NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation is seeking a chief financial officer for this dynamic, mission-driven organization that has been at the forefront of the fight for reproductive rights since its founding in 1968. NARAL Pro-Choice America has an annual budget of approximately $12 million and encompasses a 501 (c)(3), a 501(c)(4), and a political action committee.
NARAL Pro-Choice America is the nation's leading advocate for reproductive freedom and protecting a woman's right to choose her own reproductive destiny. With more than one million members and supporters, NARAL Pro-Choice America is dedicated to mobilizing and building the base of pro-choice advocates, identifying and supporting pro-choice candidates, and advancing sound reproductive policies that support women and families at all stages of their reproductive life. These policies include preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.
The chief financial officer is a member of the senior management team and reports to the president. direct responsibilities include the leadership and oversight of the NARAL Pro-Choice America’s finance, accounting, human resources, facilities, and IT functions. The chief financial officer must possess expert level knowledge and technical expertise in finance and accounting and possess sufficient knowledge in HR, facilities and IT to provide effective leadership and oversight.
The chief financial officer serves as a financial and business advisor to the management team, apprises the board of the financial progress and health of the organization and insures that the organization follows best financial and administrative management practices.
The position requires the ability to communicate clearly and succinctly to all organizational levels, excellent analytical and problem solving skills, strong technical accounting and financial reporting skills and experience in developing and monitoring financial plans and forecasts. Knowledge of nonprofit taxation, accounting standards and law is essential. The CFO functions as a leader, mentor, manager and doer as circumstances require and must possess a desire to be part of a collegial and collaborative management team.
We value enthusiasm, optimism, diversity and lightness of spirit.
An individual with superior accounting, financial management, strategic, and communication skills who has enthusiasm to apply these skills within a mission-driven, politically significant national organization will find exciting opportunities at NARAL Pro-Choice America.
The next chief financial officer will be an active partner to the president and the executive team, bringing a forward-looking and proactive stance to managing the organization’s finances. They will bring at least five years of experience as a CFO or equivalent, preferably in a nonprofit organization with a budget of at least $10 million. The ideal candidate will also bring at least ten years of experience in a senior financial-management role, partnering with executive staff, resulting in the development and implementation of creative financial management strategies. Applicants must have supervised human resource, information technology and facilities administration functions. CPA and/or MBA preferred.
This senior management level position has responsibility for the financial and administrative management of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, and NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC. The chief financial officer plays a key role in the leadership of the organization as part of the executive team and serves as the lead financial liaison with the board of directors also serving as a part of the management team; this position integrates and coordinates budget and finance functions to meet the overall goals of the organization.
Key attributes and skills
Decision Making/Judgment - Strategically positions the organization for long-term fiscal stability. Forecasts opportunities and problems and responds, systematically gathers information, sorts through complex issues, seeks input from others, addresses root cause of issues, makes timely decisions, can make difficult decisions, uses consensus when possible, and communicates decisions to others.
Communication - Communicates well both verbally and in writing at all organizational levels, creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations in a compelling manner, is able to translate and educate staff and board members on financial and accounting matters, shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills.
Leadership - Leads through change and adversity, makes the tough call when needed, builds consensus when appropriate, motivates and encourages others. Builds allies and relationships across departments, uses allies to build consensus and create results, is appropriately diplomatic, and understands others' roles and perspectives.
Adaptability/Flexibility - Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, and adjusts plans to meet changing needs. Creative, innovative, and able to see beyond the obvious.
Leadership and Management
- Serves as part of the executive team overseeing the strategic direction of the organization and planning for its fiscal health. Works collegially and collaborative manner with other member of the executive team.
- Responsible for bringing options and alternatives to fiscal conversations. Conversant in scenario planning for resource constrained environments.
- Communicates regularly and clearly with executive team, president, and board finance committees about the changing state of finances within the organization.
- Serves as primary liaison to treasurers and finance and budget committees of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation board and NARAL Pro-Choice America board for all finance and budget matters. Prepares and presents monthly financial reports for the finance and budget committees, and other reports as required. Develops good working relationship with the treasurer of each board.
- Spearheads contract negotiations.
- Oversees facilities management including lease negotiations, furniture and equipment acquisitions.
- Oversees relationships with outside vendors and consultants; plays an active role in planning and execution.
- Responsible for long and short term fiscal plan and financial forecasts; evaluates organization's financial performance with a bottom line orientation.
- Facilitates the preparation of annual budgets, and budget revisions for all three organizations,
- Establishes and maintains financial accountability among operating and program personnel; meets regularly with department program heads to review financial results and budget variances.
- Monitors cash flow, supervises wire transfers, responsible for management of banking relationship, and oversee NARAL Pro-Choice America’s investment policies and activities.
- Responsible for analysis of monthly, quarterly and annual statements and cash flow projections.
- Responsible for tax compliance, financial reporting, and the annual audit process
- Oversees human resources.
- Oversees IT and office operations. Responsible for integrity of systems and ensuring adequate backup.
- Fosters an environment of achievement and ensures staff accountability through clearly defined and measurable goals.
- Manages financial team individually and collectively, including setting weekly and annual priorities, fostering leadership development, and developing and implementing team structures and systems for coordination and communication.
- Builds a sense of teamwork, ownership and empowers staff through active delegation, promotes intradepartmental and interdepartmental collaboration.
- Creates an environment that welcomes differences of opinion, promotes respect for others, and builds trust and cooperation.
- Degree in accounting or business administration with strong financial management background. CPA and/or MBA required.
- At least 5+ years of experience as CFO or equivalent, preferably in a nonprofit organization with a budget of at least $10 million. Non-profit experience may include serving on a non-profit board of directors.
- At least 10+ years of experience in a senior financial-management role, partnering with executive staff, resulting in the development and implementation of creative financial management strategies.
- Significant experience in or knowledge of nonprofit accounting, including sophisticated fund and grant accounting, compliance, and reporting.
- Strong management skills and experience, both strategic and operational, and a demonstrated ability to build, motivate, mentor, and supervise a team of 8 or more staff.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Demonstrated leadership ability, team building, management, and interpersonal skills.
- Excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills, plus excellent organization skills.
- Commitment to NARAL Pro-Choice America’s mission and goals.
- A commitment to contributing to a workplace environment in which diversity is valued and supported.
To apply, send resume and a substantive cover letter to:
NARAL Pro-Choice America
1156 15th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Fax: (202) 973-3096
NARAL Pro-Choice America is an equal opportunity employer. All our positions require a sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural differences.