District Management Group, Vice President of Finance

District Management Group - Boston, Massachusetts - Full time


The District Management Group (www.dmgroupk12.com) (“DMGroup”) partners with public school district leaders to help them improve student outcomes, operational efficiency, and resource allocation. School districts face a myriad of challenges – stagnant achievement results, budget crises, federal and state mandates, increasing accountability measures – and they need practical solutions that can be implemented quickly to get results.

The District Management Group was founded in 2004 with the goal of providing public school system leaders with superior strategic insights and practical solutions to the most common and pressing management challenges by combining educational and management best practices. DMGroup has become the trusted advisor to school district leaders across the country, helping them tackle their most important issues and achieve measurable results. DMGroup believes that leadership and management matter in our public school system. By helping strengthen and increase the managerial capacity of the people leading school districts, DMGroup contributes to the systematic performance improvement of the American public education system. DMGroup offers a broad range of services and products to school district members, including: 1) Membership services such as publications, conferences, and professional development sessions, 2) Project-based consulting services, and 3) Annual subscription-based technology solutions.

Through this combination of services, DMGroup works hand-in-hand with districts to produce tangible, sustainable outcomes. DMGroup is based in Boston with more than 40 employees and is experiencing rapid growth. Today, DMGroup member school districts serve more than 4.5 million students across 34 states. The District Management Group prides itself on its high rate of client satisfaction and success and having a talented team that is passionate about its mission.

To learn more about DMGroup, please visit www.dmgroupk12.com.


The Vice President of Finance (VP Finance) will report to the CEO and be responsible for all of DMGroup’s financial operations and portions of the administrative functions (Finance, Human Resources, IT, Legal, and Office Management). This position requires a financial leader with a quantitative mindset who is comfortable working with technology, process automation, and operations. DMGroup is growing quickly and the VP Finance will be asked to develop and support the growth of the firm in a cohesive manner and in a fashion that facilitates effective utilization of resources and rapid future growth. In addition, the VP Finance will effectively serve as a strategic advisor to the CEO as well as other executive team leaders on key issues related to strategy, organization, and tactics.


Key Responsibilities of the VP Finance include:

  • Lead an impactful finance function that includes financial strategy and planning, cash flow management, receivables and payables, payroll, banking relationships, timely preparation of financial reports, forecasting, and adherence to financial laws and guidelines. This responsibility also entails vigilant oversight of possible risks and required investments.
  • Support peers on the executive team by providing management and financial analysis, actionable insights, and advice on the most effective and profitable course of action in leading their respective functions.
  • Establish effective pricing and margin management. This includes owning the economic models related to the various business units and suggesting/driving changes to maximize future profitability and return on investment.
  • Assist in improving customer retention by continuously analyzing new sales bookings and the customer base to determine attrition, customer profitability, and actions to maximize lifetime value.
  • Attract, retain, mentor and develop top talent in the finance function in order to continuously upgrade the caliber of finance functions.
  • Be part of a high-performing human resources functional team (composed of the CEO, COO, and other senior leaders) that supports hiring, development, training, onboarding, employee relations, compensation, and employee communications.
  • Lead HR compliance and benefits administration, space planning, and HR policy documentation.
  • Be part of a modern IT support function (composed of the CEO, COO, and VP of Technology) that manages IT and computer systems, network access, data security, backup and disaster recovery, and information retrieval.
  • Help lead and maintain management information needs spanning across finance and client-facing functions such as membership, consulting, and solutions teams, resulting in high-touch services that will help business leaders make effective decisions.
  • Support the CEO and COO in ensuring an effective legal function by working as required with outside legal counsel to ensure compliance with all laws and regulations, analyzing and identifying legal risks, and informing senior management of all laws and regulations that could potentially impact the company.
  • Work closely with the CEO and Executive Team to establish the strategy, goals, and actions necessary to achieve aggressive growth targets. This will also entail developing accurate and actionable annual plans and forecasts.
  • Lead day-to-day operations in a manner that engenders high staff commitment and consistent performance; continually raise the bar while instilling accountability for both individual and team results.
  • Seek continuous improvement in staff capabilities and provide ongoing coaching and development opportunities.
  • Lead and reinforce the Company culture and values within the finance, HR, IT, and legal organizations.


DMGroup is seeking a top performing, a senior-level finance executive with the passion, experience, and gravitas to effectively lead this critical business function. This person should be operationally-oriented with well-rounded business acumen and the proven expertise in adding value across an enterprise. The ideal candidate will be a high-energy, team-oriented, driven problem-solver with prior experience in leading finance, human resources, and other support functions in a rapidly growing company. They should have a track record of building strong relationships with their peers. Importantly, they should possess small company DNA and have achieved success in a high-growth, $10 to $25+ million, consulting and tech-enabled services company with experience targeting enterprise customers.

Specific qualifications include:

  • 10+ years of experience and a proven track record in financial management in high growth, recurring revenue business with significant consulting and sales components.
  • Strong track record of hiring and growing finance and IT support teams and an ability to do so with speed.
  • Crisp decision making and ability to drive solutions to problems with fresh and creative approaches.
  • High comfort level with ambiguity.
  • Strong operational mindset and a decisive hands-on mentality.
  • Metrics-driven, highly analytical approach and strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills along with the ability to define, explain and evangelize new ideas.
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills along with a proven ability to drive cross-functional initiatives.
  • Experience in complex, highly dynamic environments where the need to learn quickly and contribute immediately is required.
  • An engaging leadership style that builds and sustains credibility with staff, colleagues, customers, and other stakeholders.
  • A personal style that is authentic, honest, humble, and ethical combined with a working style that is smart, passionate, energetic, and results-focused.
  • No ego. No job too small. Willingness to get “hands dirty.”
  • A proven track record that brings instant validation and market presence to DMGroup.


This position offers a competitive salary range, bonus opportunity, and robust benefits including medical, dental, and retirement plans. More details can be provided upon request.


Please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter addressed to John J-H Kim online at https://sforce.co/2TaLzwH. For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Ron Rapatalo at rrapatalo@edgilityconsulting.com or at 510.575.9635.

DMGroup 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 backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.

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