The Bob Woodruff Foundation has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:
Debbie Farrell, Senior Director, Leadership and Development
Harris Rand Lusk
122 E. 42nd Street, Suite 3605
New York, NY 10168
Email cover letter and resume to:
Please include “BWF DFA” in the subject line of the email.
The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) is a leading national nonprofit that ensures injured service members, veterans, and their families are thriving long after they return to civilian life. After years of war the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces return with physical and mental scars, many severe, leading to debilitating circumstances including unemployment, substance abuse and homelessness. The Bob Woodruff Foundation is a leader in advocating for public awareness and understanding of the challenges facing injured veterans and the foundation has directly invested $50 million in innovative and effective programs that help veterans not just return to civilian life, but to thrive despite enormous obstacles. To date, the foundation and its donors have helped more than 2.5 million injured veterans as well as their families.
The Bob Woodruff Foundation is looking for a Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) to oversee the day-to-day business side of the Foundation as well as be a key advisor on strategy for achieving the organizational goals of the Board and the Executive Director. The DFA will be called upon daily to address financial and administrative issues and concerns and develop appropriate processes and procedures to ensure best business practices. He or she will work closely with the Director of Programs and Partnerships and the Director of Business Development to support program and fundraising goals.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the DFA is responsible for all of the financial and administrative operations of the Bob Woodruff Foundation and will oversee finance, HR, IT, office services, and legal and insurance issues. The DFA is expected to develop long-term and short-term goals, including an operational calendar for all areas within his/her scope of responsibility.
The successful candidate must be capable of integrating smoothly into the senior management at BWF and fit into the organization’s culture. He or she must be able to work closely with the Executive Director, the Board, the senior leadership team, and program staff in a supportive and direct manner. The candidate must have strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, a hands-on management style and the ability to address and solve problems or issues as they arise. In addition, he or she will be diplomatic, of the highest integrity, and possess sound judgment as well as a sense of humor.
The primary functions of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
- As a member of the senior leadership team, develop and lead the fiscal strategy for the organization, including developing budgets and forecasts that align with BWF’s annual and strategic plans
- Oversee all financial operations of BWF including accounts payable and receivable, banking, investments, payroll, and all 990 and 1099 applications
- Direct production of all financial reporting, including cash flow forecasts, short-term fund management and capital expenditure analysis; monitor planned budgeting system
- Establish systems and procedures of accountability, as well as analysis, tracking, reporting and forecasting of financial metrics
- Ensure legal and regulatory compliance as well as internal controls and financial procedures
- Supervise annual audits, engage the audit committee of the board to develop financial plans and projections, and oversee timely implementation of audit recommendations
- Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for funders and BWF Board of Directors
- Serve as member of the senior management team, participate in organization-wide problem solving and decision making, and provide insight, vision and leadership that enable the foundation to lead and respond to opportunities
- Develop strategic and annual plans to aid in BWF’s financial decision making
- Provide supervision and support to direct reports that result in their professional growth
- Create and manage a high performing team while meeting or exceeding goals
- Share responsibility for strategic integration of operational activities within and between all areas of the organization
- Represent the organization to financial partners (financial institutions, investors, corporate and foundation executives, auditors, public officials, etc.)
- Oversee information technology to ensure effective IT infrastructure and delivery of services across the organization
- Bridge departmental operations to optimize processes and systems that lead to greater efficiencies
- Manage relationships with external vendors/consultants that handle issues such as IT, payroll, medical and dental benefits, insurance, retirement, investments, auditor, and controller
- Direct development and maintenance of BWF’s Human Resources and Policy and Procedures including internal recruiting, hiring and onboarding practices
- Oversee organization-wide risk management and legal activities including letters of agreement, contracts, leases, and other legal documents and agreements
Critical Competencies for Success
- Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in Business, Accounting or another relevant field preferred
- Advanced accounting and finance skills essential; nonprofit finance and accounting experience highly preferred
- Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience and a proven track record of senior management with significant financial responsibility in foundations or non-profit institutions
- Excellent quantitative knowledge and problem-solving skills in order to analyze, assess and manage fiscal operations, human resources, technology, office services and other administrative operations
- Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills with the ability to connect with diverse audiences
- Experience setting goals and objectives, prioritizing and structuring action plans and work activities
- Self-starter with skill to work well under pressure, manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
- Flexible, adaptive work style and aptitude to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment
- Commitment to the mission and goals of BWF, as well as to public service
For more information about the Bob Woodruff Foundation, visit www.bobwoodrufffoundation.org.