Executive Director of Finance

Context

Over the past decade, New Orleans has witnessed unprecedented growth in student performance, including dramatic increases in ACT scores, high school graduation rates, and college enrollment rates. While we have moved beyond a state of crisis, New Orleans still has a long list of systemic challenges, gaps, and inequities. NSNO estimates that approximately 16,000 students in New Orleans are in unstable or low-performing schools. We must do better. New Schools for New Orleans’ (NSNO) mission — delivering on the promise of excellent public schools for every child in New Orleans — drives everything we do. To achieve this mission, NSNO invests in proven, promising, and new charter organizations to open new schools, turn around low-performing schools, or expand existing high-quality schools. NSNO uses data around academic performance and growth, system-wide capacity needs, equity practices, and other quality indicators to ensure that NSNO’s investments will have maximum, long-term effects on improving the life outcomes of New Orleans’ students.

Role and Responsibilities

The Executive Director of Finance will support the CEO and COO to ensure that NSNO meets all financial and regulatory compliance mandates and maintains financial health of the organization. The right candidate will possess a strong combination of nonprofit accounting, complex data management, and a refined knowledge of federal grant compliance. The key functions of this role are the following:

 

Accounting and Compliance:

  • Ensuring that NSNO meets all financial and regulatory compliance mandates; including annual 990 tax filing, financial and federal audits, and federal grant reporting
  • Assist development team in creating budgets for grant proposals
  • Assisting in day-to-day accounting operations, including A/P, A/R, and payroll procedures
  • Ensuring timely and efficient monthly close cycles
  • Track NSNO’s various revenues and expenses across its investment and program initiatives

 

Communications:

  • Work with Chief Operational Officer and Chief of Strategic Advancement to ensure appropriate systems and processes are in place to manage grants, revenue allocation, budget planning and long-term forecasting
  • Ensure accurate and consistent reporting to organizational leadership and the financial committee arm of NSNO’s board of directors

 

Requisite Qualifications

  • Prior experience managing federal grants is a priority for this role
  • Possess a CPA or equivalent certification
  • At least 8 years of experience dealing with complex financial accounting and management
  • Comfort with ambiguity and the flexibility to work in a fluid, fast-paced, and highly entrepreneurial environment
  • Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to build professional, trusting, and collaborative relationships with a variety of  stakeholders
  • A commitment to NSNO’s core values of Solutions, Excellence, Passion, and Equity

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of New Orleans public education system
  • Familiarity with Blackbaud or Raisers Edge software

 

 

How to Apply

Please send a resume to HR@nsno.org. Phone calls regarding this position or mailed applications will not be accepted.

New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to building a diverse and inclusive team. As such, it is the continuing policy of NSNO to consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal, state, or local law, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.

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