Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

Manager of Finance and Business Affairs

Employment type
Full Time
9 days ago
Los Angeles

POSITION: Manager of Finance and Business Affairs (Manager of F&BA)
LOCATION: 1055 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1850, Los Angeles, CA 90017
REPORTS TO: Director of Finance and Business Affairs (Director of F&BA)

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is a non-profit organization created in 2007 to transform
historically under-served schools and serve as a scalable transformation model for Los Angeles Unified
School District (LAUSD), the State of California, and the nation. The Partnership dramatically accelerates
achievement for students in the district’s highest-need schools by operating a network of 19 schools
(15,000-student enrollment) in Boyle Heights, South LA, and Watts. The Partnership is one of the largest
public school turnaround initiatives in the nation. Since the network was founded, Partnership schools
have more than doubled their four-year graduation rate from 36% to 81% and have made gains every
year on math and literacy assessments. The Partnership has also been a critical partner to LAUSD as an
advocate for better policies and programs for high-need schools across the district. To learn more about
the Partnership, please visit our website at

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools’ Manager of Finance & Business Affairs (Manager of F&BA) is primarily responsible for the internal operations of the Partnership, with many cross-functional and stakeholder-facing touchpoints. The Manager of F&BA will meet high demands, in both quantity and
quality, as the work is inherently high stakes/impact and foundational to the success of the organization and the network.

The Manager of F&BA handles all day-to-day duties related to finance and accounting, contracts and vendor management, legal concerns, human resources, administrative procedures, and other functions related to the Partnership’s operations and the needs of stakeholders. Guided by the Partnership’s
mission, the Manager of F&BA continuously improves existing policies and procedures; serves as a hub of information, counsel, and direction; and executes a myriad of transactions with the highest integrity (i.e. OMB Circulars, GAAP, ACA, 501(c)(3), etc. compliance). The Manager of F&BA’s work affects all
departments of the organization to varying degrees and the position requires a nuanced understanding of the organization’s mission, initiatives, pertinent compliance requirements, etc., to resolve issues and conflicting priorities.

The Manager of F&BA’s key duties and responsibilities include the following areas:

Finance & Accounting

  • Support the Director of F&BA in management of the Partnership’s finances, including research and data analysis necessary for reporting monthly and annual financial statements and reports, preparing the annual audit and tax return, and ensuring continued financial health of the organization
  • Support the organization to maximize efficiency and minimize cost
  • Execute all financial transactions including payroll, accounts payable, and accounts receivable, coordinating with contracted accountants as needed
  • Manage relationships with contracted accountants, brokers, and vendors
  • Provide support to Director of F&BA in pursuit of higher level goals (e.g. budget development)
  • Support financial transactions across the network, including procurement processes, as needed to fulfill budget requirements

Contracts, Vendor Management, & Legal Concerns

  • Manage all vendor relationships
  • Drive full cycle of MOU and contract creation, development, and execution, with continuing workstreams pursuant to reporting, billing, etc. of the same

Human Resources

  • Manage employee handbook updates and policy
  • On/offboarding, benefit administration, maintaining personnel records, and compliance (e.g. 403(b) testing)

Administrative Procedures

  • Ensure regulatory filings are completed and submitted
  • Compliance with appropriate federal and state law (e.g. FLSA)


Minimally qualified applicants:

  • have a Bachelor’s degree (required, MBA/MA preferred);
  • can demonstrate 3+ years of professional experience with:
    • finance and fund accounting (CA 501(c)(3) preferred) for an organization with a $3M+/year budget;
    • federal and/or public agency grant reporting;
    • HR processes and procedures including implementing recent ACA requirements;
    • MS Office Suite (required) and MIP (preferred).
  • are passionate about the Partnership’s mission;
  • are intellectually curious and open to cage-busting, with good judgment;
  • have a strong sense of integrity and discretion;
  • have strong interpersonal and collaboration skills with a wide variety of people;
  • communicate effectively (i.e. better than this job posting);
  • enjoy the challenge of working through the constantly morphing puzzle of balancing a large scope of work, competing priorities, and timelines;
  • approach work with a growth mindset, seeking opportunities to thrive and grow in a results-oriented environment; and
  • can quickly analyze the relationship between the big ideas and the minute details


Compensation will be commensurate with experience. The Partnership offers a robust benefits package
including health and dental insurance, and a 403(b) retirementprogram.

To apply

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The online application requires that you submit a resume, a cover letter, and that you respond to short answer questions related to this position.
For support with the online application system please, contact Margery Weller at [email protected] or (213)201-2000 ext. 248.