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Director of Finance (New York, NY)
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is seeking an energetic and experienced Director of Finance to lead the global financial operations of the organization and bring AJWS’s financial management capacity in line with the increasing complexity of its internal and external operating environment. The Director of Finance will work closely with the Vice President for Finance and Administration on budget forecasting, financial modeling and identifying cost-saving measures to ensure AJWS has the right financial structure to support AJWS’s five-year strategic plan. The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker who has a collaborative management and engagement style, and is familiar with the international non-profit landscape. The successful candidate also must have the capacity to act as a mentor and hands-on manager.
Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Administration (who was recently promoted from the Director of Finance role), the Director of Finance will oversee a team of 6-7 staff, and be responsible for the planning and oversight of the finance department with an increased focus on strengthening and enhancing:
- Short and long term financial planning, reporting and analyses, and monitoring activities.
- Efficiency of the data tracking, analysis and financial reporting functions.
- Cash management, short-term investing, and maximization of exchange rates in foreign transactions.
- International financial operations.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Collaborating with the Vice President for Finance and Administration to set long and short-term financial objectives including the annual budget development and monitoring processes;
- Serving as a resource for members of senior management, counseling and partnering with them on matters of fiscal control, regulatory compliance and monthly budget review meetings;
- Hiring, training, motivating and managing finance staff, including staff development, and working collaboratively with direct reports on achieving excellent cross functional relationships with other departments in the Finance and Administration division;
- Ensuring responsible tracking of fundraising dollars including compliance with funding restrictions;
- Managing all external financial reporting, ensuring accurate preparation and issuance of internal and external financial reports, including review and assessment of current accounting and reporting systems, as well as implementation of enhanced financial strategies, analysis and systems;
- Overseeing financial compliance reporting, including but not limited to annual audit, IRS 990 and A133 compliance. Serves as primary contact with outside auditors and coordinates all independent audits as well as federal and donor specific audits;
- Supporting the Vice President with presentations to the Audit, Finance and Investment Committees of the Board;
- Analyzing and developing monthly financial reports to the Board and senior management;
- Enhancing financial reporting functions including the preparation of financial statements, forecasting, cash flow, actual vs. budget reports & analyses;
- Developing effective fiscal policies, systems and procedures for financial management, reporting and auditing. Ensuring all finance policies and procedures are documented, communicated and reflect current practices;
- Implementing projects that increase the efficiency of the financial function including designing and overseeing an RFP and procurement system for the organization; and
- Approval and oversight of other activities including, but not limited to, reviewing payroll, releasing wire transfers, approving consultant agreements and checks, and negotiating vendor and bank relationships.
- The ideal candidate will have 10-12 years of financial management experience;
- Experience in the non-profit sector and/or global experience strongly preferred;
- Bachelor's degree in finance or accounting, MBA/CPA a plus;
- High level of emotional intelligence, a must;
- Knowledge and experience with accounting and GAAP;
- Proven ability to lead and be a visionary with at least five years supervisory experience;
- Excellent skills in problem solving and critical analysis;
- Strong business instincts, able to quickly identify problems, synthesize a variety of factors to make effective and practical decisions and develop an appropriate course of action;
- Proven high standards of performance, eager to pursue aggressive goals, and works hard and smart to achieve them. Must be persistent, decisive, resourceful, proactive, and results-oriented;
- Understands programmatic activity and has the ability to convey information to people with varying levels of financial expertise;
- Strong written and oral communicator with excellent presentation and organizational skills;
- Capable of managing difficult situations with tact and diplomacy;
- Ability to work well in teams as well as independently and must be able to collaborate and build consensus internally and externally;
- Strong attention to detail and ability to work well under pressure;
- Proficient in Microsoft Office; financial modeling & accounting packages; must have knowledge of accounting software and systems, experience with MIP a plus;
- Flexible work style and an interest in being part of a dynamic and evolving organization; and
- Commitment to social justice and human rights; and passion for the work of AJWS.
How to Apply
American Jewish World Service has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:
Jack Lusk, Managing Partner
Anne J. McCarthy, Senior Director
Harris Rand Lusk
261 Madison Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10016
We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with AJWS. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
AJWS is an equal opportunity employer and provides competitive salaries and benefits.
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