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Vice President, Finance

National Math + Science Initiative
paid holidays, 401(k)
United States
May 09, 2024
Job Details
Job Location
Flexible Location (Anywhere in the contiguous US) - ,
Remote Type
Fully Remote
Position Type
Full Time
Travel Percentage
Up to 25%

What do you do all day?

The Vice President of Finance is responsible for developing and executing the fiscal strategy, overseeing the operation of the finance organization, and ensuring timely reporting of financial information in compliance with all applicatory regulations and laws for an evolving ~$20M nonprofit organization of over 250 full-time and part-time staff members nationwide. NMSI is a revenue-generating nonprofit organization that utilizes a blended revenue model to sustain and advance its work. The ideal candidate has a proven track record of ensuring strategic growth, long-term sustainability, and organizational fiscal health.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, indirectly to the CEO, and with fiduciary oversight from the Board Finance Committee Chair, this full-time position is home-office based anywhere in the contiguous United States. It will require occasional travel for in-person meetings and conferences. The VP will directly manage two directors (accounting operations and financial planning and analysis) and oversee the finance department.

What are the details?

  • As a member of the leadership team, help establish the organization's vision and overall strategy, ensuring alignment across all relevant stakeholders, including direct reports and the entire management team
  • As a member of the board-level Finance Committee, be accountable to the board for timely reporting on the financial condition of the organization, supporting the Board's fiduciary responsibility
  • Strategically managing revenue streams across federal, corporate philanthropy and fee-for-service dollars to ensure financial health and long-term sustainability
  • Set and implement a multi-year financial strategy anchored by our strategic plan and program services that meet the organization's reach and impact measures of success
  • Facilitate and evaluate our multi-year investment plan through consistent review of internal and external signals to determine opportunities for growth
  • Serve as a voting member of NMSI's 401k committee and share fiduciary oversight of the plan
  • Drive organizational risk analysis and mitigation planning
  • Oversee financial strategy, leading the Finance team in the development of financial models, budgets, and analyses
  • Improve and maintain a comprehensive, simplified pricing template for internal use to inform external proposals
  • Ensure timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial trends, and forecasts
  • Ensure timely and accurate completion of all regulatory and legally required financial reports
  • Provide leadership-level recommendations on the financial implications of business operations and activities, including a focus on quarterly revenue goals related to fee for service, corporate philanthropy and grant revenues
  • Interface with auditors and tax advisors to advance NMSI's goals and objectives
  • Provide valuable financial insights to help make timely decisions about formulating, executing, and modifying business strategy
  • Develop and strengthen financial expertise in team members and support financial systems and processes across teams
  • Frame and interpret the "big picture" to the leadership team, finance team and other internal supervisors to guide them and their teams in short and long-term budgeting, planning, and financial management to achieve desired results
  • Promote an inclusive, equitable, and results-oriented organizational culture that enables extraordinary outcomes and engages team members
  • Empower teams to take responsibility for their jobs and goals, delegating responsibility appropriately, expecting accountability, and delivering timely feedback regularly
  • Ensure departments are working collaboratively across the organization to deliver organizational measures of success
  • Build, manage and develop leaders who achieve ambitious outcomes through their people and inspire others to be their best, authentic self
  • Other duties as assigned


What are we looking for?

  • Education & Experience You have at least seven years of senior-level finance experience, preferably with at least five years at a national nonprofit organization, with increasing levels of responsibility, leadership roles, and a track record of success. Ideally, you are also a Certified Public Accountant or working toward certification.
  • Capable Leader - You hold teams accountable for achieving results and serve as a role model in delivering direct and actionable feedback. You develop talent, providing stretch opportunities to create future leaders. You display the ability to engage in constructive dialogue about race, class, gender, and culture, enabling the organization to take action to address disparities
  • Entrepreneurial You live for the hustle that's required to forge new paths; you collaborate well with others to make things happen
  • Relationship Builder You have a knack for building relationships quickly and inspiring those around you

  • Inclusive You can work effectively with people regardless of their age, gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or job type or any other factor that makes us unique!
  • Organized & Productive You are a master at planning your day and not letting distractions come in between meeting your goals
  • Reliable You can work effectively with minimal supervision, but you also know when to ask for help
  • Flexible You are comfortable working in an ambiguous environment with competing priorities; you're willing to travel a few times throughout the year when necessary
  • Growth Mindset You learn from failure and crave feedback because you know that it makes you better; you are also not afraid to give feedback to your manager or colleagues
  • Tech Savvy You embrace technology as a tool to enhance your work effectiveness but not a tool to replace hard work

What do we offer?

The hiring range for this position is $185,408-$213,219 and commensurate with related experience. We take pay equity seriously and work hard to ensure our team members are paid fairly, regardless of their gender, race, or other demographic backgrounds. In addition to a competitive salary with the potential for an annual pay increase, we offer a comprehensive total rewards package, including paying roughly 78% of employee-only medical, dental, and vision benefits plus a large portion for dependents. Staff is eligible to participate in 401(k) after 90 days of employment, with up to a 6% employee match, fully vested on day one of participation in the plan. Other benefits for full-time employees include referral and performance-based annual bonuses, telecommunications stipends for eligible remote employees, 25 paid holidays annually (including a two-week-long winter break), and a generous PTO policy starting at 14 days per year. We strive to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff members can show up as their authentic selves, participating in DEI-focused learning opportunities and employee-led affinity groups.

Want to learn more?

The National Math and Science Initiative is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming math and science education in today's classrooms and ensuring that all students have the knowledge and skills to thrive in the global economy of the 21st century. Founded in 2007, NMSI began by dramatically improving student participation and success in rigorous Advanced Placement math, science and English courses in 85 courses across seven states. Today, NMSI has scaled its proven program to serve more than 1.5 million students, 50,000 teachers, 1,000 high schools and 45 universities across 40 states and is having a demonstrable and lasting impact on student outcomes. Go to www.nms.org to learn more.

Offered candidates must pass county, state, and federal-level criminal background checks as a condition of employment. Positions with fiduciary responsibilities, including roles that involve handling money or contracts, executive officers, and those with access to sensitive material such as payroll information must also pass a personal credit report as permissible under the FCRA and applicable state laws.

The organization has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.

National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NMSI complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which we have employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.