Director, Finance & Accounting
Job Opportunity at Achievement Network (ANet)

Posted on Apr 9

Location: Flexible/Remote, MA
Job Type: Full Time
Job ID: W4157048


Director, Finance & Accounting

Location: Flexible (Boston, MA preferred)

Position is available: Immediately


Achievement Network (ANet) is a nonprofit dedicated to educational equity. We help schools boost student learning with great teaching that's grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices of educators around the country.

Founded in 2005, ANet now serves over 700 schools educating over 230,000 students in California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. Our support has consistently helped our partner schools—both district and charter—achieve breakthrough results for their students. ANet has received multiple awards and recognitions, including a prestigious Investing In Innovation (i3) grant from the federal government in 2010, New Schools Venture Fund's “Organization of the Year” in 2011, and The NonProfit Time's “Best Nonprofits to Work For” in 2015 and 2016.

ANet is a dynamic, values driven, team-oriented organization that is committed to the growth and development of all staff members. Individuals who join ANet have the opportunity to join an exceptional team of colleagues committed to helping schools drive excellent teaching and learning by investing in each other and learning together.


The Achievement Network is looking for an innovative and analytical thinker with excellent communication skills and a drive for results to be a critical leader on ANet's Finance & Administration Team. The Director, Finance & Accounting is a new position for the team and will be responsible for leading the finance and accounting functions to ensure ANet's financial sustainability as the organization continues to grow and evolve. With excellent project and people management skills, this Director will lead an accounting team which has had a track record of success while building out a high-performing finance function and driving innovation throughout the department. This is an ideal position for a finance and accounting professional looking to leverage their technical talents to drive impact. This position will report to the Chief Financial Officer and will work closely with a five-person team supporting an organizational operating budget of $27 million.


Set a clear vision and strategy for the future direction of our finance and accounting teams

  • Help drive the development of financial strategies to ensure organizational success
  • Manage the development of internal financial planning and reporting tools and other software to support expected growth
  • Train budget managers on the use of financial tools, budget development, and expense tracking and analysis to ensure we are on track to meet our long term sustainability goals

Build, develop, and retain a high-performing and highly engaged finance and accounting team

  • Manage a skilled and diverse team with a positive, inclusive culture that brings out each team member's strengths and that aligns to ANet's mission and core values
  • Develop team members to continuously improve by providing high impact feedback and coaching; manage towards excellence in their roles while being committed to their long-term development

Act as a strategic thought partner with stakeholders to drive strong financial decision-making across the organization

  • Build and maintain excellent relationships with budget managers, who include senior management, becoming a trusted advisor yet reinforcing accountability towards established financial goals and policies.
  • Oversee production of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports to stakeholders, including senior management, boards of directors, and public and private donors.

Lead accounting, financial planning and analysis systems and processes to ensure ANet's financial sustainability

  • Evaluate internal and external financial trends and provide insightful, high-value analysis to leadership to inform budget planning and management . Help drive development of financial strategies to ensure organizational success.
  • Act as a thought leader concerning best practices for financial forecasting.
  • Prepare short and long-term financial projections.
  • Manage development of internal financial planning and reporting tools and other software. Train budget managers in the use of financial tools, budget development, and expense tracking and analysis
  • Recommend and implement changes to financial practices, policies and procedures as they relate to budgeting and financial forecasting.
  • Manage audit activities including the A133 audit
  • Support financial compliance requests including state, benefit and insurance reporting


In order to be successful in this role, candidates must demonstrate the following:

  • You bring prior experience playing a lead role in an organization's finance and accounting function
  • You are energized by managing others and have a track record of leading teams to drive systemic changes
  • You have exceptional analytical and strategic thinking skills that set you up for success in identifying areas of process and system improvement and your strong project management skills allow you to drive innovations forward
  • You are a collaborative team player and your positive customer service attitude makes you excel at communicating with diverse internal and external stakeholders
  • You bring familiarity and comfort with financial systems (QuickBooks, Egencia, ExpenseWatch) and advanced Microsoft Excel skills
  • You are deadline-driven and solutions-oriented and thrive at working in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced environment
  • You have a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels
  • You are motivated by working in an environment where we live out our core values daily and are eager to examine personal archetypes and biases while discussing topics related to race, class, and privilege which relate to ANet's Advance Equity and People Matter values

Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the following preferred qualifications:

  • You bring prior experience in nonprofit accounting practices
  • You bring comfort and familiarity with managing the accounting and finance functions of a growing organization with diverse revenue streams (including earned revenue and philanthropic dollars)
  • [if not located in Boston] You bring prior experience managing a team and the finance and accounting function remotely


ANet offers highly competitive compensation based on prior experience and qualifications as well as comprehensive benefits in order to best support our people. Benefits we offer include: health, dental and vision insurance where ANet pays 80% of the cost of these benefits for employees and their families/domestic partner; 3 weeks of vacation (4 weeks after two years with ANet); 10 paid holidays with paid days off between the Christmas and New Year's holidays; a paid floating holiday; paid sick & personal days; paid parental leave; retirement plan options; commuter benefits; tuition reimbursement; flexible spending accounts; short and long-term disability coverage; and basic life and personal accident insurance.


We are now accepting applications for this position, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please click on the blue “Apply” button. You will then be prompted to complete a brief application and upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter in which you outline why you are interested in working for ANet and how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position.


ANet is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.

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