Director of Finance

Neighborhood House Charter School

Seeking an experienced and accomplished finance professional to serve as our Director of Finance.

Director of Finance

ABOUT NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE CHARTER SCHOOL
 
Neighborhood House Charter School was founded over 20 years ago with a mandate both to provide a better education for Boston’s low-income families and to incubate the best in teaching and learning practices. Currently enrolling over 500 children from Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods, we have become one of the most sought-after public schools in the city. The 70 percent low-income, 80 percent families of color we serve truly reflect the diversity of Boston. In keeping with our commitment to provide a better educational option for Boston schoolchildren, we expanded our existing preK – 8th grade program by opening a Neighborhood House Charter high school in the fall of 2017 and will grow by one grade level each year until we have a 12th grade in the fall of 2020. We are uniquely positioned to understand the challenges facing Boston students as they move into high school, and we are both honored and excited to be able to offer a comprehensive preK – 12th grade program.

JOB OVERVIEW
 
Neighborhood House Charter School is seeking an experienced and accomplished finance professional to serve as Director of Finance. The Director of Finance is responsible for all accounting, control, and financial compliance functions of the school.  He or she will work closely with other members of the Leadership Team to ensure effective management and oversight of the organization.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee and improve systems for monthly and quarterly entry of transactions into Quickbooks Accounting Software; perform monthly and annual reconciliations; oversee timely and accurate monthly, quarterly, and annual close of financial statements
  • Supervise Finance Manager to ensure invoices are paid on time, that expense/invoice data is entered into accounting software timely and accurately, and that bimonthly payroll is processed accurately
  • Coordinate with Director of Talent regarding benefits and payroll administration and work with external HR vendor as appropriate
  • Coordinate with Director of Development to reconcile donations and donor intent
  • Prepare financial statements, projections and other reports as requested, on a monthly basis for Leadership Team, the Board of Trustees, the Finance and Audit Committee, and the NHCS Foundation Board
  • Prepare for 990, audits, state and federal filings
  • Ensure that NHCS receives a clean audit by implementing proper internal controls and financial oversight of accounting processes and transactions
  • Achieve budget objectives by scheduling expenditures, analyzing variances, and initiating corrective actions as needed
  • Prepare entitlement grant applications and drawdowns
  • Ensure that NHCS is in compliance with DESE and other state and federal regulators with regards to grant compliance and financial reporting including end of year report
  • Update and maintain documented systems of financial policies and procedures and communicate such policies with other members of the organization
  • Follow public procurement policies for asset and service acquisitions/contracts
  • Monitor and record investment account activity and reporting
  • Perform other related responsibilities as required.


EXPECTATIONS FOR ALL STAFF
  • Unshakeable belief that every child can be successful, no matter his or her background;
  • An entrepreneurial spirit in creating a new vision for urban high school students and the commitment to see it through;
  • Belief in two messages, simultaneously in balance: “We love you” and “We have the highest expectations of you – and you can and will meet them;”
  • Ability to articulate a clear vision, set appropriate goals, and develop a strong framework for implementation and accountability;
  • Strong team leader, capable of inspiring and motivating teachers and other school professionals;
  • Belief that teachers and other professionals must learn and influence social/emotional strengths of all children in and out of the classroom;
  • Desire to continually reflect and grow through professional development, peer feedback, and observation;
  • Belief in a school community where students, families, teachers, and school leaders demonstrate accountability, flexibility, humor, effort, responsibility, respect, and hope.
  • A passionate commitment to urban education and the belief that education and hard work are the keys to life success;
  • Belief that problems are hurdles, not roadblocks, and that there is a solution if a student is willing to work harder, smarter, and more creatively.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Bachelors or Masters Degree in Accounting, CPA preferred
  • Minimum five years of experience in accounting and overseeing financial systems
  • Prior experience in non-profit, charter school, or public education setting

TO APPLY:
We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse staff. Please send a resume and a compelling letter of interest via email to recruiting@thenhcs.org with “Director of Finance” in the subject field. Thank you for your interest in our school.
 
 
Neighborhood House Charter School is an equal opportunity employer.  It is our policy to provide equal opportunity for all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information, age, disability, marital status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.  Further, any form of discrimination or harassment related to these factors is expressly prohibited.