Sep 28, 2019

Finance Officer

  • The Education Commission
  • Washington, DC, USA
Full-time Education Accounting and Finance

Job Description

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The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity-known as the Education Commission-was set up with a clear goal: to reinvigorate the case for investing in education and to chart a pathway for increased investment to develop the potential of all young people around the world. The members of this dynamic Commission include current and former heads of state, government ministers, five Nobel laureates, and leaders in the fields of education, business, economics, development, health, and security.


Beginning its work in November 2015, the Education Commission brought together the best research and policy analysis to identify the most effective ways of mobilizing resources to help ensure that all children and young people have the opportunity to learn and gain skills. In September 2016, the Commission released its groundbreaking report: The Learning Generation, which alerts to the urgency of the global education crisis; identifies a number of areas for reform that need immediate attention; and chats a concrete path forward. Since its launch, the report has become the global reference for the sector. Currently, the Education Commission is fully dedicated to turning its recommendations into action. Learn more here.


The Education Commission seeks a full-time Finance Officer based in Washington, D.C. to oversee, manage and support all of the organization's financial transactions. The position will report to the Education Commission Director.


Job Responsibilities

The Education Commission is a fiscally sponsored project of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA). Working closely with the Education Commission Director and team, and RPA, as necessary and relevant, the Finance Office will oversee, manage, and support as well as will further define the processes and implement the infrastructure/systems needed to support the growing organization. She or he will continue to build and manage effective and streamlined administrative/financial systems, including financial, accounting, legal, HR and physical infrastructure. As a member of the senior management team, the Finance Officer will be involved in strategic planning, evaluation, and professional development initiatives. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Oversee budgeting, financial forecasting and cash flow organization-wide and by individual grants;
  • Review and update, as necessary, monthly project financial statements prepared by RPA;
  • Working with the Director, work streams leads and RPA, support the preparation of grant budgets;
  • Oversee, coordinate and prepare grant reports to funders, including financial reports and related matters.
  • Develop successful and trusting relationships with funders, consultants, vendors, and such other parties; monitor and manage these important to the organization relationships;
  • Oversee, process and submit invoices and expense reports for payment via Concur and monitor to ensure timely payments;
  • Process monthly payments for the Director's American Express card;
  • Provide support and assist with other projects and tasks, as necessary.


Required Qualifications

The Finance Officer must be a highly-organized, responsible, resourceful and energetic individual with a highest degree of professionalism, and a flexible and collaborative spirit. Key qualifications include:


  • Advanced degree (MA/MBA preferred) in Business, Management or Finance;
  • 10+ years of demonstrated experience in financial management and accounting, ideally in nonprofit sector;
  • Experience should also include legal, audit, compliance, budget and resource development;
  • Excellent people skills, with experience collaborating in a multidisciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team;
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies, and guiding investment in people and systems;
  • Proven effectiveness leading professionals in finance and accounting;
  • Technologically savvy, with an ability to point to examples of having worked with IT staff to develop and implement new processes and systems that increased efficiency in a fast-moving environment;
  • Flexible and a self-starter; able to multitask while also being highly detail-oriented;
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to the organization's nonprofit's mission;
  • Working knowledge of Concur is required.


To apply, please send the following to :


  • Brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position, your experience and desired salary.
  • Resume/CV.
  • Three professional references.


Please include "Finance Office - Washington, D.C," in the email's subject line.


Apply ASAP, by October 15, 2019.


The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity is a sponsored projected of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA). RPA is an equal opportunity employer.


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