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Chief Finance Officer - Center for Reproductive Rights

About the Organization:

 

The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the global leader in using the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights. Headquartered in New York City, the non-profit, non-partisan organization has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Nairobi, and Washington, DC, and a staff of approximately 200 diverse professionals. The Center’s compelling human rights mission and reputation for excellence and cutting-edge legal work has powered its exceptional growth trajectory to an operating budget of over $40 million and won the respect of the world’s leading law firms, as reflected in the additional $25 million annually in donated legal services, representing the work last year of 820 lawyers in 46 countries. 

 

The overarching goal of the Center’s new Strategic Plan sets a high mark for impact: By 2030, half of the world’s population will be living under stronger protections for reproductive rights than they do today. The Center has a track record of success to back up this ambitious goal. Since its founding in 1992, the Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide on issues including maternal health, contraception, abortion, and assisted reproduction. It has won groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 60 countries and counting.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to www.reproductiverights.org.

About the Opportunity:

The inaugural Chief Finance Officer (CFO) will join the Center during a season of expansion, growth, and opportunity, as they embark upon their new strategic plan, and endeavor to protect reproductive rights around the world. The CFO will report directly to the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer (CSOO) and be a member of the Center’s Executive Team. The CFO will be responsible for all financial activities for the Center, including: financial strategy, financial planning and analysis, budgeting, general accounting, grant compliance and reporting, facilities administration, and information technology. This individual will provide counsel and support to the CSOO and the Board of Directors, including the Finance and Audit Committee on all financial matters. 

The CFO will be based in New York City with some international travel required. Covid-19 vaccination is required for all US-based employees of the Center.


Areas of Leadership: 

Finance Strategy:

  • Serve as a member of the Executive Team, providing input on long and short-range planning as well as day-to-day management of the organization.
  • Establish a financial vision, planning, and forecasting process, to ensure that financial resources are powering the realization of the Center’s mission.
  • On a monthly basis, report the Center’s financials, forecasts, and metrics to the CEO and Executive Leadership Team to generate insights from financial data to support organizational decisions.
  • Work closely with senior leaders to prepare presentations to the Board of Directors and Board Committees.
  • Oversee and optimize short- and long-term budget planning and cost management in alignment with the strategic plan.

Finance Infrastructure:

  • Design and execute a strategy to ensure the Finance department is equipped with the right systems, structures, people, and partners to effectively deliver on team and organizational goals.
  • Ensure financial tools are operationalized to highlight meaningful insights and guide short- and long-term decision-making.
  • Ensure successful annual audits and compliance with all required tax forms and state registrations.
  • Oversee preparation and submission of timely monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports.
  • Provide oversight to grants compliance including budget development, contracting, reporting/monitoring, and grants receivable management.
  • Develop and implement risk identification and controls, systems and procedures for effective operations, and timely monitoring and reporting.

Finance & Administration Team Management:

  • Supervise and mentor the Controller, Financial Analysis team, Senior Director Grants Compliance, and Director, IT.
  • Provide leadership, training, and support for the department, including directly managing and developing the finance, accounting, grants compliance, facilities, and IT teams, ensuring goals are met.
  • Establish a strong partnership model for how other teams will work with finance to advance the organization’s goals.

Key Qualifications:

Mission & Values Alignment: Commitment to advancing reproductive rights as human rights. Demonstrated fit with Center’s core values: globally inclusive, integrity, excellence, and impact. Possesses a global mindset and understands the contextual differences within the countries and core constituencies with which we work. Fluency in written and verbal Spanish is a strong plus.

Finance Expertise: Experience leading Finance activities for complex nonprofit organization(s) with similar or larger budget(s), including annual audits, preparation and filing of Forms 990, FP&A, accounting, lobbying activities, and treasury as well as projects to implement financial technologies. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in financial/regulatory compliance in both the US and outside of the US. Knowledge of internal control systems used for general accounting principles and specialized nonprofit industry accounting practices and procedures, such as restricted foundation and government funds. 

Executive Leadership Experience: At least 10 years of experience serving as a senior leader of a complex multi-office, multinational organization with varied revenue streams, including foundation and major gift fundraising, government grants, as well as program income. At least five years of experience working with and presenting to, executive leaders and boards of directors. 

Finance Team Leadership Experience: Proven history of leading, inspiring, and developing cohesive and high functioning teams to effectively deliver outcomes. Experience managing, mentoring and collaborating with direct reports to develop high-performing and well-respected teams that meet and exceed goals.

Relationship Building & Collaboration: Ability to develop and foster strong working relationships with internal stakeholders while providing finance and accounting expertise and analysis that will support the achievement of programmatic and operational objectives with a lens of financial literacy. Experience managing relationships with external entities including banks, investment advisors, legal advisors that assist with state charity registration, insurance carriers, and external auditors.

System & Process Design & Development: Experience effectively navigating and leading through change, rallying stakeholders around a shared vision in a way that generates buy-in and adoption. Ability to assess, guide and address issues in a globally inclusive manner, and willingness and readiness to build and sustain new approaches across all regions. Track record of driving strong implementation and adoption of financial systems and processes.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

 

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