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Director of Finance and Administration 

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At the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), our highest priority is to help teachers prepare students for successful lives. We do this by:

• Showing teachers how to use Project Based Learning (PBL) in all grade levels and subject areas,
• Consulting with educational organizations to create environments where Project Based Learning can best serve the students

We are a mission-driven, nonprofit organization and have been experiencing tremendous growth over the last few years. To accommodate that growth, we are seeking our first highly skilled Director of Finance and Administration to lead BIE’s implementation of the business processes, systems and procedures required to help our growing enterprise achieve its mission and goals. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Director of Finance and Administration will oversee BIE’s financial and operational activities. In that capacity, the priority will be to enhance or implement processes to support our expanding business activities while insuring excellence that is consistent with BIE’s culture and values. S/he will play a key role translating financial and operational data into strategic insights that inform day-to-day tactical decisions and long-term planning.



In collaboration with colleagues on the Leadership Team (Executive Director and direct reports), the Director of Finance and Administration will:  

• Discuss and provide input on all top-level management decisions with particular attention to financial and operational concerns
• Improve efficiency in business processes across the organization
• Participate in strategic planning, including serving as the lead investigator into structures needed to support BIE’s continuing growth
• Improve the definition, understanding and sustainability of the organization’s business model
• Oversee the creation and understanding of appropriate organizational quality and performance metrics
• Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach aligned with BIE mission and culture

Financial Management

In addition to directly supervising all activities of the finance team and our consulting accountant, the Director of Finance and Administration will:

• Lead budgeting, financial modeling and cash flow forecasting
• Engage BIE program staff in developing financial literacy and taking ownership of department and program budgets
• Engage with Board Finance and Executive Committees
• Update and communicate fiscal policies and procedures, ensuring compliance and strong internal controls

Operational and Legal Management

With support from external counsel as needed, the Director of Finance and Administration will:

• Ensure timely filing of corporate, and foreign entity registrations, reports, and payments
• Oversee technology and telecommunication systems and record retention
• Establish risk management policies and maintain appropriate insurance coverages
• Oversee legal functions across the organization, including governance, contracts, and mitigation of liability
• Oversee travel policy, procedures, and interactions with travel contractor

Human Resources

With support from the part-time Human Resources Coordinator, the Director of Finance and Administration will:

• Collaborate with colleagues to develop and implement strategies for attracting and retaining top level staff
• Help to build and sustain BIE’s organizational culture and encourage staff to reach their full potential
• Facilitate organization-wide goal setting and work planning to ensure alignment of individual responsibilities with organizational goals
• Ensure that core Human Resources activities – hiring, on-boarding, off-boarding, benefits operations, performance management, and payroll – for staff and consultants occur in an effective, compliant and strategic manner


• 5+ years of financial and operational management experience, preferably in entrepreneurial, high growth organizations
• Exceptional financial and analytical abilities with demonstrated experience using metrics to inform decision-making
• Experience implementing both financial and process discipline in past roles including in-depth knowledge of forecasting and financial planning
• Strategic growth/planning experience and proven ability to guide execution
• Strong leadership skills with a focus on listening, collaboration and respect and an enthusiasm for coaching others
• Commitment to a collaborative, inclusive and transparent culture with a learning orientation
• Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills
• Clear and compelling communications and interpersonal skills
• Mature and proactive attitude with experience serving as a business partner to the Executive Director and Board
• Degree in Business, Finance, Accounting or equivalent
• Familiarity with schools and educational systems a plus but not required
• A business head with a non-profit heart

Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Buck Institute for Education has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Erin Reedy at

Buck Institute for Education is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.  They are a certified Marin County Green Business and a dog-friendly working environment.

About Buck Institute for Education

Buck Institute for Education’s (BIE) mission is to help teachers prepare students for successful lives using Project Based Learning (PBL) approaches.  They achieve that by creating, gathering and sharing high-quality PBL instructional practices and products and by providing highly effective services to teachers, schools and districts.  For more information, please visit WWW.BIE.ORG.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained search and consulting firm that works exclusively with non-profits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit

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National Faculty

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Deadline: November 17th, 2014

The National Faculty with the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) are seasoned teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, authors and educational consultants who conduct professional development activities on behalf of BIE. Each National Faculty member has his and her own areas of expertise as well as a comprehensive understanding of the BIE Project Based Learning (PBL) model.

BIE seeks highly qualified educators to join the National Faculty team. Prospective members require a unique set of skills and experiences to be effective in professional development work. Central to this skill set is a core philosophy of education reform grounded in student-centered, 21st century teaching and learning. In addition to leading PBL professional development activities in the U.S. and abroad, the National Faculty also functions as a professional learning organization, where members innovate, develop and share PBL practices and knowledge.

National Faculty members are independent consultants contracted for a variety of services in addition to delivery of professional development. As consultants, National Faculty are hired for one-time, short-term or fixed-term assignments and report to BIE staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Speak with authority and accuracy about the key aspects of BIE’s model of Project Based Learning.
• Conduct onsite and online workshops, trainings, and consultation services that meet BIE’s high standard for professional development
• Assist BIE clients in follow-up support visits in the development and implementation of Project Based Learning units as defined by BIE’s PBL essential elements.
• Actively contribute to BIE’s National Faculty professional learning community by developing and sharing best professional development practices.
• Provide mentoring support and training to site or district-based instructional coaches and new National Faculty candidates.
• Interact collaboratively with the Director of Professional Services and BIE staff to ensure that needs of BIE clients are met.
• Maintain accurate time, expense and activity records.


• Teaching experience in PBL environment preferred
• Prior experience as coach, trainer, or consultant for professional learning desirable.
• Experience designing and facilitating professional development activities with strong ability to engage and effectively respond to participant needs.
• Highly skilled in instructional practices and developed or demonstrated teaching innovations.
• Ability to travel
• Model BIE’s values of 21st century teaching and learning at all times.

Please note official acceptance into the BIE National Faculty is contingent on satisfactory completion of the National Faculty Development Program (NFDP). Our NFDP process is a comprehensive training to develop our PBL facilitators and coaches. We require candidates to commit to the following in their first year as part of the National Faculty Development Program:

• 2-day orientation Bootcamp in Novato, CA in January, 2015
• Up to 20 hours of video observations and deliverables in January, 2015
• Two 3-day co-facilitations between February and May, 2015
• 2-day National Faculty Summit in April, 2015
• Minimum of four 3-day workshops in June through August, 2015

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