About Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock transforms lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. Their network of thousands of K-12 teachers across 48 states lead a national movement that brings innovative and inclusive music education to students.
Using genres including rock, pop, Latin, and rap, their program empowers teachers to build music programs as diverse as the kids they serve. As a result, students see themselves reflected in their classes, which strengthens their connection to their school, their peers, and their community. Little Kids Rock also donates necessary instruments and curriculum, meeting a key need of many school music programs. The world of music expands through innovation, Little Kids Rock ensures that music education does as well.
The world of music expands through innovation. Little Kids Rock ensures that music education does as well.
Since 2002, the organization has reached more than 1,000,000 students with highly inclusive and culturally relevant music education. Today, more than 550,000 kids currently participate in Little Kids Rock programs.
Working at Little Kids Rock – Workplace Values
- We are committed to kids and teachers and passionate about the power of music to impact their lives.
- We are one team, with one mission, and one groove, and together we make good things happen.
- We are creative, entrepreneurial, positive and playful.
- We are inspirational.
- We are accountable.
- We are respectful.
- We support personal and professional growth.
- We work to lead the field – thoughtfully, strategically and with urgency.
Chief Financial Officer
Little Kids Rock is seeking a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to join the team during this exciting time of growth. The CFO plays a critical role in the strategy and execution of Little Kids Rock’s mission, using their financial management expertise and leadership skills to help guide decisions for its roughly $6 million budget while also designing and delivering effective financial systems that support organizational growth and controls that ensure accurate and timely reporting. They work closely and collaboratively with other members of the senior leadership team to advance the mission of the organization and liaise regularly with the Treasurer and other members of the Board of Directors.
The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, energetic and motivated about accounting and control. They are experienced with nonprofit accounting and reporting, building integrated systems with the latest technology, and helping an organization grow and evolve. They have good strategic vision, but can also work at a detailed tactical level. They are a good communicator and supervisor, and work well within a team. They are flexible and adaptable, and comfortable in a fast-paced environment.
This is a full-time position, based remotely until the organization returns to an office environment, likely in Northern New Jersey.
As a key member of the Leadership Team, the CFO will report to the Chief Executive Officer. The CFO will also be accountable to the Board’s Finance and Audit Committees.
Key responsibilities of the CFO include, among others:
Financial Management and Oversight
- Carry out the duties of the CFO as specified in the By-Laws of the organization, including:
- being responsible for all funds and securities as well as cash receipts and disbursements;
- maintaining adequate and correct accounts of business transactions; and
- preparing financial reports of our assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains, and losses.
- Maintain relationships with banks and other financial firms used by the organization.
- Oversee ongoing financial reporting in compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
- Effectively communicate and present key financial matters to the CEO and Leadership Team, as well as to the Finance Committee and Board of Directors.
- Oversee the annual audit process, including coordinating with the independent auditors and Audit Committee.
Strategic Financial Analysis and Planning
- Working closely with others in senior management, drive the annual budget process, culminating in review and approval with the Finance Committee and Board.
- Monitor actual results against budget, and proactively report on and manage the financial health of the organization.
- Create financial planning tools that facilitate cash flow management and allow for intermediate and long-range analysis and planning.
- As a senior leader of the organization, be a trusted advisor to the CEO, a valued partner to colleagues, and a coach and mentor to staff.
- Serve as an effective member of the Leadership Team, participating in the high-level collaboration and decision-making that impacts the organization.
- Liaise with Development and Program personnel on key grant agreements and contracts, to ensure that the financial aspects are properly considered.
Team Development and Management
- Supervise the Director of Finance and Administration and other Finance Department staff.
- Provide them with approaching coaching and development so that they are well positioned to achieve their goals and grow with the organization.
Systems and Process Design
- Develop and maintain strong control processes over cash receipts and disbursements.
- Ensure that deposits, payroll, and accounts payable are carried out properly and timely.
- Work with Development to monitor receivables and collections.
- Monitor cash inflows and outflows, and balances (i.e., liquidity management).
- Identify and oversee the implementation of enhancements to internal and external reporting.
- Work with various leaders to develop dashboards, KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), and other reporting to support Program, Development and operational goals.
- In coordination with the Director of Technology, oversee finance-related business systems and integration with other cloud-based software used by the organization.
- Oversee benefits processes, including open enrollment and related insurance renewals.
Strong candidates will bring a diverse set of skills, characteristics, and experiences, both professional and lived. Little Kids Rock and Koya strive to mitigate inherent biases that influence hiring practices by focusing on a holistic view of potential candidates and understanding that no single candidate will offer every desired skill and characteristic.
The following offers an aspirational view of the ideal candidate profile; we encourage applications from candidates with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, especially those from underrepresented groups.
- At least 12 years of experience, with increasing levels of responsibility, working as a CFO, Director of Finance or other senior financial position, ideally with nonprofit organizations.
- Strong understanding of nonprofit accounting and reporting, and experience with preparation of GAAP financial statements and IRS Form 990.
- Technology forward with an aptitude for working with digital systems and applications, including accounting software packages. Adept at creating reports, automating processes, and integrating with other systems (e.g., Salesforce).
- Experience as a senior financial leader helping a nonprofit organization scale.
- Experience in creating and monitoring budgets and guiding teams through resource allocation decisions.
- Strong executive function, with the ability to focus on key issues, analyze and communicate.
- Ability to be a trusted advisor and partner, applying professional maturity, leveraging experience and offering advice, guidance, and expert opinions.
- Strategic thinker with the ability to strategize on new program models and evaluate growth opportunities.
- Managerial experience in a comparable setting, with ability to motivate and coach staff.
- Strong interpersonal skills, with a true collaborative spirit and an ability to work diplomatically with multiple stakeholders, understanding the goals and perspectives of each.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to interact successfully with a variety of internal and external audiences (including donors, program partners, board members, staff, and colleagues).
- Flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and multi-tasking as conditions require.
- A shared passion for Little Kids Rock’s mission and pedagogy.
Additional preferred qualifications/attributes:
- Experience as a senior leader working with a mostly remote workforce.
- Understanding from work at a similar organization of doing business with grant-making organizations and publicly funded entities (e.g., school districts)
- Experience with benefits administration and Human Resource functions
- Self-aware and skilled at building and maintaining professional relationships
- Resourceful and thoughtful in finding creative ways to adapt systems and roll out changes
- Ability to work as a team member and to work independently with initiative
- A desire to grow with the organization
- Passionate about popular music and actively connected to popular culture
- High energy, enthusiasm, and a can-do attitude
Compensation and Benefits
The base salary range for this role is $150,000 – $170,000. Little Kids Rock is committed to its team and strives to offer employees a competitive compensation package that reflects the organization’s values, culture, and mission. Salary is in accordance with Little Kids Rock’s competitive compensation and career path plan, and the organization’s array of benefits include medical coverage (health, dental, vision) with significant employer contributions, short and long-term disability, life insurance, matching 403(b) plan and pre-tax spending accounts (FSA, commuter). Perks include generous discretionary time off policy, flexible work arrangements and professional development.
This position is based remotely until the organization returns to an office environment, likely in Northern New Jersey. Once the organization determines it is safe to travel, occasional travel will be required, including travel at least once per year to organization events.
Molly Brennan and Amber Brown of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
Little Kids Rock is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We promote equity, diversity and inclusion in order to create a healthy and safe workspace as we work together to foster success for future generations. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parenthood, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
Marketing & Communications Intern
The Little Kids Rock team is a music-loving, hard-working, close-knit group of individuals. We’re looking for a high-energy Marketing & Communications Intern with a can-do attitude. The candidate must be detail-oriented, have a strong work ethic, and be a creative thinker with excellent communication skills. Daily tasks will include keeping files and media organized through Google Drive, management of social media community engagement, supporting organizational marketing campaigns and events, database entry and management, and general administrative support for a small, nimble, high output team.
- Build community through engagement on Little Kids Rock’s social media channels
- Engage in Little Kids Rock’s social posts or any mentions of Little Kids Rock across all platforms
- Identify profiles on Twitter with high partnership opportunity with Little Kids Rock
- Identify top-performing social posts and any trends among the channels
- Offer recommendations for relevant potential social posts (e.g. relevant blog posts, research articles, etc)
- Creating consistency for the Little Kids Rock Flickr account and YouTube channel
- Identify publications with mention of Little Kids Rock and the modern band program
- Research marketing trends to present to the Marketing & Communications team
- Knowledge of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and LinkedIn
- Knowledge of G Suite
- Experience with Adobe Premiere or other video editing software is a plus
- An undeniable passion for the work of Little Kids Rock and helping grow a mission-based organization
- A sense of fun, wonder, and humor
- True love for working within a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and results-oriented culture
- High energy, enthusiasm, and a can-do attitude
- Meticulous attention to detail
- Strong organizational skills
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- A desire to learn while doing
- Quick learner and proactive problem solver
This position is scheduled for up to three days per week (10-15 hours per week) for a period of three to five months is preferred. The exact days and times of this position will be established in harmony with the candidate’s schedule. This position is remote.
This is a learning opportunity with a stipend of $300 per month.
Please email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. The email should include “Communications and Marketing Internship” in the subject line and also briefly state the following:
- Relevant experience, including the number of years (if any) of experience
- Distinguishing characteristic that makes you an ideal candidate for this position
Please submit your application early, and be prepared to provide references. For more information about our work, please visit our website: www.littlekidsrock.org and email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Little Kids Rock is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We promote equity, diversity and inclusion in order to create a healthy and safe work space as we work together to foster success for future generations. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parenthood, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.