Director of Finance and Operations

Director of Finance and Operations

Together Education

New York, NY or Remote   |   August 9, 2021

About Together Education

Together Education is a non-profit incubator that helps entrepreneurs launch high-impact, scalable educational initiatives that support all students in accessing a high-quality education and attaining a choice-filled life.  We provide ongoing support to this interconnected ecosystem of education organizations, allowing them to learn faster and have greater impact together.

We currently support five main programs or ventures – Cooperman College Scholars, a college scholarship program targeting high-potential, underrepresented students from Essex County, NJ; nXu, an innovative program working with diverse groups of New York City high school students to help them articulate and pursue their life purpose; One World, a program supporting international non-profit organizations in launching and leading high-performing networks of schools; Lit, a program partnering with schools and nonprofit organizations to support high quality reading instruction; and Opportunity College, a new online post-secondary program for a new generation of career seekers.

The Together Ed central team provides shared services support to all of our programs, including financial, operations, HR, technology, and legal support services.  Our job is to keep everything running smoothly behind the scenes so our colleagues can focus on delivering amazing, life-changing programs. In addition to paying our bills on time, onboarding and supporting staff across all programs, and being helpful and responsive resources to our teammates, we always find ways to learn in our roles and improve how we do our work.  We’re looking for entrepreneurial finance and operations experts (or enthusiasts looking to become experts) dedicated to supporting a variety of education-focused programs who are excited to join a small, scrappy team.

The Opportunity

Reporting to Together Ed’s Senior Advisor, the Director of Finance and Operations will develop, implement and continuously improve our shared services systems and processes for all Together Ed programs and the organization as a whole, including budgeting, financial reporting, audits, and critical support for key fundraising efforts; manage members of the central team to provide support for and perform these functions; collaborate on key HR systems and processes that impact the employee experience at Together Ed; and take on other related duties as required and assigned.

The position requires a strategic thinker who deeply understands and clearly, confidently communicates the big picture and the nuanced details alike. The Director of Finance and Operations will need to balance a long-term view with immediate needs and challenges, in addition to having a passion for Together Ed’s purpose, a deeply collaborative approach to work, and comfort navigating complex and evolving educational ventures.

Candidate Profile

Financial reporting, operations, and accounting:

  • Manage and continually improve financial reporting process across the organization and programs, develop financial and budgeting literacy among program Executive Directors (EDs).
  • Manage the annual audit process, ensuring a clean and seamless audit.
  • Support annual budgeting for key Together Ed programs and maintain updated budget/cash flow projections by working closely with program EDs.
  • Support fundraising efforts by producing and monitoring grant budgets and reports.
  • Manage regulatory reporting, including tax reporting and quarterly reporting as required.
  • Maintain sound fiscal policies and continuously improve financial operations and controls.
  • Ensure that all finance and personnel documentation is organized and secure at all times.

Team management:

  • Manage 2-3 finance and operations staff in implementing above functions as needed, including all bookkeeping processes, including payroll, A/P, A/R, reconciliations, and monthly closing.
  • Hire new finance team member to support finance operations activities.
  • Continuously monitor and improve how team members are staffed to meet program needs and propose and implement resource reallocations as needed.

Finance operations and special projects:

  • Lead efforts to research and implement new financial operations systems as needed, and act as finance lead with colleagues to implement other operations systems as needed.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to improve financial operations and ensure a seamless, high level of service for colleagues.

Operations, Technology, and Talent/HR:

  • Oversee technology systems and vendor management org-wide to ensure that all staff have the tools and resources needed to work effectively.
  • Maintain standardized processes and systems for partner, vendor, and contractor agreements to ensure consistency in documentation and agreement terms across the organization
  • Liaise with outside counsel as needed on legal matters.
  • Ensure smooth onboarding of new staff into payroll and internal HR systems.
  • Oversee all benefits plans administration, with PEO partner and plan administrators.
Essential Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree required, MBA or master’s in accounting, finance, or related field preferred.
  • At least five years of professional experience with three years in a finance-related position, start-up experience preferred, direct management experience a plus.
  • Deep understanding of basic accounting principles with knowledge of nonprofit accounting.
  • Fluency in MS Office; specifically, expertise in Excel and proficiency in Word and PowerPoint.
  • Strong problem-solving and analytic skills.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, especially around coordinating with multiple people to deliver projects/tasks timely.
  • Excellent project management and systems-building skills.
  • Consistent accuracy in all tasks large and small, with enthusiastic attention to detail.
  • Ability to work efficiently, intensely, and juggle multiple priorities within an entrepreneurial environment where meeting deadlines is expected and comfort with ambiguity is essential.
  • Commitment to closing the education achievement and opportunity gap.

Liz Lombard and Angie Sessoms of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or to Angie directly at [email protected]. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group firm, is dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world. At Koya, we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve.

Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone. Koya does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. For more information about Koya Partners, visit