Finance Director

RAFT - Resource Area For Teaching
San Jose
16 Oct 2019
08 Nov 2019
Job role
Finance director
Contract type
Full time
Experience level


RAFT's (Resource Area for Teaching) mission is to help educators transform a child's learning experience through hands on education to one that inspires the joy and discovery of learning. We are doing this today in the Bay Area with more than 8,000 educators, who teach both inside and outside the classroom. RAFT's products (Activity Kits & Idea Sheets), services (professional development for teachers and events for volunteers) and low–cost recycled teaching supplies, enrich and improve the education of over 600,000 young people each year.

We are a non–profit with 25 years of impact, which is largely attributed through the meaningful partnerships we have fostered with Bay Area's educators, non–profits and high–profile organizations who understand the impact of hands on learning. In addition to serving the needs of educators and students, a key tenant of RAFT's values is to be stewards of the environment. We provide members with an abundance of affordable materials and supplies while diverting roughly 400 cubic feet of materials from landfills donated from corporate partners each and every day! For more information about RAFT, please visit us at: .

The ideal Finance Director can hit the ground running within a non–profit organization, leveraging their deep roots in Silicon Valley to foster and develop key partnerships. If you are innovative, focused, entrepreneurial, with a proven track record of growth, join RAFT today to deliver a lasting impact in the educational ecosystem!

Position Summary:

Reporting to the CEO, the Finance Director will be a strategic thought–partner, supporting RAFT's fiscal and business development needs. The successful candidate will be a hands–on leader to support the following areas: finance, accounting, payroll, business planning and budgeting.


  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all donor segments, and support all financial, project/program and grants accounting
  • Coordinate and support the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and assess any changes necessary
  • Manage bi–weekly payroll process
  • Support annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the Leadership Team; roll–up, administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes; and keep Leadership Team abreast of the organization's financial status
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting
  • Manage a robust contracts management and financial reporting system; ensure that the contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the finance department's overall policy and processes
  • The ideal candidate has experience of final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area
  • Ability to translate financial concepts to – and to effectively collaborate with –– programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds
  • A track record in grants management and nonprofit budgets, preferred
  • Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software integration solutions, managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of accounting and reporting software
  • Strong management of priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • A multitasker with the ability to work with a diversity of stakeholders in a fast–paced environment
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of RAFT


  • Minimum of a bachelor's degree, ideally with an MBA/CPA or related degree
  • Experience with a retail operation and/or supply chain preferred
  • A minimum of five years of overall professional financial, accounting, and payroll experience; non–profit financial management a plus. CPA Preferred.
  • Experience with cash flow forecasting, system & modeling skills, auditing, and grant tracking.
  • Proficiency in Netsuite.
  • Experience with BambooHR, Square, and/or Salesforce preferred.

Other Requirements

  • The employee may lift and/or move up to 30 pounds without assistance
  • Long periods of sitting or standing
  • Valid Driver's License–Local travel required
  • Pass DOJ/FBI background check

The statements above describe the general nature of work performed by employees assigned to this position and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so assigned


RAFT offers a comprehensive benefits program and competitive compensation.

We appreciate your interest in Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT). RAFT is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Company's policy is not to discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age (40 and over), disability, military status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. RAFT also prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories. It is also RAFT's policy to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws respecting consideration of unemployment status in making hiring decisions.

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