Finance Associate

Room to Read
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Organization Profile:
Room to Read is a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, our innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low-income countries during two time periods which are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. We work in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions. By focusing on the quality of education provided within the communities and ensuring these outcomes are measured, we have created a model that can be replicated, localized and sustained by governments. Room to Read has benefited 10 million children across 17,000 communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia, and aims to reach 15 million children by 2020.

Position Overview:
The Finance Associate is a member of Room to Read’s Legal and Finance team and reports to the Manager of Finance and Planning. Based in the San Francisco Headquarters, the Finance Associate is responsible for providing comprehensive support for Room to Read’s annual planning and budgeting process and analysis of program operations results. This person will work closely with both the Finance team in San Francisco and around the world as well as key members of other departments to ensure a high level of integrity and financial performance for the organization. This is an excellent opportunity to develop strong financial planning and analytical skills while working at a high-impact and growth-oriented organization.

Duties & Responsibilities:
-Analyze organization operating performance of the world-wide organization, comparing to budgets, investigating variances to targets, considering alternate scenarios and proposing options to improve key organization metrics.
-Play an active role in the implementation and enhancement of Room to Read’s new cloud-based budgeting system, providing cross-functional coordination of budget template and supporting analytics.
-Create new and maintain existing financial models as a key member of our Finance team, supporting the analysis context for management decisions.
-Collaborate with Country Offices and Global Office departments as they prepare annual budgets to ensure accuracy and completeness. Lead global employee training on subjects such as budgeting and planning for our organization-wide audience.
-Influence budget quality by creating and sharing budget guidance and analysis tools across operating, fundraising and administrative functions.
-Partner with our International Operations and Program Design teams to ensure appropriate use of resources, effective budget practices, and increased efficiencies.
-Support the Manager of Finance and Planning, Finance Director and CFO with additional projects and processes as needed.

-Bachelor’s degree
-3-5 years of professional experience, including business experience in budgeting and/or financial management
-Demonstrable working knowledge of finance and accounting concepts
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
-Strong financial modeling experience
-Highest standards of accuracy and precision; highly organized; detail oriented and able to juggle multiple priorities
-Prior success working closely and building relationships within a global and multi-functional organization
-Ability to think creatively, highly-driven and self-motivated
-Prior experience in a fast-paced, growth-oriented organization
-Legally eligible to work in the United States; no sponsorship provided

-Experience using budgeting software and business intelligence tools
-Experience managing volunteers, interns or other staff
-Prior experience at an international organization
-Ability to travel internationally, up to 10%

To be successful as a member of the Room to Read team, you will also:
-Have a passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact an up-and-coming non-profit organization
-Be an innovative and creative thinker; you’re not afraid to try something new and inspire others to do so
-Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
-Have a strong work ethic and require minimal direction while seeking continuous improvement
-Work well independently as well as part of a team
-Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment

Room to Read offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits. Benefits include health, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, commuter benefits, and a 401K match. The non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, fun, and rapidly growing organization that is changing the world through the lifelong gift of education.

Application Procedure:
Please send a cover letter and resume by email, with “Finance Associate_NB” in the subject line, (no letters, calls, faxes, or drop-ins) to  Due to high applicant volume, we regret that we are not able to send personalized responses to all applicants.  Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

Room to Read is an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing
the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds.