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About the Position
The Director of Finance oversees all financial matters of Zaytuna College. The Director of Finance works closely with the President, the senior leadership team, and the Board of Trustees to develop and implement financial and certain administrative (including facilities, IT, and HR) strategies across the organization. The Director of Finance oversees all financial compliance matters with federal and state authorities, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), private grant-making organizations, and other institutions. The Director of Finance must be able to adapt in an evolving, deadline-driven environment, while managing staff.

The Director of Finance serves on the senior leadership team, along with the heads of development, marketing, faculty, students and operations. This is a hands-on position requiring working concurrently on both short-term and long-term implementation of strategies for the college, with the goal of making the college financially sustainable and growing its annual operating budget. In addition, during the next five years, the Director will oversee the growth and management of the capital and endowment funds. The Director of Finance reports to the Head of Operations.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Finance
  • Oversees cash flow planning and ensures availability of funds as needed
  • Oversees cash, investment, and asset management
  • Develops and utilizes predictive models and activity-based financial analysis to provide insight into Zaytuna Colleges’ operations and plans
  • Planning and Policy
  • Coordinates the development and monitoring of budgets
  • Develops financial business plans and forecasts
  • Participates in strategy and policy development with the senior leadership team
  • Engages the financial committee of the Board of Trustees to develop short, and long-term financial plans and projections
  • Represents Zaytuna College to select donors, foundation executives, auditors, WASC officials, etc
  • Keeps up-to-date on college audit best practices and state and federal laws governing nonprofit operations
  • Accounting
  • Oversees the accounting department to ensure proper maintenance of all accounting systems and functions; supervises staff of two-five
  • Ensures maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures and metrics
  • Ensures timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of internal and external reporting
  • Prepares and communicates monthly and annual financial statements
  • Ensures the college meets financial audit requirements, properly files tax returns, meets labor laws, and meets the finance-related accreditation requirements of WASC
  • Ensures legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions
  • Supervisory Responsibility
  • The Director of Finance manages and hires employees in the accounting offices.

Experience and Qualifications

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree
  • At least 5 years’ experience, preferably in a college or nonprofit setting
  • Significant experience in, or knowledge of, nonprofit accounting
  • Experience working with information technology staff to manage finance and accounting software, as well as office productivity packages
  • A CPA and/or MBA would be a plus
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident

Personal Characteristics

  • Ability to integrate the core values of the college into all aspects of operations
  • Cultural Fit
  • Hands-on and attention-to-detail orientated
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Management style that exhibits integrity, collaboration, flexibility, and a results-oriented approach
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong leadership skills, including team management
  • Team Oriented

Additional Info

  • Work Status:
    • Full-time
  • Job Location:
    • Berkeley, CA

How to Apply

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    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter
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    • Zaytuna College is an equal opportunity employer.