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The Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of technology to achieve breakthroughs in addressing some of the nation’s most pressing issues. Markle challenges itself and diverse partners to deploy their varied expertise to identify solutions and achieve systemic change. Today as advanced technology and automation change the very nature of work, Markle’s priority is advancing solutions towards a skills-based labor market that will enable Americans to transition to the opportunities of the digital economy. Markle’s workforce initiatives include Skillful and the Rework America Task Force. They follow Markle’s success in creating the policy and technology architecture that has enabled improvements in healthcare, national security, and access to the Internet.
While Markle is organized as a private foundation it operates principally through direct charitable activities and is both a grant maker and a grant recipient.
Skillful, a non-profit initiative of the Markle Foundation with Microsoft, LinkedIn, the State of Colorado, and other partners, is working to achieve a skills-based labor market to help millions of Americans overcome barriers to obtaining better-paying jobs in today’s digital economy. Skillful helps employers achieve the workforce they need by providing data, tools, and resources that enable the adoption of skills-based hiring and training practices. Coaches and digital services enable job seekers to learn what skills are in demand and access training at any stage of their career. At the same time, Skillful aligns employers and educators so that their training programs teach the skills required to succeed in today’s economy.
The Rework America Task Force seeks to transform America’s outdated labor market so that all Americans – especially the nearly 70% without a college degree – have opportunities to thrive in the digital economy. This coalition of diverse leaders from technology, business, labor, education and the public sector is committed to developing bold, practical, non-partisan solutions to building a skills-based labor market that works for all Americans and supports the competitiveness of the American economy. The Task Force will define and advance policies and practices among employers, educators, policymakers, technologists and workers themselves so that all are better equipped to anticipate, adapt to and harness for good the rapid pace of technological change transforming our economy. By establishing clear, accessible paths to quality jobs and lifelong training in the digital economy, the Task Force is working to enable the dignity of work for all Americans.
The Director of Accounting and Finance will manage the accounting, budgeting, reporting, and tax work for the Foundation, reporting to and working closely with the Chief Financial Officer in this newly reconfigured position. S/he will have overall responsibility for directing the accounting activities of the organization including banking, cash management, accounts payable and receivable, accounting entity interrelationships, grants accounting, tax returns and annual audit. In addition, the Director will play a significant role in budgeting, financial system development, and internal and external reporting. This role also includes staff management responsibility.
This multifaceted role is an ideal opportunity for a savvy finance professional to join an entrepreneurial and innovative organization that is committed to creating a skills-based labor market that works for all Americans.
People and Financial Management
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications: