Senior Manager, Finance & Operations

May 30, 2017

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ISKME seeks a hands-on, systems-driven finance and operations manager to join our education nonprofit team as we work towards a mission-driven sustainable business model.

The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) in Half Moon Bay, CA is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to improve the practice of continuous learning, collaboration and change in the education sector. ISKME conducts social science research, develops research-based innovations, and facilitates innovation that improves knowledge sharing in education. Among other things, ISKME is known for its award-winning OER Commons initiative and its annual Big Ideas Fest, a gathering of education stakeholders in designing the future of education.

ISKME is actively growing its capacity and reach globally, and at the same time is scaling its ability to provide services within the education sector. As such, we seek a business-oriented individual who can help the organization manage and develop a thriving and sustainable model for the future, while increasing its impact and maintaining the unique, innovative culture that defines ISKME and its team.



Reporting to the CEO, the Senior Manager, Finance & Operations will manage the day-to-day operations and finance at ISKME. Specifically:


  • Proactively provide guidance on all financial and budgeting matters; 
  • Ensure ISKME maintains the infrastructure for strong financial controls that allow for the flexibility required for growth within programs and throughout the organization overall
  • Provide leadership and support to Accounting Assistant for A/P, A/R, and Payroll processes; 
  • Provide weekly reports to CEO for actual and projected cash flow and budgets
  • Provide accurate and timely financial and operating reports for foundations grants and government contracts
  • Lead the annual financial planning process, including the development of forecasts and models for various funding scenarios; 
  • Develop financial analysis and reporting designed to provide insight into the organization’s operations and plans; 
  • Assist in implementing a strategy for growth and sustainability that includes funding, technology and staffing requirements;

Human Resources:

  • Provide leadership to HR Assistant for Human Resources processes;
  • Ensure that human resources infrastructure, including HR information, payroll and benefits are maintained;
  • Review staff travel and time reporting, ensuring compliance to established guidelines;

Business Development and Contracts:

  • Provide guidance and oversight for timely proposal submissions;
  • Review project requirements and generate contracts; 
  • Maintain contract tracking system;
  • Coordinate efforts that require external legal support;


  • Ensure that all functions are effectively staffed, supported and are in-sync with the organization’s overall strategy;
  • Oversee the development, implementation, and upgrades of appropriate financial and operation-related systems;
  • Provide operations leadership for ISKME’s events, ensuring they are efficiently planned, resourced and operated.

Requirements and Experience:

  • 5+ years operations and finance experience; preferably with experience in a global context or with international partners;
  • 3+ years direct nonprofit experience, either on staff, or nonprofit board;
  • A unique, systems-driven hybrid who can relate to the operations of ISKME with phenomenal integrity for the staff;
  • Experience helping an organization facilitate its way through growth while helping to hold the vision of where it is going as an organization;
  • Familiarity with tools and products that promote collaboration, sharing and knowledge management;
  • Analytic and decisive decision maker with the ability to prioritize and communicate to staff key objectives and tactics necessary to achieve operational goals;
  • Excellent writing and presentation ability, and critical thinking skills. 

The successful candidate will be:

  • Passionate about the role nonprofits can play in mission driven change in education
  • Entrepreneurial, self-directed, able to juggle multiple priorities and deadlines; ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment; a “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of operational activities;
  • A good listener; comfortable receiving input from many sources, and able to analyze and formulate disparate information into a sound, well-organized plan;
  • Professionally mature, flexible, and creative in finding alternative ways to reach objectives; a skilled negotiator;
  • A team builder – confident and competent, one who understands the importance of motivating and directing a culturally diverse group with different work styles.


Please email Include your cover letter, resume, and any links that would help us understand the work that you have done.

ISKME is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.