HARRIS RAND LUSK

International Planned Parenthood Federation / Western Hemisphere Region

Director of Finance/Controller

To Apply

The International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations and applications may be directed in confidence to:

Anne McCarthy, Senior Director and COO or
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:
ekirschner@harrisrand.com

 Please write “IPPF/WHR Director of Finance/Controller” in the subject line of the email

Background:
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is one of the largest sexual and reproductive health organizations in the world, providing reproductive health services, sexuality education and leading advocacy in international policy regarding sexual and reproductive rights. IPPF defends the right of all young people to enjoy their sexual lives free from ill health, unwanted pregnancy, violence and discrimination; supports a woman’s right to choose to terminate her pregnancy legally and safely; and, strives to eliminate sexually transmitted infections and reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS.

As one of IPPF’s five regional offices, International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) partners with 50 organizations in 40 countries across the Americas and Caribbean. In 2016, these partners provided more than 30 million services and achieved more than 53 advocacy wins for sexual and reproductive health and rights across the region. With offices in New York City and Mexico, IPPF/WHR provides technical assistance to its partners, helping with program planning, organizational development, advocacy and fundraising.

IPPF/WHR’s budget is currently around $25 million and its revenue mainly comes from membership dues, institutional and private donors, and investments. As a result, the allocation of resources and the accounting and financial management function at IPPF/WHR is quite complex, requiring a high level of attention to detail.  Because the CFO’s role has been expanding and the support for the organization is growing, IPPF/WHR is looking to hire a Director of Finance/Controller to support the CFO in managing the day-to-day activities of the team.

The Position:
Reporting to the CFO, the Director of Finance/Controller will take the lead in the oversight of the finance and accounting functions. S/he will have a solid accounting background with a broad knowledge- and skill-base. S/he will assist the CFO in maintaining strong internal controls, ensuring segregation of duties and that the work is in compliance with all laws, rules and regulations.  This person will take the lead in handling the audit and relationships with the outside auditors, and will ensure that all reporting needs of the leadership are met with accuracy, integrity, and promptness.  The selected candidate will be an important part of the team and it is critical that s/he be capable of integrating smoothly into the management at IPPF/WHR, fitting into the organization’s culture.  S/he will also sit in for the CFO as warranted, and be responsive to the needs of leadership as requested.

The ideal candidate will be skilled at mentoring and motivating a team in a collaborative environment, while at the same time be eager to learn. S/he will have strong interpersonal skills, be supportive, diplomatic, and transparent, and lead with a minimum of ego.  In addition, s/he will be of the highest integrity, possessing sound judgment as well as a sense of humor.

  • Lead all day-to-day accounting activities and ensure segregation of duties
  • Together with the CFO, supervise the Senior Staff Accountant, Staff Accountant and Senior Treasury Accountant
  • Assist CFO with maintaining a strong control environment over key business processes and financial oversight to ensure fiscal compliance
  • Direct month-end closing process including review all financial reports
  • Serve as lead for annual audit preparation and retirement plan audits; create year-close work plan, manage auditor’s request list, and liaise with audit staff during testing period
  • Collaborate with Manager of Restricted Grants on restricted project audits
  • Ensure that IPPF/WHR is in compliance with relevant state and federal laws, regulations and standard accounting procedures
  • Assist CFO and team with the preparation of IRS Form 990 and related supporting schedules
  • Aid in development of effective and efficient procedures over all account analyses to maximize team resources
  • Co-maintain and administer accounting system/account codes and payroll system
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with staff members and contacts inside and outside of IPPF/WHR
  • Provide adequate backup support when CFO is out of the office
  • Work with Manager of Restricted Grants and Senior Treasury Accountant to facilitate monthly financial review and reconciliation meetings including resolving any budget to actual variances
  • Prepare and review account reconciliations to ensure balances are properly stated, complete and accurate
  • Mentor, monitor and evaluate performance of staff to identify opportunities for growth and systematically track process towards team goals and objectives
  • Carry out other tasks as assigned by the CFO

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field; advanced degree a plus
  • Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in managing day-to-day accounting operations in $20M+ organization; experience working in a non-profit whose annual budget is 50% generated from restricted funds preferred
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with fund accounting as well as public and/or private audits; minimum of 5 years’ experience preparing audit work papers and serving as a point of contact with auditors
  • Current knowledge of applicable international, federal, state and local laws; government and private funding regulations; and GAAP technical aptitude
  • Demonstrated experience creating, implementing, and monitoring accounting processes, policies and procedures with emphasis on systems integrations, internal controls and segregation of duties
  • Substantial experience with database management systems, data modeling tools, and or report writing applications from report development to execution
  • Advanced proficiency in Excel, accounting software packages and internet technology solutions
  • Strategic out-of-the-box thinker and problem solver who excels in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment
  • Strong work ethic and well-honed management skills; proven ability to direct self and team to meet internal and external deadlines with changing priorities
  • Ability to simultaneously oversee day-to-day operations, as well as the capacity and skills to address and solve problems or issues as they arise, while anticipating future needs and concerns
  • Excellent customer service skills to facilitate vendor and auditor relationships
  • Ability to articulate complex processes and data sets verbally and in writing to non-finance staff
  • Analytical, organized, creative, pro-active, detail-oriented with strong ability to prioritize
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to the mission, philosophy and values of IPPF/WHR
  • Flexibility for occasional long hours; fluency in Spanish preferred

Location: This position will be based New York City.
For more information about the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, visit www.ippfwhr.org.

122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605, New York, NY 10168