Organization: Leading Educators

Location: Washington, DC, or New Orleans, LA

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Leading Educators is a national nonprofit deeply committed to ensuring that students from low-income backgrounds receive an excellent education. Leading Educators partners with schools and districts to help highly effective teachers develop the leadership skills they need to successfully transition from leading students to leading their peers. The organization helps districts identify their best teachers, and then provides intensive job-embedded coaching, relevant professional development, and powerful cohort-based learning experiences. Leading Educators’ goal is to extend the reach and impact of these teachers, to transform schools and dramatically improve student outcomes as a result.

This is a full-time position located in Washington, DC or New Orleans, LA. For more information on Leading Educators, please visit

Candidate Profile:

The Chief Finance Officer (CFO) is responsible for the financial functions of a growing national organization with a $10M budget and regional programs in New Orleans, Washington DC, Memphis, Kansas City, Chicago, and Grand Rapids. The CFO must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous and deadline-oriented workplace. The CFO is also a key member of the leadership team responsible for providing strategic guidance to senior leadership and the Board of Directors to facilitate the organization’s long-term, sustainable growth and maximize operational efficiency. The CFO reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer.


Specific responsibilities for the Chief Finance Officer include:


  • Oversee cash flow planning and ensure availability of funds as needed
  • Oversee cash, investment, and asset management
  • Oversee financing strategies and activities, as well as banking relationships
  • Develop and utilize forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analyses to provide insight into the organization’s operations and business plans
  • Oversee all compliance and recognition for government (federal and state) contracts and private grants

Accounting and Administration

  • Oversee the accounting staff and contractors to ensure proper maintenance of all accounting systems and functions
  • Ensure maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for federal and state funders, foundations, and the board of directors; oversee the preparation and communication of monthly and annual financial statements
  • Coordinate audits and proper filing of tax returns
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions

Planning, Policy, and Investor Relations

  • Coordinate the development and monitoring of budgets
  • Develop financial business plans and forecasts
  • Participate in organizational policy development as a member of the senior management team
  • Engage the senior leadership team and Board of Directors to develop short-term and long-term financial plans and projections
  • Represent the organization to partners, including financial institutions, investors, foundation executives, auditors, and public officials
  • Remain up to date on nonprofit audit best practices and state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations


The Chief Finance Officer will be a seasoned and mature leader with at least ten years of broad finance and operations management experience. The CFO should be adept at gathering and evaluating financial and operations data and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership and the board of directors. The CFO will ideally have experience managing finance (accounting, budgeting, control, and reporting) for a complex nonprofit with multiple funding sources including government (federal, state, and local) contracts and foundations.

The ideal candidate will have the following experience and attributes:

  • Passion for and commitment to the mission of Leading Educators
  • A minimum of a Bachelors degree; a CPA and/or MBA would be a plus
  • At least five years experience as CFO or COO or equivalent, preferably in a nonprofit organization with a budget of at least $10M
  • Experience in a senior financial-management role, partnering with executive staff, resulting in the development and implementation of creative financial management strategies
  • Significant experience in or knowledge of nonprofit accounting, including sophisticated fund and grant accounting, compliance, and reporting
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Office of Management and Budget Circular A133 audit
  • Experience working in a virtual environment with a geographically dispersed workforce
  • Experience working with information technology staff to implement business and financial tools and systems
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, team management, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills, plus excellent organization skills

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Leading Educators offers a very generous benefits package including 100% paid medical, dental, and vision coverage for individual employees and a 4% matching 401k plan. Additional premium costs are covered by Leading Educators for partners and dependents on medical, dental, and vision plans. Flexible Spending Accounts for medical and childcare expenses are available, as well as a very generous PTO plan. Benefits are valued at or above $7,500 for employees.


Leading Educators has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Trisha Sutrisno here.

About Leading Educators:

Leading Educators partners with schools and districts to maximize the leadership development of highly effective educators. The organization’s goal is to identify, train, and support teacher leaders to raise student achievement and retain talented educators in high-need schools. Through this work, Leading Educators endeavors to create a larger, highly skilled talent pool to meet the nation’s growing demand for high-impact teachers, middle leaders, and principals.

Leading Educators offers formal training sessions designed to be immediately applicable by teacher leaders. Expert faculty model new skills, facilitate targeted practice, and drive action planning for implementation. Leading Educators also provides customized teacher leadership development consulting for districts, charter management organizations, schools, state-level agencies, and non-profit organizations.

The Leading Educators Fellowship is a two-year program for teacher leaders. The program encompasses targeted training experiences, the community of a peer cohort, and the personal support of a coach in order to develop leadership and management skills that drive student achievement growth. Results from a preliminary RAND Corporation study found that teacher leaders enrolled in the Leading Educators programs showed statistically significant leadership skill growth and have remained in high-poverty schools at rates that were higher than or comparable to similar teachers in their school districts.  In New Orleans, Fellows had a sizable, statistically significant impact on math achievement equivalent to a ten-percentile point gain.

In the 2014-2015 school year, Leading Educators’ work – including the Fellowship and beyond – reached over 814 teacher leaders, who led roughly 6,512 teachers and impacted a total of 187,220 students in about 194 schools across multiple cities and regions in the United States.

For more information on Leading Educators, please visit

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit