SAGA Innovations (http://sagainnovations.org) is a national nonprofit that partners with public school districts to provide underserved students with high-dosage in-school-day tutoring, at no cost to students or their families. We are able to provide this service because of the passion and dedication of SAGA Fellows – full-time tutors who devote a year of their lives to closing the academic achievement and opportunity gaps by building lasting relationships and impacting the lives of their students every day. We recruit highly talented recent college graduates, midlife career changers, and recent retirees to commit to a 10-month service year for modest pay. We also provide ongoing support, training, professional development, curriculum, and data management to drive our results.
SAGA’s approach to tutoring is unique because it differs from the traditional tutoring model. Instead, students meet with their SAGA Fellow during a class period as part of their regular daily schedule - in addition to their normal core classes - for the entire school year.
SAGA’s mission is to transform the lives of the students we serve by motivating them to generate new levels of effort, developing their academic and problem-solving skills, and building their confidence, through personalized instruction and strong relationships among student, tutor, school, and family.
Why We Do This
For every 10 low-income students who enter high school, 7 will graduate on time, 4 will enter college, and only 1 will earn a college degree by the age of 24 (The Promise of College Completion, 2011). Finding interventions that improve the academic outcomes of low-income students is one of our nation’s most urgent challenges. Very few educational interventions have targeted a key barrier to school success: “mismatch” between what regular classrooms deliver and the needs of students, particularly those far below grade level. The variability in academic achievement increases as students progress through school; by high school, many students in distressed communities can be three or more years behind grade level, especially in math, which research shows is a specific choke point in the pathway to graduation for high school students.
Our Results SAGA tutoring has been the subject of multiple large-scale randomized controlled trials conducted by the University of Chicago. Results have shown that SAGA’s in-school tutoring model is one of the most effective high school interventions ever studied. SAGA is committed to consistently and systematically testing variations to its model in order to offer the most affordable, implementable, scalable, and effective services to the districts, families, and students we serve. This work builds off of a randomized clinical research study by the University of Chicago, which was published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in 2013 and 2014, in which students gained up to 2.5+ years of math growth in one year of high-dosage math tutoring. This research shows that it is possible to make a difference in the academic trajectory of students in high-need urban communities—it is not too late
Position Summary (based in Newton, MA)
Accounting (90% of time)
Manage the accounting functions of the Business Office and work with other staff members to ensure accurate financial reporting
Complete all allocations and monthly financials for the nonprofit’s 20 Quickbook classes and TRNA over half a dozen key grants
Update a detailed monthly cash forecast model for management and the Board, including in arrears credit card spend detail by category
Support donor grant reporting throughout the year
Work with other staff to process $300K of biweekly payroll, $60K monthly benefits and 4 dozen corporate credit cards fed into Concur monthly
Research W9 amounts and input to process annual 1099 for the company
Support the CFO in various areas, including the preparation of financial analyses for the Board of Directors and in researching the reporting implications and the set up of registering the business into new states
Responsible for billing and invoicing and for payments to vendors, suppliers, employees, government agencies and consultants
Monitor and report on budgets for organizational departments
Manage cash and credit card accounting, accounts payable and accounts receivable, and bank reconciliations and perform monthly journal entries.
Prepare audit schedules and support the annual audits.
Other tasks and projects in the business office as assigned by the CFO or management, including specific reports for internal use on classes of expenses
Operations (10% of time)
Manage purchase orders of all organizational supplies and equipment
Manage relationships/agreements with external partners/vendors. Occasionally, negotiate new deals with vendors
Develop and oversee materials/supplies inventory and request system for school-based program leaders (Site Directors)
Submit your resume and cover letter through our web-based application portal:
SAGA Innovations, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable local, state, and federal laws. The organization complies with applicable local, state, and federal laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which SAGA has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, compensation, training, and leaves of absence. SAGA Innovations does not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any of kind, including but not limited to, these protected classes.
5-10 Years of accounting experience, especially in nonprofit sector
Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance. CPA or MBA a plus
Strong analytical & computation skills and high proficiency with technology, including Excel, Word, and accounting software, preferably Quickbooks
Ability to communicate and work effectively with staff who are local and remote
Commitment to SAGA’s mission and needs; willingness to help at all levels to get the job done
Flexibility and sense of humor
Additional Salary Information: Compensation
Commensurate with experience.
About SAGA Innovations
SAGA Innovations recruits the best and brightest young professionals to work in high-needs urban public schools. SAGA drives the expansion of the nationally recognized innovation of high-dosage, intensive daily tutoring, where tutoring is a part of the regular school day for students as a scheduled class period. We partner with district public schools to provide students the opportunity to work with a qualified, engaging tutor who tailors instruction to the needs of two students at a time. Our mission is to improve student achievement, student and family connection to school, and to bring talent into under-resourced districts by personalizing education.