In America, we've promised that hard work and ambition will be met with equality of opportunity. The reality is that we have a quiet crisis on our hands. Before COVID-19, a bachelor's degree holder from a low-income background started their career earning two-thirds as much as those from higher-income backgrounds. An African American with a BA was almost twice as likely to be unemployed as their white counterpart. While education has the potential to be the great equalizer, only 30% of our country's 1.3 million first-generation or low-income college enrollees are predicted to land a strong job after graduation. And with the COVID-19 crisis still upon us, now more than ever, college students from humble beginnings need to be prepared to compete for strong jobs.
Braven is helping to address these inequities. Braven supports students from college to career by partnering with universities, employers, and college success organizations to offer a two-part experience that begins with a credit-bearing college course followed by a post-course experience that lasts through graduation. Braven Fellows emerge with the skills, experiences and networks they need to land a strong first job and get on a path to economic freedom. Braven is a growing organization, and has worked with more than 3,300 students across four campuses (Rutgers University-Newark, San José State, Lehman College, and National Louis University) and is piloting its innovative program to serve alumni of college success organizations locally in Chicago and virtually nationwide. Learn more about Braven's impact: https://impactreport.bebraven.org/ & https://jobsreport.bebraven.org/
As a key member of Braven' leadership team, the Chief Finance & Operating Officer (CFOO) will report directly to the CEO and play a critical role in the overall strategic management of the organization. The CFOO will dive deeply into financial modeling and forecasting in order to provide senior leaders with the sound financial guidance needed to make key strategic decisions while also thinking innovatively about Braven's future investment strategy and product pricing strategy in service to Braven's ambitious growth plan - poised to grow from $16M to $56M over the next five years. Additionally, the CFOO will serve as a coach and manager to the leaders overseeing Braven's Human Assets, Operations & Real Estate, IT, & Legal workstreams.
As Braven embarks upon their next chapter, the CFOO will serve as a driver of cross-functional collaboration ensuring that all operational decisions are supported by sound financial insights. This is an ideal opportunity for a proven strategic finance leader who excels at coaching and managing others to apply their skills towards leveling the professional playing field for young people in our country.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Strategic Financial Leadership
People Management & Operational Leadership
LOCATION: This role can be based within commuting distance of one of Braven's hub cities: Chicago (preferred), New York City, Newark, or Atlanta. In order to attend key meetings with the Board and colleagues, travel will be required (~1-2 trips per quarter). Because Braven believes in the magic, connection, and collaboration that happens when people work together face-to-face and they believe in giving people flexibility to focus, balance personal priorities, and save themselves one commute per week, when social distancing is not in place, the Braven team gathers in the office four days a week. Each teammate can use one flex day of their choosing per week to work remotely.
Did you know that research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications? Please know that no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. If much of this describes you, we encourage you to apply. This might be the right next role for you if you have:
Braven offers competitive base salaries based on the midpoint of the market among similar-sized not-for-profit organizations and opportunities for salary growth over time. The salary for this position, which depends on prior work experience and the assessment of one's fit for the role, will be within the following ranges based on location:
Braven believes in compensating staff members fairly in relation to each other, their qualifications, and their impact on behalf of the organization, and takes internal equity seriously. Given their commitment to equity and the inequities that can emerge from salary negotiations, Braven does not negotiate salary offers; instead each salary offer is determined carefully upfront using benchmarking. You will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process. Braven also provides competitive, comprehensive benefits, recognition, and career development. While Braven reserves the right to change benefits at any time, current benefits include:
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Braven is committed to attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining a diverse team. Braven operates in the context of our American culture, against the backdrop of systemic racism and oppression of marginalized people since our country's founding. We are committed to assembling leaders at our organization who have emerged from everywhere, with a particular emphasis on those who share the racial and income backgrounds of our Fellows, and creating an inclusive culture that allows all teammates, of all experiences and identities, to thrive.
Braven is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor. We encourage talented individuals of all backgrounds to apply.