Chief Financial Officer
IRI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide by helping political parties to become more issue-based and responsive, assisting citizens to participate in government planning, and working to increase the role of marginalized groups in the political process – including women and youth.
We encourage democracy in places where it is absent, help democracy become more effective where it is in danger and share best practices where democracy is flourishing.
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for leading the accounting and financial management functions of IRI’s global operations. S/he plays a lead role in overseeing all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities at IRI and supports the COO as Board Liaison with relevant audit and other Board committees. The CFO serves as a partner and supports IRI senior management, and all staff, on all Institute related financial responsibilities. The CFO will demonstrate behaviors in all IRI values in his/her role with particular focus on Accountability, Excellence, Teamwork and Transparency.
Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI, and demonstrating the core values in their day to day operations. The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for leading the accounting and financial management functions of IRI’s global operations. S/he plays a lead role in overseeing all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities at IRI and supports the COO as Board Liaison with relevant audit and other Board committees. The CFO serves as a partner and supports IRI senior management, and all staff, on all Institute related financial responsibilities. The CFO will demonstrate behaviors in all IRI values in his/her role with particular focus on Accountability, Excellence, Teamwork and Transparency.
Our ideal candidate will be a non-traditional CFO that has a unique approach to supporting the work we do at IRI. Our CFO will serve as a co-manager of staff, demonstrate a unique technology background to support a change management process at its initial stages related to Accounting technology along with an ability to provide specific technical support on new and on-going USG grants.
In collaboration with colleagues around the world, the CFO will provide executive leadership and strategic guidance to ensure the integrity of accounting procedures, audit oversight and a sound internal control environment as well as ensure timely financial reporting and analysis to identify critical issues and work to support the global finance staff. The CFO supports the COO as a liaison to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors and will work to implement financial strategies to advance the mission and vision of IRI into the future.
Primary Functions & Key Responsibilities
- Manages various audits, budgeting and forecasting;
- Forecasts cash position to ensure adequate cash flow;
- Participates actively in the management team, including in developing and executing strategic plans related to both USG and non-USG cost allocation;
- Supervises financial reporting and maintain the general ledger and all subsidiary journals to support timely and well-informed business decisions meet contractual obligations and fulfill regulatory and legal requirements;
- Ensures accurate preparation and issuance of internal and external financial reports, including review and assessment of current accounting and project reporting systems, as well as implementation of appropriate changes;
- Serves as primary contact with outside auditors and coordinates all independent audits, OMB mandated, etc. as well as federal and donor specific audits;
- Responsible as primary negotiator and development of NICRA and requisite donor interface;
- Ensures effective finance and accounting functions for IRI including, but not limited to; accounts payable and receivable, budgeting, cash-flow, foreign exchange management, reporting, taxes, payroll disbursements, 990 and audit.
Compliance and Internal Controls
- Oversees of financial policies, procedures, goals and objectives;
- Coordinates and implements an appropriate plan for control of fiscal operations and safeguards organization assets through internal control and auditing;
- Responsible for financial compliance reporting, including the federal annual tax return, state annual tax return and the federal indirect rate reporting and submission and other relevant and negotiations with donor clients;
Leadership and Management
- Hires, trains, motivates and manages finance staff; oversees staff development, and works collaboratively with direct reports on achieving excellent cross functional relationships with other departments and field offices;
- Directly supervises a team of staff who support global finance and accounting, compliance and other functions;
- Works on any other projects as assigned
- System implementation and project management experience with experience using Deltek Cost Point strongly preferred and knowledge of other accounting software suites
- The ability to partner with senior management to improve operational decision making through effective decision-support metrics.
- Strong presentation skills and credibility.
- Cultural sensitivity and comfort interfacing with leaders in all parts of the world.
- Interest and ability to travel to countries where IRI has programs.
- 20 years of experience in Finance/Accounting of a global, non-profit organization with a budget exceeding $50 million.
- 12-15 years of experience preferred in International Development donor funded environment.
- Supervisory experience.
- CPA designation and an MBA or equivalent Master’s degree required.