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JOB SUMMARY: The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) has overall financial management responsibility for the organization’s $10 million budget and must develop and implement strategies for continued financial health of the Innocence Project. The CFO is also responsible organizational risk management, including insurance, tax filings, document and work product security and retention. Lastly, the CFO is responsible for overseeing Information Technology Management at the Innocence Project. In addition to the procedural responsibilities in this role, the CFO is responsible for the overall management of the Finance and Administration Department, including: a) developing strategy and goals, b) effectively managing department workforce to keep them aligned, focused, motivated, and highperforming, c) reporting on the department’s progress toward goals to other Department Heads and to entire staff during staff meetings, and d) modeling the Innocence Project’s values of an inclusive and respectful workplace and encouraging the same from his staff. The CFO is also a member of the Senior Leadership Team of the Innocence Project which collaborates to drive the vision of the organization forward. This team manages the strategy and goals of the organization and the integration of such with the goals of each department. The CFO reports to and partners with the Executive Director, is a member of the Senior Management Team, and works closely with the other Department Heads. The CFO also works closely with the Board Treasurer and with the Executive Director staffs the Audit and Finance Committees of the Board of Directors. The CFO supervises and oversees the work of the Finance staff and the Information Technology staff. This position is full time and requires 40 hours of work per week. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: STRATEGY AND MANAGEMENT OF THE ORGANIZATION’S FINANCES  Oversees and directs treasury, budgeting, audit, tax, accounting, grants administration, real estate, and risk management activities. Communicates and implements overall financial strategy.  Oversees (develops, monitors, and revises) short- and long-term budgetary planning and cost management in alignment with the Innocence Project’s strategic priorities; works closely with all Department Heads to monitor and develop the organization’s budget  Proactively manages cash flow and forecasting, monitors investments and oversees financing strategies. Ensures maximization of accounting software.  Provide strategic recommendations to the Executive Director based on financial analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue/expense analysis Generates, evaluates, and recommends business partnering and other strategic opportunities  Ensures organizational compliance with all regulatory tax filings and audit requirements; coordinates annual audit activities  Supervises a team of finance staff in their accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and purchasing functions. Oversees accuracy of financial data entry, and acts as the accounting software power-user, training staff on proper usage.  Designs and implements fiscal policies and procedures (internal controls) and ensures that staff maintains financial record systems in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles  Generates and distributes accurate monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports for the Executive Director, Senior Management Staff, Board of Directors and other audiences as required DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SUPPORT  Manages all aspects of the collaboration between Finance and Development.  Assures that all technology needs are met to enable best and greatest fund raising results.  Works with Director of Development and her staff to prepare grant requests, and report on funds received.  Oversees the work of the Finance Assistant to ensure that accurate records of gift pledges, restrictions, and use of donated funds are maintained. ORGANIZATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT  Maintains appropriate insurance coverage for employees and office space, including Professional Liability, Fiduciary, Commercial Property, Travel, and other policies as appropriate, and immediately notifies carriers of all potential claims in order to mitigate risk  Develops, communicates and implements Document Retention policy within the Innocence Project  Serves as a trustee on the 401k plan, annually reviewing plan design and investment programs and is responsible for the timely annual filing of Form 5500 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADMINISTRATION  Oversees the Information Technology staff. Partners with the Assistant Director of Information Technology to evaluate and improve the technologic infrastructure, encourages the innovative use of new technologies to support key initiatives of the Innocence Project required for future growth  Partners with the Assistant Director of Information Technology to develop, communicate and enforce sound technology policies QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:  CPA and/or Master’s degree in Business, Economics, Finance, Non-Profit Management or other related field preferred or equivalent 15 years’ experience in nonprofit finance  Eight to ten years of broad finance experience, including experience with budget planning and management for a nonprofit organization, managing annual audit process, and experience in a leadership capacity.  Experience working directly with Board of Directors and Audit and Finance Committees.  Experience managing the information technology functions of an organization  Experience examining, developing, reengineering and recommending financial and technical policies and procedures  Demonstrated excellence in managing finance, accounting, budgeting, control and reporting  In-depth knowledge of at least one nonprofit/fund-accounting softwareKEY COMPETENCIES:  Results-oriented with superior skills in organization, planning, and attention to details  Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills, with experience interpreting a strategic vision into an operational model  Strong business acumen  Excellent verbal and written communication skills  Proactive, self-directed and reliable  Strong sense of integrity, honesty, and ethics  Ability to motivate and lead others  Respectful of others; interacts with tact and sensitivity  Flexible and collaborative work style with a strong service mentality  Ability to manage many diverse yet concurrent project and responsibilities  Ability to build and sustain great working relationships with employees, vendors, consultants, and colleagues COMPENSATION: The salary for this position is competitive and the Innocence Project offers an excellent benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, Flexible Spending Account, 401k plan with company-match, and paid Transitcheks. APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please email a brief cover letter and resume as one attachment to:, with “CFO” in the subject line. Please note in your cover letter where you learned of the job vacancy. All .zip file attachments will be deleted without being read. No phone calls, please. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. The Innocence Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to workplace diversity.
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The Innocence Project is a not‐for‐profit organization that works to exonerate innocent prisoners through post‐conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise reform the criminal justice system. For full mission statement, please visit
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Innocence Project 40 Worth St., Ste. 701 New York, NY 10013
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Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – New York, NY