Collaborative for Children

Posted: 2/10/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Finance/Accounting

Primary domain: Youth Development

City: Houston

Postal code: 77008

State: Texas

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$10M - $20M


Mission statement:

Our mission is to improve the quality of early education in Greater Houston. WE work with parents, educators and local leaders to make sure our region's children have the learning opportunities they need to succeed - in school and throughout their lives.

Position Details:

Job Description:






It is clear from research that when children enter kindergarten ready to learn and possessing requisite socio-emotional and cognitive skills, they are more likely to be successful in their academic careers and beyond. Strong early childhood education matters.

Collaborative for Children matters. We meaningfully improve the quality and learning outcomes of pre-school aged children through those who are most influential in their lives. We use technology to make teaching more engaging and to allow hard and soft skills to stick. We believe strongly that early learning is the key to long-term success, not just in school, but also in life.


To make our mission a reality, Collaborative for Children needs a dynamic, savvy, results oriented, Chief Financial Officer that is a CPA and has worked within the non-profit sector in a senior level financial capacity. We are growing and we need a CFO to steward the financial systems that empower us. As a member of the senior leadership team reporting to the CEO, you will keep our finances and financial systems and processes insightful and instrumental to our continued success.


When you join the senior leadership team as CFO at Collaborative, some of the compelling work and responsibilities you will manage and direct will include:

  • Cultivate a solid CEO/CFO dynamic by effectively relaying the financial state of the organization by providing CEO with forecasts and financial projections to promote transparency, improve financial success and to fulfill future growth strategies.
  • Communicate analytical insights to the CEO to strengthen business relations and practices and to allow the CEO to make decisions with the financial realities of the organization in mind.
  • As a seasoned strategist you not only understand current accounting practices and trends, but you will utilize your proven experience raising capital and adapting to change–both in growth and downsizing.
  • Drive the organization’s financial strategy by employing prudent financial management for all cash management, investments, insurance, budgeting, and financial reporting.
  • Collaborate extensively with executive leadership and senior management throughout the organization to provide reliable business guidance and to efficiently develop and provide clarity and financial training related to proposal budgets, access to project finance information, and management of contract/grant compliance and reporting.
  • Convey financial performance of the organization to the CEO and Board by researching revenue opportunities and economic trends, analyzing internal operations, and identifying areas of cost reduction and process enhancements.
  • Serve as trusted advisor and business partner to all management levels by communicating a well-rounded view and projection of the business.
  • Coordinate the development of the annual operating, capital, and program budgets, and reporting against the same
  • Perform risk management through analysis of company liabilities and investments, and evaluate and manage capital structure and fundraising initiatives
  • Ensure cash flow is compatible with company operations, by overseeing the day-to-day accounting, recording, reporting, and internal control activities of the organization
  • Enable modernization and communicate progressive actions to the CEO to maintain stability in an evolving economic climate
  • Apprise CEO of continuous technological innovations by leading the development and use of best-practice policies, practices, and tools that ensure a well-controlled yet flexible organization with strong fiscal management, project management, cross team communications and workflow.
  • Comply with federal, state, and local financial requirements by studying existing and new legislation, enforcing compliance, and taking action.
  • Serve as liaison for Board Finance Committee, providing timely and complete  financial reporting to enable appropriate management decisions.


We embrace diversity in backgrounds, talents, experience, interests and ideas. Attributes that resonate in our most successful employees include: passion for our mission, drive for results, high level of organization and detail orientation, resilience and authenticity. Other traits needed and desired for this position are:



·         Master’s degree in accounting, business accounting, or finance

·         CPA – state of Texas, current

·         Five+ years of senior management experience within a nonprofit organization with operations in excess of $12 million per year.

·         Five+ years of experience in government and/or fund accounting with extensive knowledge of grant accounting requirements

·         Experience implementing technology systems, including accounting software to promote efficient reporting and transparency for management.

·         Leadership skills, with steadfast resolve and personal integrity

·         Exceptional presentation, oral and written communication skills

·         Ability to work urgently in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment

·         Working knowledge of raising capital beyond traditional lines of credit

·         Ability to balance time-sensitive priorities and multiple projects while maintaining quality

·         High level of self-management, approachability and adaptability to changing circumstances 

·         Ability to research, compile, and summarize a variety of informational, anecdotal and statistical data

·         Strong interpersonal skills and possess the ability to effectively cultivate and manage collaborative relationships, as well as conflict management


  • Experience with AccuFund



  • Compensation: This is an Exempt, Salaried, Full-Time position. Offer will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Paid bi-weekly.
  • Health and Supplemental Insurance: A $20/pay period medical option that includes $900/year employer contribution to a Health Savings Account (HSA).Other voluntary insurance options: Dental, Vision, Life/AD&D, Accident and Critical Illness. Employer paid insurance: STD, LTD, Basic Life/AD&D. First of month after hire eligibility.
  • Retirement Plan: 1:1 company matching contribution up to 6%
  • Generous paid leave time (Personal Time, Vacation and 8 holidays)
  • Section 125 Child Care: Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Professional Development: Collaborative values high levels of performance and service over time. We invest in developing our people and nurturing their career trajectory success through coaching and ongoing skills and leadership development.
  • Our Culture: mission-driven, family-friendly, inclusive, collaborative, fun


Commensurate with Experience

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