Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

Flexible Location, USA   |   January 16, 2020

About If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

We transform the law and policy landscape through advocacy, support, and organizing so all people have the power to determine if, when, and how to define, create, and sustain families with dignity and to actualize sexual and reproductive wellbeing on their own terms, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence.

We employ five proven modalities – litigation, advocacy, organizing, training, and support – to combat five forms of reproductive oppression ripe for compassionate attention and skillful intervention. Our focus is on improving abortion access, especially for young people, public program participants, and those who self-manage, as well as enhancing resources, dignity, and rights for birthing people and parents. In all we do, we center communities uniquely impacted by criminalization, restrictions, and structural inequities.

By growing and activating legions of legal advocates steeped in reproductive justice values, we work to bring relief to those experiencing reproductive oppression, eliminate its underlying causes, dismantle the structures that uphold it, and construct a new legal foundation for liberation.

We are growing significantly, following on our 2019 merger with the SIA Legal Team, which has positioned us to expand our team and our impact. To learn more about our vision and our work, please visit www.ifwhenhow.org.

If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice is an at-will and equal opportunity employer, committed to attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional people. We welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences, identities, and educational backgrounds. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.

The Chief Financial Officer Opportunity

Joining us amid the exciting growth and transformation sparked by our recent merger, our first Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will lead the development and implementation of our fiscal strategy and planning, supporting our long-term sustainability and continued growth. The CFO will hold responsibility for ensuring effective systems, policies, and processes for all aspects of finance and accounting, including budgeting and analysis, reporting, audits, and overall compliance. Reporting to the Managing Director and working in close collaboration with senior management, the CFO will provide long-term strategic leadership while ensuring the effective day-to-day management and ongoing improvement for all aspects of this department.

The ideal candidate will bring expertise in financial management, including experience in creating and implementing new finance and accounting systems and processes, as well as prior success in nonprofit financial leadership roles. They will be energized by roles that involve both setting the vision for the finance function and digging into the details of process development and improvement. As part of our leadership team, the CFO will share our commitment to reproductive and racial justice and uphold our values of inclusion, fairness, and transparency.

Key Responsibilities

Financial Strategy and Leadership

  • Identify organizational financial goals and advise the Executive Director on short-term and long-term financial objectives, policies, and actions
  • Implement an integrated fiscal system that ensures a steady cash flow, support for operational requirements, and timely and accurate financial reporting, accountability, and forecasting
  • Partner with our incoming Chief Operating Officer to ensure our financial strategy and management supports our vision for organizational growth and evolution
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Director to develop internal controls policies, guidelines, and procedures
  • Supervise the Operations & Technology Director on finance-related tasks, and any other finance and accounting staff or consultants, ensuring appropriate work assignments and providing ongoing training, development, and coaching to support optimal performance
  • Ensure compliance of financial practices with nonprofit GAAP and current accounting standards

Financial Management

  • Lead staff through effective, iterative annual budgeting process, producing scenario-based organizational budgets as well as department- and program-level budgets
  • Provide monthly financial reports to directors and managers; support directors and managers in developing annual budgets; and train, support, and monitor the ability of directors and managers to manage budgets
  • Prepare and present regular and ad hoc financial reports for review by the Executive Director and/or the Advisory Board
  • Prepare financial documents for grant proposals and reports; partner with the Development Director to monitor grants and ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets
  • Perform financial analysis, forecasting, and reporting to monitor the achievement of funding goals and use of financial resources
  • Ensure all annual, quarterly, and periodic national, state, and local filings are completed
  • Supervise accounts payable and receivable and the reconciliation of all accounts and expenses in compliance with all contracts, grants, and contributions, with support from the Operations & Technology Director 

Risk Management

  • Monitor risk management policies and procedures to ensure that program and organizational risks are minimized
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory agencies and support best practices; establish and maintain sound financial controls and record keeping
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; develop and maintain the finance department’s policy and procedure manual
Qualifications

As the incoming Chief Financial Officer, you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:

  • You offer 10+ years in financial management roles and have been successful at the senior director or CFO level in a multi-million-dollar organization. Your experience includes success in nonprofit financial management roles.
  • You bring broad expertise in financial strategy, audits, compliance, budgeting, cash management, and resource development, and are comfortable managing both strategy and tactical execution.
  • You have extensive experience creating and implementing finance and accounting systems and processes that are aligned with a growing or changing organizational context.
  • You demonstrate strong project management skills and a high level of resourcefulness, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies, guiding and enhancing the investment of both human and financial resources and systems.
  • You are a skilled leader for both internal staff and external vendors/consultants, and you are a strong collaborator, able to thrive in our multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic environment.
  • You understand how to translate accounting and financial jargon in a way that is accessible and relevant to a variety of stakeholders, including staff, Advisory Board, and funders.
  • You demonstrate excellent professional judgment, strong communication skills, and the ability to build trust within a rapidly-evolving and values-driven organization.
  • You share our commitment to racial justice/anti-racist principles; familiarity with the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement is considered a plus.
  • You are effective leading within a virtual/remote organization; demonstrated prior success in this type of environment is considered a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and/or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation strongly preferred.
Compensation & Benefits

The annual salary range for this role will be $125,000 – $175,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

We provide a generous benefits package consisting of fully paid insurance coverage for health, vision, dental, life, and disability; flexible spending accounts (FSA) for health, dependent care, and transportation; retirement plan; sick leave, vacation (starting at 15 days a year, on an accrual basis), and holidays (including birthdays), plus a one-week office closure in December. Employees also receive generous professional development stipends and paid membership to bar associations.

In addition to our office in Oakland, CA, we maintain a virtual environment that supports remote working and flexible work days. Our team includes staff in 7 metropolitan areas throughout the US.   Reimbursements for co-working spaces and home office equipment and supplies are available.

Contact

If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume, addressed to Mariko Miki, Managing Director, here.

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About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners, a member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.

For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.