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Braven, Inc

Director, Finance & Human Assets

– Chicago, Illinois
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Chicago is the preferred location, but applicants in Newark, San Jose, or New York will also be considered.

Braven’s mission:

In America, we’ve promised that hard work and ambition will be met with equality of opportunity. The reality is that we have a quiet crisis on our hands. Despite 1.2 million low-income or first-generation students enrolling in college each year, only one in four will attain a strong first job or enroll in graduate school upon graduating. In partnership with universities and employers, we believe Braven is a solution and we are on a mission to scale it, equalizing access to the American Dream.

We are looking for people passionate about ensuring all young people can put their education to work at this unique moment in time for our organization:

  • In 5 short years, we have grown from 14 students in a pilot on one campus to a community of 1,200 strong across three sites.

  • To date, 69% of Braven’s Fellows have landed a strong job or quality outcome within 6 months of graduation, as compared with the average of 54% for all students nationally.  Braven Fellows outpace their peers in internship attainment, non-cognitive skill growth, and college persistence.

  • Over the next 3 years, Braven will serve a total of 6,000 new Fellows across our existing three sites, innovate on our core model, and expand to new sites across the country.

The role

As Braven goes from the start-up phase to the scale up phase, our finance and human assets (HA) needs have become more complex. With new sites and revenue streams on the horizon, the likelihood is that complexity will increase. We are seeking someone who is strategic, a problem-solver, and an excellent communicator. Braven seeks someone who believes - and whose work has demonstrated a belief - that every young person deserves the opportunity to put their education to work and realize a life of impact and economic mobility. The ideal candidate has worked across finance and HA at a national nonprofit and has worked closely with programmatic and fundraising leadership to help them make informed, data-driven decisions and build strategic financial models that emphasize sustainability. That candidate is comfortable working in a scrappy, “flat” organization where everyone does “windows.”


Strategy (25%)

  • Advise the CEO and other key members of the senior leadership team on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, and operational policy matters.

  • Contribute to the development of the strategic goals and objectives, as well as the overall management of the organization, maintaining continuous lines of communication and keeping the CEO informed of all critical issues.

  • Represent the organization externally, particularly in relationships with core vendors, legal counsel, public accountants, auditors, and other operational partners.

Finance (50%)

  • Oversee and direct accounting, budgeting, audit, and long-range forecasting activities.

  • Plan, coordinate, and execute annual budget development for national and local offices, and leads forecasting process.

  • Develop and deliver timely and accurate financial reports and analysis to support decision making across the organization. Build the financial literacy of the team in the process.

  • Provide strategic financial input and leadership on decisions affecting the organization, such as evaluation of potential partnerships, business challenges, and financial investments.

  • Oversee all grants and contracts management and ensure compliance.

  • Work to continuously improve the quality and efficiency of operational accounting services such as accounts receivable, payroll, accounts payable, and purchasing.

  • Formulate and recommend sound fiscal policies, systems, procedures, and forms. Oversees the development of and adherence to internal control policies.

  • Coordinate external audit and ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal government regulations and other applicable laws and requirements governing foundations and charitable organizations.

Human Assets (25%)

  • Explicitly promote Braven’s values across all organization, including creating opportunities for Braven fellows to work at Braven.

  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.

  • Execute and analyze bi-annual Gallup survey to measure impact of the work and spot pain points

  • Oversee annual performance review activities and offer trainings to managers as necessary

  • Serve as thought partner in bi-annual compensation analysis and salary calibration policies

  • Train and coach managers around compensation conversations with their direct reports, annually

  • Oversee employee payroll, personnel policies, and benefits administration, including benchmarking benefits and compensation.

  • Support hiring managers with crafting and calibrating job descriptions, a job posting strategy that yields strong candidates and a diverse pool, perform first round interviews

  • Train managers on hiring and onboarding processes and best practices

  • Manage relationship with outsourced HA and Fiscal Consultant.


  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Advanced degree in Business Administration or Finance or CPA a plus, but not required.

  • 10 years of aligned professional experience

  • Experience in financial planning and analysis

  • Experience with nonprofit financial management, including strong understanding of managing restricted funds


  • Exemplify Braven’s core values

  • Proven leadership skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports, business partners and supporters.

  • Intellectually curious, strategic thinker with strong sense of ownership.

  • Results-oriented and able to effectively balance big-picture thinking with tactical execution and attention to detail.

  • Proven communication skills, with an ability to explain complex financial information to various stakeholders

  • Strong soft-skills, able to work extremely well with people up and down the organization


More about Braven:

The Braven Accelerator empowers promising young people on their path to college graduation, meaningful careers, and lives of impact. Alongside educational institutions, Braven provides a scalable model to discover, develop, and connect extraordinary, diverse, and driven young people to high-quality skill building, opportunities, and networks. From the Accelerator will come a generation of leaders as diverse as our future demands.

Braven currently operates in Newark, New Jersey, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area. We aim to become the nation’s leading accelerator of diverse talent, putting 100,000 emerging leaders on the pathway to college completion and economic mobility. Our work is highly data and outcomes driven: college graduation; workforce readiness skills-based proficiency; employment in a high impact role within six months of graduation.

We as an organization value the longevity of our employees and offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan. The salary for this position is also competitive and depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

Braven is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor.  We encourage talented individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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