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Governor's Early Literacy Foundation

Finance Manager

Governor's Early Literacy Foundation


Job Summary


Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF) equips Tennessee’s children with books and innovative literacy tools that encourage lifelong learning for a brighter future. GELF is a non-partisan 501c3 driven by a mission to strengthen early literacy in Tennessee by acting as a thought leader, advisor, and catalyst for programs across the state. These programs include Birth-5 Book Delivery through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, K-3 Home Library, Caregiver Engagement, Book Buses, and Storybook Trails. GELF was founded in 2004 by former Gov. Phil Bredesen as a public-private partnership to sustain Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Tennessee, giving all birth to age five children the opportunity to receive books in the mail at no cost to families. GELF has grown from solely a book-gifting program partner to an early literacy organization driven by a vision where all Tennessee children have access to the resources, guidance, and support they need to become lifelong learners.


We are seeking a collaborative, financial thought leader to be the Finance Manager. This role will work with the Foundation’s Vice President to oversee the financial activities of Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF), including the preparation of payables, current financial reports, summaries, and forecasts for future Foundation growth and impact. This is a role with growth potential – the best way to look at this is as a CFO-in-training. Our desire is to find a person that can grow into a more senior role within the foundation over time.

Reporting directly to the President, the Finance Manager works collaboratively with the GELF Executive Team, outside partners, and stakeholders across Tennessee to actively manage, enhance, and grow the Foundation’s financial health.

The Finance Manager is a proactive, independent professional capable of thinking strategically and creatively with a strong desire to learn. This driven, competent individual thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment and has strong written and verbal communication skills. A collaborative decision-maker, the ideal candidate solves big problems, keeps track of small details, and appreciates the urgency to strengthen early literacy in Tennessee.

Job Responsibilities

The role of Vice President has historically fulfilled both the COO and CFO functions and responsibilities at Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation. Between 2019 and 2022, the Foundation experienced a steep growth trajectory and has recognized the need to build capacity through a transition to having these roles filled independently. Our Foundation is seeking to bring on a financial manager who will, over time, be responsible for the oversight of the Foundation’s financial position and grow into the role of CFO.

This individual will work directly with our outsourced financial services firm and Executive Team to ensure the future work of the Foundation is fiscally prudent and funds are handled with a high degree of accuracy and fiduciary responsibility. For the right candidate, this exciting role will contribute to shaping future revenue and program growth in support of the Foundation’s mission and affords ample opportunity to grow in responsibility as the Foundation expands its early literacy footprint in Tennessee.


  • Financial Knowledge: Retains integral knowledge of and oversees the accounting functions of the Foundation, payroll, accounts receivable/payables, preparation of the annual budget, annual audit, and Form 990 tax filing in conjunction with outsourced partner accounting/audit firms.
  • Innovative Problem Solver: Reviews all monthly and annual financial reports, including budget to actual, and reports regularly to the Executive Team and Board of Directors on the current and projected state of the Foundation’s financial position. Seeks ways to be more efficient, effective, and creative.
    • Ensures financial regulatory compliance, timely filing of audits, annual/quarterly tax returns, and reports for government regulatory agencies and granting/funding organizations.
    • Meets regularly with the Executive Team to review the current financial position of the Foundation, funding needs, and investment performance and to offer insight and direction.
    • Confers with President and Vice President to coordinate and prioritize strategic planning involving revenue, program and operational expenses, and capital improvements/expenditures.
    • Supervises investments, both short and long-term, in conjunction with the Foundation’s financial services partners; works closely with the Foundation’s banking partner to ensure operational capacity and maximize short-term investment returns.
    • Stays abreast of long-range economic trends and regulatory changes affecting non-profit organizations to position the Foundation for future growth and maintain regulatory compliance.
  • Collaborator: Works with the Development Director, Data Manager, and Program Managers to provide financial and use of funds reporting required or requested by grantors, funders, and state/federal agencies.
  • Communicator: A self-aware, emotionally intelligent, conscious member of the team that values self-improvement and lifelong learning.
  • Team Member: As a nonprofit team, we often take on other duties outside of the traditional scope of our work; you’ll join us in doing what it takes to support our mission and strengthen early literacy in Tennessee!



  • College degree in business administration, accounting, or finance or equivalent work experience
  • MBA in Finance or Accounting (or equivalent) desirable; CPA designation not necessary, but a plus
  • Knowledge of database and accounting computer application systems to supply the most accurate financial information.
  • Experience with annual budgeting and forecasting
  • 4-7 years of experience in financial management with increasing responsibilities for multi-faceted direction and planning.
  • Nonprofit financial accounting experience is a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proven analytical and organizational skills.

Additional Information



  • Competitive salary
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • TN Consolidated Retirement
  • 401K
  • Great team and office culture

How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply, please follow this LINKhttps://assessment.predictiveindex.com/d3D/fc9dd2d7-2ec2-4b28-9b0e-33aaa19bc171?type=candidateba#page0Complete the Predictive Index assessment and cognitive assessment.

Qualified candidates will be contacted by phone or email for in-person interviews

NOTE: Our foundation is currently working on a hybrid schedule of in-office and remote work. This role will be expected to be in our offices on Wed/Thurs and ‘as needed’. 


  • Date Posted: April 19, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Accounting / Financial Management
  • Service Area: Education
  • Start Date: 06/01/2023
  • Salary Range: 82-90,000
  • Working Hours: M-F 8:30am -4:30pm