We seek a Director of Finance to set the vision for and to implement financial excellence at Zeta Charter Schools. This role is an ideal opportunity for a mission-minded finance professional to help build next-generation public charter schools that will deliver transformative education to New York City children in underserved communities.
Zeta Charter Schools has two public charter elementary schools, Zeta Bronx 1 in the South Bronx and Zeta Inwood 1 in Upper Manhattan. With two more schools on the immediate horizon (and a plan to open ~2 schools per year thereafter for a total of 20+ elementary, middle, and high schools), Zeta is entering an exciting growth phase. We have an extraordinary, world-class team, and seek to add more world-class talent to help our organization grow and deliver excellent next-generation schools for children.
Budgeting and Planning
Coordinate with network and school leaders to establish a timely annual budget
Regularly update the working budget, and communicate changes/concerns to CEO
Help design and interpret reports on actuals vs. budgets and cash flow
Monitor cash flow metrics, and flag issues
Collaborate with legal to secure funding from lenders, grant-making agencies
Ensure board, authorizer, lender metrics are met within budgets as appropriate
Create short- and long-term financial models to help drive organizational strategy
Own financial reports that meet reporting or information needs of the CEO, board, authorizer, and lenders
Provide financial input and analysis to/for certain negotiation processes including for real-estate transactions
Analyze financial data to drive organizational efficiency and best practices
Work with vendors and staff to improve or create new efficient processes wherever necessary or possible
Identify and implement appropriate technology to streamline well formed organizational processes
Ensure constant and strong communication/relationships with other Zeta teams
Collaborate with Operations Directors to ensure smooth yearly procurement process
Oversee and assist external financial services partner in day-to-day accounting / credit card transactions / etc.
Review financial reports on a regular basis and assess if/where shifts must be made
Support and facilitate the external audit process, and ensure financial compliance
Establish relationships and monitor activity with all external vendors
Oversee and assist payroll vendors and work with Director of People & Culture to ensure appropriate payroll processing
Demonstrated passion for the mission, vision, and core values of Zeta Charter Schools
Able to work independently at a high level with a “go-getter” approach
Growth mindset, with ability to receive and implement feedback
Strong strategic thinking, analytical, and creative problem-solving skills
Strong project management experience and ability to drive efficiency and excellence
Excellent written communication and presentation skills
Ability to develop strong relationships with network and school staff, strategic partners, and vendors
Able to work on high-level strategic items as well as on tactical day-to-day financial issues
Team-minded, culturally competent, and self-reflective
Passion for driving innovation, disrupting the status quo, trying new approaches, and tackling problems from many angles and with creative solutions
Experience and Education
Strong financial background, with experience in consulting, investment banking, business school / post business school, and/or large company finance department
Outstanding record of academic and work achievement and leadership
Experience as a thought partner
Technical Skills: Strong proficiency in Excel, Google Sheets, & PowerPoint
Zeta is seeking candidates who can start as soon as possible. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Zeta offers a competitive compensation package.
Work authorization required (candidate must have permanent authorization to work in the U.S. Zeta Schools is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.