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Chief Financial Officer

Date Posted: 7/20/2012
Organization: Center For Reproductive Rights
Location: New York, NY

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Description of Organization:

The Center for Reproductive Rights (the ďCenterĒ), a global human rights organization founded in 1992 with expertise in constitutional and international law, seeks a Chief Financial Officer (ďCFOĒ) to be based in its New York City headquarters. The CFO will report to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and join the management team of an innovative and cutting-edge organization committed to promoting the equality, reproductive health, and self-determination of women throughout the world. National-level courts, regional human rights courts, and United Nations bodies have increasingly recognized that a womanís right to reproductive autonomy and reproductive healthcare are basic human rights that must be protected. The Center for Reproductive Rights has played a key role in securing these legal and policy victories and works with attorneys and advocates in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. In addition to its headquarters, the Center has offices in Washington, D.C., Nairobi, Kenya, BogotŠ, Colombia, Kathmandu, Nepal, and Geneva, Switzerland. The Centerís current annual operating budget is approximately $15 million.

The CFO will have the benefit of the Centerís many strengths:

  • A compelling global human rights mission and cutting-edge legal and policy work that has a reputation for quality and excellence.
  • A dynamic organization that has consistently grown in budget size and program impact.
  • Dynamic and articulate spokespeople.
  • Established relationships with and the respect of opinion leaders, journalists, editors, and legal and NGO partners.
  • An organizational philosophy that values and supports strong financial management and a proven track record of strong audits and best practices oversight.
  • An impressive and engaged Board, strong leadership team and a solid balance sheet.

The CFO will be joining the Center at an exciting time for the institution and at a critical time for the nation. Around the world, opponents of womenís rights are mounting a scorched-earth campaign to turn back decades of hard-won progress, and the Center is fighting back with short-, medium-, and long-term strategies to not only hold ground but to change the legal and policy environment to one that focuses on the fundamental principles at stake: womenís dignity, equality, health, and autonomy. In December 2011, the Centerís Board adopted a new strategic plan for 2012-2017. This plan was crafted with the input of both Board and staff during a year-long process of external and internal examination and deliberation. As it marks its 20th Anniversary in 2012, the Center will be well-poised to defend against the current challenges and to go on the offense to change the discourse and policy landscape.

The Center works across the globe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and FGM. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. committees, and regional human rights bodies, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in over 50 countries. The Centerís groundbreaking litigation and advocacy has transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies, and its undivided focus on reproductive rights has given it unparalleled expertise in the use of constitutional, international and comparative human rights law to hold governments accountable for failing to ensure womenís access to critical reproductive healthcare services.

The Center is led by President & CEO Nancy Northup, who brings a rich mix of experience in public interest law, government service, and womenís rights advocacy. Under her leadership, the Center has expanded its international work, including the launch of an international litigation campaign that has included the first abortion case decided by the U.N. Human Rights Committee and the first case to frame preventable maternal deaths as a human rights violation. She also led the integration of the human rights framework in the Centerís U.S. work and the establishment of the Law School Initiative. Before joining the Center in 2003, Ms. Northup served as the founding director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School; as a prosecutor and Deputy Chief of Appeals in the U.S. Attorneyís office for the Southern District of New York; and as a law clerk to the Honorable Alvin B. Rubin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Northup has taught constitutional law and human rights as an adjunct professor at NYU and Columbia law schools.

The Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a 23-person board of directors. In addition to the President & CEO, the Centerís Executive Team includes, the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer and the Vice President of Program. Other members of the Management Team include: the Directors of the U.S. Legal Program, Global Legal Program, Government Relations, Communications, and Development. The Center has a diverse staff of 100 professionals from Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Kenya, Korea, Nepal, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sweden, Slovakia, the U.K., and the U.S.

Position Responsibilities:

The Center for Reproductive Rights is seeking a smart, hardworking, decisive and innovative financial leader with extensive nonprofit and international experience and a commitment to the Centerís mission, vision, and values to become its new Chief Financial Officer. The CFO reports to the EVP/COO and has regular interaction with the President and CEO. S/He will also engage with the Board of Directors predominantly through their role in staffing the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board. The CFO leads the Finance Department, which consists of seven (7) positions, three of which report directly to the CFO. Direct reports include Controller, Director of Budgeting & Reporting, International Operations Manager, and Administrative Assistant for the Finance & Administration Departments. Other positions in the department include Accountant, Finance Assistant, and Budget Assistant.

Working closely with the Administration and Information Technology teams, the CFO is responsible for overseeing and managing all domestic and international fiscal operations for the Center, including managing its complex international budget of approximately $15 million. The CFO will be viewed as a mentor and a thought leader who will supervise staff in a supportive and direct manner with a minimum of ego.

Because this is a Management Team position, the Center requires someone who is bright, confident, a hands-on manager, modern and contemporary in their thinking, an effective problem solver, and a self-starter. The successful candidate must have a thorough understanding of accounting and fiscal operations, information technology, contract management, project management and human resources. S/He will have strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, a hands-on management style that can delegate and define job requirements, and the ability to address and solve problems or issues as they arise. In addition, he or she will be diplomatic, be of the highest integrity, and possess sound judgment as well as a sense of humor
The successful candidate must have a bachelorís degree, with an advanced degree and/or a CPA preferred. He or she should have knowledge of generally accepted accounting practices and principles in relation to international nonprofit entities. Comparable experience will be considered.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Lead all aspects of the Center for Reproductive Rightsí fiscal, budgeting, auditing, cash flow management, investment management, and financial reporting functions. Provide proactive and regular financial reporting and information to the executive and management staff and the Board and help staff understand the financial implications of the Centerís operations and programmatic decisions, both in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Manage the organizationís $15 million budget and oversee the preparation of the Centerís consolidated annual organizational and departmental budgets; provide strategic analysis for ongoing monitoring of the budget(s).
  • Work with other departments to improve workflows and internal controls.
  • Ensure that all IRS regulations governing non-profits and other laws, rules and regulations are being followed.
  • Serve as liaison to auditors and other critical vendors.
  • Review and approve expenditures to ensure budget compliance and efficient use of funds. Oversee the development and implementation of internal controls to safeguard financial assets; supplement with new policies and procedures when necessary.
  • Work with the Development department to ensure accurate and timely revenue reporting and analysis.
  • Provide hands-on financial management of the Centerís international offices.

  • Commitment to the Centerís mission, vision, and values.
  • Bachelorís degree required; CPA and/or Masterís degree preferred.
  • At least 10+ years of senior management positions at the CFO level, at least five of which should be in the international nonprofit sector.
  • Experience living overseas and/or addressing the challenges of managing financial operations outside of the U.S. strongly preferred.
  • International accounting experience required.
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting practices and principles as relevant to nonprofit entities.
  • Must possess demonstrated strong management and financial competence.
  • Highly skilled at team-building, conflict resolution, and staff management.
  • Ability to work independently, handle and prioritize multiple time-sensitive projects.
  • Strong strategic and financial planning skills.
  • Acumen in maintaining accurate financial records and preparing clear and accurate reports for informational, auditing and operational use.
  • Familiar with US GAAP, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), International Accounting Standards (IAS) and Tax Optimization.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with Excel and financial accounting software, Financial Edge preferred.
  • Experience with fundraising software is highly desired, Raisers Edge preferred
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all professional, finance and non-finance levels.
  • Must maintain a calm demeanor under stressful situations; works well under pressure and continues to keep the organization on course even through unexpected crises or events.

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