Financial Analyst

The Achievement Network - Boston, Massachusetts - Full time

 Financial Analyst

Location: Flexible with the United States

Travel: Up to 2 times per year

Position is available: Immediately


Every student deserves opportunities in life, and every educator committed to providing those opportunities deserves support. Those beliefs drive us to work alongside schools to support great teaching so that we can work towards guaranteeing that all students are receiving high quality instruction. We partner with over 900 schools - both district and charter - in underserved communities around the country, thus impacting more than 330,000 students. Third-party evaluations confirm that when schools have the right basic conditions in place and partner with ANet, they achieve 6-8 months of additional learning over a two-year period compared to schools not partnering with ANet.

At ANet we are committed to living out our core values, both across our organization and with our partners. We acknowledge that systemic inequities impact student access to opportunities and that in order to ensure educational equity for all students, we must center on the experiences of those from marginalized communities to guide our work. We work to deepen our understanding of how race, class, power and privilege influence the education system as well as influence our own perspectives. To do so, we provide ongoing learning opportunities through org-wide professional development, affinity groups, working groups, and resource sharing.


We are seeking a Financial Analyst to support ANet's financial and business analysis and reporting. This position will play a critical role in helping to build and innovate ANet's finance function while providing strategic financial analysis and insights to key decision-makers. The ideal candidate has experience navigating diverse revenue streams for a growing organization while leveraging their technical, project management and interpersonal skills to drive impact. The Financial Analyst will report to the Managing Director of Financial Planning & Analysis.


Drive analysis to inform business strategy and operations decision-making

● Evaluate internal and external financial trends and provide insightful, high-value analysis to inform budget planning and management

● Develop and carry-out business cases, ROI analyses, and what-if analyses for various programmatic decisions and go-to-market (GTM) scenarios

● Build and manage financial planning tools that support decision-making and communication with leadership

● Present results of analyses and modeling to leadership in a clear and concise manner

● Own and adapt Earned Revenue forecasting formula, transparently communicate its approach and train others on understanding it, and update for decision-making through the organization

● Lend expertise to cross-functional projects to improve financial models, tools and practices in support of operational excellence

Execute monthly and annual Financial Planning & Analysis budgeting, forecasting, and reporting activities

● Own the preparation of the monthly non-labor forecast update including variance and trend analysis

● Create monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports for senior management, boards of directors, and public and private donors

● Design, build, and maintain financial dashboards to enable budget management and decision-making

● Set agenda and facilitate budget manager meetings to review expense performance, provide variance analysis and explanations as well as develop a view on forward looking trends, business needs, and risks

Ensure functional Financial Planning & Analysis systems, processes, and data quality

● Serve as system administrator for ANet's financial planning system, including training of new users and project management of system improvements and updates

● Design and implement data quality checks of expense allocations across our departments, accounts, vendors, and activities

● Collaborate with and stress-check the Partnership Success team's sales and renewal activity data to ensure data quality, forecast revenue, and understand financial risk

● Identify opportunities to innovate and implement changes to financial practices, policies and procedures as they relate to budgeting and financial forecasting

● Consistently update and document data processes and financial models


In order to be successful in this role, candidates must demonstrate the following:

● You have 2-4 years of experience as a financial or business analyst

● You have business analysis, operations and project management experience

● You are comfortable with GAAP Accounting principles and understand the connection between the income, balance sheet, and cash flow statements

● You are energized by digging into data with an analytical eye to determine the story that it's telling you and understand how to visualize data effectively

● You are able to draft and lead data meetings that guide stakeholders through the key points of findings to facilitate their feedback and decision-making

● You are able to incorporate feedback into analyses in a data driven way

● You bring familiarity and comfort with financial systems (e.g. QuickBooks, Sage Intaact, Salesforce, Vena, Adaptive, etc.) and have advanced Microsoft Excel skills

● You sweat the small stuff and bring exceptional attention to detail to everything you do

● You have a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels

● You are motivated by working in an environment where we live out our core values daily and are eager to examine personal archetypes and biases while discussing topics related to race, class, and privilege which relate to ANet's Advance Equity and People Matter values, and our work towards becoming an anti-racist organization

Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the following preferred qualifications:

● You have experience building and maintaining dashboards in Tableau or Power BI

● You bring prior experience in nonprofit finance and accounting practices, particularly project/grant cost estimation and reporting

● You have worked in and/or have a familiarity with the education or another human service field


Individuals who join ANet have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, values driven, and team-oriented organization that is committed to having impact in schools by investing in each other and learning together. We were named as The NonProfit Times Best Nonprofits to Work For and work tirelessly to foster a working environment where the unique perspectives, backgrounds, and identities of our staff members are valued.

We offer comprehensive benefits in order to best support our people. Benefits we offer include: medical, dental and vision insurance where ANet pays 80% of the cost of these benefits for employees and their families/domestic partner; generous paid time-off including 10 paid holidays and paid days off between the Christmas and New Year's holidays; paid parental leave; educational expenses reimbursements; flexible spending accounts; professional development; a 401(k) plan with a 4% match; short and long-term disability coverage; and basic life and personal accident insurance. We also offer an inclusive environment where we welcome you to bring your whole self to work every day.

The pay range for this position is between $31.00-$46.00 per hour. New staff members typically start between the range minimum and midpoint based on qualifications, experience, and internal equity. In order to uphold our commitment to equity, ANet does not negotiate pay.


We are now accepting applications for this position, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your application online.

ANet has implemented a Mandatory Vaccination Policy, which requires all staff to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or obtain an approval for exemption due to medical or religious reasons prior to commencement of employment unless applicable state or local law provides otherwise.

ANet is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

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