WFP USA is the recognized leader in America’s pursuit to end global hunger, inspiring individuals, businesses and policymakers to do everything in their power to create a zero hunger world.
Consistent with the mission of the United Nations World Food Programme, World Food Program USA works with U.S. policymakers, corporations, foundations and individuals to help provide financial and in-kind resources and develop policies needed to alleviate global hunger.
OVERALL POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Director of Finance and Accounting is responsible for maximizing the return on financial assets by establishing financial policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems. This position ensures legal and regulatory compliance for all accounting and financial reporting functions. The Director of Finance and Accounting manages the day-to-day general accounting, accounts receivable and accounts payable, payroll, reporting, and risk management.
The Director of Finance and Accounting is responsible for preparing financial information for Senior Staff, Members of the Board, and the Audit and Finance Committees, and will work closely with the senior leadership team to develop and communicate financial information clearly and effectively to enable management and the Board to make strategic decisions.
With the VP of Finance and Operations, the Director of Finance and Accounting will ensure that WFP USA has the systems, procedures, and controls in place to support effective program implementation, review and improve reporting processes as necessary, and ensure unqualified audit reports and the preparation of the annual Form 990.
The Director of Finance and Accounting will also work with the WFP USA’s VPs, Directors, and staff members to enhance and better integrate finance functions, particularly financial reporting, income tracking, and payment processing, with those of the rest of the organization.
- Guides financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures.
- Protects assets by establishing, monitoring and enforcing internal controls.
- Maximizes return and limits risk on cash by ensuring cash balances and investments are maintained in accordance with policies and procedures.
- Provides status of the financial condition of the organization by collecting, interpreting, and reporting key financial data.
- Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local legal requirements by researching existing and new legislation, consulting with outside advisors, and filing financial reports. Advises management of actions and potential risks.
- Arranges for and oversees audits and the preparation of the regulatory filings, including the 990 and state registrations.
- Oversees the annual budgeting process, investigates variances and communicates them to management. Controls expenses effectively.
- Hires, trains, develops and appraises staff effectively. Takes corrective action as necessary on a timely basis and following WFP USA policy. Consults with Human Resources as appropriate.
- Effectively supervise the Senior Accountant, providing goal-setting, oversight, and constructive feedback.
- Keeps up-to-date on accounting standards, information, and technology affecting the organization to increase innovation and ensure compliance.
- Oversee all banking, online and investment accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
- Manage monthly account reconciliations and maintenance of the general ledger to ensure proper closings.
- Support the VP of Finance and Operations in engaging the Board’s Audit and Finance Committees around issues and trends in financial operating models and delivery.
- Oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period; collate financial reporting materials for corporate and foundation grants.
- Forecast organizational cash flow needs and availability in collaboration with senior staff members.
- Anticipate potential tax and business issues and report to senior management.
- Qualified candidate with 7-10 years of accounting and finance experience, ideally beginning in public accounting and audit, followed by experience gathering, evaluating, presenting, and reporting financial information to executive teams and external stakeholders.
- The Director of Finance and Accounting will ideally have experience in a complex nonprofit with multiple programs.
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and unwavering commitment to WFP USA’s mission.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and act with discretion at all times.
- Minimum of a BA; CPA and MBA preferred.
- Proven experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, and accounting for investments.
- A track record in grant management compliance and reporting of government, corporate, and foundation grants is essential.
- Advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software and experience implementing new software systems.
- Keen analytic, organization, and problem-solving skills which allow for strategic data interpretation versus simple reporting.
- Strong oral and written communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, Board members or external partners.
- Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers.
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