Oct 01, 2019

Associate Director of Finance

  • KIPP Bay Area Public Schools
  • Oakland, CA, USA
Full-time Accounting and Finance

Job Description

About KIPP Bay Area Public Schools

KIPP is a non-profit network of 224 college-preparatory, public charter schools across the country educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are united by a common mission, a commitment to excellence, and a belief that if we help children develop the academic and character strengths they need for college and choice-filled lives, they will be able to build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, and for us all.

There are currently 15 KIPP schools across the Bay Area educating nearly 6,000 students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City and supporting over 3,000 alumni around the country.

Position Overview

The Associate Director of Finance is a key member of the five-person finance team and will report to the Director of Finance. As a function, the finance team reports directly into the CEO and serves as a strategic internal consultancy on major decisions.

The objective of the finance team is to maximize student outcomes over the long-term through the efficient, effective, and sustainable allocation of financial resources. This is accomplished through an effective balance of hard and soft skills as our work is rooted in empowering organizational leaders, who bring academic expertise and proximity to students, with high-quality financial information and advising to make effective decisions. 


Serve as a key finance team leader

  • Shape the multi-year vision and annual initiatives for the finance team
  • Manage and grow an exceptional direct report; work with this direct report to set and achieve ambitious goals
  • Model and reinforce the team’s culture of continuous learning and shared voice through the leadership of team meetings
  • Identify and recommend opportunities to streamline processes and/or improve results

 Serve as financial advisor

  • Advise school leaders and operations managers on fiscal operating decisions and multiyear planning, and collaborate with them both in-person and remotely to achieve financial sustainability goals
  • Lead the development of a sustainable $100M+ budget for the 2020-21 year and forward by developing prudent, and realistic forecasts
  • Empower school and regional office leaders with tools, information and analyses to help them make thoughtful and impactful decisions
  • Serve as the hands-on thought partner and finance lead to the Special Education team on their $10M annual budget, spending decisions, communications, and multi-year expense projections
  • Support regional leaders in setting compensation at the Regional Support Office and be a thought partner on school compensation

 Lead strategic initiatives, including but not limited to...

  • Collaborate with the Director of Facilities to build a long-term facilities management strategy that optimizes our $6M+ annual facilities spend across the region
  • Develop a multi-year financial systems strategy and roadmap, building more data connections, implementing new product functionalities, and streamlining processes to scale our finance team 


Key Qualities

  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Bay Area Public Schools’ mission: firm belief that all children will learn and deserve access to an excellent public education
  • Approaches work with joy and curiosity
  • Actively seeks personal and professional growth

Soft Skills

  • Strategic and analytical thinker who exhibits excellent judgment
  • Demonstrated leader, coordinating and maximizing the contributions of others
  • Achievement-oriented and can translate plans into action
  • Clearly communicates complex financial concepts to teammates outside of finance
  • Builds relationships to motivate and engage a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders
  • Self‐directs and exhibits flexibility in a fast‐paced, entrepreneurial environment 

Hard Skills

  • Strong understanding of and experience with financial planning and analysis
  • Skilled at analyzing, interpreting, and visualizing data
  • Very high level of skill in Microsoft Excel, including financial analysis and modeling; experience with Adaptive Insights highly valued
  • Strong comfort working with Powerpoint and Google Docs

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in any field, or equivalent practical experience 
  • 6-8 years of relevant work experience


We are dedicated to you and your family's well-being! KIPP offers a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits. 

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