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Solidarity Center

Solidarity Center


Director of Finance

Based in Washington, DC


Reports to: Executive Director

The Solidarity Center is the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization helping workers attain safe and healthy workplaces, family-supporting wages, dignity on the job and greater equity at work and in their community. Its programs are based on the fundamental principle that working people can, by exercising their right to freedom of association and forming trade unions and democratic worker rights organizations, collectively improve their jobs and workplaces, call on their governments to uphold laws and protect human rights, and be a force for democracy, social justice and inclusive economic development. Founded in 1997 and allied with the U.S. labor movement, its programs in more than 60 countries focus on human and worker rights awareness, union skills, gender equality, migration and human trafficking, pro-worker legal strategies and bolstering workers to have a voice in their democracy and the global economy. The Solidarity Center currently receives funding from U.S. government agencies, foundations and institutional and individual donors.

Position Purpose:
The Director of Finance is a member of the executive team with a leadership role in the organization’s strategic financial decision-making and a fiduciary responsibility to protect its assets and reputation. S/he manages all aspects of financial risk; develops and implements financial systems and procedures at headquarters and in field offices; ensures compliance with regulatory and funder requirements; and leads an effective and service-oriented financial management infrastructure to ensure alignment between financial goals and strategic priorities, and the sustained financial health of the organization. The Director of Finance will join the Solidarity Center at an exciting time as it recently celebrated 20 years of working for worker rights and is strategically planning and investing for the next 20.

Key Responsibilities:
Strategic Planning, Financial Analysis and Risk Management

  • Serve as key member of executive leadership team and participate in organizational decisions that contribute to the implementation of its strategic vision
  • Communicate, engage and interact with Executive Director and Board of Trustees
  • Assess and evaluate financial performance of organization with respect to organizational goals, budgets and forecasts, and provide analysis to the executive team on a regular basis
  • Create yearly financial objectives with executive team that align with organization’s strategies and current and projected grant portfolio
  • Develop annual revenue projections and organizational budget, monitor and make recommendations for adjustments throughout the year
  • Oversee investment of private funds to maximize return at an acceptable risk level

Accounting and Financial Management

  • Provide leadership and guidance to finance staff in headquarters and field offices
  • Manage overall financial operations to ensure accuracy in financial reporting and compliance with regulatory and funder requirements
  • Review and ensure application of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures at headquarters and in field offices
  • Oversee tax functions and ensure compliance with IRS regulations
  • Coordinate audits with independent auditors and regulatory agencies
  • Enhance and implement financial systems, policies, procedures and tools

Requirements:

  • Minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience, with 5 years in a similar capacity as a senior financial manager and team leader
  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree/certification in Accounting; CPA/MBA preferred
  • Demonstrated experience with financial statement preparation as well as strategic financial analysis
  • Experience in financial accounting and reporting for U.S. government and private foundation awards
  • Experience in strategic financial planning and leading the annual budget process, as well as annual financial audits
  • Proven leadership skills working with headquarters and field staff and ability to guide teams in diverse geographic areas, often remotely
  • Working knowledge of Deltek Costpoint or similar accounting system
  • Strong problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and ability to foster teamwork
  • Fluency in English and an effective communicator, both written and oral, including effective intercultural communication in a diverse environment; fluency in a second language preferred

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Commitment to social justice and the global labor movement’s mission to improve the lives of workers
  • Proactive, hands-on strategic thinker and manager who is approachable and comfortable working in partnership with all levels of staff
  • Ability to effectively communicate key financial information in an easy-to-understand manner to all stakeholders, including non-finance staff and Board members
  • Ability to challenge current practice and provide feedback in a constructive manner with the goal of improving efficiency and operational excellence
  • A multitasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities
  • Established network within the international development community
  • Good sense of humor a plus

This job description is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities associated with the position.

The Solidarity Center is an equal employment opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other status protected under applicable law. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

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