National Education Association (NEA) - Chief Financial Officer
The National Education Association (NEA) is America’s oldest and largest organization committed to advancing excellence in public education. NEA’s three million members work at every level of education and believe in the power of public education to transform lives and create a more just and inclusive society. NEA believes education is the cornerstone of democracy and advocates for equal opportunity for every student, every educator, every family.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the country. The nation’s largest professional employee organization, NEA is committed to fulfilling its vision to provide a great public school for every student. NEA advocates for education professionals and unites members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed. NEA focuses on improving the quality of teaching, increasing student achievement, and making schools safer, better places to learn.
The ideal candidate will bring both extensive financial expertise as well as superb interpersonal skills and the ability to successfully communicate with a diverse range of stakeholders.
Candidates must have unquestionable integrity, trustworthiness, and a deep commitment to public education and creating a just and inclusive society. The CFO stewards the financial resources for NEA in alignment with its values to ensure the organization is maximizing the ability to deliver on its vision and mission for its members.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Lead the financial operations of the Association, ensuring quality, integrity, and stewardship of members’ dues.
- Actively manage the day-to-day accounting and financial operations of the Association, ensuring strong internal controls and setting a tone at the top of fiduciary responsibility and stewardship.
- Work with the Executive Director, Secretary-Treasurer, and other designated staff to develop budgets for the Association as a whole, ensuring alignment with strategic goals.
- Support the Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Director in the onboarding, education, and support of the Board-elected members of the Budget Committee and other governance leaders.
- Communicate financial results and issues to the Executive Director, senior executives, and the Secretary-Treasurer as well as other members of governance.
- Serve as a member of the board of directors of the Association’s Post-Retirement Medical Trust (VEBA Trust) and as the NEA liaison at board meetings of wholly-owned subsidiary, Member Benefits (NEA-MB).
- Manage accounting control systems and internal audits enduring the accurate and timely production of accounting information and financial reports.
- Oversee the Association’s banking activities and actively manage cash flow to ensure it meets the Association’s needs.
- Monitor changes in legal, regulatory, and administrative environments and implement changes in procedures needed to maintain compliance while maximizing operational and financial results.
- Serve as the Association’s primary liaison with its independent Auditor to ensure the annual audit is completed smoothly and in a timely manner.
- Oversee the negotiation and execution of Association contracts with vendors and collaborative service providers.
- Serve as the Conflict-of-Interest Officer for all NEA staff.
Education and Experience:
- Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university; with Master’s degree preferred.
- At least five to ten years of senior financial management experience with an organization with operations in excess of $25m.
- Executive managerial experience directing or working with an NEA affiliate, labor union, or a non-profit association preferred.
- Certified Public Accountant preferred.
- Manage and oversee all aspects of the financial/accounting management function.
- Create, analyze, and report on financial statements and budgets at all levels of the Association.
- Communicate complex concepts to a diverse set of stakeholders.
- Manage, support, and mentor a high-performing financial team.
- Analyze and solve problems effectively and efficiently.
- Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
- Exercise strong judgment, flexibility, and emotional intelligence.
- Work well with and be responsive to the needs of governance.
- Manage priorities effectively to meet deadlines and demonstrate multi-tasking skills.
- Assimilate new information and technology, as well as demonstrate a track record of utilizing data analytics to forecast, evaluate, and make fiscal and/or programmatic recommendations.