Program Manager

National Education Association (NEA)

Program Manager

Washington, DC
Full Time
Paid
  • Responsibilities

    POSITION EMPHASIS: The position supports the NEA’s strategic objective to focus the energy and resources of its 3 million members toward the promotion of public education by providing specialized program and financial expertise to the Center for Innovation & Technology (CIT).

    POSITION SUMMARY: This position involves providing specialized program and financial expertise to the Center for Innovation & Technology (CIT) which includes the departments of Information Technology Services (ITS) and Enterprise Data & Information Strategy (EDIS). The incumbent has the lead role and responsibility for preparing, planning, administering, and implementing Center budgetary processes. The essential functions include preparing, planning, and coordinating strategic program activities; performing cost analyses, and examining the department’s program and financial transactions based on NEA’s accounting and internal auditing guidelines. The incumbent is responsible for determining program expenditures; disbursal of budgeted funds; reconciling fiscal records; and analyzing the department’s current and historical financial operations and spending trends. The incumbent conducts account analyses, generates recurring financial spreadsheets or graphs, and makes budgetary recommendations and decisions which impact directly on departmental projects or long-term operations. The work also involves using a personal computer and financial management software to develop, create, and maintain specialized databases regarding program purchases, vouchers, contracts, or other departmental expenses. The incumbent also acts as liaison to Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Business and Financial Services, and Procurement staff to resolve fiscal issues and facilitate management of the budget and administration of external contracts. The position may require occasional travel to carry out the various responsibilities.

    IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA), THE FOLLOWING IS PROVIDED: _ _The position involves creative and analytical thinking; oral and written communication skills; meticulous attention to detail; human relations skills; use of computer keyboard; sitting, standing or walking for long periods; stooping, bending, and reaching; and stamina to work long hours and ability to travel by various conveyances, e.g., automobile, plane.

    Required Skills

    MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Business Finance, or equivalent. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Four years of progressively professional expertise in planning and implementing program budgets and assisting in strategic financial/business operations, including resolving multi-faceted fiscal issues, tracking current and historical financial operations, reviewing spending trends of a program, administering contracts and consultant agreements, and analyzing fiscal activities. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Significant experience using NEA’s financial management system, such as PeopleSoft, Excel, or similar systems needed to create complex databases or to forecast program expenditures. Advanced skills in using applications for developing presentations, creating complex graphs, or developing specialized financial reports. Candidates are encouraged to provide work samples (e.g. spreadsheets, database, or presentation materials) at interview. Must be able to work extended hours on evenings and weekend during seasonal requirements such as fiscal year end, budget planning, and 4-month projections.

    Required Experience

    SELECTION CRITERIA: TIER 1 (ESSENTIAL): Proven current experience providing specialized financial and program support, including demonstrated experience monitoring budgetary data and evaluating program expenditures. Demonstrated financial accountability for implementing program budgets; generating complex financial reports, and resolving budgetary issues. Demonstrated experience with advanced word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation (i.e. Microsoft Office Suite), and financial management (i.e. PeopleSoft) applications. Effective interpersonal, communications, and customer service skills to interact with all levels of staff and governance. Demonstrated skill in analyzing expenses and in evaluating contractor, vendor, or consultant expenditures. Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team. Proven flexibility and effectiveness in handling multiple and complex tasks simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing conditions. Demonstrated use of sound judgment for decision-making and ability to follow through on tasks with minimal supervision. Proven ability to handle confidential matters with discretion. Successful references. TIER 2 (SIGNIFICANT): Experience collecting and synthesizing financial data for distribution. Familiarity with advising and training on a variety of budgetary issues and with coordinating budget-related work of other program staff. Proven ability to develop financial models in Microsoft Excel or similar tools using technical formulas to forecasting financial transactions such as estimate at complete, contractor burn rates, and cost estimating. TIER 3 (DESIRABLE): Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner certification or similar financial designation. Knowledge of CIT’s programs, strategic focus, and priorities.

  • Qualifications

    MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Business Finance, or equivalent. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Four years of progressively professional expertise in planning and implementing program budgets and assisting in strategic financial/business operations, including resolving multi-faceted fiscal issues, tracking current and historical financial operations, reviewing spending trends of a program, administering contracts and consultant agreements, and analyzing fiscal activities. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Significant experience using NEA’s financial management system, such as PeopleSoft, Excel, or similar systems needed to create complex databases or to forecast program expenditures. Advanced skills in using applications for developing presentations, creating complex graphs, or developing specialized financial reports. Candidates are encouraged to provide work samples (e.g. spreadsheets, database, or presentation materials) at interview. Must be able to work extended hours on evenings and weekend during seasonal requirements such as fiscal year end, budget planning, and 4-month projections.