For nearly 25 years, Citizen Schools has been a pioneer in educational equity. Since opportunity, unlike talent, is not equally distributed, we have provided hands-on learning experiences that ignite curiosity, build confidence and expand horizons for over 50,000 underrepresented middle school students. Together with our partners, including 25,000 career mentors, we have exposed students to ideas and connections, helping them access even better opportunities than previous generations.

Today, we engage underserved students in hands-on learning, in school and after school. Our students are creators and problem-solvers, not just consumers. They become scientists, artists, mathematicians, engineers, writers, and programmers. We also apply best practices from our direct service work to systems-level advancement of STEM mentorship and learning by working with communities.

Together we are transforming education in school, after school, and across communities.


Citizen Schools seeks a Managing Director of Finance, a key member of the executive team, focused on financial management, strategic leadership, and exemplary modeling of DEI values.

As Managing Director of Finance, you will serve as a member of the executive team and report to the CEO. You will work closely with outsourced teams that manage accounting, HR, and IT. You will work with internal departments to execute on the organization’s strategic goals, annual priorities, and shifting policies and practices, creating an inclusive environment to enable Citizen Schools to deliver core services with supporting back-office functions.

You will be primarily accountable for the financial systems and practices that enable Citizen Schools to thrive.

This is a full-time position for an immediate start, no later than August 2021, and will report to the CEO. Candidates from one of our current markets preferred: Greater Boston area, New York City, Bay Area California/Southern California, Charlotte North Carolina, Houston or Dallas, TX, or Dayton/Cincinnati, OH. Remote work is an option, and some travel to Citizen Schools’ head office in downtown Boston may be required to perform your role.


Member of Citizen Schools Executive Leadership Team

  • Serve as an active member of the Executive Team, helping to identify and execute against organizational vision and strategy;
  • Ensure that the Finance team’s goals and activities are aligned with other functions and support the organizational vision and strategy;
  • Lead the Finance Committee, a sub-committee of the National Board of Directors;
  • Support National Board meeting preparation, reporting, and presentations;
  • Demonstrate management competencies, core competencies, and Citizen Schools values, including exemplary commitment and action to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion;
  • Support clear decision-making and data-driven choices that best position the organization to achieve its goals;
  • Champion inclusive and liberatory practices throughout the organization.

Financial Oversight and Analysis

  • Lead overall management and analysis of the organizational economic model;
  • Lead development and stewardship of annual operating budget, financial position, expense management and financial controls;
  • Oversee contracts with key consultants, including outsourced financial and IT services;
  • In partnership with CEO and VP of External Engagement, monitor cash flow and financial forecast;
  • Facilitate the annual planning process and org-wide goal setting, to operationalize Citizen Schools’ strategy and align with Citizen Schools’ values
  • Develop, maintain and train Citizen Schools staff on financial policies;
  • Oversee public funding contract process;
  • In partnership with financial services partner, lead the annual audits, including Financial Statements, 403b audit, Uniform Guidance (Federal contracts);
  • Oversee and respond to public or private funder audits;
  • Support the External Engagement team on grant budgets, reporting, and compliance;
  • Manage loans and financial instruments, including CARES Act and ARPA stimulus funding;
  • Lead sourcing, evaluation, and contracting with vendor partner using inclusive practices

Payroll and Benefits

  • Oversee 403 B plan and investment committee;
  • In partnership with staff and/or consultants, oversee the payroll process and benefits plan.


There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

  • 10+ years of experience in nonprofit financial management or leadership
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and manage systems and processes that support talent, mission, and impact
  • Training and experience with anti-racist practices and a commitment to cultivating a diverse, equitable, just, and inclusive workplace
  • Strong analytical skills, particularly financial, and track record of using data to drive decision-making
  • Experience with fiscal sponsorship, public funding, and AmeriCorps grants an asset
  • Exceptional listening, trust-building, an ability to lead, coach, and support
  • Excellent problem-solving, operational, and communication skills
  • Strong team orientation and ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups
  • Desire and excitement to model Citizen Schools’ core values: Confidence, Curiosity, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Perseverance and Teamwork
  • The fundamental belief that all students can achieve academic and professional success


This is a full-time position with an annual salary of $125,000 and is commensurate with similar roles at non-profit organizations of comparable size, and you will also receive a robust benefits package. Benefits include generous flexible PTO policy, medical, dental, vision coverage, 403b retirement with a match, professional development stipend, and 15+ paid holidays a year including a winter break.


Citizen Schools helps all students to thrive in school and beyond through hands-on learning and career mentors. Our vision is all students have experiences and career mentors that ignite curiosity, build confidence, and help them develop into the next generation of leaders. Together we are transforming education in school, after school, and across communities.

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Citizen Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status. Citizen Schools is compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and we are committed to making special accommodations for your interview or work as a member of our team. If specific accommodations are needed, please contact us and we will work to accommodate your needs.