Director of Finance & Strategic Planning

Full-time opportunity starts ASAP in NYC

Our story

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.


National Leadership

  • 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.

Apply today!

Please send your resume and a simple cover letter to 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.