Vice President, Finance at Raise.me
San Francisco, CA, US

We’re hiring a VP of Finance to continue building out our internal finance function. This position reports directly to the CEO.

About RaiseMe: We're focused on ensuring that all students have the opportunity to achieve their college and career ambitions. We have over 1.3 million students on our platform, are in 2 out of every 3 high schools across the country, and have partnered with 275 (& counting) colleges and universities. In all, students have earned over $2 billion through RaiseMe (averaging $22,500 annually over their four years in college)!  

We're looking for passionate, high-achievers who want to build a company that will help millions of students. If that's you, join our team!

What would you do?

  • Develop our Finance and Accounting organization, building a high-performing team and creating opportunities for growth for team members
  • Oversee future fundraising processes and the evaluation of strategic opportunities with our CEO and leadership team
  • Lead annual and quarterly strategic planning, OKR, and capital allocation exercises
  • Direct financing strategies, analysis, forecasting, compliance, and budget management. Partner with cross-functional teams to build processes and accountability.
  • Direct daily technical and financial accounting activities and functions of the company
  • Supervise our cash management opportunities; develop and maintain short-term tactical cash forecasts, as well as a long-term strategic forecast plan
  • Manage and comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings
  • Lead preparation and process for our first audit, and maintain rigorous external and internal reporting for stakeholders ranging from board members to team members
  • Partner cross-functionally with all teams on priorities as the business grows and scales (such as pricing and/or go-to-market strategy for new products, budgeting for headcount or new vendors, 409A valuation, etc.)

Who we are looking for:

For the VP of Finance role, we are looking for someone with 10+ years of experience (including SaaS and/or education experience). You will have been familiar with scaling revenue, and have had experience in growth-stage companies of 50 - 300 people. Our leadership team includes individuals from diverse backgrounds, including banking, consulting, education, and tech. We are looking for candidates who are hungry to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial business environment and who have a proven track record of success in their past roles and experiences.

Requirements:

  • 10+ years of FP&A and Accounting experience
  • Bachelor's degree; CPA nice to have
  • Executive-level problem-solving, interpersonal, and leadership skills
  • Previous director level experience (VP-level experience a plus)
  • Strong understanding of GAAP
  • Quickbooks or NetSuite experience
  • Capital markets experience
  • Project budgeting and ROI experience

Nice to have: Startup and/or high-growth experience; familiarity with education or edtech industries.

Some of the tools we use: Excel, Google Sheets, Salesforce, Chartio, SaaSOptics, Quickbooks, Bill.com.

This job might be for you if you're:

  • A Doer: You are driven, self-motivated and a self-starter who brings your ideas to life and takes pride in results. You are resourceful and find ways to get things done regardless of the obstacles. You are not fearful of failure and realize that failure is often a step closer to figuring out what works. Taking on complex challenges excites you, even if you have to ask for help or spend some time figuring out where to begin.
  • Analytical & Data-driven: You bring order to numbers, and have a knack for getting “in the weeds” as well as understanding the 10,000-foot view. You seek to improve data sets to improve business projections and build go-to-market strategies for launching new products.
  • Organized: You are incredibly detail oriented, and can handle having a variety of different projects on your plate at one time because you are good at keeping track of them. You can create a structure for yourself to be most successful.
  • A Talented Communicator: You can distill complex quantitative ideas & reports into digestible information for a variety of audiences. You can demonstrate the “why” behind the numbers, and are thoughtful about the way you communicate to various stakeholders. You have the ability to sense when a conversation is progressing in a positive or negative way and have the confidence to address concerns.
  • Mission-Driven: You want to use your expertise to make the world a better place. You’re excited about building a profitable, mission-driven business, and about helping a younger company grow into a more mature stage. You may have worked in education or edtech before, or your desire to improve education may come through in other experiences from your life.

What will success look like for you at RaiseMe?

  • You will have built and scaled an internal finance function at RaiseMe, and your team will have contributed to key milestones around revenue growth, new product launches, reporting, and cash collection.
  • You will have helped millions of students to achieve their potential and fulfill their college ambitions. The product and company you have helped build transform the way billions of dollars in financial aid are distributed each year.
  • You will have helped build a category-defining company and have an attractive equity stake.
  • You will have learned a ton, met amazing people, developed your skills, and had a life-shaping experience.
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