Director of Finance

The Academy Group seeks a Director of Finance who is capable of creating, developing and scaling the financial and related structure that can serve as the model for replication of future site locations. The Director of Finance will also play an integral role in creating the culture and governance of The Academy Group.

The ideal candidate is highly adaptable and eager to meet and exceed the needs of our rapidly expanding organization, with exceptional communication, and project management skills, as well as innovative thinking. He/she will join a talented, passionate, diverse, and innovative group of individuals. The Director of Finance will report to the Chief Operating Officer.

The Director of Finance will be responsible for achieving the following within the first year:

  • Create financial budgeting processes and protocols
  • Develop accounting processes, systems, and protocols aligned to financial integrity
  • Design and implement processes fit to scale to connect to budget management


  • Determine and manage financial strategy and policy of The Academy Group
  • Create and implement financial processes, systems, and accounting protocols for optimal financial integrity
  • Manage annual budget control and audit processes, financial evaluation, and reporting
  • Maintain effective administrative systems and processes, including: Legal, Information Technology (IT), and Human Resources (HR)
  • Develop site documentation and processes applicable to multiple locations
  • Manage and mitigate all potential financial risks with adequate systems and protections
  • Primary support to Chief Operating Officer
  • Official point of contact for all financial and related matters
  • Provide executive level governance and resource management

Shared Responsibilities

  • Prepare and manage budgeting, cash-flows, and financial forecasting
    • Consolidate Program and Business budgets
    • Monthly reconciliations; quarterly and annual reporting and presentations
    • Financial reports for internal and external stakeholders
  • Setup and supervise a scalable accounting and financial record system
  • Hire and develop a top-tier accounting team
  • Procurement & inventory management; invoice payment & management system
  • Accounts payables and receivables and payment processing systems
  • Books and records maintenance systems
  • Payroll management
    • Manage policies and operational handbooks
    • Develop and maintain payroll systems and ledgers
    • Prepare payroll submission reports and maintain accurate payroll records
  • Bank Coordination
    • Confirm cash and liquidity to meet our obligations
    • Authorized signatory for AG, manage wire, credit card, and other payments
    • Manage daily cash balances for adequacy and efficiencies
    • Forecast payments, and anticipate cash flow issues
  • Tax and Audit matters
    • Prepare and all quarterly and annual taxes
    • Coordinate and manage audit activities and processes
    • Submit financial reporting and submissions to relevant government entities
  • Communications, Compliance and Information Technology (IT)
    • Provide tools and tutorials to staff for relevant productivity improvements
    • Training and professional guidance for financial and related staff
    • Liaison with internal Program teams and senior staff
    • Create innovative solutions to new financial challenges by applying financial/treasurer knowledge
    • Provide advice on financial matters to other Academy Group sites and partners


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting
  • 3 to 5 years of progressively responsible finance or treasurer experience, business management experience preferred
  • Advanced Excel proficiency


  • Strong experience with standard accounting software packages
  • Education and/or start up experience preferred
  • Ability to exercise considerable discretion and judgement
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, integrity, zest, mission-focus, and autonomous nature
  • Knowledge of current community challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the organization
  • Ability to work under dynamic, evolving conditions
  • Ability to strategize and solve complex problems


The Academy Group (AG) is a unique enterprise founded to realize the long-term potential of young people from underserved communities across the United States. In 2017, we launched the Chicago Academy. We expect to establish Academies in cities across the nation in the years ahead.  AG students develop agency and belief through: high dosage, individualized academic programming; case-based business curriculum; college and career counseling; rigorous job preparation and internships and; personalized advising and mentoring. AG is built on a sustainable business model that aligns the commercial and social sectors. AG takes ownership stakes in a diverse portfolio of companies to fund the education programs, provide internships for students, and create employment opportunities for AG graduates.

This position is based in Chicago


The Academy Group offers a competitive salary and comprehensive medical, vision, dental and 401K package


Please send your resume and a short (<250 words) note about your interest in the role to