Vice President of Finance, People and Administration

Job Summary:

The Vice President of Finance, People and Administration will serve as a key member of the National Board’s senior leadership team. The VP will be responsible for providing strategic finance and human resource leadership and will oversee the organization’s office management and administration activities. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the VP will play a vital cross-functional role ensuring the National Board’s success in achieving its financial and organizational goals and objectives, while also leading and developing a team responsible for managing the National Board’s finance, accounting, human resources and office management functions. The VP will serve as an organizational leader, cultivating strong relationships across the organization with both colleagues and teammates on the senior leadership team, and as a coach and mentor to junior staff across all departments.

The VP of Finance, People and Administration will set the financial direction for the organization and direct a team to design and deliver the financial processes and systems needed to support the organization’s growth. The VP will also provide strategic leadership and managerial oversight of the National Board’s key human resource functions including people, organization, culture, diversity, equity and inclusion.

This senior leader will play a key advisory role to the President / CEO and COO, providing broad organizational, strategic and culture leadership and people management.  The VP will also serve as a strategic partner to the organization’s senior leadership team, providing counsel and guidance regarding the kinds of strategies, policies, and systems needed to support the National Board’s growth plans. 

The National Board is pursuing an ambitious growth agenda toward its vision of every student learning from an accomplished teacher every day. This position is an ideal opportunity for a proven leader looking to apply their broad expertise toward the National Board’s mission to advance the quality of teaching and learning in order to improve student learning and outcomes, elevate the teaching profession, and build a diverse and accomplished teaching profession.

The VP will play a significant role shaping the organization’s strategic direction and priorities, allocating and stewarding resources, and building a highly engaged, high performance culture.

The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker and analytical problem-solver; bring expertise in finance, accounting and human resources; have a proven commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; demonstrate impeccable discretion and judgement; and have a track record of successful team management and people development.

Summary of Key Responsibilities:

Mission & Culture Leadership

  • Embrace and promote the diversity of ideas, experiences, cultures and voices among and across the National Board’s teams and partners
  • Model and facilitate teamwork and communications that enable collaboration, engagement and inclusiveness
  • Facilitate leadership and partnership with National Board staff to support and advance the organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion, and other culture-building efforts

Organizational Leadership 

  • Serve as a member of the National Board’s senior leadership team, providing perspective and insight on organizational decisions, identifying impacts of those decisions, and offering solutions for path forward
  • Influence and actively support a strong and intentional organizational culture
  • Inform and co-determine strategic, financial, cultural, and people development priorities 
  • Contribute to building a collaborative and high-performing senior leadership team
  • Recognize and anticipate opportunities and challenges as they relate to organization-wide financial, people or culture issues, generating ideas, strategies, and solutions to drive impact
  • Act as a resource to the Board of Directors and attend all Board meetings
  • Engage, coach and mentor staff across all departments and teams

Strategic Finance and Accounting Leadership 

  • Oversee all fiscal reporting activities for the organization including: income statement and balance sheet reports, reports to funding sources (federal, private, etc.), development and monitoring of organizational and grant budgets
  • Oversee the production of monthly/quarterly managerial reports, including financial statements, cash flow projections, and forecasts for use by executive management and the Board of Directors
  • Develop and maintain systems of internal controls to oversee federal grants and programs and oversee the coordination and activities of independent auditors ensuring all 403(b) and 457(b) compliance issues are met, and the preparation of the annual financial statements is in accordance with U.S. GAAP and federal, state and other required supplementary schedules and information
  • Participate in developing new business opportunities, specifically: assisting the President / CEO and COO in identifying new sources of funding, drafting prospective program budgets, and providing a current view of the organization’s financial position through continual forecasting and pacing
  • Monitor banking activities of the organization and train the finance and accounting staff and other staff on proper budgeting and reporting processes
  • Oversee the management of payroll activity for staff, oversee insurance plans and health care coverage analysis and possible renegotiation, and take a lead position in contract negotiations with partners and vendors
  • Refine and develop tools, systems, communications and guidance to support effective and efficient financial processes, accounting practices and ongoing budget / finance tracking practices
  • Ensure adequate controls are in place and that substantiating documentation is available such that all finance and accounting activity may pass independent and governmental audits
  • In partnership with the President / CEO and COO, communicate effectively with the National Board’s partners and funders, ensuring all parties clearly understand the organization’s financial and operational health

Strategic Human Resources Leadership

  • Lead the design, development and implementation of human resources strategies and practices, including recruiting, retention, training and development, performance management, rewards and recognition, advancement, employee engagement, culture, and diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Develop, execute and maintain processes for hiring, onboarding, training, coaching, advancement, and separation
  • Provide HR strategic and tactical advice to senior leadership to improve organizational culture and effectiveness
  • Manage employee relations and counseling and facilitate conflict resolution, working with the senior leadership, managers, and staff as necessary to ensure a healthy and effective work environment
  • Advise management on appropriate resolution of employee relations issues 
  • Act as a trusted confidante to all staff, proactively addressing difficult employee related issues and driving to resolution
  • Oversee administration of payroll and benefits, retirement plans and workers compensation, and ensure compliance with all federal and state laws
  • Work with legal counsel on employment law matters and identify legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting human resources functions 
  • Maintain knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation, including federal and state laws
  • Oversee office administration, business/commercial group insurance plans and office property, and work with internal staff to ensure emergency preparedness and safety

Team Leadership

  • Supervise and manage a diverse staff consisting of direct and indirect reports
  • Support staff engagement, performance, development and advancement
  • Build a strong collaborative culture within the team and with other teams across the organization
  • Develop and oversee the department’s budget and allocate funds as necessary

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master’s degree, CPA preferred
  • 10+ years of strategic financial and human resource leadership in a small to medium sized company, nonprofit preferred
  • Proactive and results-driven leader with a proven track record of success in similar roles
  • Solid understanding of and commitment to the National Board’s vision and mission
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Organizational leader with excellent relationship and trust building capabilities, passion for coaching and mentoring staff across all departments
  • Proven culture builder in ways that supports communication, coordination and cohesion across diverse functions and teams
  • Experienced people manager, with track record of developing talent and leading teams
  • Strategic thinker, analytical problem-solver
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, and the ability to interact with staff at all levels
  • Strong interpersonal skills, maturity, discretion and judgement
  • The position will be based in Arlington, VA once the office re-opens (it is currently closed as a precautionary measure due to COVID-19), but strong candidates in other locations may be considered 

Interested candidates should apply here

NOTE:  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.