Director of Finance

Ed Partners - San Francisco, California - Full time


California Education Partners (Ed Partners) is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco that supports leadership teams from district school systems across California in a process that allows them to learn from one another and address their common challenges in new and powerful ways, and, in doing so, to build a lasting culture of improvement. Ed Partners brings together leaders to innovate, improve and build internal capacity as learning organizations so they can serve all students well today and into the future. Ed Partners’ role is to facilitate and empower educators to work together and learn from each other as they work to improve their effectiveness for the children they serve. 


California Education Partners is seeking a candidate with a proven background in finance and accounting who is also a strategic thinker and strong relationship builder. As it is poised to triple its impact over the next five years, Ed Partners needs someone with a growth mindset who can both oversee its daily finance and business operations and report up to the Senior Partner in charge of these efforts to ensure alignment of team activities to broader organizational goals. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the day to day business activities and financial analysis in support of collaborative opportunities for districts throughout the state.

The Director of Finance will be committed to Ed Partners’ organizational values, including the idea that traditional school districts can be important change agents, that the people within them are the experts on how to improve achievement for their students and that district leaders working collectively can learn from one another and solve problems. S/he will be a seasoned professional with experience collaborating with cross-functional teams and managing up to senior executives, with a flexible mindset and entrepreneurial spirit. Expertise in nonprofit finance, budgeting, and project management are required. Top-notch communication skills are essential, as is a willingness to flex as needs evolve.

Under the direction of the Ed Partners’ Senior Partner overseeing finance, the Director will serve as the lead financial officer of the organization. The Director will be responsible for insuring the financial health of the organization through systems and tools creating a sustainable and continuously improving financial strategy.


Key Areas of Responsibility Include but are Not Limited To:

Finance & Accounting

  • Oversee and manage financial record systems in accordance with GAAP
  • Lead the formulation of mathematical modeling and forecasting for annual and quarterly budget process
  • Facilitate discussions to define budget priorities and allocate resources most effectively to achieve programmatic goals
  • Develop, evaluate, and communicate short- and long-term fiscal strategies that align with organizational sustainability goals
  • Review and analyze monthly financial statements
  • Provide resource and budget support to leaders to ensure they meet their financial goals
  • Manage daily, monthly, and annual cash flow needs
  • Establish processes for quality control, operational efficiency, and accuracy in departmental work
  • Lead the annual external audit process


  • Provide Senior Partners with effective methodology for creation of financial application for grants
  • Oversee budget forecasts for all funds, grants, and resources
  • Provide accurate and timely financial information, including updated projections and changes, for use in grant reporting
  • Provide allocation, tracking, and compliance around use of funds for all grants
  • Ensure the timely submittal of all grant application and interim reports

*Duties and responsibilities may change. All California Education Partners employees are encouraged to be flexible and responsive to changes in scope of duties.


In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Director of Finance will be:

  • Passionate about the mission and vision of the organization.
  • An accomplished, seasoned professional with a minimum of 10 years demonstrated success in nonprofit financial management OR in corporate finance/financial consulting with pro-bono/volunteer experience in non-profit finance.
  • A strong customer service leader toward engaging and serving internal clients; one who proactively seeks out and listens to internal clients needs and concerns.
  • Willing and excited to roll-up their sleeves and process day-to-day tactical elements of a finance function.
  • Inspiring in their management style; one who sees the possibility in all adults and is willing to devote time to coach and develop them while holding them accountable to measurable results.
  • Experienced in overseeing a multi-faceted program, knowledgeable about best practices managing nonprofit business and finance.
  • Centered with a mindset around innovation and creative problem-solving.
  • Culturally competent and a self-reflective leader who understands the effects of race, class, ethnicity, income, and other issues of difference in our society.
  • Skilled in communication, strategic planning, project management, and organization; able to focus on big picture priorities while not losing sight of the details.
  • Dynamic and versatile, able to engage a variety of individuals and work in a clear, compelling, and authentic manner about the organization’s vision and priorities.


This position is a full-time, salaried position. Full-time employees are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Paid Time Off
  • Medical, Dental, Vision – Fully paid
  • 401K – up to 6% match


Please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter addressed to Ron Rapatalo online at For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Ron Rapatalo at or at 510.575.9635.

Ed Partners is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other statuses protected by law. All candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.

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