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Director of Finance

DHR Global
New York City, New York
The salary range is $130,000-$210,000 and commensurate with experience.
Start date
Oct 6, 2023

Guttmacher Institute


Good reproductive health policy starts with credible research.


Founded in 1968, the Guttmacher Institute is a global leader in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The Guttmacher Institute envisions a future in which all people can realize their rights and access the resources they need to achieve sexual and reproductive health. This vision is aligned with a progressive and evidence-based definition of SRHR grounded in human rights, which holds that sexual and reproductive health is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity but a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in all aspects of sexuality and reproduction.


Through a unique and interrelated program of high-quality research, evidence-based advocacy, and strategic communications, the Institute works to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, and promote sound policy and program development; its overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all people worldwide.


In keeping with the organziation’s Guiding Principle of Equity and Justice, the Institute’s Board and staff leadership have committed to using the Institute’s resources and platform to promote racial equity internally and within the SRHR field. Internally, the organization has established goals and are building systems that advance racial equity, including an annual review of their Racial Equity Statement and proactive and strategic efforts to ensure people of color have voice and leadership within the organization.   

The Institute has grown substantially since its founding. To support the organization as it moves into a new phase of its evolution, it seeks a Director of Finance.


Scope and Responsibilities:


Reporting to the Vice President for Finance & Administration, the Director of Finance (DFA) is part of a Division that includes 5 operating units: Administrative Services, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Meeting & Events and serves on the Management Team for the Division. The DFA is responsible for overseeing and managing the Institute’s accounting and budgeting functions, grants management, financial reporting, audit and tax preparation, treasury and strategic cash management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, and month-end closings. The DFA serves as a thought partner on financial matters to the VP of F&A and supervises a 5-person team of junior and senior-level accounting staff, the budget and grants administrator and the contract specialist.


Specific Responsibilities:


Financial Management and Accounting

  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and financial reporting systems, and ensure accuracy, timeliness, and compliance with GAAP and applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. In collaboration with the Controller, monitor and maintain all financial internal controls and the adherence to Institute financial policies and procedures for all financial functions and processes such as accounts payable and receivable, cash management, corporate credit cards, investment accounts, and fixed asset accounts. Monitor cash flow and manage the cash balances in all accounts. Cultivate and maintain relationships with the Institute’s auditor, bank officer, portfolio manager and other finance-related vendors. Prepare timely and accurate monthly financial statements and other financial reports for VP of F&A, Executive Leadership Team, and the Board. Prepare reports for, and present documentation to internal and external stakeholders as requested. Advise VP of F&A on financial issues, questions, and concerns. Work proactively to identify needs and improve systems.



Budgeting and Grant Administration

  • Organize and lead the annual budgeting process, including devising processes and tools for use by staff who manage budgets in Divisions across the Institute. In collaboration with the Finance & Administration Management Team, develop, oversee, and manage the Division’s budgets. Work with Human Resources and Divisional budget point people to manage and forecast existing, vacant, and planned staff positions in all financial systems. Oversee grants management system including cost allocation plans and rates and the process of revenue recognition for restricted funding. Work with the grants administrator, and across the Institute, to improve grant tracking and related systems. Develop agenda for and convene and lead monthly meetings of Finance staff with Divisional budget point people. Provide Finance team with the skills and tools needed to support Divisions’ budget preparation across the Institute.



Year-end Audits and Tax Returns

  • Oversee the Institute’s annual audit and tax activities: supervise the preparation for annual audits and ensure all required IRS and state filings are up to date. Serve as lead contact for auditors and generate all year-end schedules for annual audit. Prepare draft financials, Form 990, and CHAR 500 along with the schedules for auditors’ review. Train finance team to work on various audit schedules and ensure their understanding of audit requirements.


Management & Strategy

  • Serve as a thought partner on financial matters with the Vice President for Finance and Administration. Provide strategic perspective on the organization’s finance and accounting needs. Provide thoughtful and supportive supervision of the Finance staff. Manage and cultivate the skills, talents, and professional development of the Finance staff. Provide orientation and training on relevant financial systems for staff at all levels. Serve on the F&A Management Team which is responsible for managing the Division’s work in pursuit of the Institute’s vision, goals, and priorities; collaborate with the Executive Leadership Team and other Division Management Teams to create a high-performing, impactful, and collaborative organization. Coordinate and manage the projects and initiatives of the Finance team to ensure alignment with organizational and programmatic goals. Lead the administration and periodic review of financial software systems and tools; maintain the integrity of accounts, manage user access; troubleshoot issues with Abila MIP, Unanet, and Nexonia. Work with new contracts administrator to improve contract development and management. Perform any other job-related tasks as requested by supervisor.


Key Selection Criteria:


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting; master’s degree highly preferred. Seven (7) to ten (10) years of experience in a relevant setting managing a $30 million plus accounting operation in non-profit sector. Superior knowledge of accounting principles for non-profits required. Advanced proficiency with non-profit accounting software and financial reporting applications required; knowledge of Abila MIP (Sage), Unanet, and Nexonia preferred. Strong knowledge of budgeting and forecasting. Experience with financial reporting requirements of large multi-year grants, especially from US government agencies, foreign governments, and private foundations. Seven (7) to ten (10) years of experience preparing audits and serving as audit point of contact. A demonstrated ability to work across an organization to improve systems and their functionality. Proven ability to work successfully with a diverse team of executive and project managers, and to deliver transparent financial infrastructure, from budgeting to reporting and compliance. Experience working with international programming, as well as subcontractors, helpful. Outstanding time management, organizational skills, and analytical ability. Comfort with ambiguity and change. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and diplomacy. Strong service orientation and relationship development abilities. Strong work ethic with proven ability to meet internal and external deadlines and to respond quickly in a fast-paced environment. Seven (7) to ten (10) years of experience in staff management, supervision, and professional development. A deep commitment to the Guttmacher Institute’s mission and work




The salary range is $130,000-$210,000 and commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits that include medical, dental, vision and life insurance; vacation, personal and sick time, paid parental leave; tuition reimbursement; commuting subsidy; and 401(k) with employer match. The Guttmacher Institute strives to provide the training and support staff need to be successful in their positions and to grow professionally.






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