May 10, 2019

Financial Planning & Analysis Manager- National (Oakland)

  • College Track
  • Oakland, CA, USA
Full-time Accounting and Finance

Job Description

About College Track

College Track is a comprehensive college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From ninth grade through college graduation, our 10-year program removes the academic, financial, and social-emotional barriers that prevent low-income and first-generation students from earning their college degree. In 1997, we started with 25 students in East Palo Alto, and today, we have ten centers located in underserved communities across California, Colorado, Louisiana, and the D.C. Metro Area with more than 3,000 students on the path to upward social mobility.

To learn more, please visit www.collegetrack.org

Our Impact

College Track students graduate from college at a rate that is more than double the national average for low-income and first-generation students. Five years out of college, our graduates are employed full-time, and over 85% report earnings greater than their parents. By helping our students maximize the value of their four-year college degree, which includes minimizing student loan debt, securing internships, and limiting the need to work while in college--we prepare them to succeed in the 21st century economy. 

 

  

Our Values

At College Track, our values drive the way we do our work, and we look for individuals who share our passion. We blend an entrepreneurial spirit with our nonprofit roots, cultivating a dynamic culture where everyone's contributions are valued and encouraged.

  • COMMITMENT: We have an unwavering belief in our students.​
  • PASSION: We are dedicated to changing our nation’s college completion story.​
  • JOY: We create environments rich with smiles and laughter.​
  • AUTHENTICITY: We believe relationships matter.​
  • EXCELLENCE: Our students deserve nothing but the best. 

 

Position Overview

The Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Manager holds a key role on the College Track Finance team and has tactical ownership of the budgeting, forecasting and analysis process. Other responsibilities include developing and maintaining weekly/monthly dashboard of KPIs to facilitate strategic and tactical decision-making and working cross-functionally to deliver value and provide recommendations on cost saving opportunities. The successful candidate will have advanced skill in Excel and be comfortable working with large financial data sets, have in-depth knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), SaaS financial reporting systems, and the ability to work in a Team environment as well as forming key collaborative cross-functional working relationships at all levels of the organization. The position reports to the Vice President of Finance.

The ideal candidate enjoys working cross-functionally in a highly collaborative way, is able to balance “getting things done” with connecting with people, and is able to delve deeply into details at times while also having the ability to step out of the weeds to see the broader picture to have strategic conversations and creatively approach problem-solving. We seek a finance professional who sees themselves as a true finance business partner in a mission-driven education nonprofit.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the end-to-end finance partner with budget owners to to prepare the annual financial plan; ensure budgeted goals are met; coordinate budget revisions; and build forecasts
  • Lead KPI metrics and dashboards reporting while translating financial performance outcomes
  • As the owner of the budgeting system, builds and maintain reports, dashboards, and predictive analytics to provide visibility into the financial impact of strategic decisions and to identify issues affecting the organization’s operations, cash position and capital expenditure
  • Work closely with Accounting staff to take part in the close process including loading actuals into forecasts
  • Manage and support nonprofit fund, government, and grant accounting and reporting in close collaboration with the finance/accounting, development and program teams
  • Be adept at complex financial modeling in excel and in translating business strategy into actionably financial models and data
  • Identify and recommend areas for process improvement / innovation / automation to improve overall department effectiveness and efficiency
  • Perform ad-hoc financial analyses to drive organizational decision-making

 

 Skills & Experience Required 

First and foremost, the Financial Planning and Analysis Manager must embrace the College Track vision of transforming low-income communities into places where college readiness and college graduation are the norms. Additionally, candidates must posses the following qualifications:  

  • Bachelor degree in Finance, Accounting, Mathematics or related field required. Master’s preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of progressive experience in financial planning and analysis.
  • Expert knowledge of MS Excel and database skills required. Familiarity with Adaptive Planning and Intacct a plus.
  • Excellent strategic planning and financial modeling skills
  • Operates with a high sense of urgency and responsiveness balanced by a need for providing accurate information based on strategic priorities.
  • Extremely detail-oriented, well-organized, and structured in the creation and presentation of information.  Ability to synthesize complex financial matters into clearly articulated financial and business summaries, with not only the "rolled up" numbers but also the explanation / narrative about the business implications.
  • Ability to manage multiple time-sensitive projects simultaneously ; Uses sound judgment to prioritize and meet deadlines, copes well with change, and maintains composure under pressure
  • Exceptional communication skills with demonstrable ability to write effectively, speak persuasively, and listen attentively. Can distill complex financial matters into digestible elements.
  • Believes strongly in celebrating success while also always seeking to improve on the current state. Will therefore seek ways to maximize the current operational model, while pursuing targeted initiatives to improve upon it.
  • Is obsessively customer-driven -- believing that a good finance partner understands both the explicit and underlying business needs, is proactive, stays on point for strategic value-add, and is responsive without being unproductively reactive to team-member and external-party needs.
  • High degree of flexibility and adaptability; can work within an ambitious, fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solution.
  • Is accountable for results, approaches obstacles proactively and looks for ways to resolve issues

 

​Compensation & Benefits

College Track offers a competitive salary based on the organization’s compensation philosophy, which is grounded in market data. We also offer comprehensive health & welfare benefits and top of the market paid time off. 

 

To Apply

Please upload a resume and a thoughtful cover letter with your application. We will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration. No phone inquiries please.  

 

College Track is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. College Track does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.


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