Chief Financial Officer

    • Job Tracking ID: 512084-595247
    • Job Location: Seattle, WA
    • Job Level: Executive
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: October 18, 2017
    • Years of Experience: 5 - 7 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:


Washington is the 42nd state to open its public education system to charter schools, and the law puts a strong emphasis on ensuring that its charters are high-quality options for students that don’t have access to them currently. The Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) is a non-profit organization that advocates for and develops high-quality charter public schools that meet the needs of systemically undeserved students.

WA Charters knows that communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, low-income communities, and individuals living with disabilities disproportionately shoulder the burden of the impacts of inequitable access to high-quality public schools. Working for and in partnership with impacted communities is a critical priority of our incubation, school services, legal, advocacy, communications, and engagement work to support charter public schools at every stage of their development. By doing so, we believe charter public schools will be a lever to improve educational outcomes across charter and traditional schools for all students.


In order to grow and support a healthy and vibrant charter public school sector in Washington, WA Charters needs an effective external affairs strategy - one that lifts our state’s sector up as an exemplar of quality and innovation, sets it apart from the national narrative, and enables the organization to achieve a measurable increase in statewide awareness of and support for high-quality charter public schools.
The CFO will collaborate with the CEO and senior leadership to design and implement the business and operational strategies which will be required to share, sustain, and scale innovative and effective programs and practices. The CFO shares responsibility to create and ensure the ongoing development of internal and external partnership capacities necessary to support a new and rapidly growing organization and is accountable for leading and managing the finance, accounting, compliance, administration, and human resources functions of the organization. The CFO will ensure that cost-effective operations and infrastructure are in place and properly managed to support the organization and its mission and will coordinate implementation of the business plan across all work streams.


Leadership and Management

* Develop and maintain productive relationships with the CEO, Board of Directors, and other leadership members in the development and execution of annual and long-term plans
* Develop and maintain productive relationships with funders and stakeholders and participate in fund development, ensuring the organization is represented professionally to all concerned parties
* Create and manage project work plans and budgets; control expenditures based on annual and project budgets
* Supervise external vendors and consultants as appropriate

Finance and Grants Administration

* Provide leadership for all aspects of WA Charters’ financial management, including supporting the CEO in setting organizational priorities and decision-making in all strategic and tactical matters related to budgets and multi-year plans
* Oversee the day-to-day management of cash-flow analysis, budgeting, accounting, forecasting, financial reporting, and complex grants reporting
* Develop and ensure all accounting records and systems are in compliance with appropriate government regulations, including IRS guidelines for receiving/reporting donations and grants compliance monitoring
* Maintain the integrity and ensure accuracy of all financial data; ensure appropriate internal controls and procedures are in place
* Maintain and monitor business records including contracts and business registrations
* Represent the organization to outside auditors, financial institutions, and taxing authorities; draft and file financial statements and Form 990 and other tax returns
* Coordinate all audit activities
* Prepare and report quarterly and annual financial material and in formation for WA Charters Board of Directors
* Coordinate annual report development with other senior management in a timely manner

School Support

* Actively cultivate and develop Washington state school financial knowledge to serve as school financial protection expert; build relationships across external stakeholders as needed
* In collaboration with funders and third-party stakeholders, work to develop solutions and assistance for local charters in the challenge of securing suitable first year facilities
* Serve as a resource/liaison to charter schools to provide advice and support in the area of budgeting, finance, grant management, and operational issues
* Train and mentor new charter leaders and boards in the area of finance and operations

Human Resources and Benefits Administration

* Salary administration, including development and maintenance of appropriate salary structure
* Incentive pay system and administration of same
* Health and welfare benefits contracts and administration
* Retirement plan administration and compliance activities, including Form 550
* Oversee system-wide human resource functions

Legal Affairs

* Coordinate matters with legal counsel as appropriate, including contracts, intellectual property, grant agreements, and corporate documents
* Responsible for corporate governance policies and related documents
* Develop, implement, and monitor management information systems, policy, and controls to ensure data accuracy, security, and legal and regulatory compliance

Experience and Skills:


WA Charters is seeking a team member that has the following essential skills and experiences:

* Motivated, energetic leader with a passion for advancing educational excellence and equity
* At least four years of senior management experience within finance or operational leadership
* Experience either as an employee or board member of a nonprofit organization; familiarity with nonprofit finance and accounting regulations is preferred
* School start-up or charter school experience preferred
* Highly organized and detail oriented
* A track record of working toward a set of goals and metrics - and meeting them
* Demonstrated ability to bring together cross-functional teams to accomplish common goals
* Excellent customer service orientation and high degree of professionalism with a range of stakeholders
* Ability to communicate effectively with and build consensus among people of varied backgrounds and experiences
* Mastery of managing competing demands and quickly determining top priorities within a large-scale project
* Ability to create, adjust, and implement strategic work plans
* Strong writing, presentation, and facilitation skills, with an eye for detail
* Willingness to share own ideas amongst staff, stakeholders, and board members
* Master’s in Business Administration or related field preferred, or equivalent experience; minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
* CPA desirable


* A chance to transform Washington education
* A passionate, fun, and fast-moving, collaborative team
* Salary range of $125,000-$150,000, depending on experience
* Medical, dental, vision, and Rx benefits; long- and short-term disability; and life insurance (details provided upon request)
* 401(k) plan or similar retirement benefit with an employer match
* Generous PTO days and paid federal holidays


* To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Constance Awenasa at
* The position will remain open until filled. If your skills are a match, we will contact you to schedule a phone interview, followed by an in-person interview with members of our team.


WA Charters is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.