ABOUT ACLU OF NORTH CAROLINA: Since 1965 ACLU-NC has been working in courts, the General Assembly, and communities across the state to advance rights and liberties for all North Carolinians. The organization is comprised of two legal entities: ACLU of North Carolina, a 501(c)(4) membership organization, and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that coordinates and carries out legal and educational work around civil liberties issues. ACLU-NC currently has a team of 23 employees. In addition to a central office in Raleigh, ACLU-NC has remote staff in both Charlotte and Wilmington and more than 20,000 members across the state.
POSITION PROFILE: The Chief Financial Officer will ensure smooth and efficient functioning of the organization by implementing and maintaining sound fiscal procedures and practices, maintaining a robust operations infrastructure, including risk management, and facilitating a collaborative, strategic, and efficient workflow across functional areas and teams.
This CFO will be a member of ACLU-NC’s senior leadership team, along with the Legal Director, the Political Director, and heads of Operations, Communications, and Fundraising. This person will have primary responsibility for three core functional areas: financial management, infrastructure and process improvement, and risk management. In addition to these specific areas of accountability, the CFO will function as a strategic and thought partner to the Executive Director in planning for the future success of the organization.
This is a newly structured position, reflecting the expanded financial and operational needs of a successful organization that has nearly tripled in size since over the last three years. The CFO will function as a strategic and business partner to the Executive Director, providing financial acumen and insight but also helping plan for the future success of ACLU-NC.
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Manage the organization’s accounting processes, including reviewing, approving, and analyzing monthly income and expense reports;
Monitor the financial performance of the organization;
Prepare the annual budget in conjunction with the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee, the Executive Director, and project and department directors;
Prepare and consistently update long-range financial cash flow projections;
Oversee the annual audit and quarterly tax reporting and serve as primary liaison with the independent auditors;
Design and implement financial management systems to guide the current and projected operations of the organization;
Monitor a diversified investment portfolio that is managed by a third-party investment advisor in collaboration with the Finance Committee;
Working with the Director of Philanthropy, coordinate donations between the general ledger, the development database, and the National ACLU’s records;
Prepare budgets for grant proposals and financial statements for grant reports;
Prepare monthly reports on the cash flow of grants received and spent for the Executive Director and the relevant department directors.
Process & Infrastructure Improvement
Develop, maintain, and update organizational policies and procedures to facilitate strategic goals and priorities, including racial equity and inclusion;
Oversee employee recruitment process and compliance with established equity and inclusion standards. Prepare reports for the national ACLU office, the Board, and to staff as required;
In collaboration with directors and supervisors, orient new staff members to the organization and help generate professional development opportunities;
On an annual basis, review health care costs, research health care plan adequacy, survey staff to determine needs, and recommend modifications to the Executive Director;
Address other human resource process improvements as appropriate, keeping the Executive Director apprised;
Assist the Executive Director in maintaining a strong team spirit within the office.
Maintain the organization’s professional and liability insurance;
Manage outside contracts with vendors as needed;
Develop, implement, and monitor emergency response and disaster recovery protocols for the organization, covering the central office as well as remote staff and locations.
The CFO will be an experienced financial manager who will help shape the future of the ACLU-NC and increase the effectiveness and capacity of the organization.
Successful candidates will have:
Demonstrated skills in budget management, accounting, internal controls, and financial analysis, (including scenario planning);
Previous management experience, including supervising staff, managing budgets, working effectively with other professional staff;
Firm commitment to the mission and principles of the American Civil Liberties Union;
Bachelor’s degree or relevant training or experience in business, accounting, or financial management;
CPA accreditation or 3 to 5 years of financial management experience in a significant managerial role;
Ability to effectively juggle multiple priorities and projects at various stages of completion;
Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, including a keen attention to detail;
Work experience that demonstrates a confident and professional work style and an ability to work creatively and independently;
Ability to work effectively across ages, races, socio-economic statuses, ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions;
Proficiency with QuickBooks accounting software and Excel;
Strong command of investment principles preferred.
About ACLU of North Carolina
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