About Robin Hood
Founded in 1988, Robin Hood finds, fuels, and creates the most
impactful and scalable solutions lifting families out of poverty in
New York City. The largest poverty fighting organization in New
York City, Robin Hood partners with top non-profits in New York
City and invests in legal services, housing, meals, workforce
development training, education programs, and other vital services
that give New Yorkers in need the tools they need to build better
lives. The programs it funds are often the first of their kind and
serve as demonstration models to identify what works before being
replicated in other cities. Because its Board of Directors covers
100% of all administrative, fundraising, and evaluation costs,
every dollar donated goes directly to organizations helping New
Yorkers in need.
While Robin Hood’s primary focus is on New York, its impact
extends far beyond the borders of the city. Its pioneering,
metrics-based approach has become the gold standard for charities
around the nation as Robin Hood works to understand and evaluate
the impact of its partners to ensure that its philanthropic dollars
are utilized to maximum impact. Robin Hood also supports its
community partners and their leaders with financial and strategic
support and management assistance that allows those organizations
to maximize their impact.
Building on our 30 years of experience, Robin Hood is expanding
our impact with an explicit focus on lifting families sustainably
and measurably out of poverty through supporting the most effective
community partners; influencing public policy; raising our thought
leadership profile; importing and exporting effective ideas and
strategies nationally; and building new collaborations with
strategic partners. As New York City emerges from the worst of the
global pandemic, we are focused on getting families back on their
feet; getting kids back on track; and getting New Yorkers back to
Robin Hood also understands that in order to advance our mission
of economic mobility most effectively, we must become an effective
partner with government, especially at the city and state levels.
We accomplish this by leveraging the expertise of our team and our
community partners to advance public policy that will support under
resourced communities and people most in need in our city. We also
aim to collaborate with New York City government to fund program
and policy innovations that hold the promise of expanding economic
opportunity in New York City – providing “risk capital” for
high-potential strategies. In this way, we seek to leverage our
philanthropic investments by encouraging government to adopt the
highest-impact strategies at scale. Robin Hood must be known
as a thought leader, powerful voice, and catalyzing force for
people experiencing poverty. Given its long-standing reputation in
philanthropy and its support for over 250 New York City non-profit
organizations, Robin Hood has the unique ability to both directly
advocate to decision-makers and mobilize grassroots support on
behalf of the causes it chooses to champion.
The Chief Financial + Administrative Officer will report to the
Chief Executive Officer, Richard Buery, and will serve as a member
of the Executive Team.
The Chief Financial + Administrative Officer (CFAO) is critical
to the overall operations of Robin Hood as a strategic partner and
leader of the organization.
- The CFAO will be responsible and accountable for the day-to-day
strategic and managerial leadership of the critical infrastructure
functions of: finance, human capital, information technology, and
- The CFAO will be responsible for overseeing all fiscal and
fiduciary responsibilities for Robin Hood, in conjunction with the
Board of Directors and the Audit, Finance and Compliance, and
Executive Committees of the Board.
- The CFAO is responsible for ensuring financial input is
collected on all issues under consideration by the board and
- The CFAO is the chief financial spokesperson for Robin
- The CFAO is responsible for ensuring the performance of all
fiscal tasks necessary to achieve Robin Hood’s mission and execute
Specific responsibilities include, but are not
- Responsible for providing critical financial and operational
information to the CEO and make actionable recommendations on
fiscal strategy, management, and operations.
- Assist the Audit, Finance and Compliance committee of the board
in establishing yearly objectives for Robin Hood and provide
periodic reporting to that committee and the Board.
- Assist the CEO and the Board in selecting and engaging outside
consultants (auditors, investment advisors).
- Participate with CEO and senior leadership team in multi-year
strategic planning, annual prioritization and goal-setting, the
development of new initiatives, drafting of prospective budgets and
determining cost effectiveness of the initiatives.
- Oversee long-term budgetary planning and costs management in
alignment with Robin Hood’s strategic plan.
- Systematically monitor, review, and upgrade systems, policies,
controls, accounting standards, training, and procedures to improve
efficiency and effectiveness of all financial operations.
- Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems, ensuring
compliance with appropriate Generally Accepted Accounting
Principles (GAAP) and all regulatory requirements as
- Lead staff and systems to develop and manage robust financial
planning, budgeting, spending, and analysis.
- Lead the organization in all internal and external operational
and financial-related reporting including the annual audit process
with an external accounting firm, tax reporting, and investment
accounting and performance.
- Routinely communicate accurate short- and long-term financial
information to the CEO and Board.
- Provide quarterly financial reporting to the Board and AFC
Committee, as well as ongoing financial reports to management of
all departments as requested (budget, cash flow, line-item
- Manage cash flow and forecasting. Develop a reliable cash flow
projection process and reporting mechanism that includes minimum
cash threshold to meet operating needs. Optimize the handling of
banking relationships and initiate appropriate strategies to
enhance cash positions.
- Oversee budgeting and the implementation of budgets so as to
monitor progress and present financial metrics both internally and
- Manage and track the performance of Robin Hood’s investment
portfolio in keeping with the policies and investment guidelines
established by the finance committee.
- Responsible for evaluation and maintenance of internal control
- Coordinate all audit activities and prepare financial
- Responsible for preparation of 990 and 990-T.
- Work with General Counsel to ensure fiscal elements of state
regulatory filings are complete and correct.
- Partner with the Managing Director, Controller and Managing
Director, Information Technology & Operations to procure and/or
upgrade specialized Finance/IT systems that meet the needs of the
- Advance new revenue opportunities by structuring creative and
beneficial financial relationships and partnerships.
- Drive development, management, and continual improvement
process related to all business processes. Systematically monitor,
review, and upgrade systems, policies, risk management controls,
and procedures to maintain the highest standards of operational
- Lead the development of systems and procedures to assess and
manage risks to Robin Hood. Coordinate plans to mitigate risks
through insurance, IT security, and policy management.
- Review and authorize all contracts for services; in
collaboration with the Managing Director, Controller and finance
office, review and authorize all disbursements of funds.
- Ensure that Robin Hood’s technology environment, information
systems, knowledge management and staffing remain current and
- Lead leasing, space planning and office allocations and oversee
timely completion of projects to upgrade facilities.
- Oversee the facility operations of Robin Hood to ensure the
safety of guests and efficiency of resources.
- Attend to upgrade and communications of emergency plans.
- Oversee and centralize purchasing functions.
- Oversee the legal department.
- Ensure that Robin Hood operates within accepted legal standards
and in accordance with all legal requirements, and to best practice
- Oversee the information technology department ensuring that
strong business continuity practices are in place and adhered to
and that technology is refreshed in a systematic and orderly
- Systematically monitor, review, and upgrade systems, policies,
risk management controls, and procedures to maintain the highest
standards of operational excellence.
Compensation and Benefits
- Work with Chief People & Culture Officer to develop a
graded compensation framework by department.
- Participate in the annual review and evaluation of Robin Hood’s
benefits and benefit providers.
- Assume fiduciary responsibility for retirement plan in
collaboration with Chief People + Culture Officer and General
Counsel, as authorized benefits officers.
- Mentor and develop a team of direct reports, managing work
allocation, training, problem resolution, performance evaluation,
and the building of an effective team dynamic.
- Guide larger, cross-divisional teams outside of direct span of
control within Robin Hood where appropriate, as issues arise.
- Create accountabilities, and development goals; set objectives,
review, and manage staff performance, mentor and develop
individuals to achieve excellence, original thought, and
proactivity in all aspects of their work.
- As a member of the executive team, serve as a key thought
partner and advisor to the CEO and, with other members of the
executive team, provide cultural and strategic leadership to the
- Act as a champion for equity.
- Lead by example and model a culture of collaboration,
transparency, open communication, and dynamism.
- Build and manage high-performing teams and long-tenured
- Influence and inspire team members at all levels to achieve
highest standards of excellence.
- Create and maintain communication systems that are
straightforward and timely between operational units and across
- Ensure business information is disseminated appropriately
within the organization.
- A minimum of 15 years of related, full-time working experience
at the CFO, CAO, or similar level.
- Demonstrated understanding of finance, business management,
strategic planning, accounting, IT, and operations to elicit
credibility with all levels of management and drive business
decisions in a positive manner.
- Expert knowledge and understanding of financial and accounting
principles and systems.
- Experience in a complex organization and ability to forge
collaborative relationships with the CEO, senior leaders, and the
Board of Directors.
- Proven track record of successfully managing and developing
high performing teams and leading and collaborating with senior
- Experience leveraging technology and systems to provide
insights and drive efficiencies and innovation across the
- Strategic thinker and demonstrated track-record of sound and
- An MBA or similar advanced degree and/or CPA certification is
- Seasoned and mature leader of people and processes.
- Demonstrated executive presence, confidence, and a strong sense
- Able to adapt to changes in direction and lead
- Ability to proactively anticipate and address functional and
- Excellent written and verbal skills including ability to
present to the Board of Directors in a clear and concise style and
be comfortable answering probing questions and making thoughtful
- Excellent computer skills and proficiency with database and
- An understanding of charitable giving legal guidelines,
specifically as it relates to advancement activities.
- An ability to inspire and motivate others; strong interpersonal
- An ability to excel within a dynamic team setting.
- A passion and commitment to Robin Hood’s mission.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Robin Hood is committed to promoting diversity, equity,
inclusion, and representation in all aspects of its work. As New
York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization, Robin Hood
believes that building a diverse team is fundamental to its ability
to effectively serve and strengthen organizations serving the most
vulnerable communities in the city, and to influence the policies
that affect them.
Robin Hood believes in the potential that diversity creates –
deep and responsive relationships with its community partners; the
ability to solve complex problems efficiently and effectively; and,
most importantly, the ability of its diverse staff to work to its
Robin Hood builds diversity, inclusion, and equity practices
into all aspects of its work. Its practices, values, traditions,
and beliefs are embedded in the inclusive culture that it creates.
Operationally, its formal and informal structures support a work
environment that advances the professional development of staff at
all levels, allows for innovation, and grounds its work as poverty
In its workplace, diversity equals representation.
Robin Hood seeks to attract and retain a staff that reflects the
communities that it serves. Racial and ethnic diversity matter to
it, as does diversity among other cultural identifiers (ability,
educational background, generation, gender, gender expression,
religion, immigration status, military status, sexual orientation,
Diversity within Robin Hood's staff is enhanced by its efforts
at meaningful inclusion. It ensures that team members are empowered
to make decisions, offer actionable feedback, and share credit for
team success. Further, Robin Hood seeks to develop its talent
professionally and has created an intentional focus on mentorship
and sponsorship, particularly of junior staff. Its goal is to
encourage long term talent retention and engagement, while
fostering a culture of innovation.
Robin Hood Guiding Principles
As an organization committed to economic mobility, our work is
grounded in the following Guiding Principles:
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Proximity and humanity
- Risk-taking and
Our professional community reflects myriad demographic
characteristics, perspectives, and backgrounds, which includes
various identities that reflect diversity in gender identity and
expression, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, ability,
and socioeconomic status. Our colleagues have access to
opportunity and advancement, as we promote fair and equitable
treatment and have encouraged participation by underrepresented
groups. As a team, we promote a sense of belonging, high levels of
engagement, and shared respect.
- Robin Hood puts people first.
- Robin Hood is unafraid to take action and create
- Robin Hood is data driven and heart led.
- Robin Hood works the coat check.
Salary and Benefits
Robin Hood offers a highly competitive and comprehensive salary
and package of employee benefits and encourages strong work-life
balance. This position is located in New York City.
All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and
résumé. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue
until the successful candidate has been selected.
To apply for this position, visit:
Chief Financial + Administrative Officer
To nominate a candidate, please contact Dr. Stephanie A.
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All inquiries will be held in confidence.
Please note that Robin Hood Foundation has adopted a
COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being
of our employees. As a condition of employment, Robin Hood
employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless
a reasonable accommodation is approved or as otherwise required by