
Work closely with the COO to ensure all organizational strategic planning initiatives are streamlined and communicated; functional areas include Finance, People Operations, Program (i.e., Recruiting, Flagship, and Alumni), and Development
Partner with senior leadership of each functional area to ensure information is both retrieved and communicated; communicate challenges to COO in a timely, streamlined and structured manner
Evaluate internal business plans, including financial forecasting, market analysis, and competitive intelligence analysis
Develop the annual budget and cash flow projections
Monitor variances vs actual; Recommend necessary changes/improvements in order to meet budgeted targets
Work with CEO, COO and other relevant stakeholders to develop new financial models for programmatic or partnership needs
Collaborate closely with COO, Associate Director of People Operations for all team and functional area team retreats
Site Management (NYC & SF)
Oversee the preparation of monthly financials and other periodic financial reports
Prepare and present financial reports to management and the Board
Evaluate current systems, policies and procedures and propose enhancements
Assist with developing, managing and monitoring internal controls
In collaboration with the Associate Director of People Operations, coordinate with and assist third parties with financial audits as well as tax and regulatory filings
Keep up to date with financial, tax, compliance and legal regulations pertaining to the organization
Ad hoc projects as directed by CEO & COO
Partner with the leadership of various functional areas within COOP to both speak to and support the dynamic work of COOP
Participate in at least 2-3 COOP programmatic events monthly
Strong commitment to COOP’s mission and vision; thrives in a fast-paced environment; enjoys teamwork and collaboration
Roll-up-the-sleeves mentality. Able to work independently while at the same time be a team player and consensus builder
Strong interpersonal skills
Ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-faceted environment
Ability to manage projects with precision and efficiency from start-to-finish, while managing-up in an effective manner
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field with a minimum of 5 years of professional experience
Non-profit experience strongly preferred
Skilled in managing up and working with diverse audiences and stakeholder groups
Strong verbal, written and presentation skills
Experience with Quickbooks or similar accounting systems
Advanced mastery of Excel and PowerPoint
Significant experience building financial projections/models
Able to build, maintain and monitor financial & internal controls
Knowledge of US GAAP, tax regulations and compliance issues pertaining to the not-for-profit sector
Track record of building efficiencies and implementing process improvements
Willingness to adapt and contribute to COOP’s feedback-driven culture
This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly respected organization. We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with a respected track record. COOP Careers is prepared to offer a very attractive compensation package, including a competitive base salary as well as health, 401(k), and vacation benefits.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
COOP provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. We seek to build a diverse staff representative of the communities we serve. All qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please send your resume and a simple cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are hoping to fill this role as soon as possible and will begin interviewing qualified candidates right away. Please don’t hesitate to apply! Thank you for your time and interest in our mission.