Director of Finance & Operations – Durham – The Hill Center

Job description
Organization: The Hill Center
Location: Durham, NC
Summary: The Hill Center is an entrepreneurial, education nonprofit that serves K-12 students who are struggling academically – especially those with learning differences – through School Year, Summer, Tutoring and Teacher Training programs. These programs are built upon research, individualized instruction, and successful teaching techniques with the goal of helping students reach their full potential. Hill serves approximately 1,000 students directly each year, and trains 1,200 teachers who reach an estimated 30,000 students annually.

Exceptional candidates for the Director, Finance & Operations position will offer a strong accounting and financial management skill set; a track record of building systems, solving problems, and driving strategic change; experience in a high growth, entrepreneurial context; a genuine passion for working with students with learning differences; and deep respect for the crafts of teaching and professional development.

Responsibilities: The Director, Finance & Operations will be responsible for the following areas:

Finance & Accounting
Assume overall responsibility for all financial aspects of The Hill Center, working in very close concert with the Executive Director and within the general guidelines established by the Board of Directors
Conduct analysis and make recommendations regarding the evolution of The Hill Center’s economic model, including program and product pricing, financial aid for students and educators, and organization-wide revenue mix and strategy, to drive growth, impact, and sustainability across all units, markets, and delivery channels
Develop and manage a transparent, collaborative, and strategic annual budgeting, forecasting, and tracking process that empowers and educates staff leaders to secure, spend, and manage resources wisely to meet the needs of the students, teachers, schools, and families we serve
Oversee all fiscal and managerial controls, analysis, forecasts, and reporting on a monthly and annual basis
Develop strategic budgets for development and outreach contracts and proposals and ensure efficient and accurate management of progress against private and public gifts, grants and contracts
Conduct analysis and make recommendations to the Board Finance Committee regarding investments and endowment decisions and investment, endowment, reserve, cash, debt, and risk management policies and be accountable for implementation
Lead annual financial audit process
Work with the Executive Director to communicate key financial information to all external and internal stakeholders in a clear, digestible manner

Lead facilities administration, including managing a Facilities Manager, developing a long-range facilities plan, and overseeing the buying, selling, design and renovation of properties and negotiating lease terms for rental properties
Oversee all legal agreements, contracts, and business matters for The Hill Center, engaging outside counsel as needed
As needed, conduct research and analysis to inform human resources strategy and decisions, including compensation and benefits, and work with Executive Director, Chief of Staff and Durham Academy to ensure human resources and benefits needs are met appropriately.
Manage the business and financial aspects of The Hill Center’s affiliate agreement with Durham Academy and serve as the primary liaison to DA’s Director of Business Services
Identify opportunities for improving departmental and organization-wide operational systems and processes to increase efficiency and generate cost-savings

Organizational Leadership
Serve on Hill Strategic Operating Committee (HSOC) alongside Executive Director; Head of School; Director, Advancement; Director, Outreach; Director, Technology; and Chief of Staff.
Serve as staff liaison to Board Finance Committee, co-developing agenda and materials with Executive Director and presenting financials to committee
Directly manage and lead a 3-person Finance team plus Facilities Manager, cultivating a positive, collegial, collaborative, and customer-oriented mindset and mode of operating
Miscellaneous finance, growth strategy, business, and analytical tasks as assigned by and agreed upon with the Executive Director
Build excellent working relationships at all levels of the organization, supporting directors and teams in all areas related to finance and accounting and in developing new processes, systems, and products
Provide cultural leadership across the organization, reinforcing a culture of excellence, initiative, accountability, continuous learning, and strong customer service
Qualifications: Exceptional candidates will bring an entrepreneurial spirit and strategic mindset and offer a track record of leading financial, accounting, and operational processes in a growing and increasingly complex organization. They will also possess knowledge of PK-12 educational institutions and markets and strong management, team-building, and problem-solving skills. They will also demonstrate a genuine passion for working with students with learning differences and a deep respect for the crafts of teaching and professional development.

Specific skills and characteristics include:

Bachelor’s degree plus MBA, CPA, or equivalent experience preferred

Significant work experience (15+ years), ideally including 5 years senior management experience and direct responsibility for finance, accounting and operations
Demonstrated understanding of nonprofit finance and accounting and public and private grants management
A truly entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to adapt quickly, lead change, operate flexibly, and identify and seize new opportunities for financial growth and enhanced sustainability
Strong analytical, data and modeling skills to inform growth strategy, new product/market development and resource allocation decisions
Strong leadership skills, including the ability to develop and articulate a vision for financial growth and sustainability and to produce tangible benefits across and between organizations
Ability to think and act strategically and make strategic decisions grounded in a deep understanding of problems and opportunities and with sufficient data gathering and analysis
Excellent written, visual, and oral communications skills and the ability to present complex problems and data clearly, concisely, and with integrity
Strong people skills with an emphasis on collaboration and accountability, a commitment to accessibility and transparency, and a capacity to build authentic relationships
A systems orientation and ability to identify problems, make connections across units, and develop strategic solutions
An understanding of K-12 education and how to position The Hill Center to grow its impact and reach more students and teachers who could benefit
Passion for The Hill Center’s Mission & Vision
Experience working in a nonprofit or public educational institution preferred
Knowledge of Financial Edge, Raiser’s Edge, CRM, and financial management software systems preferred
Exceptional Excel and financial and data analysis skills required
Compensation and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

The Hill Center is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

How to apply
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Beth Anderson,