Finance / Accounting
NY - New York metropolitan area
About the Organization

Math for America ("MƒA") was founded in 2004 as an organization committed to teachers. MƒA has created four-year fellowships for accomplished public school mathematics and science teachers who make a lasting impact in their schools, their communities, and the profession at large. There are over 1,000 MƒA teachers across the organization's fellowships. Over the past five years, MƒA invested approximately $110 million in its NYC fellowships as well as advocated for similar fellowship programs across the country. In total, MƒA will invest more than $225 million in mathematics and science teachers over the next decade.

MƒA improves teacher retention nationally by building and supporting communities of outstanding STEM teachers. The MƒA model is based on the belief that collaboration, continued learning, and genuine respect enables teachers to grow professionally and provides long-term career satisfaction. MƒA has built a remarkable community of teachers who stay in the profession longer and define what teaching excellence means. These are teachers who inspire and motivate their colleagues. They change the lives of their students.

MƒA was founded in New York City by Jim Simons, Founder and Chairman of Renaissance Technologies, who along with his wife, Marilyn Simons, also founded the Simons' Foundation, which has a mission to advance frontiers in mathematics research and the basic sciences. The Simons Foundation provides a substantial portion of funding for MƒA , and Jim Simons serves as the Chair of the MfA Board.

About the Position

The Director of Finance and Administration ("DFA") will oversee the finance and administration functions. The DFA will report directly to the President and will manage a Senior Accounting Associate and an Office Coordinator.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Serve as the organizational leader managing finance; plan, direct, and organize all accounting and finance activities of MƒA (including payroll, 990 reporting, audit, insurance, contracts, etc.)
  • Ensure the integrity, accuracy and usefulness of all financial reports for all stakeholders; produce periodic reports and materials for the President as required
  • Oversee MƒA's annual budgeting process, working with the President and program team to make strategic decisions about work planning and resource allocation in order to manage spending and make financial decisions
  • Maintain sound financial controls and oversee effective operational finance (i.e., accounts payable and receivable, banking, fund tracking, etc.) and the timely delivery of all mandated financial reports


  • Manage administration of payroll and all employee benefits including health (FSA and HRA), 401k, and life insurance (note that MƒA currently uses a Professional Employment Organization which does much of the heavy lifting in these areas)
  • Oversee risk management including insurance and legal activities such as letters of agreement, contracts, leases, and other legal documents and agreements
  • Lead technology planning to ensure connectivity, communications, programmatic, and security needs are met; keep abreast of appropriate ways to enhance the organization's technology infrastructure as it grows
  • Oversee vendor management, office administration, security, and disaster planning
Candidate Requirements:

Qualified candidates will possess the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • CPA (required)
  • Strong accounting and finance fluency, preferably in a nonprofit setting; demonstrated ability to specify the financial analyses required to support strategic decision-making and use financial indicators to manage organizational performance
  • Track record of results in an accounting and finance function, with knowledge of operations, facilities, human resources and information technology preferred
  • Exceptional strategic thinking and problem-solving skills, with the intellectual depth and maturity to work with the President and senior leadership team, Board members, and staff
  • Proven success as a people manager, successfully meeting or exceeding organizational targets
  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills with an overall execution orientation and high attention to detail
  • Ability to work across multiple constituent groups, providing customer service, thought leadership and/or other services, enabling internal and external stakeholders to advance their work
Compensation and benefits:

Salary and benefits will be highly competitive and commensurate with experience.

Math for America is an equal opportunity employer. MƒA's goal is to maintain a highly diverse staff in an inclusive and progressive working environment that is representative and respectful of the teacher community it serves. MƒA celebrates, supports, and thrives on recruiting, developing, and retaining the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. MƒA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.