Teach For All is a global non-profit organization with over 140 team members located in our offices or remotely in over 20 countries around the world., This position can also be based in: South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Tunisia, Mexico, Ecuador, India, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, United Arab Emiriates
DESCRIPTION AND REQUIREMENTS
The Knowledge, Learning and Experiences team at Teach For All supports our partner organizations across the globe to become healthy, thriving, learning organizations. We focus on organizational strategy, culture, structure, and management and the HR, financial, and data practices that support organizational strength.
We work with over 50 partner organizations globally. These partner organizations range in size from 5 to over 1,000 staff, and are between their first and 30th years of operation. As they rapidly evolve and scale, our partners face a variety of critical organizational development needs. We work alongside Teach For All and partner staff to find innovative solutions to partners’ biggest challenges, and to develop knowledge about what really works in making these organizations effective.
As the Director, Financial Sustainability, you will work with our partner organizations’ Heads of Finance, CEOs, and other staff to develop their skills and systems to manage the financial health of their organizations. You will create tools and lead learning experiences to help our partners build a strong financial foundations; coach and advise individual partners on their financial strategy; and work with corporate partners to deploy targeted support where needed. You will also support partners to develop the necessary skills and systems to build budgets for and track costs against complex grants. This position will collaborate with
multiple teams across the organization.
Success in this role means that our partners have the necessary learning experiences, tools, connections, and resources to be financially healthy. Among other things, partners should be able to effectively manage their cash flow to avoid cash shortages; evolve their finance function as their organization grows; have clean audits; and strategically pursue and manage complex grants.
The Director, Financial Sustainability will aim to build our partners’ financial strength and sustainability as measured by:
• Creation and execution of high-quality synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences, resources and tools that enable partners to set up, maintain, and evolve
strong financial systems
• Feedback from CEOs, CFOs, and other stakeholders about the quality of support provided
• The vibrancy and connectedness of the network of heads of finance across the globe
• The financial health of our partner organizations - including their ability to ideally avoid and, where necessary, navigate cash flow issues; have clean audits; and manage complex grants.
The Director, Financial Sustainability’s primary responsibility is to support our partners around the globe in becoming strong financial organizations. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
Lead Learning Experiences and Build Resources and Tools to Support Finance Staff (35%)
Build tools, resources and training on topics like:
• How to build budget projections and re forecast
• How to manage cash flow
• How to self-audit financial processes
• Setting foundations for growth
• Scenario planning
• Building a culture of fiscal responsibility
• Preparing for an audit
• Sharing financial information with the board and external stakeholders
• Assessing eligibility for and financial feasibility of complex grants
• Using financial information for decision-making
Coach and Advise Heads of Finance and CEOs (35%)
Coach + Offer advice to Heads of Finance and CEOs on how to:
• Manage adaptive elements of systems and processes - creating user-friendly experiences and tools, ensuring staff compliance, upskilling staff on ability to manage
team budgets, etc.
• Establish a culture of fiscal responsibility in their organizations
• Review financial systems and capacity to suggest what might be needed for growth and accuracy
• Deploy and manage technology- ERP, expense/invoice processing, online banking/payments, etc.
• Consider the right level of segregation of roles in terms of key expenses
• Review the accuracy of their budget projections and effectiveness of their cashflow tools
• Put in place the systems, processes and controls needed for designing, executing and reporting on sophisticated grants, including Bilateral and Multilateral grants
(timesheets, detailed expense reporting)
• Set themselves up to assess the financial viability and eligibility of complex grants and subgranting/subcontracting mechanisms
• Synthesize and present key financial information to external stakeholders Build Networks and Leverage Partnerships (30%)
• Collaborate with other teams within Teach For All (e.g. the Finance team; the Development and Government Engagement team; the Multilateral team; the Global
Development Team; and the Network Engagement team) to create shared tools and resources and integrate our approaches to partner support
• Build a network of Heads of Finance so they can support each other through challenges
• Identify potential mentorships and partnerships to support partners locally
• Collaborate with corporate partners to identify ways in which they can offer meaningful low and pro-bono support on things like auditing
• Explore whether and how shared services might support partners to strengthen their practice
• Extensive experience leading and/or working with finance teams
• Experience teaching or coaching others
• Minimum 7-10 years full time work experience, including several years of experience in managing or leading a team
• Ability to work in English
Preferred, but not required:
• Background in consulting or in a senior leadership/management position (highly preferred)
• Extensive experience working in Africa (highly preferred)
• Experience working with a network partner
• Fluency in languages other than English, particularly Spanish or French
• Deep knowledge and experience in diverse global contexts
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Experience and expertise in finance, and in bridging organizational strategy and finance
• Demonstrated ability to coach others
• Ability to work in strong partnership with a diverse range of stakeholders with an openness to feedback and iteration
• Comfort with ambiguity and fluidity and ability to operate with little guidance
• Ability to manage multiple streams of work, use strong judgment to independently prioritize tasks, and work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, dynamic, and globally dispersed team environment
• Exemplifies Teach For All’s core values and a commitment to Teach For All’s mission
Candidates must have local work authorization to be considered for this opportunity.
Travel and Hours
Travel possible, approximately 10-20% when it is safe to do so and accordance with local travel guidelines. Given that we work across different time zones, some non-traditional hours for early or later calls are an expectation of this role.
Salary for this position is competitive and dependent on country of hire, prior work experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package.