Director of Finance at Big Picture Learning
About Big Picture Learning
Big Picture Learning envisions a world where all students live lives of their own design, supported by caring mentors and equitable opportunities to achieve their greatest potential. We move forward prepared to activate the power of schools, systems & education through student-directed, real-world learning. We are activists.
At BPL, we are practitioners and practice implementing truly innovative designs. We are story-doers and work with an intensity and drive that rivals any other organization or business. We relentlessly focus on elevating the voices of students, parents, and communities. At BPL, innovative and valuable ideas matter more than the role of the person sharing them. We work together to achieve our mission because we know we can accomplish more as a team. Many BPL team members report that
our organization's "family feel" makes our work rewarding. Working at BPL is a vibrant and ongoing learning experience, and we seek to offer all staff the opportunity to experience work that aligns with the ten student expectations described in our Leaving to Learn framework.
About the Opportunity
Reporting to the Co-Executive Directors, the Director of Finance will be a key business partner operating in all areas relating to i) budgeting and forecasting activities, ii) financial reporting and accounting (including account reconciliations and year-end audit preparation), iii) cash management & treasury activities, and iv) the support of BPL entrepreneurial activities. This position will regularly collaborate with the Co-Executive Directors to identify, institute and track relevant financial metrics and analyze and report on key initiatives. The Director of Finance will also recommend and draft key financial policies that drive the sustainability and financial health of the organization. The Director of Finance will oversee all grant-related activities and ensure smooth financial operations in collaboration with a high-performing team of two direct reports. This role regularly engages with the Board of Directors, senior-level staff, program directors, the Co-Executive Directors, and all BPL staff.
Candidates for this position must share our passion and commitment to rethinking education possibilities for decades to come. We steadfastly believe that students should be at the center of their own learning and that education (in particular public education) is due for a reorientation that allows students to be confident in pursuing their passions and interests. This is a fully remote position with a preference for candidates who can work hours aligned with the Eastern or Central time zones. Travel is expected at least five to six times yearly to national conferences, Board meetings, all-staff gatherings or finance/operations team meetings.
Areas of Leadership
Strategic Financial Management: In close collaboration with the Co-Executive Directors, set the vision and the strategy for finance at BPL, including leading the annual budget planning process, including developing the organization's yearly budget, collaborating with the Co-Executive Directors and the Board, short- and long-term forecasting, and financial planning in alignment with the institution’s bold and ambitious strategy. Advise leadership on the organization’s financial performance and long-term financial planning, informed by rigorous financial analysis, risk assessments, and what-if scenario modeling. Develop and manage dynamic financial and business planning models, along with performance metrics that drive the development of monthly and quarterly reports and the annual budgeting process. Act as a Business Partner to management and program leaders in identifying and preparing financial reports and other analyses and responding to related inquiries.
- Experience leading finance and financial operations activities, preferably in a rapidly growing, dynamic nonprofit organization.
- Ability to translate an organizational strategy into a financial model and approach.
- Experience with budgeting, forecasting and resource allocation analytics.
- Able to translate complex information and empower others to utilize financial information when making decisions.
Finance Operations Management: Oversee the organization’s banking activities, manage cash flow and collaborate with Co-Executive Directors and the Board to manage BPL’s investments. Oversee the management of invoicing, billing, accounts payable, revenue tracking, accounts receivable, and accounting control systems. Manage the preparation and oversee the annual audit and Form 990. Lead accounting and finance compliance operations for the Organization. Align enterprise-wide finance and accounting systems with the organization's short- and long-term goals. Provide oversight of day-to-day business affairs, including contracts and agreements.
- Technical accounting background and demonstrated hands-on involvement in finance and development for institutions with complex revenue and expense models.
- Demonstrated ability to translate big-picture strategy into workable financial processes and systems for day-to-day operations.
- Dexterity with a variety of financial software applications, ideally including Salesforce, Sage Intacct, Expensify, and Bill.com
Financial Reporting & Compliance: Direct the preparation of financial statements, business activity reports, financial position forecasts, and other reports required by the Co-Executive Directors, the BPL Board and relevant external partners. Regularly evaluate and mitigate risk via effective and compliant business operations. Stay current on legal and regulatory requirements and implement procedural changes to maintain compliance. Oversee and review the preparation of all program financial reporting required for funding sources, ensuring allowable use of all funds.
- Proven experience overseeing a nonprofit organization's finance, accounting, compliance, and risk management functions.
- Experience in final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination for a non-profit's division or significant program area.
Team Leadership, Collaboration, & Relationship Building: Lead with an equity-centered approach that reflects the organization’s values and centers the humanity of each team member. Provide functional finance team management. Contribute to a culture of love and innovation across the organization, aligned with an equitable and inclusive environment that promotes cross-functional collaboration and unity. Build upon a positive team culture to develop, motivate, lead and inspire credible, trusted and engaged team members.
- Track record of team-building and retention, with a history of creating inclusive cultures and teams and employing equitable principles in management.
- Demonstrated strength in mentorship, coaching, individual and team development, and enhancing workplace culture.
- History of rallying high-performing teams around a vision and leading them through organizational evolution and change.
- Experience prioritizing the career development of staff members and formalizing performance planning as part of regular manager interactions and the performance review process.
Compensation & Benefits
This full-time exempt role is fully remote and includes an annual starting salary range of $120,000 - $150,000, depending on experience. Our comprehensive benefits package includes fully paid medical, vision, and dental coverage for individuals and families and a fully paid life insurance policy, including short-term and long-term disability insurance. We also provide a diversified retirement saving portfolio 401k plan (TIAA), which includes a company contribution of 5% of your salary, with 100% of contributions vested after six months of employment. Employees also receive eighteen days of earned and accrued paid vacation, 11 personal/sick days, plus paid birthdays. We provide up to eight weeks of paid parental leave and four weeks of paid family leave for qualifying events.
How to Apply
This search is being managed by Axis Talent Partners, a talent strategy and executive search firm that partners with social impact organizations and centers equity and inclusivity in search. Interested candidates should apply, detailing their qualifications and interest in Big Picture Learning’s mission HERE.
Big Picture Learning is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination against and harassment of any employee or any applicant for employment because of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. We are committed to providing an inclusive, antiracist, and welcoming environment for all staff members, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients, and all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.