Chief Finance and Administration Officer (remote) - National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) #2023-2770

Location US-VA-Arlington
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Chief Finance and Administration Officer (remote)


The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is seeking a strategic, results-oriented leader skilled in leading business process improvements. As Chief Finance and Administration Officer, you will report to the Executive Director and serve as an integral member of the Senior Leadership Team. You will oversee an $18MM budget, including all investments, forecasting, financial reporting, accounting, and compliance with financial guidelines and regulations. You will lead five direct reports with a total staff of 19, providing strategic and operational direction for our finance, facilities, customer service, membership, and information technology departments. We will look to you to strengthen the organization by carefully evaluating all aspects of the business model, streamlining operations to find efficiencies and cost savings, and helping to focus staff efforts on strategic initiatives that yield the greatest value.


Science literacy and education are vital to the future of our society. NSTA is a dedicated and passionate community of professionals committed to transforming science education to benefit all through professional learning, partnerships, and advocacy. We are in a period of revitalization with a new strategic plan targeting sustainable business practices to build organizational capacity as a key goal, exciting developments in our professional learning and publications portfolios, record numbers at our National Conference on Science Education in March, and an upward trajectory of financial growth with solid reserves. You will play a critical role in the transformation already underway, partnering with the Executive Director and the Senior Leadership Team to manage change in our administrative and financial functions as we map the road ahead.


How You’ll Make an Impact 

You will plan and implement organizational changes to support continuous improvement across the Association:

  • Evaluate and update our business office and customer service systems and processes, automate where possible, and improve our ability to make data-driven decisions by forecasting the impact of new initiatives and exploring new business models. You will ensure staff gets the work done on time and provides accurate and relevant data to safeguard financial stability and strengthen our capacity to enhance state-of-the-art science learning.
  • Evaluate, manage, and improve our IT infrastructure, working closely with senior leadership to define the role of IT operations in organization-wide objectives to support our strategic goals.
  • With a data-driven approach, develop strategies and implementation plans to grow and retain our membership, ensuring that NSTA programs and services align with our members' needs now and into the future. Redefine the value proposition of membership for all stakeholder groups.
  • Provide financial leadership and management to ensure financial stability. You will partner with members to guide the financial resources of the Association, set strategic priorities, identify issues for consideration by senior leadership, and ensure collaboration on issue identification, development, and prioritization. You will develop regular financial reporting for the board that is useful, timely, and supports strategic decision-making.


Work Environment, Salary, and Benefits


  • We are a remote-first organization. You will enjoy a flexible, fully remote work environment leading distributed teams with core hours from 10-3 ET.
  • The budgeted salary for this position is $200-225k with an outstanding benefits package including generous PTO (annual, sick, and personal leave), medical, dental, and vision plans through CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield, flexible spending account, life and disability insurance, employee assistance program, and a 403b plan with 11% employer contribution based on a minimum employee contribution of 4.5%.





  • Monitor the progress on implementing our strategic plan through analytics and insights with particular attention to finance and administration and advise the Executive Director, Senior Leadership Team, and Board of Directors on progress. Establish and maintain relationships with consultants and strategic partners; maintain relationships with peers in other organizations.
  • Work collaboratively with the Senior Leadership Team to guide business operations, implement/operationalize strategic priorities for the organization, and identify strategic issues for consideration by the Senior Management Team.
  • Provide content for and planning assistance for Board meetings and All-Staff meetings, helping plan and manage goal setting and budgeting.  
  • Work with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop and refine tactical plans for achieving Association objectives and ensuring accountability of team members.
  • In collaboration with the Chief Human Resources Officer, create a performance management strategy for staff that aligns strategic plan goals to the department and individual goals.

Financial Oversight 

  • Supervise the development and administration of financial policies and plans. This includes business planning, budgeting, accounting, forecasting, financial reporting, treasury, banking relationships, Board financial relations, and performance measurement.
  • Maintain, implement, and develop cost-effective financial and office services systems and management tools which support the Association’s operations and contribute to improved quality and productivity. 
  • Supervise and direct the budgeting, auditing, tax, accounting, and investment functions of the Association and set financial policy and practices.
  • Appraise the organization’s financial position and issue periodic reports on the organization’s financial stability, liquidity, and growth.
  • Represent the Association to organizations, NSTA committees, and other groups and/or individuals as directed by the Executive Director and in matters related to the financial affairs of NSTA.  This assignment may involve attending meetings, conferences, workshops, conventions, and other gatherings. Frequently such representation requires presentations and the preparation of oral and/or written materials.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with financial institutions.




  • 10-15+ years of nonprofit financial, accounting, and operational experience with supervisory experience over finance, information technology, and facilities management functions.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in business administration or another industry-related field is required; MBA is preferred.
  • A high degree of business judgment and a fiscally disciplined yet balanced perspective on complex financial, human resource, information technology, and operational issues.
  • A comprehensive understanding of generally accepted accounting principles and familiarity with operational policies and procedures.
  • A demonstrated strategic approach to solving problems, leading teams through change, and inspiring collaboration through professional and clear communication.
  • A high degree of integrity, diplomacy, and independence.


About Us


The National Science Teaching Association is a vibrant community of 40,000 members — science educators and professionals committed to best practices in teaching science and STEM and its impact on student learning. Our mission is to transform science education to benefit all through professional learning, partnerships, and advocacy.


To Apply


We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a 100% match with the position description; we will consider people from a variety of backgrounds and career experiences.


Simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at with “NSTA - CFAO #2023-2770 SA” as the subject of the email.


Job responsibilities are similar to the following positions: Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, COO, CFO, Chief Administrative Officer, Deputy Executive Director, Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Finance and Operations, SVP of Finance and Administration.


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