ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

Launched in 2007, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools’ mission is to transform schools to revolutionize school systems, empowering all students with a high-quality education. The Partnership is a non-profit, in-district partner to LA Unified, not a charter network. As an independent nonprofit organization, the Partnership serves 13,200 students across 20 LA Unified schools in Watts, Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles. The Partnership works within the LA Unified School District context, which includes honoring all collective bargaining agreements for its teachers and school staff.
 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools’ Manager of Finance & Business Affairs (Manager of F&BA) is primarily responsible for building the relationships and culture necessary to scale the internal financial operations of the Partnership, with many cross-functional and stakeholder-facing touchpoints. In the most recently audited fiscal year, the Partnership earned $14.5M in revenue, booked $12.3M in expenses, issued 127 W-2s and 360 1099s, and held net assets of $38.8M. The Manager of F&BA manages and/or executes all processes related to finance, payroll, business affairs, and human resources, interfaces with both internal and external parties, and provides guidance to other staff for contracts, legal concerns, human resources, administrative procedures, and other functions related to the Partnership’s operations and the needs of stakeholders. 

Guided by the Partnership’s mission, the Manager of F&BA continuously improves existing policies and procedures; serves as a hub of information, counsel, and direction; and executes a myriad of transactions with the highest integrity (i.e. OMB Circulars, GAAP, FASB, HIPAA, ACA, 501(c)(3), etc. compliance). This person will report to the Senior Vice President of Finance and Business Affairs (SVP of F&BA).

The Partnership is committed to continuously building an anti-racist culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in classrooms and in our home office. The [title] will be someone who is committed to implementing these values in creative ways when executing day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Manager of F&BA’s key duties and responsibilities include the following areas:

  • Finance & Accounting (60%)

    • In tandem with SVP of F&BA, ensure financial health of the Partnership and maximize efficiency of financing the activities of the organization

    • Support the SVP in management of the Partnership’s finances, which includes – but is not limited to – budget development, research and data analysis, grant and compliance reporting, monthly and annual financial statements and reports, and support for annual audit and tax return

    • Build and implement processes and procedures for budgeting, finance, and payroll systems, and train and support Partnership staff on these processes and procedures, both annually and as-needed

    • Manage day-to-day financial operations and processes, including accounts receivable, payroll time reporting, retirement account testing, fielding compliance requests (e.g. EDD and Franchise Tax Board), and several balance sheet items, such as fixed asset ledger and inventory

    • Oversee and manage external relationships with brokers, vendors, and insurance brokers

    • Provide internal monitoring of organizations that receive funding as pass-through dollars from the Partnership

    • Support multi-party financial transactions across the network through respective discretionary accounts

    • Submit tax forms, as needed

    • Provide support for grant and funder reporting submissions, as needed

 
  • Human Resources (20%)

    • On and offboard team members in financial matters while maintaining compensation and time reporting records, as well as compliance (e.g. 403(b) testing)

    • Ensure compliance and document retention policies, all with confidentiality

    • Serve as in-house expert for compliance issues (e.g. 1099 v. W-2)

 
  • Business Affairs (15%)

    • Ensure the Partnership remains in legal, compliant, and good standing with all pertinent agencies (e.g. IRS, EDD, Department of Labor, CA Education Code, MOU with LAUSD, etc.)

    • Manage vendor relationships and performance for all Partnership Home Office services, from request for proposals to closeout of services

    • Provide historical input and recommendations to guide MOU and contract creation, development, and execution, with continuing work streams pursuant to reporting, billing, etc.

    • Create cross-functional systems, as needed an appropriate

 
  • Administrative Procedures (5%)

    • Ensure regulatory filings are completed and submitted

    • Ensure compliance with appropriate federal and state law (e.g. FLSA, minimum wage increases, etc.)

    • Create and monitor the Admin policy and procedures document

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree (required, MBA/MA preferred);

  • Can demonstrate 5+ years of professional experience with:

  • Finance and fund accounting (CA 501(c)(3) preferred) for an organization with a $10M+/year budget

  • Dederal and/or public agency grant reporting

  • HR processes and procedures, including implementing recent ACA requirements

  • Operations and contracts

  • MS Office Suite required, and Paycom, Bill.com, and Xero (preferred)

  • Passionate about the Partnership’s mission

  • Intellectually curious and open to cage-busting, with good judgment

  • Strong sense of integrity and discretion

  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills with a wide variety of people

  • Effective communication skills

  • Enjoys the challenge of working through the constantly morphing puzzle of balancing a large scope of work, competing priorities, and timelines

  • Approaches work with a growth mindset, seeking opportunities to thrive and grow in a results-oriented environment

  • Can quickly analyze the relationship between the big ideas and the minute details

  • Proficient in Spanish preferred


SHARED BELIEFS & COMPETENCIES
  • Partnership staff shared beliefs include:

    • Deep belief in the power of our communities, and respect and love for our families in Boyle Heights, South LA and Watts.
    • Belief in the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values and a commitment to improving academic achievement for Partnership students
    • A commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment for all team members
    • Humility and respect for the hard work of school leaders, teachers, parents, and students
    • Reflective and a life-long learner
    • Unmatched work ethic
    • Highest level of integrity
 
  • All Partnership team members are expected to learn, grow, and model the following organizational competencies:
    • Anti-racism: Acknowledges and actively seeks to disrupt the systemic racism that exists within educational systems and society which oppress the students and communities we serve

    • Root Cause Analysis: Proactively makes time to examine the underlying causes of challenges, and identifies and addresses their root causes

    • Long-Term Thinking: Focuses on long-term strategies and goals as the key to realizing the Partnership’s mission of empowering all students with a high-quality education

    • Teaming & Collaboration: Builds and contributes to a strong team culture that promotes a sense of belonging for all team members

    • Psychological Safety: Feels freedom to express oneself openly and honestly, and to be one’s authentic self

    • Learning & Growth: Continually seeks to learn, grow, and improve in order to best serve our students and communities


COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

The Partnership has recently completed a thorough study of market-competitive salaries, and has applied the learning from that study to salary offers for all home office positions. Our goal is to ensure that pay is fair for all staff members, both considering the market and considering pay equity among staff in similar roles in the organization. The Partnership offers a robust benefits package including employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403(b) retirement program. This is a full time, year-round position.

 

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT

Partnership for LA Schools is a contractor with Los Angeles Unified School District and has implemented a Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Policy. All new employees are required to be fully vaccinated a week before their start date unless they are approved for an accommodation due to a medical reason, or because of a sincerely held religious belief. 

For more information about this policy, please email the Manager of Home Office Talent & Organizational Culture at Melanie.Liu@PartnershipLA.org.

 

TO APPLY

Please prepare your resume and a cover letter tailored to this position. You will submit your documents using our online application system linked here.
 

For technical assistance, assistance for applying with a disability, or questions, please email Melanie.Liu@PartnershipLA.org.

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to – and actively pursues – diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. The Partnership prohibits discrimination based on race (including traits historically associated with race such as hairstyle), creed, color, religion, registered domestic partner status, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship status, age, military and veteran status, medical condition, genetic information, political affiliation, pregnancy or childbirth, physical disability or mental disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance or regulation. The Partnership also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of these characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, training, transfer, wages, benefits, termination, and all other privileges, terms, and conditions of employment.

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This is a full time position

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