Career Opportunities

Director of Finance and Operations

Overview: Center for Powerful Public Schools is an established educational non-profit that provides leadership for school reform in Southern California by building the capacity of educators to create and sustain powerful public schools that prepare every student for college, career, and life. The Center is at the forefront of implementing key reforms that honor teacher leadership and collaboration and local control of public schools. We believe that powerful public schools are essential to an equitable society, economy and democracy.

The Center currently has a 12-member staff, a $2M annual budget, conducts an annual audit, has board Finance and Audit committees and a combination of in-house administrative support and an accounting firm that provides monthly accounting services.

Scope of Work: The Director of Finance and Operations provides prudent financial management in compliance with GAAP, IRS and grant requirements, cash management, implementing efficient and effective operations, and ensuring that the organization makes progress towards long-term sustainability. The Director of Finance and Operations is a member of Center for Powerful Public Schools senior management Leadership Team.

Responsibilities: The position reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for non-profit finance and accounting, human resources, information technology, risk management, and staff management and growth.

  1. Finance & Accounting
  • Manage day-to-day financial operations of organization including developing and implementing fiscal policies, controls, and procedures
  • Coordinate all accounting functions and prepare monthly and year-end closings and financial reports
  • Manage semi-monthly payroll processing and 403b plan administration with third-party service providers
  • Create and track all organizational budgets include annual organizational, monthly departmental and grant-specific budgets
  • Ensure accurate reporting to and compliance with funders’ policies and regulations
  • Manage online donations, processing and recordkeeping
  • Serve as financial advisor to Center staff around budgeting and operations
  • Complete board financial reports and participate in board meetings
  • Oversee annual audit of the organization’s financial statements
  1. Human Resources
  • Work with Executive Director and Administrative Manager to implement human resource functions, including personnel policies, benefits management, documentation and reporting, and related activities
  1. Operations
  • Draft, execute and monitor contracts for fee for service and grant funded consulting services
  • Retain official corporate records, documents and communications
  • Supervise all office and lease related safety policies, expenditures and repairs
  1. Information Technology
  • Supervise information systems and IT platforms and applications to support employees, streamline processes and enhance transparency across the organization
  1. Risk Management
  • Oversee and manage insurance policies to ensure adequacy of coverage, renewals, and financial considerations (Includes liability, worker’s comp, etc.)
  • Manage business continuity policies and procedures
  1. Staff Management and Development
  • Supervise administrative manager
  • Manage positive relationships with outsourced auditing/bookkeeping services, payroll processing, investment and legal resources
  • Maintain professional relationships with internal staff and external partners
  1. Advance the mission and vision of the Center
  • Participate on the Leadership Team as appropriate to job description
  • Contribute to short and long-term organizational planning and strategy
  • Take on special projects as determined by organizational needs, individual assets and the Executive Director.
  • Exemplify the Center’s values and norms in all professional relations


  • Bachelor’s degree; plus a minimum of 5 years of related work experience in or with non-profit or public sector organization(s).
  • In-depth knowledge of non-profit financial procedures and accounting including budgeting, cash flow management, bookkeeping, payroll, and 403b plan management
  • Experience managing daily operations for a non-profit organization
  • Proficiency in QuickBooks
  • Proficiency in Excel and other Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Clean background check

Key Competencies, Skills and Attributes

  • Commitment to equity, access and choice for all individuals
  • Strong communicator, listens actively and responds clearly and appropriately, orally and in writing
  • Professional and growth-oriented, seeks to improve and develop professional expertise
  • Flexible problem solver, able to prioritize multiple scenarios and needs
  • Self-starter, sets goals, generates plans and takes action based on intended outcomes
  • Honest, ethical and trustworthy
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, demonstrates teamwork and collaboration
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity, able to work with diverse teams and individuals with confidence, respect and empathy
  • Effective work and time management skills

Salary Range: $75,000-$80,000 commensurate upon experience

Employee Benefits Package: Medical – Cal Choice HMO 25 Premium Fully Paid for Employee along with Dental and Vision Plans, 403(b) Plan, FLEX Plan, SS/Medicare and Workers Comp

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume and at least three references to