• Director of Finance

    Job Locations US-MA-Boston
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/30/2018 2:17 PM)
    Accounting / Finance
    Work Hours
    9 - 5, with additional hours as needed
    Regular Full-Time
    Targeted Job Start Date
    Application Deadline
    Salary Range
    $90-120K, commensurate with experience
  • Overview & Benefits

    Bottom Line is dedicated to helping first-generation students from low-income backgrounds get into college, graduate from college, and go far in life.  Our vision is to dramatically transform urban communities by producing thousands of new career-ready college graduates.


    As one of the first college support organizations to focus on college completion, Bottom Line now produces best-in-class college graduation rates that eliminate the significant gap between first generation students from low-income backgrounds and their wealthier peers. We operate regional programs in Massachusetts, where we were founded in 1997, New York City, and Chicago that collectively serve over 7,000 students. We plan to open two new sites in major urban areas and increase our footprint to over 10,000 students by 2020.


    Bottom Line focuses on students who have the desire and potential to earn a degree, but lack the support structures necessary to navigate the college application process, make a responsible school choice, succeed in college, and prepare for a meaningful career.


    Over the last 21 years, Bottom Line has developed a proven and proactive long-term, high-touch, high impact model.  Full-time, trained, and specialized advisors leverage our DEAL model which addresses the four key areas that are most likely to lead to college success: Degree, Employability, Affordability, and Life. Our relationship and results focused approach helps our students change their lives by gaining economic mobility through college selection, graduation, and career-readiness.


    At Bottom Line we also have a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We aim to attract qualified candidates who hold these same values and help us to further recognize and celebrate the diversity among us. 


    When you join Bottom Line you will find a rewarding, fast-paced, results-oriented environment. We build strong relationships with our students and with each other. We take our work seriously and we know that a focus on data and metrics is integral to our continued success. Experts in our field, we are driven by our mission and motivated by the impact we’re achieving.


    Bottom Line offers a comprehensive benefits package.


    For more information, please visit www.bottomline.org and



    Bottom Line is currently searching for a Director of Finance to manage the day-to-day financial operations for a $13.5M, multi-site organization.  The Director of Finance is a very hands on position with active responsibility over general accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, financial operations, and planning.  Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Finance will be a member of an 18-person national headquarters team supporting regional teams in MA, NYC, and Chicago.


    The Director of Finance is a full-time position located in downtown Boston.  Hours are approx. 9 to 5, with additional hours as necessary.  Occasional travel to regional offices in (Jamaica Plain, NYC, and Chicago) is required.  The Director will supervise two FT accounting staff members.


    Primary Responsibilities:


    Financial and Operational Management (35%)

    • Establish and maintain internal controls to ensure compliance with financial  policies and adherence to accounting procedures and standards with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the Financial Accounting Services Board (FASB), and the Office of Management and Budgets (OMB)
    • Oversee the effective use of financial systems and their intersection across the organization including Sage Intacct, Certify Expense Management, and Paylocity (Payroll system)
    • Maintain accounting and financial systems and accounting records
    • Work with HR team to process the bi-weekly payroll in order to ensure all staff are paid on a timely and accurate basis
    • Reconcile General Ledger accounts
    • Oversee Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable
    • Develop processes for more efficient work-flow between National team, Regional teams, and Finance team of 3

    Reporting & Analysis (20%)

    • Manage the annual financial audit, and all required state and federal reporting
    • Prepare monthly financial statements including budget to actuals, forecasts and cash flow
    • Present financial reports to senior leadership, board and funders as necessary
    • Provide reporting support to external stakeholders related to grant requirements
    • Complete all reports to all benefit vendors and state insurance agencies, and provide reports to HR as needed throughout benefits plan year
    • Proactively seek to improve reporting capability and more efficient/effective use of financial platforms

    Budget Project Management (20%)

    • Design and Manage the annual organizational Budget Process
    • Revise and implement budget templates
    • Connect with regional
    • Improve forecasting process through engaging with regional staff
    • Support local Executive Directors and National staff with annual budget process

    Leadership (15%)

    • Create and help to maintain a supportive, inclusive, and positive work environment among the Finance team of 3, and the National Team as whole
    • Manage performance of Accounting staff, providing coaching and feedback to support their career growth
      • This includes: setting goals, assessing progress toward these goals and Bottom Line's core competencies, providing feedback and coaching through challenges
    • Support daily and monthly work of Accountants, and fill in as needed


    Organizational Support (10%)

    • Participate in cross-team projects to help National team meet strategic priorities
    • Provide support to regional development teams and program teams as needed
    • Represent the Bottom Line brand in a positive light and take actions to increase brand awareness throughout the community

    Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without advanced notice.



    • 7 - 10 years of finance management and leadership experience
    • Demonstrated commitment to Bottom Line’s mission, vision, and core values
    • Demonstrated proficiency and/or growth potential in our core competencies (please see below)
    • Bachelor’s degree and work authorization required; MBA or CPA strongly preferred


    All employees are expected to demonstrate continued growth within our seven core competencies.


    Competencies provide Bottom Line with a way to define, in behavioral terms, what it is that people need to do to produce the results that the organization desires in a way that is in keeping with its culture. Bottom Line defines a competency as a cluster of related knowledge, skills, and attitudes that affects a major part of one’s job that correlates with performance on the job, that can be measured against well-accepted standards, and that can be improved via training and development.

    • Relationships: Identifies opportunities and takes action to build and maintain meaningful and collaborative connections with various stakeholders
    • Results: Produces quality outcomes; compiles and analyzes data to drive future plans; uses creative solutions
    • Communication: Effectively articulates information in a clear, concise, and timely manner to a wide range of stakeholders
    • Inclusiveness: Creates and maintains an environment that respects and values the identities and cultures of all colleagues and students we serve
    • Talent Development: Actively contributes to the hiring, development, retention, and promotion of a highly effective team
    • Agility: Demonstrates adaptability and openness to shifting priorities, needs of stakeholders, and organizational changes
    • Planning: Effectively and efficiently uses resources (people, time, materials, technology) in order to create, meet, and assess both strategic and task-oriented goals


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