Description

Column was founded by a fifth-generation member of a local newspaper family based in Manhattan, Kansas. We are a group of principled, talented builders who believe in dedicating our time and effort to solving hard problems that matter.
We are initially focused on the system of public notice, due to its critical importance to the future of journalism and the business of news. For centuries, laws have required that notification of certain actions be proactively distributed to the communities that they impact, by way of journalists — professionals that those communities trust to tell the truth and ask questions on their behalf. 
We believe the challenges our information systems now face are existential ones for our system of self-governance. The best use of our time and talent is to do the hard work to fortify trustworthy institutions — young and old — and be active participants rather than bystanders to change.
Public notice exists at a unique intersection of government, journalism, and commerce. The technology we are building is a form of connective tissue that we expect to have far-reaching implications.

For many of the early members of the team, this is our second company together. We are building a company of consequence and know from experience that having a team of exceptional people is the best part of the journey.
Our team is made of folks that have followed non-traditional paths to local media and to startups. Our founding team's first jobs included: newspaper delivery, political campaign staff, professional baseball, museum docent, library book-shelver, chartering planes, and rec-center marketing. We know that experiences with other industries, geographies, and life backgrounds are critical to creating the best product possible for our partners.

Column is looking to add our first finance hire to our operations team as we gain traction. We are looking for a full-time addition to join a small team at an early-stage, venture-backed startup focused on the future of public interest information and journalism.
As one of the early members of the team, you'll have an immediate impact on our go-to-market strategy, finance operations, and team culture. In practice, this means everything from building our underlying finance operations procedures, reporting on AR/AP, modeling future revenue opportunities, interacting with teams across the organization, and creating a foundation for scalable growth.
We think this role is excellent for someone who is drawn to joining a dynamic team trying to do something of consequence, enjoys a high degree of ownership and responsibility, and wants to help build a finance function from the ground-up.

Skills and responsibilities

This role will report directly to our COO and will work collaboratively with our CEO, Product, Engineering, and Growth teams.
  • Own the finance and accounting function of the company; from advising leadership on growth investments to closing the books every month.
  • Building out nascent policies and procedures in our finance operations; cement our order to cash process, reviewing bookings & revenue recognition policies, solidify a scalable settlement process for third-party disbursements.
  • Report regularly to the team on your successes and failures, providing actionable insights that will lead to the success of the company.
  • Inform the product roadmap with insights from the flow of cash through the platform.
  • Ownership of the standards, practices, and infrastructure of the finance function of a rapidly growing software product.

Details

  • Location:
    Washington
    ,
    DC
    Column is a remote-first company with team members all over the world. All roles are work-from-anywhere.
  • This job is remote friendly.
  • Deadline: n/a

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications

  • Prior operational responsibility in finance, accounting, or FP&A at a startup; marketplace experience a plus.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Clear written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with and confidence learning modern web tools.
  • Excitement to be a part of building a company from the ground up.

Preferred qualifications

  • Rigor - attention to detail without losing the forest for the trees; strong analytical lens on what's working and what isn't — consistent and adept follow-through.
  • Humility - This role will be challenging in some ways and boring in others. A quiet confidence switching gears between the fast-paced articulation of problems to be solved to finicky rote work involved in the execution will be helpful in this role.
  • Optimism - we are setting out to do a hard and important thing in an industry underserved by modern technology, something entirely uncertain, and optimism that it is possible is a must.
  • Effective Communicator - we want folks who are empathetic, great listeners, and clear & concise communicators verbally and in writing.