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.


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES


  • 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

  • Financial Strategy

    • 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

  • Process Improvement

    • 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

  • Transactional Processes

    • 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


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Qualitative

    • 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.