Head of Finance and Operations


About the organization

Educate! tackles youth unemployment by partnering with schools and governments to reform what schools teach and how they teach it so that students in Africa have the skills to start businesses, get jobs and drive development in their communities. Our model is delivered through practically-trained teachers and youth mentors. Educate!’s goal is to make this practical, skills-based model part of national education systems.

Educate! has partnered with the governments of Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya to integrate key parts of our curriculum nationally.
In 2019, we’re partnering with the government to pilot in 60+ schools in Kenya, working in 175+ secondary schools in Rwanda and 750+ schools in Uganda (25% of the country) reaching over 44,000 students intensively and 545,000 more broadly. Educate!'s long-term vision is to design solutions that measurably impact millions of youth across Africa each year.
Our measured impact shows Educate! participants earn double the income


US/Global Finance (50%)

Manage key finance functions including our global quarterly financial closes, US banking, annual global audit, annual tax filings, cash reserve investment strategy, transfer and invoice processing, and financial controls design.

Manage the external US accountant and bookkeeper to complete critical day-to-day financial and ops activities (such as payroll, retirement plan administration, bank reconciliations, state/federal filings, and insurance renewals), building and managing systems to promote smooth and consistent execution
Lead strategic financial projects such as modeling revenue and cash flow by country and proposing ways to increase the transparency and effectiveness of our external finance communications
Serve as key liaison to the Board on US finance, presenting the global financial reports to the Board Finance Committee quarterly
Financial Support to the Fundraising Team (20%)

Oversee donor grant budgets and financial reporting on grants, working with the fundraising team to streamline our systems and improve our output quality

Build and oversee systems to seamlessly track grants and restricted revenue from opportunity to accounting.
HR Systems and Operations (10%)

Create and execute systems to make sure that our HR and Talent practices are effectively implemented for the US team
Dive into the nitty-gritty of organizational management by overseeing research on best practices and making recommendations on new policies


-A minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience. 5-8 years experience strongly preferred- including at least 2 years of nonprofit finance experience
-Demonstrated comfort and fluency with the fundamentals of finance, Excel, numbers, and detailed processes, particularly as applied to nonprofit finance. Enjoying these will be key to excelling at and enjoying this position day to day.
-Demonstrated experience in building and implementing systems. You are comfortable designing, testing, improving, and smoothly running systems and processes. This could be any system that involved inputs from or served multiple people and required consistent and accurate functioning.
-Detail orientation, particularly around numbers and processes.
-A practical get-it-done attitude, openness to feedback and change, and ambition to learn and grow.
-Exceptional professional judgment and integrity.
-A preference for working independently and having full ownership over your responsibilities.
-You should be a fit for and be excited by our Five Cultural Tenets. These active values are core to the way we work at Educate!, from hiring to performance management and promotions for everyone from our front line mentors in the field to our Board members, and they inform how we make decisions on everything from highest level strategy to where we go for lunch--We encourage you to learn more by looking at Educate!’s culture deck here.

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