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Finance Associate

About CSS
Center for Supportive Schools is an anti-racist, fast-paced, collegial, and team-oriented organization wholly committed to helping schools become places where students want to be. Our work directly addresses student disengagement, a root cause of diminished academic performance, students dropping out of school, and other high-risk student behaviors. We partner with schools in three areas: developing all students into leaders; empowering teachers to collaborate with each other and with students; and engaging entire school communities to improve how learning happens.

CSS is driven by the vision that one day, all students will thrive in schools that graduate them prepared for the rigors of college and lives filled with meaningful work, active citizenship, and personal fulfillment.

We are committed to antiracism. Our vision for students will not be realized absent the dismantling of systemic racism that permeates schools and society. Schools are not safe, supportive, engaging, and inspiring unless they address all areas of marginalization and eradicate all the many interconnected forms of oppression. CSS's focus on antiracism results from the outsized role that racism has played in shaping the United States and its institutions, from the fact that racism intersects with all other forms of oppression and given that that which we learn and develop - tools, frameworks, resources - in dismantling racism can be leveraged to abolish all other forms of oppression.

Founded in 1979, we are a national organization currently impacting 65,000 students annually and committed to supporting every K-12 school in the country. Most of our partners are economically disadvantaged communities where the consequences of student disengagement and racism can be most devastating.
For more information, please visit For more information about CSS's commitment to antiracism, please visit

The Role

The Finance Associate is a member of the national team and will work in support of the accounting and finance functions of our mission-driven non-profit organization by assisting Finance staff in the day-to-day accounting and finance operations. The Finance Associate will support the finance team with administrative and process tasks within accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and the general ledger. The Finance Associate will often work within tight timeframes to complete financial processes, will collaborate and communicate daily with staff across the organization, and will interface with vendors related to procurement and payment details.

Key Job Responsibilities

Accounting & Finance Support
  • Assist with accounts payable by ensuring that proper documentation and tax forms are on file, filing accounts payable vouchers, and mailing checks
  • Follow-up with employees and vendors for outstanding documentation, as needed
  • Post payments to internal tracking systems and compare to the detail posted in the general ledger
  • Post general and administrative expenses across spreadsheets for allocations to grants and contracts
  • Support accounts receivable billings by assisting in generating invoices and supporting documentation, tracking, and depositing checks received
  • Assist with budget process by populating budget spreadsheets and comparing them to internal trackers to ensure accuracy
  • Assist with semi-monthly payroll distribution and other payroll related tasks
  • Process subcontractor payments, including filing check stubs, printing invoices, and posting to the check tracker; request and follow up for internal approvals, as needed; submit invoices for payment and file invoices after payment; communicate with subcontractors about invoices and payments
  • Compile credit card reconciliations in online expense management software platform, review for proper documentation, and match reconciliations to monthly credit card bill
  • Other tasks, as needed

Qualifications and Experience

Education: You've likely earned a bachelor's or associates degree in finance, accounting, or other area of relevant study, or have had 1-3 years of related experience with financial data.

Professional Experiences and Personal Qualities/Skills: You likely have demonstrated exceptional attention-to-detail skills.

In addition, you have likely had the following experiences and have demonstrated the following attributes:

  • Enthusiasm for supporting the day-to-day activities of an accounting and finance department in an administrative capacity
  • Team player with ability to work collaboratively
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Committed, focused, meticulous, and hard-working with excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently
  • Enthusiasm for learning new skills
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office applications (Word and Excel), Google Docs, and Google Sheets
  • Experience working with financial data, spreadsheets, and/or financial systems
  • Experience in accounting field preferred
  • Knowledge of basic accounting principles and knowledge of non-profit accounting principles a plus

COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing
CSS requires all school-facing staff members to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. As of the time of this position announcement posting, fully vaccinated means receiving two vaccination doses of either the Pfizer vaccine or the Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Non-school facing staff members who are not vaccinated because of a CSS-approved medical or religious accommodation must submit a copy of a COVID-19 test result 48-72 hours in advance of any CSS-related in-person interaction (this includes in-person interaction with other staff, in-person training events, office visits, business meetings, and/or school visits).

The Finance Associate will be based at CSS's New Jersey office, located in Princeton, New Jersey. A hybrid situation may be possible.

Work Environment/Physical Requirements
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working at a computer, including participating in virtual videoconference meetings
  • Communicating with others in writing and verbally to exchange information

Compensation and Benefits
The anticipated starting date for this position is September/October 2022. The hiring salary for this position is $42,600 - $53,245. CSS offers the following benefits:
  • Comprehensive and competitive benefits plan, including health, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, health reimbursement accounts, commuter and transit accounts
  • 403(b) plan with employer match
  • Generous paid time off
  • Paid holidays and winter break
  • Flexible work option based on job role eligibility
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Reduced schedule on Fridays during summer months
  • Phone stipend

To Apply
Interested applicants are requested to apply by emailing a cover letter and CV/résumé to Please include (1) the title of the position in the subject line of your email and (2) where you found the position posting in your cover letter. If possible, please email all documents in PDF format. Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Center for Supportive Schools is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity, inclusion, and equity in its work and staff. CSS's Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action-related policies are available upon request.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.