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Finance Director, Center for Constitutional Rights

Center for Constitutional Rights
New York, United States
$132,375.00 - $180,470.00
Closing date
May 27, 2023
Center for Constitutional Rights

Finance Director


Location: New York, NY (In-Office: 1 to 2 days per week)

Reports to: Director of Operations

Direct Reports: Finance Manager and Finance Associate



The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) works with communities under threat to fight for justice and liberation through litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications. Since 1966, we have taken on oppressive systems of power, including structural racism, gender oppression, economic inequity, and governmental overreach.

Too often, the law supports systems of power that violate our most fundamental rights and prevent people from living with dignity. We use creative and aggressive advocacy, communications, and legal strategies to combat the most virulent forms of oppression and to push law and policy to meet the demands of justice. Our teams partner and work with systems-impacted communities and social movements to build power and co-design legal, policy, and cultural interventions that advance the vision of the world our partners and clients want to see.  And through strategic communications, we increase public support for our efforts to challenge dominant narratives that normalize injustice.

Our approach is holistic, fearless, and relentless. You have a role to play in this fight. Join forces with our activists, lawyers, and storytellers to fight oppression and build power.


The Finance Director (FD) will work with the Director of Operations to implement the financial vision for the organization. The FD will provide oversight and management for the Finance team, including AP/AR, payroll, project and organizational budgets, grants accounting, insurance coverage, investment, and banking relationships. The FD will supervise, train, and mentor the finance team.


The Finance Director will provide strategic financial and organizational leadership for CCR. These responsibilities include: 

Financial Management

    Manage, recommend, and implement systems, policies, procedures, and controls which assure that CCR’s financial operation functions efficiently and effectively; is designed to account accurately for various grantors and funding streams; and complies with standard nonprofit accounting principles, according to GAAP and IRS regulations

    Oversee day-to-day finance operations to ensure accurate function. This includes monthly and financial close of accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, prepaids, credit card and bank reconciliations, staff expense reimbursements, and restricted grant tracking

    Work with the Director of Operations to develop staff spending and reimbursement protocols and procedures

    Work with the Director of Operations to coordinate with outside services tasked to maintain payments and reporting for the annuity program and the annual state registrations required for fundraising

    Work with the Finance Manager to create project budgets and subsequent tracking and reporting for grants awarded

    Experience working with and collaborating with the development/fundraising team and institutional donors (foundations), with the ability and flexibility to provide rapid request turnaround

    Present Financial statements monthly to the Director of Operations

    Lead annual audit process: prepare materials for the audit, work directly with the auditor during the fieldwork and throughout the process, and manage RFP, bid, and selection process in collaboration with Board Finance Committee; ensure the IRS 990 is filed on time annually 

    Work with the Finance Manager to support the annual budget and planning process, assist with creating and reviewing all financial plans and budgets, and draft the organizational budget to present to the Director of Operations

    Lead efforts to increase financial literacy across the organization to promote effective budget management and develop internal leadership

    Lead the periodic review and assessment of accounting software systems and tools 

    Maintain the integrity of accounting tools, manage user access, and troubleshoot issues. Increase productivity by automating processes 

    As requested, prepare status reports of CCR’s finances for the Board of Directors and Management Team

Management, Operations, and Supervision

    Oversee day-to-day management of all financial operations ensuring accurate function, including accounts payable/accounts receivable, payroll, project and organizational budgets, grant accounting, insurance coverage, investment, and banking relationships

    Provide guidance to the Director of Operations as it relates to financial matters across the organization

    Hire, train, supervise, mentor, and support each finance team member in skills growth and creating professional development opportunities

    Define, develop, and monitor clear goals and objectives for the finance department and each team member, including work plans, team/individual goals, and work plans; prioritize as needed

    Approve department staff requests for schedule modification, paid leave, and comp time accrual; monitor staff workload and adjust or arrange coverage as neededProvide staff with regular and consistent feedback

    Conduct finance team members' annual performance evaluations

    Plan and facilitate regular and consistent department meetings, planning sessions, and team-building retreats

    Setting strategic financial goals, assessing team progress and performance, building productive inter-departmental relationships, and assessing inter-departmental workflow

Organizational Leadership and Strategy

As a Department Director, your leadership responsibilities will also include the following:

    Actively model positive organizational culture, adherence to policies and protocols, respect for process, and CCR's mission, vision, and values

    Provide the Director of Operations with regular reports to inform decision making

    Develop, lead, and implement key organizational priorities

    Communicate effectively and build strong, respectful working relationships across the organization

    Work with the Director of Operations to coordinate and manage projects of the finance team to ensure alignment with organizational priorities

    Ability to proactively develop and implement strategy; provide metrics and evaluates the impact of finance strategies

    As a Department Director, determine organizational plans and priorities, make decisions, resolve problems, develop and/or approve policies, and help steward organizational change

    Foster and sustain collaboration, communication, and knowledge sharing within and across departmental and functional lines

    Participate in discussion and negotiation of union matters when needed

    Work in collaboration with the Management Team and across departments to solve problems, resolve conflicts, and develop more effective ways of working together

    Perform other responsibilities or lead projects as assigned by the Director of Operations


    Strong interest in and commitment to CCR’s mission 

    Demonstrated 10+ years of experience managing nonprofit financial systems

    Proficient with QuickBooks for nonprofits or similar accounting tools 

    Working knowledge and proficiency with different types of payroll software

    Experience working collaboratively with senior leadership 

    High level of competence in managing staff and teams 

    Commitment to open communication, teamwork and collaboration, accountability, and professionalism

    Comfort working with a diverse population with myriad backgrounds and lived experiences

    Commitment to vigorous promotion of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and demonstrated cultural competence for issues including but not limited to race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, and class

    Excellent leadership, planning and prioritization, communication, interpersonal, time management, and organizational skills

    Ability to be productive in a fast-paced environment, effectively juggle multiple projects and meet deadlines while maintaining a positive and professional attitude.

    Ability to anticipate problems and use judgment appropriately to plan solutions and manage obstacles as they arise

    Proficiency in MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, and Google applications

    Comfort working in a progressive legal and advocacy environment

    Integrity, grace under pressure, and a sense of humor


Salary is commensurate with experience. The salary range for the position is $132,375 to $180,470. Benefits include 100% employer-paid health benefit premiums, including medical and dental; life and short- and long-term disability insurance; employer contribution to 401K plan and flexible spending account;  vacation and sick leave; and all federal holidays.

Vaccine and booster requirements: CCR requires all staff to submit proof and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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