World Monuments Fund (WMF) is the leading independent nonprofit
organization dedicated to safeguarding the world’s most treasured
places to enrich people’s lives and build mutual understanding
across cultures and communities. Since its inception in 1965, WMF’s
experts have been racing against time, applying proven techniques
to preserve important architectural and cultural heritage sites on
more than 700 projects in 112 countries and advocating for the
protection of over 800 treasured places. Headquartered in New York
City with affiliate organizations in Britain, Cambodia, France,
India, Peru, Portugal, and Spain, WMF champions the conservation of
cultural heritage worldwide.
Partnering with local communities, funders, and governments, WMF
draws on heritage to address some of today’s most pressing
challenges: climate change; underrepresentation; imbalanced
tourism; and post-crisis recovery. With a commitment to the people
who bring places to life, WMF embraces the potential of the past to
create a more resilient and inclusive society.
WMF exercises a global reach with an operating budget of nearly
$20 million, a global full-time staff of 45, an annual project
employment of approximately 400 people (working for WMF more than
three months a year), an international board of trustees of 29
members, and six boards of local affiliates. To learn more, please
Reporting to the President and CEO, the Chief Financial and
Administrative Officer (CFAO) will be a seasoned nonprofit
executive who will provide overarching financial and operational
leadership for WMF and play a critical role in the execution of
WMF’s strategic plan.
The CFAO will maintain efficient and transparent day-to-day
operations, coordinate the annual budget and audit processes, and
create an operational plan that advances WMF’s strategic position.
The CFAO will clearly articulate metrics for success, enhance
systems and procedures, and contribute to strengthening WMF’s
workplace culture. This is a hands-on position that requires both
management, financial, human resources, and leadership skills.
The CFAO will work closely with WMF’s program staff in the New
York headquarters, affiliates in the field, and funders, partners,
and advisors, providing the guidance, tools, and resources
necessary to help program leads, staff, and project managers thrive
and make strategic decisions which reflect and are in line with
WMF’s funding, goals, and priorities.
Compensation range: $230,000 to $250,000.
- Quickly get to know WMF as a whole – its leadership, history,
culture, programs, infrastructure, finances, and funding sources –
and the substantive issues critical to the success of a complex
- Direct and manage WMF’s finance staff in implementing the
day‐to‐day accounting and fiscal operations (payroll, accounts
payable, insurance, and general accounting and bookkeeping,
including credit card and cash reconciliations) and develop
policies to ensure quality assurance, internal control, overall
financial health, WMF solvency.
- Develop and implement financial plans and systems in support of
WMF’s strategic, programmatic, and/or operational interests; ensure
timely and accurate financial reporting, forecasting, and analysis
which will help to inform programmatic investments, partnerships,
and decision making.
- Develop a more robust, transparent, and collaborative budget
and multiyear planning processes; become familiar with the current
grants and allocation of resources; instill a sense of financial
accountability, ownership, and discipline at the program,
department, and affiliate levels.
- Provide treasury and investment management, negotiate and
manage working relationships with financial and banking entities,
and, in collaboration with the Board, lead the implementation of
WMF’s investment policy, including the development of investment
criteria, selection of investment managers, and ongoing monitoring
- Establish an open and consistent dialogue with the President
and CEO, the Executive Team, key Board members, and Committee
Chairs as appropriate; prepare and present financial reports for
Trustees and ensure the effective functioning of the Audit &
Finance and Investment Committees of the Board; advise and serve as
a critical resource on matters of financial and administrative
leadership and direction; communicate financial and operations
information and recommendations in a concise and timely
- Be an integral partner and resource to the development
department; lead the development of budgets for grant proposals and
financial reporting as required by funders; oversee revenue
recognition and tracking of restricted funds while ensuring
compliance with GAAP standards, regulatory requirements, and other
policies and best practices.
- Assess, and update as necessary, WMF’s technology platform
including financial and donor development tracking systems,
communications, and website development.
- Oversee human resources; identify key talent and opportunities
for increased efficiencies at all levels; strengthen procedures
related to the staffing process including outreach, recruiting,
interviewing, firing, and onboarding; clarify lines of
responsibility; ensure compliance with applicable employment laws,
policies, and regulations and maintain internal control procedures
over the Human Resources function; manage payroll and
- Prioritize and champion key policies, procedures, and training
efforts which reflect WMF’s commitment to sustainability and
diversity, equity, and inclusion; support WMF’s DEI working group
in their continuing efforts to put in place improved standards and
IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND PERSONAL
The ideal candidate will be a proven hands-on finance executive
and team player. Additionally, this person will have or be:
- Proven senior-level problem-solving and planning capability and
significant financial experience in a well-regarded nonprofit
organization of similar scope or scale; CPA desirable but not
required, with ten or more years of progressively responsible work
experience managing accounting, strategic finance, and/or
investments; coming out of the heritage preservation field would be
a plus but is not required.
- Experience in global nonprofits with operations on multiple
continents would also be a plus.
- Demonstrated ability to work at a strategic level, driving
process, organization, and business practice changes, as well as at
a tactical level; demonstrated ability to organize, direct, and
coordinate operations and administration.
- Thorough knowledge of budgeting and accounting practices,
processes, and procedures of nonprofit organizations; proficiency
with accounting software, word processing, and spreadsheets.
- Excellent analytical, strategic thinking, and problem‐solving
skills; superior verbal and written communication skills; someone
who uses his or her knowledge of finance and operations to drive
strategic business decisions; demonstrated ability to respond
nimbly to change.
- Adept at working with people from various cultures – not only
important for HR matters in working with WMF teams in New York and
across the world, but also in understanding and exhibiting the
sensitivities needed to guide how WMF works within a diverse set of
The ideal candidate will also be:
- A resolute leader/manager who is self-motivated and can take
charge, build consensus, and effect change; someone who understands
the subtleties of motivating and directing a team with different
- Resourceful and results oriented; provenly open to innovative
ideas; politically savvy; able to change directions yet make tough
calls and/or compromise as necessary; adept at planning,
prioritizing, organizing, and following through.
- Someone who can impart credibility, trust, integrity, ethics,
World Monuments Fund is an equal
opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions
regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national
origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual
orientation, and/or any other legally protected status.
applications and nominations to Mark Tarnacki at WMFCFAO@PhillipsOppenheim.com.