We are not accepting agency applicants for this position.
Ipas works globally so that women and girls have improved sexual and reproductive health and rights through enhanced access to and use of safe abortion and contraceptive care. We believe in a world where every woman and girl has the right and ability to determine her own sexuality and reproductive health.
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is a member of the senior leadership team responsible for leading and overseeing all financial efforts at Ipas. The CFO will partner with the President/CEO and other members of the senior leadership team to ensure the overall success of the organization, and to support the organization’s mission, vision and values. They must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous and deadline-oriented workplace while managing a finance and administration team of 15 people. The CFO will work from Ipas headquarters located near Research Triangle Park in beautiful Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The CFO oversees accounting and fiscal management functions, ensuring the seamless integration of financial management and reporting. They are directly responsible for planning, directing, and controlling Ipas’s overall financial plans, policies, and accounting practices; and making strategic recommendations to the CEO about how to keep the organization’s finances healthy. They also may oversee several other administrative functions.
• Serve as a trusted advisor to the CEO, contributing to organizational strategy and supporting informed institutional decision-making.
• Partner in advancing the mission and serve as a standard bearer of organizational philosophies and behavioral competencies.
• Bring strategic, visionary, collaborative thinking to the finance function, and develop and implement innovative, financially sound strategic initiatives in direct support of Ipas’s mission, goals and objectives.
• Ensure cross-organizational collaboration towards shared success and joint action.
• Demonstrate and embrace the mission and vision of Ipas in all internal and external activities.
Accounting and Financial Reporting:
• Oversee the accounting department to ensure proper maintenance of all accounting systems; supervise Ipas’s finance staff.
• Ensure an effective and robust financial accounting and reporting infrastructure.
• Ensure maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures.
• Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for funders, foundations, Ipas’s senior leadership, and board of directors; oversee the preparation and communication of monthly and annual financial statements.
• Coordinate audits and proper filing of tax returns.
• Responsible for global risk assessment and internal controls, ensuring accurate financial reports and compliance with laws and regulations, including GAAP.
• Serve as primary contact with outside auditors and coordinate all independent audits as well as federal and donor specific audits.
• Remain up to date on nonprofit audit best practices and state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations.
• Oversee cash flow planning and ensure availability of funds as needed.
• Oversee cash, investment, and asset management.
• Oversee financing strategies and activities, as well as banking relationships.
• Coordinate the development and monitoring of budgets.
• Develop financial business plans and forecasts.
• Develop and utilize forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analyses to provide insight into the organization’s operations and business plans.
• Participate in policy development as a member of the senior management team.
• Provide accurate and timely financial reports and forecasts to all teams in support of organizational goals.
• Serve as a resource for members of senior management, counseling them on fiscal control, federal regulatory compliance, and department business performance, including cost allocation.
Board and External Relations:
• Working as a collaborative colleague and partnering with the Board of Directors, the finance, audit and investment committees, provide full accounting of Ipas's fiscal stability, financial performance and compliance reporting to the senior management team and Board of Directors.
• Provide accurate and fully compliant financial information to the public, banking partners, external auditors and other external agencies as required by the CEO, Board of Directors and other federal and governmental agencies.
• Achieve the organization’s strategic initiatives with transparency, accountability and consistency.
• Hire, train, motivate and manage a best-in-class finance team.
• Drive a culture of success built on collective performance and personal accountability, with a commitment to working collaboratively and cross-functionally.
• MBA or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Finance or Accounting
• Minimum of 10-15 years’ relevant finance, accounting and supervisory experience;
• Strong financial management expertise, including cost accounting, financial planning and modeling and risk management.
• Ability to effectively present information to employees, management and Board
• Ability to apply skills and critical thinking to contribute to the success of organizational priorities that may lie outside of the normal accounting function
• Ability to think conceptually and deal decisively with practical matters
• Ability to motivate, coach, and develop staff
• Self-motivated, organized, dependable, and discrete
• Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office Suite. Proficiency in Excel required and experience with Workday preferred.
• Proficiency working within specialized software utilized in program
• Working knowledge of IFRS and/or GAAP accounting standards and experience with A-133 audits
• Non-profit finance experience
Skills, Competencies & Experience:
• An accomplished, senior financial leader with 15+ years of experience gained in a large, multi-country non-profit or corporate entity with multiple funding sources including foundation funding, including oversight of external reporting, compliance, internal audit and control, risk assessment, treasury, currency hedging, international and domestic accounting, and tax.
• Experience gathering and evaluating financial information and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership.
• A demonstrated ability to plan and develop budgets for, and manage, large, complex, multi-disciplinary, geographically-dispersed, financial systems/programs/initiatives.
• Significant experience in or knowledge of nonprofit accounting, including sophisticated fund and grant accounting, compliance, and reporting.
• Good knowledge of donor financial requirements.
• Cultural literacy to work in diverse, global, operational settings.
• Exceptional strategic, systems-thinking, and organizational skills.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills; a persuasive speaker and writer with the ability to communicate Ipas’s mission and financial information effectively to staff, donors, and partners.
• Experience working with information technology staff to manage finance and accounting software packages.
• Demonstrated leadership ability, team management, and interpersonal skills.
Ipas is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, genetic information, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination.