Director of Finance
StudentsFirst - Sacramento, CA

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About StudentsFirst

We are a national grassroots movement of more than 1 million parents, teachers, students, administrators and concerned citizens mobilizing for one purpose: to put the laws and leaders in place to make students the focus of and ensure America has the best schools in the world.

We believe that we've been doing things the old way for too long. Pitting the interests of the grown-ups in the system against one another, for example, rather than focusing on real solutions. No one won. And students lost. In too many American schools, current laws, policies, and practices are putting adult interests ahead of students. The result is an increasingly broken education system that, if not corrected, will keep America from leading in the increasingly competitive global marketplace. It's time for a new approach that puts students' interests at the center of education policy.

We are channeling the energy of our members to produce meaningful results on both the local and national level. We are working with bipartisan state legislators to create laws and policies that put the needs of students above any other interest in the system. Our members are pushing for reforms that will elevate the teaching profession and improve teacher and principal quality, empower parents and improve the governance and financial strength of school districts. Together, we’ve already helped pass more than 50 new policies in half a dozen states. We have helped improve education systems affecting millions of students. We’re transforming public education to ensure great teachers and great schools for all of our kids. StudentsFirst was founded in 2010 by former Washington D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.


StudentsFirst seeks a proven financial leader to serve as Director of Finance. Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Finance is responsible for the day-to-day management of all financial operations at StudentsFirst and its affiliate organizations. The ideal candidate will have accounting and compliance experience in a high-growth environment in the non-profit or political/advocacy sector.

Key Responsibilities

Lead the finance team in managing various aspects of the organization’s finance and accounting functions, including: all accounts, ledgers and reporting systems, payables, revenue analysis, audit and tax filing, cash flow management and forecasting, and investment/asset management;

Oversee the development and implementation of strong financial controls;

Oversee the accounting functions for subsidiary organizations;

Work closely with the Chief Financial Officer to drive budgetary planning and cost management, developing annual/multi-year budgets and assess organizational performance against both the annual budget and long-term strategy, providing recommendations to enhance financial performance;

Oversee the budgeting and implementation of budgets so as to monitor progress and present financial metrics both internally and externally;

Ensure compliance with key requirements of federal and state tax, lobbying, and election reporting rules, as well as tax planning, compliance, and mitigation;

Conduct internal audits, in consultation with the Office of the General Counsel; and

Manage and review the work of the Finance & Accounting Manager, the Senior Accountant, and other future direct reports

Candidate Profile

StudentsFirst attracts employees with distinctive backgrounds and accomplishments and is committed to building and maintaining a team whose voices reflect the many communities with a stake in public education. Integrity, creativity, and intensity are key attributes of competitive candidates.

For this position, the following factors will strengthen an applicant’s candidacy:

Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of experience minimum.

Strong background in accounting, including knowledge of not-for-profit accounting under 501c(3), 501c(4), and 527 sections of the tax code

Successful track record in high-performing, high-impact organization

Strong problem solving, analytical, and creative skills

Effective oral and written communicator

Prior experience in building and managing a finance team

Demonstrated passion for StudentsFirst mission

Equal Opportunity

StudentsFirst is an equal opportunity employer. Background and reference checks are conducted on all prospective new hires.

Working Conditions

Work is mainly performed in an office environment in a small workstation without an expectation of privacy. Noise levels are usually moderate.


Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Process

The application process will include a resume review, phone interview, and in-person interviews. To be considered for the position, please submit your resume and cover letter at with cover letter addressed to Hiring Manager.