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Director of Finance


Job Type: Full-time, salary commensurate with experience.
Reports to: Chief Financial Officer

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to No calls, please.

Job Description

Reporting to the CFO, this senior level position is responsible for managing all aspects of federal and private grants, including financial reporting, budget revisions, compliance, contracting, and providing basic project support for applications/proposals/reporting process. They will also assist in the overall budget process for the organization as a whole including planning, financial analysis, collaboration, and developing the budget with other key members of CAST for review and approval by the CFO and CEO. This person will be an integral member of the Finance team and central to the success of CAST’s core business operations.


  • Coordinate the implementation of grant awards and ensuring post-award compliance
  • Assist in developing and improving policy and procedures manual for the management of federal funds to ensure compliance with the 2 CFR 200 OMB Uniform Guidance and guidance provided by governing agencies
  • Solid expertise in interpreting and explaining rules and regulations associated with managing federal grants
  • Responsible for grant financial reporting as defined by each funder/grant. Maintain solid documentation for reporting
  • Preparation, analysis, and distribution of budget to actual reports on federal and private grants, meeting with R&D Operations Mgr and Project Directors for review on a quarterly basis or more frequently if needed.
  • Lead budget revision and carryover requests with respective Project Directors, advising on different options available, timeline, and leveraging internal documentation to create efficiencies.
  • Administer and maintain contract database and provide support and leadership on procurement and RFP process to comply with policies and procedures
  • Assist in budget process for entire organization including planning, collaboration with key members of leadership, and development of organizational budget
  • Work with project leads to develop relevant quarterly check-ins of budget spending to actual
  • Support financial audits to ensure documentation is properly kept and in compliance
  • Work collaboratively with other Finance team members, Project Leads and Development team to help promote smooth processes and transitions during the life cycle of the federal and private grants
  • Collaborate with R&D Operations, Development, and Finance to ensure seamless flow from pre-award to post award life cycle
  • Support the CFO with various projects as needed


  • BSBA or higher in Accounting or related field, CPA/MBA preferred
  • 5+ years grant accounting experience
  • Understanding of the Uniform Guidance for federal grants
  • 5 + years of demonstrated work experience relevant to federal grant management and nonprofit financial accounting
  • Experience developing project and organizational budgets
  • Expert knowledge of the OMB Uniform Guidance Compliance


  • Excellent computer skills and proficient in Excel, Word, Outlook
  • Ability to learn accounting system
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent organizational skills handling many priorities
  • Excellent communicator using collaborative approach
  • Motivated and self-directed, requiring little supervision
  • Passion, humility, integrity, positive and mission-driven
  • Have visible and approachable demeanor with strong ability to switch gears quickly as needed
  • Be a proactive problem solver who can anticipate needs of a growing organization
  • Identify best practices and seek process improvements


  • Full time with benefits
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • To start immediately

Work Environment

Our work environment is collaborative, high energy, fun, and stimulating. Join us to be part of a passionate learning community dedicated to busting the barriers to learning for all learners.

We offer competitive compensation packages including health insurance, generous vacation, and flexible schedules. CAST is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to employing a highly-qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our communities and nation.

About CAST

Located a short distance north of Boston, CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. As a nonprofit, we know that every employee contributes to our international reputation as a leader in education research, technology, and universal design for learning. Teamwork, risk-taking, and collaborative thinking are essential to the way we work. Most of all, our mission—to improve learning experiences and opportunities for all individuals—motivates not only what we do but how we do it.