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Associate Director of Financial Projects (New York City)
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Associate Director of Financial Projects
New York City, NY

The Associate Director of Financial Projects will assist the Chief Financial Officer and Financial Projects Manager on managing projects to support the short and long-term goals of Uncommon Schools. Projects may involve topics such as real estate financing activities, financial and operational intersections, and financial sustainability initiatives, among others. 

  • Project Management:
    • Direct management of select projects; developing comprehensive project plans that identify clear milestones, dependencies, and assumptions, and manages contingencies for any identified risk
    • Prepares project management agendas for status reviews with stakeholders
    • Collaborates with colleagues on financial management, accounting and real estate teams, as well as consultants, to ensure project goals are met
  • Communications:
    • Prepares or assists in preparation of materials for various executive and board level meetings (e.g., with executive leadership, current or potential financing partners or funders)
    • Develops simple, creative ways to explain complex information for clear business decision making
    • Develops process for communicating project status tracking and updates

Reports to Financial Projects Manager but on many projects will work directly with Chief Financial Officer. Should expect to work closely with senior staff and a variety of consultants.

  • Required knowledge, skills & abilities:
    • Communication:
      • Strong written and oral communication skills
      • Skilled in use of MS Excel and MS Word
    • Financial:
      • Understanding of nonprofit financials
    • Business Acumen:
      • Ability to balance detailed thinking with big-picture strategic decisions
      • Ability to maintain complete trust of confidential information
    • Deeply analytical
    • Confident in managing up
    • Project Management:
      • Ability to track and manage multiple projects simultaneously
      • Breaks down complex projects into key milestones and concrete action steps
      • Identifies and prioritizes critical-path activities
      • Identifies assumptions and develop contingencies for potential risks
      • Manages all parties involved to ensure on-time, high-quality outcomes
    • Strong Organizational Skills:
      • Maintains personal organizational systems to support a strong work ethic and desire to produce high quality results
      • Obsessive attention to detail and follow-through
    • Entrepreneurial Mindset:
      • Works well independently and as part of a small team in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
      • Flexible and able to adapt to changing priorities
  • Educational background:
    • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Experience:
    • Minimum 5 years of experience in non-profit, consulting, structured finance, or legal fields.

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, and all necessary supplies.
The foregoing information is requested for mandatory government reporting purposes only. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.

Please note that your application will not be saved until you click “submit” at the end of the application question set. Unfortunately, you will not be able to save your resume or answers as you go along.  Please take this into consideration. You are welcome to open the application, copy and paste the questions into a Word Document, and then copy and paste your answers into our application once they are complete. Additionally, if you leave your application before beginning the question set, you will need to upload your resume again in order to move forward with the process upon returning. Thanks in advance for the time you are taking to apply to Uncommon Schools.

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