For over 50 years, TERC has been engaging millions of learners of all ages in the exciting and rewarding worlds of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). TERC takes a learner-centered, active approach to education encompassing research, content and curriculum development, technology innovation, professional development, and program evaluation, with a commitment to social justice and underserved communities in both formal and informal settings.
A proven record. We:
Pioneered microcomputers in the classroom using simple probes connected to a computer so students could analyze and collect data;
Were the first educational nonprofit to embrace telecommunications allowing students around the world to collaborate, collect, share, and analyze scientific data;
Developed the first fully online master’s program in K-8 science education;
Created Zoombinis, an award-winning educational computer game focused on logic and problem- solving; and
Influenced the next generation of elementary math curriculum with our K-5 program Investigations in Number, Data and Space used in approximately 10% of US
Extensive expertise. Our staff:
Include nationally recognized leaders in educational research and curriculum development, over 60% of whom have advanced degrees in science, mathematics, engineering, education, psychology, and technology;
Have experience in STEM content development and pedagogy including biology and biocomplexity, climate literacy, computational thinking, elementary math, early algebra, and adult numeracy, energy, data literacy and data science, Earth and space science, and the physical sciences;
Work in a wide range of settings including formal, informal, afterschool, and online;
Design and develop games, assistive technologies, online communities, apps, websites, and other tools for learning;
Offer in-depth formative and summative evaluation, consultation and research support, and assist in writing design studies; and
Have a strong commitment to social justice, educational equity, diversity and inclusion in all policies and
Broad experience. Examples of current projects include:
Building STEM-infused games to study implicit learning including engagement and outcomes across a neurodiverse group of students;
Designing an interdisciplinary curriculum around biomimicry, or biologically-inspired design, in a robotics design challenge;
Creating the online platform for and hosting interactive video showcase events, highlighting National Science Foundation research projects;
Developing and implementing English and Spanish materials including activity books and staff guides for integrating math into early childhood afterschool programming;
Designing and conducting a crowd-sourced open innovation challenge to mitigate levels of greenhouse gases;
Researching how makerspaces further STEM literacy;
Researching algebraic thinking and concepts in grades K-5 including development of interventions and resources to strengthen learning and guide policies and practices;
Developing and implementing a collaborative game-based interactive environment where student teams compete in a sports product design challenge;
Researching and developing interactive, avatar-based signing science and mathematics dictionaries for the deaf and hard of hearing;
Experimenting in AR/VR with a STEM-focused “escape room”;
Developing professional development tools allowing science teachers to record, tag, and analyze video of their classroom discussions in real time;
Educating park rangers on scientific research to incorporate into visitor programs;
Evaluating and assessing the impact of teacher professional development as well as the implementation and sustainability of a modified educational version of Minecraft;
Offering online and in-person courses on elementary mathematics teaching and learning; and
Researching the social and cultural factors that increase retention of women of color in
TERC offers a deep, meaningful, comprehensive engagement in STEM education for all.
TERC seeks a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) who is both a strategic visionary and strong financial leader who will take a highly-respected, research-based organization to the next level of excellence. The ideal candidate will be responsible for directing all aspects of the organization's financial operations as well as overall HR oversight of the organization. The ideal executive will lead and support a culture of collaboration, creativity, and innovation within the overall organization. Reporting to the President, the incoming CFO will be a solutions- oriented financial leader and thought partner who collaborates to problem solve in an effort to optimize all business processes and create first-rate outcomes for a diverse range of centers, programs, research as well as development projects.
The CFO is an important member of the organization’s senior leadership team and will provide pivotal support for financial management including, but not limited to budget development and management, strategy formulation, perform modeling and scenario planning, presentation of financial implications and risks for strategic options, and collaboration with leadership and program staff to identify business model adaptations/innovations that can enable growth and deliver creative and effective solutions. Currently, there are a total of eight reports to the CFO. Three of those are direct reports, including the Controller, Grants and Contracts Administrator, and Director of Human Resources.
In addition to proven financial leadership, the incoming CFO must have extensive nonprofit management experience overseeing the financial health of complex organizations with multiple programs and funding sources, especially with federal funding sources. Additionally, experience with overseeing human resources functions is desired. The new CFO will bring a strong collaborative energy, flexibility, willingness to make tough decisions, and the ability to relate to all constituents throughout the entire organization. This is an exciting opportunity to play a significant role in shaping the vision and brand recognition of TERC at a pivotal time in the organization’s history.
The ideal candidate is not only a finance leader but one who brings HR expertise/oversight to TERC. The successful executive is one who can quickly and authentically engender trust, collaborate across multiple stakeholders, and champion TERC’s mission to improve mathematics and science education. This would be done by supporting the financial needs of TERC’s three research and development project centers, including the Center for School Reform, the Center for Science Teaching and Learning, the STEM Education Evaluation Center, and the Education Research Collaborative division. In addition to embodying best practices in fiscal management, nonprofit budgeting, audit reporting, compliance, and grant management, the next CFO will thrive in a culture of accountability and transparency and be highly responsive to the needs of a continually evolving organization.
TERC’s new CFO will be a thoughtful, pragmatic leader who respects the organization’s rich history while adding fresh new ideas and experiences in a changing funding landscape. As a senior leader, the CFO will possess exceptional attention to detail while honoring the diverse voices comprising TERC’s vibrant team of principal investigators, infrastructure team, finance, and administrators.
Outstanding Financial Strategist & Lead Analyst;
Credible track record of providing HR oversight;
Exceptional interpersonal skills, including an ability to work collaboratively across multiple projects and centers;
Strong multitasker who manages time well and focuses on deadlines;
Creativity, vision, and the curiosity to think strategically about a changing, nonprofit financial landscape;
“Open door” leadership approach;
Collaborative and receptive to feedback, stakeholder input, and change management;
Ability to leverage technology solutions and systems transitions to build capacity with a lean, yet nimble finance team;
A laser-like focus on the fiscal health of a complex system of funding sources;
Solutions-oriented decision-making skills; frequently creates new solutions with little internal precedent;
Exceptional attention to detail with a clear understanding of the big picture;
Highly organized and efficient;
Excellent knowledge of company policies and accounting practices;
Strong knowledge of federal funding streams; and
Well-honed Emotional Intelligence
The primary responsibilities of the CFO will include, but are not limited to:
Interacting closely with senior members of staff to exchange information and negotiate solutions while working with collaborators to exchange information. It is required that the ideal executive will obtain favorable terms with regulatory groups and granting agencies, and represent and defend organizational information, with the finance staff, to oversee and direct the work;
Providing strong management and oversight, including the ability to strategize alongside principal investigators. The goal would be to develop and support project budgets and meet all contractual and grant-funded benchmarks and deadlines; the ideal CFO will provide leadership, oversight, and creative problem-solving to drive grant processes, reporting and compliance;
Ensuring accurate, timely financial reporting for internal and external stakeholders, including auditors, funders, investors, foundation executives, and government agencies;
Providing Human Resources oversight; in the areas of compliance, compensation, benefits administration and human capital; and
Working closely with the Treasurer to ensure fiduciary responsibilities for the organization are met and that all necessary policies and procedures are in place and are well documented; and also working closely with the Treasurer and Board Finance Committee to manage
EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal executive will have a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in accounting or finance management. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience with the following professional and personal qualities, skills and characteristics:
Strong comprehension skills with both reading and writing in English;
Strong basic math and analytical skills;
Proficiency with technology, including but not limited to accounting software systems (Deltek preferred), email, Excel, database, and word processing;
Nuanced understanding of the nonprofit research and development field strongly preferred;
Experience managing both federal and foundation funding required;
Excellent written, oral, and public speaking communication skills;
Credible track record of meeting tight deadlines with accuracy, integrity, and a sense of calm; and
Ability to work
Ideally, this candidate would have a first degree and potentially a second degree. However, education does not take the place of robust/relevant work experience.
Undergraduate degree required; and
MBA, CPA or relative advanced degrees are considered
This position will be located in Cambridge, MA.
TERC goes beyond Equal Employment Opportunity. We celebrate and support diversity for the benefit of our organization and the communities we serve. We encourage all to apply because we believe the diversity and inclusion of voices and experiences leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone. In addition to our EEO policy, TERC strives to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work environment that is inclusive and supportive of a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our country and the people we serve. For more information regarding TERC’s commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity, please visit the TERC EEO Policy Statement.
TERC has engaged Maureen Alphonse-Charles and Koya Leadership Partners to lead this search. To express your interest in this role, please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered confidential.
ABOUT KOYA LEADERSHIP PARTNERS
Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, institutions of higher education and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information, visit www.koyapartners.com