Finance Business Partner

Finance Business Partner

  • Full Time
  • Remote

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About JFF:  
Jobs for the Future (JFF) drives transformation of the American workforce and education systems to achieve equitable economic advancement for all. 

About the position:  
The Finance Business Partner (BP) is a newly created position that is situated within JFF’s central Finance function, reporting to the Vice President of Finance, and will be providing targeted support to a portfolio of business units. The core responsibility of this role is to serve as the central strategist, orchestrator, and advisor for financial management across the business unit’s projects. As a Business Partner, you will serve as a strategic thought partner to the team’s leaders to inform business-unit level financial planning and reporting. You will work to ensure alignment between program and project scoping with budgets and resources. You will also serve in an education and training capacity, ensuring business-unit team members understand budgets, reports, and spending impacts.  
This role offers the opportunity to serve as the central link between business unit leaders and Finance Team leadership to align priorities and deliverables to achieve the business unit priorities and impact agenda as well as JFF’s mission. You will have the chance to work collaboratively with other Finance BPs to create consistent processes, share best practices, problem-solve, and learn with each other. This role serves as a member of a cross-functional “squad” of business partners, from various disciplines (HR, Marketing Communications, Development, etc.), that collectively serve business units to meet their strategic goals.   
The ideal candidate is a strategic and consultative partner who possesses exceptional financial analysis, grants management and budgeting capabilities. This is also a great opportunity for someone who is skilled at translating complex financial information to programmatic staff and building staff members’ capacity to ensure JFF’s work is properly resourced. 

What you’ll do:   
Strategic Financial Management  
– Lead with an entrepreneurial mindset to build and scale the new FBP role toward best practices, and standing up the new team 
– Identify gaps/trends across the organization and collaborate with the other Finance Business partners to prioritize work and be most responsive to business needs and stand up this new team  
– Partner with business unit leadership from project inception through execution, ensuring the alignment of project financial resources and program deliverables    
– Assist in development of new project pricing and modeling to ensure JFF has competitive pricing in the various markets we operate 
– Work closely with business unit leadership as well as Financial Planning & Analysis team to develop forward looking projections for forecasting resource needs and long-range planning to inform portfolio management and to proactively shape business strategy 
– Provide real-time portfolio level analysis and reporting; identify business unit level risks and flag areas of concern across business unit budgets; provide strategic advice to optimize costs and manage against financial risk   
– Present the monthly reports in a style suitable for both a finance and non-finance audience, delivering insight and highlighting priority areas of focus for resolution 
– Lead quarterly portfolio meetings in collaboration with squad team members  
– Flag and provide data for decisions that come with funding sources as part of support on go/no-go decisions 
– Translate financial requirements into programmatic priorities and vice versa 
– Review proposal budgets prior to award and handoff post-award to grants stewardship for seamless ongoing project level support   
– Provide technical advice on portfolios in partnership with the Grants Stewardship team  

Thought Partnership and Communication 
– Ensure Business Unit Staff have a full understanding of business unit-level budgets, financial reports, and spending impact 
– Facilitate regular meetings between Finance and Business Units to ensure alignment throughout annual budgeting process 
– Collaboratively design process standardization for project proposal development and create training and capacity building forums for business unit leaders  
– Communicate and enhance lines of communication between finance/operations and program teams 
– Translate programmatic strategy within proposal budget ensure deliverables align with resources  

Who you are:  
– You bring a minimum of 10 years of success in a finance, budgeting, or grants management role at a nonprofit or demonstrates considerable knowledge of non-profit finances overseeing at least $10 million in funding 
– You are someone who has experience in financial management and accounting as well as advising others in this area. 
– You are a strategic thinker with demonstrated experience in financial analysis, budgeting, forecasting, and reporting.  
– You bring skills in project, and budget management, and have proven experience leading to successful project outcomes 
– You are familiar with utilizing financial systems (such as NetSuite-Oracle), CRMs (like Salesforce), and Microsoft Excel  
– You are able to synthesize and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data to drive critical business decisions; you are skilled at translating complex information into simple language 
– You are highly organized and know how to manage multiple projects and prioritize appropriately; you create clear and logical systems and processes to support your work and that of the organization to drive results 
– You place a premium on service-orientation and excellent service delivery; you build positive relationships with internal leaders and staff based on trust and building mutual understanding 
– You are a curious and adaptive learner, with a willingness to take in new information, perspectives, and data to inform your work   
– You have an entrepreneurial mindset and an appetite for building and scaling teams; experience working in a high-growth environment or one experiencing significant change is preferred 
– You are skilled at navigating ambiguity, anticipating bottlenecks, and coming up with creative solutions that support you and others’ work 
– You possess high energy and passion for JFF’s mission and the ability to apply JFF’s core values to all areas of your work 
– You model inclusive leadership, working effectively with colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds, and building and stewarding an organizational culture that embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and wellbeing (DEIBW) 
– You have a strong understanding and level of sophistication around DEIBW practices and its application within the finance function 
– You build positive, effective, collaborative cultures and teams wherever you work building out relationships with key stakeholders to ensure results  
What We Offer 
At JFF, we’re fueled by the desire to create a world where everyone has equal opportunity for economic advancement. Our team works hard to push the boundaries of what is possible, and in return, we provide a gratifying work experience, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits program that includes flexibility and choice as core values to support people wherever they are in their lives and careers. 
The salary range for this role is $120K – $140K annually, in alignment to JFF’s Director salary band and our compensation philosophy. Starting salaries for new hires will be determined based on a combination of the new hire’s relevant experience and market demands. 
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at JFF:  
JFF is committed to sustaining a diverse community with a work environment that is welcoming, respectful, and encouraging to all. JFF fosters a culture of inclusion that celebrates and cultivates diversity along multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, culture, and experience. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, JFF strongly encourages people impacted by the criminal legal system to apply.  

To apply:  
As part of your application, please include your resume and a thoughtful cover letter, addressed to our People and Culture team outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. 
Positions at JFF are not eligible for employer-visa sponsorship or open to F-1 student visa holders.  
All JFF employees are required to be fully up to date on their vaccinations against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption has been requested and a reasonable accommodation approved.   

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