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Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

New York City, NY, USA | Non Profit Organization

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Accounting / Control
    Finance (Internal)
    General Management
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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The Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFAO) will play an important hands-on leadership role in ensuring NRGI has a strong operational backbone that enables the achievement of its mission. As NRGI embarks on a new strategic plan for 2020-2025, the CFAO will play a critical role in designing, updating and implementing organizational systems, processes, and structures to support impact across a global team. This is an ideal opportunity for an entrepreneurial leader to shape the long-term financial strategy and effectiveness of a leading governance and policy organization. 

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, and also working closely with the President/CEO, they will manage the support services team, advise the senior management team, work in tandem with the broader NRGI leadership team, and report to the Governing Board and its Audit and Finance Committee on matters relating to financial systems, strategy and budget execution, risk management and compliance, and longer term planning.  

In addition, the CFAO will provide management oversight and ensure the quality and continual improvement of NRGI’s financial operations and systems, including budgeting, accounting, cash management, auditing, donor reporting, and contracts and grant management. Importantly, the CFAO will also have oversight of administration, including issues related to risk management, compliance, IT, and human resources. The CFAO will also play a critical role in managing a multiplicity of donors, improving how NRGI recoups overhead costs, and optimizing the use of restricted funds.  

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Financial and Administrative Strategic Planning and Leadership

Direct the financial and administrative implementation of the 2020-2025 strategic plan, leading change management associated with designing and implementing new structures, systems, and processes

Lead annual budget preparation at the organizational and grant levels, monitoring budget variances and linking actual results back to strategic priorities established by NRGI’s Governing Board and management team

Develop and refine systems and processes that will help support services and program teams across the organization to work together collaboratively and effectively

Work in partnership with fundraising staff to develop forecasts and track funds raised; support the development of a fundraising strategy that will appropriately diversify funding sources and manage volatility and financial risk 

Optimize the use of restricted (project) funds and the recouping of overhead costs

Manage a team of eight by providing coaching and support to build a unified and high-performing suite of services to the broader NRGI team

Financial Management

Manage all financial operations of the organization including tax, accounting, bank relationships, treasury, cash management, payroll, forecasting, and risk management activities to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements

Provide guidance and leadership regarding the policies, processes and systems necessary to manage the organization’s global financial and administrative operations in an effective and efficient manner

Prepare timely and accurate financial reports for senior management, the leadership team, the Governing Board and the Finance and Audit Committee

Risk Management and Compliance

Provide thought partnership to staff, the leadership team and Governing Board members on compliance, risk and organizational effectiveness matters

Lead and implement the development of a risk register, ongoing assessment and mitigation of organizational risks, and plan for the implications of decisions 

Lead audit preparations and manage the ongoing relationship with the external auditors to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements across multiple jurisdictions (including registered offices in the UK, Tanzania, Peru, and Ghana, and entities and subsidiaries established in the future)

Oversight of Support Services

Lead the development and implementation of a global IT strategy to leverage technology for greater efficiency and effectiveness 

Oversee the development of and compliance with organizational policies and procedures in line with best practices and organizational values

Oversee grant-making and contractual agreements, including development of policies, processes and systems to manage risk and compliance

Oversee global human resources, including the development of policies and procedures, remuneration, pay philosophy and annual pay review

Lead review of staff physical and digital safety and security and implementation of appropriate standard operating procedures

Oversee general office administration ensuring a responsive organizational backbone across all global locations 


Demonstrates critical thinking and expertise in designing and implementing financial management strategies, ensuring responsive IT, HR, development, and compliance support while bringing energy, initiative and resourcefulness to strengthen NRGI’s organizational backbone

Demonstrates experience managing a multiplicity of restricted and unrestricted government and private foundation grants, and knowledge of overhead structures and ways to maximize appropriate use of revenues

Comfort and familiarity with both Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), and the ability to work across standards to ensure compliance with applicable laws across NRGI’s country offices 

Ability to oversee the detailed preparation of budgets/financial accounts and understand and analyze global financial data, both at an overall organizational level as well as the detailed project/program levels, and communicate that data to inform organizational management, strategy and development

Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills, and the ability to develop positive and productive relationships in an international setting with a dispersed team and decisively build buy-in across the organization 

A track record of improving processes across both finance and administration, bringing greater efficiency and effectiveness to a global and dispersed organization and leveraging technology as appropriate

Strong and proven ability to work both at the strategic level and hands-on to ensure timely, responsive support services functions; comfortable with a high level of visibility, responsibility and accountability

Strong leader with emphasis on team building, staff empowerment and career development with emphasis on timely delivery, attention to detail, and prioritizing work flow to meet critical deadlines

Relevant undergraduate degree in business, finance or accounting required; a CPA, MBA or equivalent advanced professional degree strongly preferred

10+ years of hands on experience in finance or accounting management, including 3-5 years of in-depth financial management experience working with or for an internationally focused nonprofit organization in a leadership position

Ability to travel globally to NRGI offices for organizational planning meetings and events, with typically about 15% more frequent travel during the onboarding process

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