ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for executive
leadership and vision for the financial activities and controls of
the organization. This includes oversight of policies and practices
for all finance and accounting activities and systems of the
organization, including accounting, financial reporting and
analysis, compliance, internal controls, and audit support,
financial risk assessment and management, banking and cash
management, department budgeting and cost management, fixed asset
inventory and control, payroll processing, and general accounting.
Additionally, the CFO provides oversight of the Financial Planning
and Analysis and the Grants and Contracts teams.
The CFO leads a global finance and accounting team of
approximately 30 individuals, as well as dotted line oversight of
all country based financial staff. The CFO works with other senior
leaders of the organization to ensure accounting practices are
efficiently integrated with other departments and address changing
or unique operating and program needs. The CFO presents financial
analysis and reports to the CEO, the executive team, and Board of
Directors, and ensures that all financial functions are in legal
and regulatory compliance.
The CFO is both an officer of the US Board of Directors and a
member of the Internews executive team.
Internews has US offices in Arcata, CA and Washington, DC which
support a hybrid workforce with staff working remotely, fully
in-office, or partially remote. This may be a remote-based role,
and candidates based anywhere in the United States will be
considered. Candidates based near the Arcata, CA or Washington, DC
area who would prefer a fully in-office or hybrid position should
feel free to express this preference during the interview
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so
candidates are encouraged to apply soon. The preference is to fill
this position as an internal hire within
OUR COMMITMENT TO FOSTERING A CULTURE OF
We are an organization of dynamic, mission-driven individuals
who are passionate about our core values and about supporting
positive change in the world. we pride ourselves on our commitment
to innovation and flexibility. We believe that diverse teams are
strong teams and work to support an ethic of belonging, dignity, and
justice for all people. Our current team includes a mix of
genders, parents and non-parents, and people of multiple races,
nationalities, ages, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic
backgrounds. We are an EEO employer and encourage candidates of all
races, genders, ages, orientations, ethnicities, and national
origins to apply, and welcome those with alternative backgrounds
DAY-TO-DAY TASKS will include:
- Strategic Leadership – Develop a strong,
operational partnership with the CEOs, the executive team, direct
reports, staff, Board, and external partners; and serve as
Treasurer and Officer of the Board, leading the Finance Committee.
Build alignment and consensus within the team around organizational
goals and change management. Demonstrate leadership and
collaboration across the organization.
- Funding and Financial Acumen
– Responsible for ensuring that finance and
accounting practices maintain and strengthen robust financial
management systems in accordance with US (and UK, as needed)
regulations, while prioritizing the availability - and usability
-of real-time financial data for country programs. Ensure that
financial systems, processes, and approaches meet the fundamental
needs of the organization and address the complications inherent in
working across 100 countries. Streamline and integrate financial
management systems across Headquarters offices. Explore avenues to
ensure that systems and cost structure are able to satisfy the
requirements for a variety of funding sources, as well as respond
to and attract a more diversified funding base. Advise on solutions
to global financial and banking challenges that are part of working
on a global operational scale.
- General Ledger (G/L) Accounting and Operations
– Responsible for all General Ledger accounting and
operations functions including account reconciliations, G/L close
(month-end, quarter-end, and year-end), accounts payable, accounts
receivable, payroll, credit card processing, fixed assets,
- Program and Regional Accounting – Support
programmatic and regional accounting needs, including identifying
and implementing processes adapted for unique or challenging
situations without sacrificing financial control
- Alliance Accounting – Lead/support
efforts to streamline and simplify alliance accounting across the
Internews US (IUS) and Internews EU (IEU) organizations.
Collaborate with applicable colleagues across IUS and IEU to
identify and establish uniform policies and practices to the extent
feasible while adhering to the independence of both entities and
ensuring compliance with each entity's laws, regulations, and
- Financial Reporting and Analysis
– Oversee the financial planning and analysis
(FP&A) team members. Provide monthly, quarterly, and annual
financial reports to assist the CEO, executive team, and management
in performing and fulfilling their responsibilities. Present
quarterly and annual financial reporting and analysis to the Board
- Budgeting – Support the FP&A in
developing and leading annual indirect budgeting and regular budget
reporting, including regular revenue projections.
- Rates and Operating Reserves
– Lead/support the management of our rates and
monitor the report on our operating reserves on a regular basis to
the CEO, executive team, and the Board.
- Banking and Cash Management – Oversee and
manage all local, regional, and global banking relationships and
manage the organization's cash flows to always ensure adequate
- Treasury and Investments – Oversee and
manage our treasury and investment activities with the advice of
our investment advisor and fund administrator and report results to
the internal management investment committee as well as to the
Finance Committee of the Board.
- Compliance and Internal Controls – Ensure
internal controls and compliance with laws, regulations, and
accounting standards. Ensure that policies and practices are
documented and updated annually for all key finance and accounting
functions. Establish and support fraud prevention. Conduct and
support ethics investigations related to finance-related matters as
- Audit Support – Support the Enterprise
Risk team with annual, program, and internal audits and ensure
appropriate preventative and detective controls are in place to
limit exposure to material weaknesses and significant deficiences
- Grants and Contractors – Support the
organization's grants and contracts team. Assure Internews' systems
are responsive and compliant with a growing and diversifying set of
- Risk Assessment and Problem
Solving – Assess financial
risks and provide solutions and policy approvals and/or exceptions
based on established policies and risk appetite.
Responsibilities – Encourage
next-level leadership by leading through example and mentoring
employees, assigning accountabilities, setting objectives,
establishing priorities, and monitoring and evaluating results.
Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the
organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities
include interviewing, hiring, and training department employees;
planning, assigning, and directing work; interpreting policy;
appraising performance; addressing complaints and
- Staff Mentoring and Development – Mentor
and develop staff by empowering and delegating as needed to foster
a learning and growth culture.
- In all duties, uphold Internews' Core Values and
demonstrate commitment to fostering a culture
of Belonging, Dignity, and
QUALIFICATIONS WE'RE LOOKING FOR
- 10+ years' experience in financial management, ideally with a
$50+ million organization.
- Broader practical experience across multiple professional
disciplines within the organization.
- CPA license strongly desired.
- Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or relevant field
required. Master of Business Administration degree
- International non-profit (INGO) experience required with focus
in international media development preferred.
- Experience with USAID, foreign aid assistance, and USG
cooperative agreements required. OMB rules, regulations, and
allowability knowledge and experience required, with potential to
become the organization expert.
- Demonstrated mission-centric leader with track record of
initiative and creativity.
- Proven business management and financial analysis skills,
including the ability to explain financial terms and results to all
- Diplomatic skill to facilitate and manage a wide range of
stakeholder relationships, establishing rapport and cultivating
relationships across all levels of the organization.
- Values and fosters a collaborative working environment,
exhibiting outstanding communication skills and emotional literacy
with demonstrated authenticity, honesty, and integrity.
- Ability to manage with flexibility and poise in a dynamic,
multicultural environment with a collaborative and service-oriented
- Demonstrated experience running a sizable and innovative
financial department, with the ability to ensure financial and data
oversight is of the highest caliber.
- Proven experience in global budgeting, strategic forecasting
and planning, and in overseeing financial, accounting, compliance,
and risk management of a complex international organization.
- Skilled at presenting information in a clear, confident fashion
to a range of constituents with varying levels of
- Strategic budgeting and fund accounting experience.
- Strong computer skills, accounting software experience (Unit4
or Oracle system knowledge a plus).
- Willing and able to travel both domestically and
internationally up to 15% of the time.