We’re searching for a CFO/Controller who wants to make the world a better place.
Our 501(c)(3) accomplishes this work by focusing on four contemporary phenomena to explore how people come to know and are motivated to act to resolve society’s grand challenges. We study paths to wellness, action to support a healthy biosphere, how media is integral to actionable knowledge production, and the role cultural institutions can play in advancing an equitable and just society. Integral to this pursuit, we are committed to creating public dialogue and action through open source access to our work.
As a collective, we hold values of collaboration close to our heart. We work to ensure that all members of our team, volunteers, interns, collaborators, our core staff researchers, and the administrative team are contributors to our work. We’re looking to expand our family and seek a volunteer to ensure we can advance our mission based on sound financial practices. We’re an organization entering it’s 6th year after an incredible five years of constant growth. We’ve outgrown our bootstraps phase but aren’t quite big enough to support the financial expertise we need for our next phase of growth.
Your experience in finance, payroll, accounting, and knowledge of non-profit rules and regulation are assets that can help a rapidly growing academic think tank to help bring about positive social change. We seek someone who built their career in the financial sector as a mentor, advisor, and guide to help us tackle new problems and challenge the status quo. We’re looking for someone willing to volunteer on a flexible basis, ideally working with us each month to help us ensure we are financially healthy while we work to address health issues, environmental change, and consider how media and cultural organizations can more effectively work to make a better world.
• Attend at least two in-person Finance Committee and one in-person Board meeting annually (normally the budget and audit meetings), as well as attend three virtual phone meetings with the Board or Finance Committee;
• Work with organization leadership on average about 6 -8 hours every two weeks. This amount of time can be very flexible to suit the schedules of a committed volunteer; and
• Be familiar with Quickbooks for Non-profits, non-profit accounting best practices, 501(c)(3) regulations, the New York Non-profit Revitalization Act and GAAP.
The financial oversight aspect of your role will encompass:
• Oversight of the accounting team including work process, accuracy, and adherence to GAAP;
• Review of cash controls and financial compliance;
• Review of compensation packages for wage parity and equity in practice;
• Review and recommendations for indirect spending strategies and associated accounting practices;
• Review of financial reports and internal auditing for accuracy in expense tracking;
• Recommendations for cost control strategies;
• Mentoring staff on financial compliance, forecasting, and budget preparation;
• Budget review and recommendations for changes;
• Collaborate with the CEO and Project Managers to forecast annual financial needs and goals;
• Support liaison with officials and contracting agencies related to financial compliance and recommend strategies to meet those requirements on an ongoing basis;
• Support the staff in preparation for an annual audit;
• Review, recommend, and collaborate on development of the annual budget; and
• Recommend strategies that can ensure fiscal responsibility and management of philanthropic support.
The reporting aspect of your role will encompass
• Be responsible for effectively communicating financial information to staff leadership, the Board, and research staff;
• Liaison as needed with auditors including federal auditors and financial compliance reviews that emerge through our research contracts; and
• Support our growth planning for the finance team to meet the needs ahead.
If you love math and organization, thrive in a fast-paced and high level academic environment where people also like to have fun, take pride in being part of a collaborative, have excellent attention to systems process, and want to mentor a growing organization this could be a great team to join. We also have a budget to help execute the work including business travel, equipment, materials, software and other expenses as required to help us grow;
Our ideal volunteer (or volunteer team) will likely be stepping away from a career in non-profit financial management or auditing, may have been in in-house corporate finance, or loved their career in banking and is now looking for an opportunity to help shape a better world for the next generation. Our candidates may even be a couple who are looking for an opportunity to volunteer together with a fun group of activists who believe that social science can help create a more just society.