Aug 13, 2019

Financial Analyst - YES Prep System Office (IMMEDIATE OPENING)

$57,423 - $74,650 yearly
  • YES Prep Public Schools
  • YES Prep Public Schools, South Loop East Freeway, Houston, TX, USA
Full-time Accounting and Finance Data Evaluation and Analysis

Job Description

POSITION: Analyst – Finance

REPORTS TO: Director of Financial Planning and Budgets




Across the nation, only half of all students from low-income communities graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. Even though 85% of our students are economically disadvantaged, YES Prep provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Eighty-seven (87%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata are earning their college degrees at five times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do we do this? Each of YES Prep’s 19 campuses serves 6th-12th graders like Monique Bowie. Students typically enter YES Prep one or more grade levels behind, but quickly find themselves on a different life trajectory. This is a result of transformative relationships with teachers and leaders, and access to excellent educational opportunities.

As the first minority-majority city, Houston’s schools cannot keep up with demand from students like Eddie and Monique. Houston is the 4th largest city (on track to become the 3rd), and this booming population translates into 2,000 families on YES Prep’s waitlist. YES Prep’s student enrollment is estimated to grow 31% between now and 2023 (from just over 13,000 students currently to 17,000).



YES Prep needs a dynamic, Finance Analyst, with a diverse set of experiences, to make our mission a reality. As a YES Prep employee, you will achieve jaw-dropping results, create pathways to opportunity for our students, build transformative relationships, and eliminate educational inequities to advance social justice.

To put it simply, you will play a key supporting role in helping us accomplish this vision by providing financial analysis and scenario modeling to guide decisions of YES Prep’s senior leadership team. With exceptional performance, the Analyst position will be a growth role that can lead to promotion opportunities within the organization.



When you join the YES Prep team, some of the exciting work and responsibilities will include:

  • Performing analyses to support budget decision-making; support and inform budget managers with timely data about spending, planning, and other financial matters.
  • Compiling and evaluating annual budgets.
  • Creating annual budget templates and developing communications/training materials to help budget managers throughout the budgeting process.
  • Supporting preparation of financial presentations for the YES Prep Board of Directors and the YES Prep Board Finance Committee
  • Performing planning, forecasting and economic modeling. Create and modify financial models for strategic decision-making, scenario analysis, fundraising, and other organizational needs.
  • Enhancing and monitoring the strategic plan that sustains the financial health and stability of YES Prep Public Schools.  Work with Directors and Chief Financial Officer to ensure that the YES Prep financial model accurately reflects the strategic direction and operational realities of the organization
  • Building close working relationships with other members of Home Office Team to ensure ongoing exchanges of best practices, coordination of efforts, and general support for the finance/accounting department.
  • Seeking continuous improvement in the annual budget process
  • Exercising a long-term perspective to planning in the context of Government regulations.
  • Additional duties as assigned



We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility. Other traits needed and desired for this role are:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Finance, Accounting or other relevant field from an accredited four-year educational institution; Candidates with degrees from other fields but who have relevant analytic work experience also may be considered.
  • 2-4 years of professional experience in an Analyst or similar position
  • Exceptional analytical skills, including the ability to work with complex financial models
  • Ability to toggle between 50,000-ft. perspective and the nitty-gritty
  • Evidence of producing great work products and projects on quick timelines
  • Strong communication, influence and relationship-building skills
  • Belief in and commitment to the mission and core value of YES Prep Public Schools
  • Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team
  • A dedication to learn, grow, and develop as a professional
  • Ability to work urgently in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment


  • Non-profit and/or public finance experience is a plus, but all professional backgrounds will be considered
  • Advanced proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, and other MS Office programs
  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress
  • Initiator, problem-solver, and creative thinker
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and initiatives simultaneously
  • Detail-oriented and self-directed
  • Strong oral and written communication skills



  • Compensation – This position is an exempt, salaried position; salary offers commensurate with experience.
  • Health and Supplemental Insurance –  A $0.00 medical option that includes $600 towards a Health Savings Account, in addition to a variety of supplemental benefits including Dental, Vision, Short and Long-Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc.
  • Paid Time Off – 15 days of Paid Time Off in addition to the system closures of our Academic Calendar
  • Paid Leave Programming – In the event you need to be out due to medical needs (including maternity and paternity leave), YES Prep offers up to 12 weeks of full paid leave
  • Professional Development - YES Prep values longevity and performance over time through our Commit to Five program. We invest in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing professional development.



YES Prep strives to recruit a diverse team of leaders. We believe there is a transformative academic and social benefit for students when their teachers and leaders reflect a diversity of backgrounds. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of staff members agree that the organization provides a welcoming environment given their background and identity according to our latest system survey.

YES Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.



If this sounds like the just right job for you, then apply!

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