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Talent Development Secondary seeks Financial Manager

Position Title:  Financial Manager – INTERNAL SEARCH

Job Family: Talent Development Secondary at Tides Center

Reports to: Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

General Summary:

TDS is in the process of spinning off its long-standing operations from Johns Hopkins School of Education to become its own independent nonprofit.  For the past twenty years it has been recognized as one of the premier evidence-based school improvement services providers in the most challenged secondary schools in the country, serving our most vulnerable students.  TDS provides a proven model to help these schools build new structures, processes and behaviors while integrating essential student support services so that they can increase their effectiveness in raising student achievement.

TDS has just taken the first step toward its own independence and will operate under the sponsorship of a revered national fiscal sponsor organization, Tides. In 18 -24 months, TDS will have built sufficient systems, in part as a result of the Financial Manager’s efforts, to become its own independent nonprofit with its own board and fully functional operations.

As such, TDS is entering a highly entrepreneurial stage where its national team needs to necessarily be flexible, creative and “can-do” in terms of mind-set and approach to its work.  As such, this Financial Manager position will in some ways prove a tremendous opportunity for a skilled professional to help shape TDS during a time of rapid growth and organizational development.  The position is based in the Baltimore/DC area and will pay competitively and commensurate with skills and experience of the final candidate.


The Financial Manager of Talent Development Secondary will take on the coordination role of the following functions:

Provide managerial oversight of grants, contracts, and general funds.

  • Administering and reviewing all financial plans and budgets; monitoring progress against budget and keeping TDS leadership informed of the organization’s financial status.
  • Monitoring organizational cash flow and forecasting.
  • Handling blended funding streams across multiples accounts.
  • Monitoring net proceeds from TDS publications sales and making suggestions as to the allocation of those resources.
  • Overseeing and monitoring independent contractor agreements and subcontracts.
  • Maintaining records of licensing fees and publications sales proceeds due to JHU and payments of same.
  • Monitoring critical financial data, looking for red flags via early warning indicators and communicates concerns to leadership (e.g. deficits, insufficient funding, collection difficulties, funding pipeline concerns, unsupported staff costs).
  • Generating financial reports such as monthly financial statements, projections on grants, staff utilization, and salary allocations.
  • Coordinating with CAO and Tides to provide any information required for audits.

Responsible for the full lifecycle of grants management including:

  • Providing leadership and grant writers information needed to apply for grants/contracts.
  • Tracking existing grants/contracts and the pipeline of grant/contract opportunities including their current stage.
  • Identifying issues with grant/contract execution for work that has started and how to manage those resources that have been committed.
  • Reviewing and interpreting grant/contract agreements for compliance issues.
  • Monitoring grant/contract expenditures against budgets including the maintenance of all grant/contract personnel salary and benefits expense information.
  • Developing a system to track technical assistance days. Overseeing the tracking of technical assistance days from the staff and ensuring appropriate billing.
  • Preparing reports to sponsoring agencies and organizations and working closely with CAO and Tides on reporting.

Managing the annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with CAO.

Managing financial transactions to include:

  • Overseeing travel and other employee reimbursements. Ensuring that TA related travel costs are appropriately billed to contracts.
  • Reviewing invoices from vendors and subcontractors and processing payments to them.


On a regular and continuous basis, exercises judgment regarding financial, administrative, and personnel issues related to both TDS and participating districts and schools. Routinely spends time making decisions around administrative and personnel issues in conjunction with the CAO, the ED, and CPO. Ultimately assumes responsibility for decisions, consequences, and results.


May represent the interests of TDS when dealing with matters of personnel, financial matters, and overall managerial and leadership issues.  Has the ability to direct his or her workload as needed and provides supervision and guidance in setting the workload of others.


  • Exchanges non-routine information using tact and persuasion as appropriate. Superior oral and written communication skills are required. Communicates on a regular basis with both internal and external contacts, partners and stakeholders.
  • Internally, coordinates with the CAO, ED, CPO, Regional Directors and local managers as it relates to executing and tracking against contracts and deliverables.
  • Externally, communicates with district and school personnel and representatives from civic, corporate, and philanthropic organizations as it relates to contracts, reimbursements, pay plans and finances.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Business, Finance or Accounting.  A Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) strongly preferred.
  • Strong experience with and/or demonstrated success in financial management in a non-profit setting.
  • Knowledge of OMB Circulars and experience with A133 Grant Audits.
  • Ideal candidate has experience of final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit experience for either a division or significant program area.
  • Ability to translate financial concepts to – and to effectively collaborate with – programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have financial backgrounds.
  • Highly developed analytic, organization and problem-solving skills, which support and enable sound decision making.
  • Experience with accounting and reporting software.
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills, decision-making abilities, along with capacity to take direction and then work independently.


  • A Master’s Degree in Business Administration
  • Non-profit financial and administrative management experience of at least 5-7 years.
  • Supervisory experience of financial and administrative staff of at least 5-7 years.