Director of Finance and Contracts

Alder Graduate School of Education

Posted: 5/6/2019

Position Type: Part-Time (Paid)

Function: Finance/Accounting

Primary domain: Higher Education

City: Redwood City

Postal code: 94062

State: California

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$3M - $10M


Mission statement:

To create opportunity and cultivate success for every student by recruiting and educating excellent teachers and leaders who reflect our schools’ communities. 

Position Details:

Job Description:


The mission of Alder Graduate School of Education (Alder) is to create opportunity and to cultivate success for every student by recruiting and educating excellent teachers and leaders who reflect our schools’ communities.

We offer a teacher residency program that provides students with the opportunity to earn a Master’s degree and teaching credential in one year and an apprenticeship with an experienced mentor teacher four days a week in a partner K-12 school. Since 2010 we have educated over 350 teachers across California and Memphis, and data show that our graduates are more effective as teachers, stay in the profession longer, and their demographics more closely mirror those of the K-12 students.

As we grow and scale to new K-12 school systems, Alder is looking for a Director of Finance and Contracts to help manage and optimize our financial and contracting systems. The ideal candidate will have deep financial expertise and strong familiarity with contracts. They will thrive in an informal, fast-paced, start-up environment and will bring a solution-oriented, client service mindset to the position. They will also demonstrate excellent attention to detail and enjoy working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders.

Alder is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity.


Reporting to the COO/CFO, the Director of Finance and Contracts is responsible for financial systems and contracts management. Hours for this position are negotiable, with a target of 20-30 per week. Alder’s headquarters are in Redwood City, CA, but working remotely is an option.


  • Support the annual budgeting and planning process; develop and maintain multi-year financial projections to inform strategic planning and organizational decision making
  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner
  • Monitor organizational cash flow and forecasting
  • Monitor grant budgets, complete grant reports, and assist with other grant request activities as necessary
  • Perform ad hoc financial analyses as needed
  • Collaborate with CFO to ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions
  • Collaborate with back office service provider regarding accounting, payroll, retirement plan and other related activities
  • Manage the annual insurance renewal process; collect and store insurance certificates of contractual partners
  • Identify and recommend opportunities to streamline processes and/or improve results
  • Perform other related duties as required


  • Review all contracts to ensure alignment with organizational objectives
  • Draft contractual provisions based on strategy discussions, senior management input, and organizational needs and expectations
  • Assure accuracy and appropriateness of contract text and attachments
  • Interface with insurance representatives and legal counsel regarding contract language
  • Review contractual performance of both parties to ensure compliance with terms and to identify conflicts or changes requiring resolution at contract renewal
  • Explain contract provisions to multiple stakeholders
  • Maintain storage and monitoring system of all contracts



1) Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  1. Financial/analytical skills
    • Deep understanding of and demonstrated experience with financial planning, modeling, and analysis
    • Experience with audit, legal compliance, insurance, and budget development
    • Track records with grants management; preferably experience with federal grants
    • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills
  2. Contracts management skills
    • Familiarity and comfort reading and drafting contracts
    • Experience with contracts management
    • Precision with respect to contract language
  3. Communication skills
    • Outstanding communication skills, written and verbal
    • Ability to clearly communicate complex financial, legal, and regulatory concepts
  4. Technical skills
    • Extremely detail oriented and dedicated to accuracy and thoroughness
    • Strong spread sheeting and data visualization skills
    • Fluency with accounting, accounting software, and finance workflow solutions
    • Strong organization and planning skills, with an ability to set up systems and processes to streamline accounting and finance functions
    • Excellent organizational, time management and follow-up skills
  5. Professional skills
    • Ability to manage the ambiguity and multiple priorities inherent in an entrepreneurial environment
    • Ability to work well with others and build relationships across teams
    • Understanding of how to handle sensitive and confidential information
    • Commitment to the organization’s mission and values
    • Experience in nonprofit and/or higher education a plus
    • Integrity/ethics beyond reproach


2) Educational level required:

  1. Bachelor’s degree required
  2. MBA or CPA preferred


3) Experience required:

  1. Three to five years of experience in a related position
  2. Experience working in a start-up or dealing with ambiguity


Flexible hours and location -- working remotely is an option. 


Commensurate with Experience

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