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Uncharted is seeking Financial Architects, for 65-80 hours over the course of three to four months, to help build strong financial and accounting models for the entrepreneurs in our upcoming programs. From diagnosing the state of a venture’s current financial affairs, to cleaning up the books, to building a financial model from which the entrepreneur can make management decisions, your role will be to step in as the temporary CFO of multiple early-stage, mission-driven ventures (both for-profits and nonprofits).
Your ultimate goal? Help 2-3 entrepreneurs build internal financial systems and policies that helps them make more sound management decisions and enter investor conversations with confidence!
Uncharted helps entrepreneurs tackling major problems (like poverty, lack of education, and access to clean water). We swarm them with mentors, funders, and a global network to help grow their impact. We have run and supported 54 programs in 27 countries, supporting over 545 entrepreneurs creating impact in 93 countries. Collectively, our entrepreneurs have raised $252 million and have benefited 37M lives.
Our entrepreneurs are typically not financial or accounting experts (and many lack a teammate who is either!) They know how to design impactful products and services, but they don’t know how to design financial models. They know how to cast a vision, but they don’t know how to translate that vision into their financial models. They know how to build relationships with investors, but they don’t know how to give those investors confidence by building sound internal norms and financial policies.
More specifically, you will:
Diagnose -> Architect -> Build -> Empower
Your first job is to determine areas for improvement
Work directly with 2-3 entrepreneurs (CEO and/or CFO) to understand the existing financial health of the organization
Review their current processes for bookkeeping, forecasting, and reporting
Work with the entrepreneur to understand their goals and how you can work to get them there
Make suggestions to the entrepreneur based on anything you feel is missing or any gaps in financial policies you identify
Your second job is to execute the game plan you have designed with the entrepreneur to get the ventures to its goals:
Work closely with the CEO/CFO to execute on the plan you’ve made together. Keep in mind that this is not just an advisory position, but one where you will be in the accounting systems or models, building and updating yourself
Some examples of work architects have done in the past include: Prepare investor-ready documents, forecast the financial future of the business, onboard the company onto an accounting system, create tools to model and analyze new programs or revenue streams, prepare the venture to take on debt, investment, or fundraise
Your third (and most important job) will be to empower the entrepreneur to own their financial and accounting management:
Teach the entrepreneur the principles and methods of maintaining financial health. The goal will be for them to own their finances and accounting going forward, even when you are no longer working with them
As you work through whatever project you and the entrepreneur agree upon, make sure to keep front of mind that you will pass this work back to the entrepreneur to own and manage after your contract ends
3-4 Months, Between Summer 2020 – Winter 2020
Typically we have a clearer timeline, but as we will be hiring Financial Architects for up to three separate programs that fall under different dates, we are able to pair a Financial Architect with the timeframe that works best for them.
Note: Outside of brief check-in meetings with each entrepreneur, the working hours are independent and flexible. There will be some weeks with lighter work, and others that are heavier (i.e. working closely with an entrepreneur to build a model for an upcoming investor meeting). We place a lot of trust in our Financial Architects to aim for 65-80 hours over the course of the contract. We understand that those hours may be distributed over the course of the contract however works best for both the architect and the entrepreneur. You may work all the hours in the first month and very few for the rest of the contract, equal hours over the contract, or squeeze them all in at the end. We trust you to plan and execute based on what works best for you and the entrepreneur you’re paired with.
To kick off the relationship, we’d also love for you to spend at least a day with us during our in-person or virtual bootcamp in Denver, depending on which program you’ll be an architect for. This is optional.