Sep 08, 2019

Finance Director

  • Good Reason Houston
  • Houston, TX, USA
Full-time Accounting and Finance

Job Description


Good Reason Houston is seeking a skilled and experienced Director of Finance who will support the increasingly complex financial functions of the growing organization. The organization partners with school districts, community leaders, families, and educators to achieve its mission of increasing the number of students learning in high-quality schools. 

This person will lead the day-to-day budgeting work as well as yearly budget planning, reporting and contract management. This person should be passionate about building systems, managing complex projects and be an innovative problem solver. In addition, experience and ability to communicate financial information to a variety of audiences is key. 


Good Reason Houston’s vision is that every child, in every neighborhood, excels in a world-class public school and thrives in the Houston of tomorrow. To grow more great schools in every neighborhood in Houston, the organization focuses on four key strategic levers: 

  • Driving System Innovation
  • Developing Game-changing Educators
  • Advancing Equitable Access
  • Engaging the Community


  • Financial Reporting & Budgeting/Planning
    • Develop and support the annual budget building of a fast-growing, multi-million dollar organization 
    • Cultivate strong day-to-day financial health through the creation and execution of fiscal management policies and practices, as well as training and partnership with colleagues as necessary
    • Lead the auditing process and partnership with external auditors
    • Manage monthly, quarterly and annual reporting and filings
    • Select a new financial management system and lead the transition from Quickbooks to the new system
    • Manage the Finance & Operations Associate to complete day-to-day accounting functions 
    • Work closely with the Development team, both in the creation of financial materials for fundraising proposals, as well as ensuring all grant reports have the proper financial reporting elements
    • Support the Board of Directors by providing information relevant to fiscal oversight and budgetary planning
  • Contract & Partnership Management 
    • Lead the contract management process for Good Reason Houston’s complex network of partnerships 
    • Communicate compellingly about the impact and context surrounding key financial information to a variety of audiences (both internal and external) in a manner in which the information is both understandable and actionable
  • Project Management 
    • Continuously evaluate and improve upon current financial systems, with a focus on partnership and constituent management 
    • Consult and support on financial issues for the broader team 




  • Basic understanding of corporate accounts and audits

  • Comfortable and adept with Quickbooks.

  • Bachelor’s degree required, relevant advanced degree preferred

  • 6-8 years of experience in accounting/finance, preferably experience with non-profit accounting

  • Experience with nonprofit, fund accounting systems, preferred

  • Mastery of Excel including pivot tables and Powerpoint


  • Finance and Budgeting
  • Problem-solving Orientation and Solutions Focus
  • Oral and Written Comprehension and Expression
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Coordination
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Data Analysis and Inference

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