Supervises: Accounts Payable, Grants, Revenue and Payroll Departments
Type: Full-time; Exempt
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, MSF provides aid in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols.
As a member of the international network of MSF, the US office, also known as MSF-USA, contributes significant financial resources to MSF field operations.
MSF-USA is currently seeking a Director of Finance to support MSF in carrying out its mission in an effective, efficient, ethical and accountable manner to its donors and the public at large by planning, organizing, and directing all strategies, activities and staff members engaged in MSF-USA's budgetary, financial and accounting practices.
Reporting to the Director of Internal Operations, the Director of Finance is a member of MSF-USA’s extended management team, participating in developing collective decisions, setting priorities and making recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Financial Management and Accounting
Oversees and directs cash management, implementation of the MSF USA’s Investment Policy, budgeting, audit, tax, accounting, purchasing, long range forecasting, as it relates to MSF-USA.
Appraises MSF-USA's financial position and issues periodic reports on its financial stability, liquidity, and growth to the Board, management, staff and to the International Office.
Additionally, represents MSF-USA in and works within the organization’s international finance platforms (OCP and Movement) to create the international combined financial statements and budgets, develop best practices, negotiate and implement the financial terms of inter-movement international agreements.
Directs a headquarters’ budget of $60 million, a grants budget of $300 million
Analyzes, consolidates, and directs all cost accounting procedures together with other statistical and routine reports. Identifies analytical reporting needs and defines the corresponding analytical procedures.
Analyzes financial records to forecast future financial position, budget requirements and cash flow statements.
Works closely with the Treasurer of the Board of Directors in implementing the Investment Policy and jointly reviews activities such as custodian of funds, securities, and net assets of approximately $230MM. Advises management and the Board on investments for short- and long-range financial plans in line with MSF-USA investment policy.
Assures establishment of and compliance with internal procedures related to: banking, segregation of duties, internal controls and security of financial data.
Directs and prepares staff in support of external audit and conversion of MSF-USA financial data into international consolidated financial statements.
Assures compliance with Federal, State and Local government regulations with regard to: fundraising activities, Charitable Gift Annuities, advocacy and lobbying activities, document retention, investment activities, unrelated business income activities, and international grant-making practices.
Directs the Grant Officer on the definition and administration of the grant-making process from a budgetary, financial and accountability perspective.
Directs the disbursal of program funding based on Board approved grants and MSF-USA’s financial position. Monitors and advises on the allocation of donor-restricted funds.
Leads, manages and evaluates the 8-person Finance department in establishment of annual objectives
Actively participates in group and international coordination and strategic financial planning with colleagues from other MSF sections
Delegates authority, consults with and guides staff to achieve goals. Provides ongoing feedback in a context of mutual respect
Design and implement the structural and organizational changes necessary for the finance department to adapt to present and ongoing challenges, ensuring a satisfactory balance between the distribution of skills and tasks and the necessary redundancies among the team.
Master's degree (M.B.A. or M.P.A.) or equivalent plus a minimum of 10 years progressive experience in non-profit Finance & Administration, including at least four years at a senior level, preferably in an international organization and not for profit organization, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Solutions-oriented individual who can understand the needs of the entire institution as s/he carries out his/her responsibilities. Must demonstrate superior interpersonal, leadership and diplomatic skills and great ability to support the teams.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills demonstrated in previous roles that required communication with a broad and diverse set of partners and impeccable judgment. Experience collaborating in a highly matrixed management structure strongly preferred.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to common inquires from the Board of Directors, auditors, regulatory agencies, members of MSF and the NGO community, top management, staff, and the general public.
Demonstrated success in roles requiring analytic, systematic thinking while managing multiple priorities. Ability to anticipate and resolve problems in a timely manner by gathering and analyzing information skillfully.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate and build work relationship with peers
Experience designing and implementing financial and operational systems and processes to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of a growing organization.
Experience in accompanying an ERP deployment process.
Demonstrated knowledge of US non-profit regulatory environment and grants management, and risk management.
Demonstrated experience managing and leading the development and follow up of large budgets, and partnering with Development on forecasting and reconciliation of donations.
Staff management experience with ability to provide leadership, innovation, motivation and constructive performance reviews to staff, securing their respective commitments to the organization’s goals.
Highly computer literate including proficiency with spreadsheet and database software. Extensive working knowledge of business accounting software highly preferred.
Genuine interest in and commitment to the humanitarian principles of MSF, and its commitment to transparency to its donors and employees.
Ability to travel (approx. 5%) several times a year to Europe for network meetings.
Residence in or relocation to the New York City area.
Starting salary in the low $100s to start, commensurate with experience; excellent benefits.