Director of Finance & Operations

Location: DC Metro Area

Type: Full-Time

Industry: Non-Profit

Job Summary

Our client is a non-profit organization that impacts and improves the lives of individuals daily. Their vision is a future with diverse and thriving communities living free from discrimination and fear, working together with mutual respect to achieve full human rights for all. This role is open because the incumbent has been promoted. The role will report directly to the COO and manage the full accounting, finance, facilities, IT and overall operations. The ideal candidate is a Senior Accountant looking to step into their next role. You do not need to know everything but must have a willingness to grow and be mentored by an excellent supervisor.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following areas:

Organizational Leadership

  • Actively participate as a thought partner with the COO and other members of the senior leadership team to co-create organizational decisions and provide peer support to other team members.
  • Provide supervision to department staff and conduct annual feedback loops; mentor and develop employees using a supportive and collaborative approach.
  • Lead and develop an internal team to support the finance, budgeting, facilities, and IT functions.
  • Play a critical role in collaborating with the senior leadership team in strategic decision-making and operations as the organization continues to enhance its quality programming and build capacity.
  • Provide leadership, staff development and supervision for direct and indirect reports.


  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all donor segments, and oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, including preparation of audit schedules, liaise with external auditors
  • Assist outside accountants with the preparation of the annual 990
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the COO; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes; and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
  • Implement a robust contracts management and financial management/ reporting system; ensure that the contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to, and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements.
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the finance department’s overall policy and procedure manual.
  • Maintains established internal controls; assesses internal controls and proposes adjustments to policies as needed
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local government reporting requirements and tax filings
  • Keeps informed of new GAAP requirements that might affect the organization and recommends changes to the COO
  • Effectively communicate and present the critical financial matters to the board of directors.

Role Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • 5 years of progressively responsible finance experience, in a nonprofit setting.
  • Solid knowledge of nonprofit accounting standards and experience in all accounting operations.
  • Thorough understanding of, respect for and adherence to professional and financial ethics.
  • Experience in having directly supervised staff.
  • Experience in managing consultants, external advisors or vendors.
  • Experience working on federal, state, and local elections.
  • Working experience-ensuring compliance with state and local campaign laws.
  • Enthusiastic support of the organization’s strategic vision, mission, and goals.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Strong applied computer skills, with solid understanding of NetSuite (financial software), MS Excel and Word
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, organizational, and management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a face paced environment
  • Function independently, be proactive, and take initiative
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Strong work ethic and attention to detail
  • Must maintain the highest level of confidentiality

This organization offers a full and robust benefits package.

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