Job Title: Chief Financial Officer
This is a full-time position with full health, dental, vision, and retirement benefits.
Date: May 2023
The Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR) seeks a Chief Financial Officer.
FAIR is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties for all, and promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding, and humanity.
Here’s what we stand for:
- We defend civil liberties and rights guaranteed to each individual, including freedom of speech and expression, equal protection under the law, and the right to personal privacy.
- We advocate for individuals who are threatened or persecuted for speech, or who are held to a different set of rules for language or conduct based on their skin color, ancestry, or other immutable characteristics.
- We support respectful disagreement. We believe bad ideas are best confronted with good ideas—and never with dehumanization, deplatforming, or blacklisting.
- We believe that objective truth exists, that it is discoverable, and that scientific research must be untainted by any political agenda.
- We are pro-human, and promote compassionate anti-racism rooted in dignity and our common humanity.
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) reports to the Executive Director and has primary responsibility to oversee and direct financial, accounting, and investment activities in support of the organization’s strategy. The CFO ensures sound financial management and investment practices that support organizational growth, financial stability, and goals. The CFO ensures compliance with relevant laws and tax obligations, and manages organizational risks and liabilities. The CFO partners with Fundraising to identify, establish, and maintain funds, and to provide services that meet donors’ philanthropic goals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop and monitor the implementation of long-range financial plans in conjunction with the Executive Director and the Finance Committee, including setting targets for organizational growth
- Develop and maintain internal financial-management policies and procedures, performance measures, and dashboards
- Ensure compliance with all applicable financial, accounting, legal, and regulatory requirements and best-practice standards; ensure a system of strong internal controls
- Prepare monthly and quarterly financial statements and financial analysis; oversee annual audit
- Oversee the Accounting, Accounts Payable, and Gift Processing functions to ensure best practice and compliance with all applicable legal and regulatory standards
- Oversee organizational budgeting and reporting, prepare annual budgets and routine expenditure reports
- Oversee the financial operations of the organization
- Manage any third parties to which accounting or finance functions have been outsourced
- Construct, implement, and monitor operational best practices and controls
- Handle risk-management, working with insurance agents to ensure proper liability coverage (D&O, cybersecurity, key person, etc.)
- Oversee human-resources function, including employee benefits program
- Other responsibilities as assigned.
The CFO has strong leadership, strategic, and communications skills as related to finance, investment, and general administration. A successful candidate has operational experience and should have the ability to assess the program implications of operations; to design and execute approaches to meet strategic business opportunities and challenges; and to build support for proposed approaches at the Board level and externally. The candidate also understands, or is willing to develop an understanding of, the unique complexities of FAIR and its mission. The CFO possesses strong analytical skills and practical experience and expertise in financial and accounting policies, practices, and systems. A successful candidate has a demonstrated track record in meeting compliance and best-practice standards for finance, investment, and/or accounting. The candidate can assess and propose strategies to manage organizational risk. The CFO is also familiar with—or is willing to learn about—a variety of charitable-giving products and approaches.
The CFO is a team player, an active problem-solver, and open to new ideas. A successful candidate can provide both strategic and operational support to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with other Directors to ensure coordinated management across the FAIR’s functional areas.
The CFO has a bachelor’s degree in business or a related field. A master’s degree is preferred. A successful candidate has eight or more years, or the equivalent, of directly relevant work experience at a Director or Chief Financial Officer level in the field of finance or investment. Non-profit experience is preferred. Proficiency with financial-management and accounting software systems and programs is required. Understanding of GAAP-basis accounting required.
Requires knowledge of Google office software and video conferencing software (Zoom).
Other Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to analyze complex situations, manage strategic relationships, and exercise sound judgment.
- Ability to set and achieve goals and meet deadlines.
- Must be innovative, flexible, and able to work independently in a remote environment.
- Well organized, with follow-up and attention to detail.
- Ability to multitask and prioritize. Self-starter and independent initiative.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Please submit your cover letter and resume to [email protected].