Job Title: Finance Director
Location: Washington, DC preferred; New York City a possibility
Timing: Immediate

About GDI
The Global Development Incubator (GDI) is an organization that builds startups, incubates partnerships, and strengthens existing organizations for social impact around the world. We believe in breaking down silos, working across issues from agriculture to health to finance, and everywhere in between. We are different from typical consultants and play a mix of the strategist and implementer role to spin out new organizations and partnerships over 2-3 years.

Our work with initiatives usually includes a combination of strategic, programmatic, and operational support, and we’re always thinking about an organization’s endgame. As we partner with innovators to deliver social impact at scale, GDI typically focuses on four phases of work: 1) analysis and understanding of the root problem and potential solutions; 2) design and strategic direction setting; 3) pilot, launch, and hands-on implementation support; and 4) equipping initiatives to stand alone in their next phase of growth.

We are always exploring new challenges and opportunities, but our current focus areas range from the intersection of novel financing solutions and information technology for agriculture to improve lives and livelihoods in rural communities; to cross-sectoral approaches to addressing the root causes and complex interdependencies that stand in the way of healthy communities.  Learn more about each of our focus areas at

Position Description
The Finance Director role at GDI is a unique opportunity for a professional with a robust background in nonprofit financial management to design and implement creative finance solutions for GDI and its diverse portfolio of partners. The role will require you to roll-up your sleeves and be in constant creative, proactive problem-solving mode. As you navigate the organization through continued growth (building off a 5x revenue increase in the last 4 years, for example), you will work collaboratively alongside GDI’s senior management and portfolio teams, exercising a high degree of autonomy and taking on significant responsibility.

You will own GDI’s overall financial management strategy and oversee all financial and accounting components. You will also advise and support Portfolio Directors throughout budget preparation, funder reports, and contract review, and help build commensurate financial management infrastructure for GDI’s incubation partners / initiatives. You will be supported by a financial management consultant and a bookkeeper -- with the potential to grow your team to 2-3 FTE reports -- and report to the Operations Lead.

The role is approximately 60% financial management, planning, and systems-building work; 20% grant management and reporting work; and 20% capacity building. Your work will support three levels: GDI overall, each of its portfolios, and specific initiatives within portfolios. Your responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following.

Finance Management, Planning, and Systems-building
Advise portfolio directors and GDI management on business model considerations, including the structuring of grant contracts, indirect cost structures, etc.
Oversee and manage the daily operations of all financial and accounting components of GDI portfolios. Maintain direct responsibility for day-to-day accounting and financial operations to ensure timely monthly closings, reconciliations, and compliance.
Prepare, review, and distribute monthly reports. Address issues requiring immediate attention and discussion.
Conduct financial analysis, develop reports, metrics and analysis to extract strategically important information to assist the management team with decision-making. 
Work with portfolio teams on multi-year budgeting and modeling; revenue, expense, cash forecasting and key financial indicators
Create organization-wide budget, projections. Provide budget v.s. actual reports to the Board of Directors, the management team and other team members. 
Review project expense allocations prepared by F&A Associate to ensure timely and accurate reporting of payables and cash balance.
Develop and continually improve policies and procedures within the Finance team in the areas of portfolio budgeting, fund projections, and reporting.
Oversee audit and tax functions, coordinate activities with audit firm and other service providers.
Manage payroll, employee reimbursement, insurances, and other corporate records.

Grant Management & Reporting
Support GDI portfolio’s project proposals and budgets preparation; assist with budgets and funder reports; review proposals and contracts.
Review contracts and ensure accurate expenditure reporting and compliance.
Ensure complete documentation of funding awards.
Work with directors to comply with funders’ terms and conditions, monitor expenditures, provide expenditure projections, and sub-recipient administration.

Capacity Building
Design and build financial management infrastructure for GDI incubation projects. Act as interim CFO for clients with clear transition plan.
Assist with other administrative tasks and provide ad-hoc support as necessary.

Desired qualifications
We are looking for candidates with a mastery of hands-on accounting, exceptional critical thinking skills, deep financial management experience in a non-profit and/or government-funded grants environment, and advanced capacity for systems thinking and team leadership. This position requires a committed leader who can thrive in a fast-paced, complex environment. Successful candidates will clearly demonstrate their capacity and passion for all aspects of this multi-dimensional position.

Technical qualifications:
5+ years of professional experience managing nonprofit fund, grants, federal grant accounting and administration, and nonprofit finances. (Direct experience with US and UK government donors strongly preferred.) Experience in management consulting and/or start-up environment a plus.
Proficiency in all aspects of corporate accounting and all pertinent GAAP, OMB Uniform Circular.
Bachelor's Degree in related field (Business Administration, Accounting, or Finance)
Advanced proficiency in information technology and standard software programs to effectively utilize QuickBooks, MS Office applications, Google Apps, and other data management system, as well as experience in financial systems integration.
Demonstrated experience navigating contractual language.
Excellent data presentation skills and the ability to explain financial concept and data clearly to a range of audiences.
Demonstrated ability to design, develop, and implement financial management infrastructure for GDI’s incubation partners (e.g. creating chart of accounts, developing operational policies).
Excellent organization skills and ability to handle multiple tasks.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.

The following qualities are a must for all GDI employees:
Curious, proactive, and entrepreneurial mindset
Razor-sharp problem solving skills
A relentless, resilient drive to get things done
Comfort in ambiguous yet face-paced environments
Ability to move fluidly between collaboratively and independent work styles
Ability to make assessments quickly and identify the best course of action
Commitment to thinking critically and creatively about social change
Inspires confidence across a range of stakeholders
Exceptional communication skills, with high EQ

Instructions: If you are interested and meet the qualifications, please send your cover letter and resume in one PDF document to using “Job Applicant: Finance Director” as the subject line.

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