At Zeta, we pursue an unprecedented combination of high academic achievement and social-emotional development. We insist that every child receives a world-class education while fostering a love for learning. Our purpose lies in changing the public education landscape for all of New York City’s children, and we are uncompromising in our mission.
To achieve our vision, we are searching for a stellar Director of Finance with a Bachelor's Degree and 4-8+ years of work experience in finance, accounting, or management consulting who is fueled by a passion for team success and continual improvement. MBA and charter school finance experience is preferred, but not required.
Zeta operates five schools in the Bronx and upper Manhattan. We have big growth plans because the educational crisis is massive and requires big solutions. We plan to continue opening 1-2 schools each year, ultimately growing to 25 schools serving 13,000 students across the city by 2035. Zeta’s financial infrastructure capacity and sophistication must scale to support that growth. From streamlining all internal processes to negotiating and securing long term permanent private spaces for our schools in New York City, the Director of Finance will be a key player in Zeta’s strategic growth.
Deliver powerful results
In this role you will set the vision for and manage our finance team to ensure that Zeta has the financial freedom and flexibility to build a world-class, scaling organization and can afford all the necessary resources for excellent programming for our students. The finance team will strategically plan for our financial needs to ensure that Zeta is able to operate existing schools, open new schools, and continue to grow to achieve our big aims.
You will support Zeta’s financial strategy through:
Setting the strategic vision for the Zeta finance function and overseeing all aspects of financial operations for our fast growing startup charter organization
Serving as the financial point of contact for Zeta leadership, our board, and external partners, working closely with all leaders to solve our organization’s highest priorities and most critical challenges
Managing the internal Zeta finance team, who will be carrying out all day to day financial activities
Planning and executing a strategic plan to bring Zeta’s finance and accounting functions fully in-house and growing the team’s capacity
Developing a robust annual budget across all Zeta schools and entities and managing spend to ensure the organization is financially healthy at all times
Working with the finance team to build models for analysis of financial feasibility of potential real estate deals or projects
Monitoring financial activity across the organization to ensure that fraud and risk are minimized
Ensuring Zeta’s financial records, data, and reports are accurate and compliant
Wearing multiple hats as part of a startup team
Join our passionate community
Our Zeta team is comprised of top talent with incredible schooling and private sector experience. You are an ideal candidate if you:
Have prior work experience and/or an educational background in finance, accounting, or management consulting
Are deeply passionate aboutZeta’s mission to advance educational equity
Bring a mindset of growth, flexibility, and openness to feedback
Are humble and willing to put the team’s needs ahead of your own
Have strong problem solving skills and are comfortable with navigating ambiguity
Are comfortable with analyzing data, creating models, and drawing insights to drive results
Are able to communicate effectively with a broad range of stakeholders
Are self-motivated and able to drive your work with a high degree of independence
Have the ability to learn quickly, to pivot when needed, and to be effective in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
The salary range for this position is $100,000-150,000. Compensation is based on candidates' qualifications and experience.
Currently, Zeta operates multiple schools, in the South Bronx and Upper Manhattan. We have big growth plans because the educational crisis is massive and requires big solutions. We plan to open 1-2 schools each year. Join our growing team today, and change the landscape of public education in New York City. If you can’t wait to get started, apply now!
Equity is at the heart of our mission. We have a deep commitment to pursuing diversity and striving for equity. Zeta is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Work authorization is required (candidate must have permanent authorization to work in the U.S.).
COVID-19 vaccination mandate: Employment with Zeta Charter Schools is conditioned on proof of full vaccination and booster against the COVID-19 virus or approval of an exemption due to a qualifying medical condition.