Chief Financial Officer

World Conference of Religions for Peace
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Mar 07

Position description

Religions for Peace is the world's largest and most representative multi-religious coalition with 90 national and 6 regional Interreligious Councils, together with Women of Faith Networks and Interfaith Youth Networks at a local, national, regional and global levels. Headquartered in New York and accredited to the United Nations, Religions for Peace movement affirm its dedication and commitment to the principle of and action on human rights, peace and security and sustainable development.


Chief Financial Officer plans, organizes, and directs the overall financial and human resource activities of Religions for Peace. Chief Financial Officer reports to the Secretary General and serves on the senior management team which reviews and formulates policy and institutes strategic plans approved by the Secretary General and endorsed by the Governing Board/World Council. 


Chief Financial Officer is responsible for regular reports to the Treasurer, who reports to the Governing Board/World Council.


Key responsibilities:



Develops, implements, and maintains computer-based accounting system for headquarters and field office operations that accurately organizes WCRP’s financial records. The records will be organized in accordance with generally accepted accounting procedures in a timely manner for the senior management team, program directors, donors, the Governing Board and for audit by independent public accountants.



Directs the preparation of the annual budget and all grant budgets to ensure compliance with the goals and fiscal constraints as defined by the organization. Monitors compliance regularly.



Plans the financial activities and develops fiscal policies to ensure immediate and long-term financial viability of the organization. This includes assessing cash needs, managing cash flow, maximizing the appropriate use of funds and forecasting, planning, and assuring the investment of funds for long term needs. As part of this process, establishes and maintains relationships with banks, auditors, and other constituents.



Negotiates contract terms to ensure they meet the organization’s requirements and monitors grants to ensure that they conform to the defined budget parameters and terms of the contracts with donors.



Develops and prepares operational and statistical reports for management, program directors, donors, and regulatory agencies.  Collects, organizes, and analyzes the data to assist in making fact-based decisions and to comply with regulations. 



Responsible for all regulations and filling of requirements associated with the organization’s non-profit status. Manages Religions for Peace record-keeping and reporting in order that this status is not jeopardized.



Supervises assigned headquarters staff by training, providing performance direction, and completing performance evaluations on a regular basis to ensure effective and productive work environment. Supervises project staff who are assigned the responsibilities for financial matters in the field.



In addition to managing payroll, benefits, taxes, and insurance for all staff, 

• Produce and implement a Balanced Scorecard metric throughout the organization

• Cultivate the values of multi religious and multi-stakeholder collaboration within the organization

• Instill a human capital development and “coaching” culture within the organisation; upgrade human resources functions including: training, development, compensation and benefits, employee relations, performance evaluation and recruiting

• Oversee recruitment process: interview applicants about their experience, education, and skills; contact references and perform background checks; inform applicants about job details such as benefits and conditions; hire qualified candidates; conduct new employee orientations; process paperwork.

• Maintain compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommend best practices; review policies and practices to maintain compliance.




Oversees day-to-day administration and operations of headquarter office including computer systems, equipment maintenance and purchasing, space usage and landlord relations among others. 


10. Performs other related responsibilities as required by the Secretary General. 


Key Qualifications


As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must believe in the core values of Religions for Peace and be driven by the mission. 


The candidate should have 7-15 years progressively responsible experience managing overall fiscal systems of diversely funded organizations; demonstrated leadership in institutional management and competence in computerized accounting systems. BA required; MBA or MPA preferable.


Additionally, the candidate should:


• Demonstrate thorough understanding of finance, systems, and Human Resources; broad experience with the full range of business functions and systems, including strategic development and planning, budgeting, business analysis, finance, information systems, human resources, and marketing;

• Have a results-proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; high level of business acumen including successful P&L management; the ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget; and problem solving, project management, and creative resourcefulness;

• Show ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the organizational strategic plan and mid-term review thereof;

• Have the ability to effectively build organization and staff capacity, including multi-cultural sensitivity and leadership experience; a team builder who has experience in scaling up organizations; ability to support staff both on an individual level and in large groups; capacity to enforce accountability;

• Have experience in working within multi-cultural and international environments and multi-task well under time pressure.


Religions for Peace provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Application instructions

Please submit all resumes to [email protected]

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