Posted on February 16, 2013
Chicago Public Education Fund
Chicago Public Education Fund - Operations Manager
The Chicago Public Education Fund (The Fund) accelerates student achievement in Chicago's public schools by building high-performing teams of principals and teachers, improving evaluation and accountability systems, and reinventing classrooms with the innovative use of time, technology, and talent. The Fund's investors represent a broad cross section of Chicago's business, civic, and philanthropic leaders. They have committed $50 million to The Fund since 2000, enabling the organization to identify high-quality programs and outstanding management teams in which to invest financial capital and strategic support. We track the performance of our investments, provide strategic and operational management assistance, and leverage the business acumen of our directors and management team to have a positive impact on students and schools. Building on a strong track record of success in Funds I, II, and III, The Fund is considering a launch of Fund IV in 2013 and needs to grow in order to do so. Please visit our website at www.thefundchicago.org to learn more about The Fund.
The Operations Manager is critical in the execution of key financial and operational processes at The Fund and is responsible for ensuring that The Fund office is a productive place to work. This includes seamless office management and error-free finance and accounting support. Key responsibilities include:
- Finance and accounting support for the CFO/COO, including but not limited to: audit support, processing of payroll, employee benefits management and administration, liability insurance oversight, accounts payable and cash disbursement management, cash receipts handling, and entering monthly general ledger entries as directed.
- Management of contracts related to organizational operations, including serving as a liaison with building management and with vendors who provide IT and other services.
- Supporting the CFO/COO in human resource management, including communication regarding existing, changing, or new benefits and conducting an annual evaluation of the benefits package.
- Personnel management support, including managing interview and on-boarding processes for new hires and leading annual revision of the personnel manual.
- Day-to-day office management, including maintaining an organized and friendly work environment, ordering supplies, executing logistics for large meetings held in the office, and supporting other office-related needs as identified.
The Fund seeks a detail-oriented professional with project management experience and an accounting or finance background. Successful candidates will possess at least three years of professional experience and a willingness to "wear many hats," as well as:
- Experience providing financial and administrative support in a small, fast-paced organization
- A pattern of strong execution against goals, including experience successfully balancing multiple priorities with limited oversight
- The desire to work in an entrepreneurial environment with a small team, to take initiative, display a strong work ethic, pay attention to detail, continue to grow as a professional, cross boundaries, and help colleagues; must be willing to work tirelessly on behalf of Chicago's students and to contribute positively to the collaborative, innovative, and outcomes-oriented culture of The Fund
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills; superior analytical skills
- Strong Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills as well as experience with financial management software required - experience with Financial Edge preferred
- A positive attitude and solutions-orientation as well as a desire to interact regularly with teammates, board members, and
- program partners
Compensation and Reporting Structure
This is an outstanding opportunity for a growing professional to assume a key role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly respected organization. The Fund maintains compensation and benefit packages that are highly competitive and commensurate with experience. The Operations Manager will also have the ability to take advantage of professional development and training benefits. He/she will report to the Chief Operating Officer.
The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted prior to February 28, 2013 to Brian Goodman at email@example.com. Applications should include a resume, a cover letter, and a one-page writing sample. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone inquires please.
The Chicago Public Education Fund is an equal opportunity employer; people of diverse background are encouraged to apply.