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Managing Director of Finance and Administration

Center for Racial Justice in Education
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Jan 20, 2022

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Executive, Administrative, Accounting and Finance, Human Resources, Office Administration
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Full Time
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The Center for Racial Justice in Education’s mission is to train and empower educators to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in our schools and communities. We envision a world where all young people learn and thrive in racially equitable, liberating, and empowering educational spaces.

About the Center for Racial Justice in Education: In 2001, Border Crossers was founded to teach students how to “cross borders” with one another to develop understandings to dismantle racism. The work shifted to training educators directly to disrupt racism in their classrooms and beyond and in early 2019, Border Crossers changed its name to the Center for Racial Justice in Education (“CRJE” or “the Center”). The purpose of the change was to intentionally align the core of the organization’s work and to establish itself as a hub that convenes educators to learn and grow. CRJE lives out its mission by designing and delivering intensive short-term and long-term professional development to educational organizations and schools. Today, the Center has trained thousands of educators to build educational institutions that foster racially equitable outcomes, and ensure that all students learn in culturally sustaining spaces that honor their full humanity, dignity, and identity.

CRJE's Commitment to Equity in the Workplace and Beyond: At the Center for Racial Justice in Education, we believe that the work of racial justice is an active process, and can only occur in partnership with other people. CRJE is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages applicants from all identities inclusive of race, gender expression, gender identity, sexual identity, ability, age, education, national origin, citizenship, and ethnicity as well as applicants from historically marginalized communities. We commit to building communities grounded in fierce solidarity and courageous vulnerability, and acknowledge our individual and collective power. We are bold in our dialogue, authentic in connection, and unapologetic in our love for humanity as we create anti-racist community while dismantling white supremacy.

Position Summary:

The Managing Director of Finance and Administration (“MD”) will primarily be responsible for leading internal operations related to finance and administration and serving as a strategic partner to the ED and Board of Directors. We are seeking both a strategic visionary as well as tactical operations leader, with deep financial management subject matter expertise.

This position is full-time and remote through August 2022 and possibly beyond. Candidates should be available for occasional in-person team meetings and a possible return to the office in New York City.

Roles and Responsibilities

Strategy & Operations

    Serve as a strategic thought partner and provide finance and operations subject matter expertise to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. Use a systems approach to provide financial management and controls and identify potential threats and risks, as well as opportunities to streamline, automate, and integrate systems. Propose and develop new financial and business models, i.e., paying trainers, developing a sliding scale for current prospective clients. Support the organization in being fiscally responsible and accountable. Implement the infrastructure and systems needed to support strategic objectives. Serve as the lead partner to the Executive Director on the organization's administrative and operational processes, with a goal of continuously developing,improving, and evaluating systems. Identify best practices from outside the organization that contribute to more efficient and effective internal systems.


    Oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets. Hold functional supervisory responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, grant writing and grants administration. Oversee all accounts and reporting systems, ensuring compliance. Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, expenses, program budgets, and actual expenditures. Coordinate all audit activity, including directly liaising with auditors and the Board’s finance committee. Analyze financial and operational data  regularly, and review with the Executive Director frequently. Provide monthly, quarterly, and annual reports to the Board of Directors. As needed, provide updates to the program team and build a culture of financial responsibility and integrity. Play a leadership role in the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain and correct variances as appropriate. Recruit and manage Operations Manager as their direct report to assist in leading all day-to-day finance operations of a budget of $1.2M.

Qualifications & Experience:

    At least 8 years experience in financial management, ideally within the non-profit sector. Deep financial management subject matter expertise at both a strategic and operational level.  Experience with Quickbooks, Salesforce preferred.  Strategic leader as well as tactical operations expert Strong understanding of systems and existing technology and platforms related to financial, administrative, and operations (including technology) management. Experience in or working knowledge of public education, philanthropy, and/or the nonprofit sector is a plus. Personal and professional commitment to understanding and dismantling systemic and institutional racism in organizations.

Compensation: Compensation for the MD of Finance and Administration role is up to $130,000. Benefits package includes medical, dental, short term disability and 401(k) Retirement Plan, along with robust professional development support and ample paid time off. 

Instructions to apply: To apply, please submit an updated resume and a detailed cover letter addressing why you are interested in the mission of CRJE and the managing director role specifically to with “Managing Director” in the subject line. Applications may be addressed to “Hiring Manager.” Applications will be accepted until January 10th, 2022 on a rolling basis. No phone calls please. 

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