Sr. Financial Analyst full time

Aspire Public Schools HQ: Oakland, California, United States Remote job Jul 21

Aspire Public Schools is a nonprofit organization that currently operates 36 high-performing, open-enrollment public charter schools serving over 15,000 students in underserved communities across California. Aspire is one of the highest-performing public school systems in California, delivering a rigorous “College for Certain” education to students in grades K-12. Visit Aspire Public Schools at 


The Financial Analyst provides financial analysis, tracking, and projections for assigned Aspire school sites. S/he prepares and tracks multiple budgets for restricted and unrestricted funds; understands program and project spending fluctuations; and guides the Area Superintendent and Principals and on areas of fiscal management. 


  • Prepare annual budgets for assigned Aspire school sites
  • Work closely with Principals and Area Superintendent to create and update monthly forecasts, including P&L, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow, and prepare variance analyses for each school
  • Prepare budget projections for new sites within the region, including scenario analysis planning to guide organizational decision making
  • Ensure maximization of use of restricted funding for each school
  • Perform analysis across schools to identify best practices and efficiencies in spending trends and share those analyses with the other members of the Finance team
  • Perform ad hoc financial analyses as requested by the Chief Financial Officer, Director of Finance, Area Superintendents and Principals
  • Prepare school sites for year-end audit with support of the other finance team members
  • Work with charter authorizers and the California Department of Education to comply with local, state, and federal reporting deadlines on a quarterly and/or annual basis
  • Serve as a resource and team member for cross-section of other departments on strategic growth projects as needed
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and support, the Aspire Public Schools mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned


  1. Required knowledge, skills & abilities: 
  • Proven ability to provide timely and meaningful financial analysis in a dynamic, high-growth work environment
  • Proven ability to clearly communicate complex financial concepts to a non-financial leader within the organization
  • Deep knowledge of accounting, especially not-for-profit fund accounting
  • Knowledge of unrestricted and restricted charter school revenue sources
  • Ability to gather and analyze data in order to produce reports and make improvement recommendations
  • Ability to research complex problems and drive changes in attendance processes
  • Strong MS Excel skills and financial modeling (familiarity with accounting software a plus)
  • Excellent organizational, time management and follow-up skills; demonstrated ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently and meet deadlines under pressure
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of accuracy
  • Strong client communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent financial and analytical skills; strong attention to detail
  • Proficiency with multiple accounting software packages and flexibility to learn new packages 
  1. Minimum educational level: 

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance 

  1. Experience required: 
  • A minimum of 4 years accounting and/or financial analysis experience
  • Experience in K-12 public education accounting and/or not-for-profit accounting and/or government
  • accounting
  • Proven track record of identifying and implementing steps to automate tasks
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite; fluency in Microsoft Excel
  • Proficiency with more than 2 accounting systems
Full-time (40 hrs/wk)
Experience levels:
Intermediate (3 - 5 yrs), Expert (5+ yrs)
Negotiable rate