Uncharted is seeking 2-3 Financial Architects to build the financial and accounting infrastructure for the 2018 Uncharted class of entrepreneurs. From diagnosing the state of a venture’s current financial affairs, to cleaning up the books, to building a financial model from which the entrepreneur can make management decisions, your role will be to step in as the temporary CFO of multiple early-stage impact-focused ventures.
Your ultimate goal? Help 2-4 ventures build internal financial systems and policies that helps them make more sound management decisions and enter investor conversations with confidence!
Uncharted helps entrepreneurs tackling major problems (like poverty, lack of education, and access to clean water). We swarm them with mentors, funders, and a global network to help grow their impact. We have run and supported 36 programs in 26 countries, supporting over 515 entrepreneurs creating impact in 93 countries. Collectively, our entrepreneurs have raised $161 million and have benefited 16M lives.
Our entrepreneurs are not financial or accounting experts (and many lack a teammate who is either!) They know how to design products that customers will buy, but they don’t know how to design financial models. They know how to cast a vision, but they don’t know how to translate that vision into their financial models. They know how to build relationships with investors, but they don’t know how to give those investors confidence by building sound internal norms and financial policies.
The solution: YOU
More specifically, you will:
Your first job is to be a doctor and figure out where it hurts
Work directly with 2-4 entrepreneurs (CEO and/or CFO) to understand the existing financial health of the organization
Review their chart of accounts
Pretend you are an investor and review their internal financial policies, looking for anything you would find concerning
Your second job is to take the current financial state of a venture and design a process to get them to a state of financial health
Architect a game plan to get the venture to a state of financial and accounting health
Establish an Accounting Department Operations dashboard
Your third job is to execute the game plan you designed to get the venture to financial health
Work closely with the CEO/CFO to build out/update historical and forward-looking financial documents
Help the venture develop and implement sound internal processes
Help entrepreneurs prepare investor-documents
Your fourth (and most important job) will be to empower the entrepreneur to own their financial and accounting management
Teach the entrepreneur the principles and methods of maintaining financial health. The goal will be for them to own their finances and accounting going forward, even when you are no longer working with them
Are you the right fit?
If you want to go work for institutional finance on Wall Street, this is not the right role for you. But if you could see yourself as a CFO one day or want to get involved in startup financing, this position is for you.
Ideally, you have:
Experience building complex financial models, conducting quantitative and qualitative financial analyses and scenario analysis
Experience using financial documents to make management/strategic decisions
Experience as an entrepreneur, working with entrepreneurs, or in entrepreneurial, ambiguous environments
Experience in strategic thinking
Advanced Microsoft Excel and Quickbook skills
BA in Finance or Accounting; advanced degree preferred
The Opportunity (What’s in it for You?):
This role is equal parts learning, teaching, and doing-- a combination that we hope gives long-term value to you, your skill set, and your impact on the world.
You will learn how to apply the financial and accounting principles you have learned in a real-life context, working directly with entrepreneurs. Additionally, you can sit in on all the accelerator experiences, including workshops and meetings led by Uncharted Mentors.
This is not theory – this is turning your theory into action. The companies need your help! You will actually be building financial models, renovating historical financial documents, and playing a central role in the investment process. The success of this lies squarely on your shoulders. You will be adding team capacity wherever the venture needs it!
You Will Be In the Middle of an Awesome Network
Uncharted has relationships with over 500 impact funders: from large, well-known Institutions (Rockefeller Foundation, Acumen Fund, USAID, Etc.) to local angels and everything in between. We can connect you (and the ventures you support) to any of these funders! Additionally, you will be working with the ventures and their mentor teams (such as the former CTO of HP, the Chief Talent Officer of Wikimedia Foundation, and a serial entrepreneur who has started 12 companies and raised $1b in funding!).
Your Work Is Crazy Valuable (It should be a major resume builder!)
Your work for the ventures will be discussed with mentors and will be used in meeting with funders. You will be able to clearly show where a venture was before you, where they are after your work, and how you got them there!
You'll receive a $2,500 stipend for the position to cover your expenses during the internship.
You are expected to work 5-10 hours per week from August 1 - 13, and 15-20 hours per week from August 13 - September 30.
Application Due - June 20 (Rolling)
Step 1: Apply here with -
Step 2: If you move on to the next round, we will have you do the following -
Step 3: Our Goal is to Make An Offer by July 9
Step 4: Start August 1!
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.