GiveDirectly, Inc

Senior Finance Manager

New York, NY

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About GiveDirectly:

GiveDirectly aims to reshape international giving - and millions of lives - by allowing donors to provide capital grants directly to the world’s poorest. The Brookings Institution estimates that $80B of cash transfers would be required to eliminate the poverty gap; the aid sector currently spends $140B each year, much of which is spent on evidence-free interventions. We want to change that, establishing a benchmark as Vanguard did for the financial industry (i.e. index fund), and in the process accelerate the end of extreme poverty.

GiveDirectly has raised over $200M since launching in 2011, delivered cash to more than 100,000 families, and has been celebrated as one of the most innovative non-profit companies by Fast Company. The Guardian writes, “GiveDirectly…has sent shockwaves through the charity sector,” while the New York Times Magazine adds, “the beautiful thing about GiveDirectly’s approach is that it lets people devise their own path out of poverty.” The growing movement toward cash transfers and GiveDirectly’s leading role in the movement have also been featured in This American Life, Foreign Affairs, and The Economist.

We’re looking for exceptional talent to help grow GiveDirectly and the broader movement. Our culture is honest, direct, analytical, non-hierarchical, fast-paced, transparent, and hard working. We are open to candidates from any industry and typically recruit from top schools/firms and offer competitive salary and benefits.

Role overview:

The finance team is seeking a dynamic Senior Finance Manager to contribute to our rapidly growing organization. As a member of finance, you know your accounting principles and the full accounting process end to end. You will own & develop critical controls & processes, execute skillful accounting, and provide financial analysis and planning, and be a partner to cross-functional teams to help GiveDirectly achieve excellence in financial management. Not only will you have a track record in astute financial planning and analysis, but also the ability to continuously ensure that GiveDirectly has the best financial processes, controls, and systems. We’re looking for someone with an endless drive for improvement, an ability to deliver high-quality accounting on tight deadlines, and the flexibility to adapt to quickly changing needs while being highly detail-oriented. We are a lean team, so your impact will be felt immediately. If this all sounds like a good fit for you, why not say hello?

What you’ll be doing:

  • Have significant leadership and responsibility related to all aspects of monthly close activities, such as managing key balance sheet and P&L accounts, conducting reconciliations and resolving issues, and executing bookkeeping journal entries on a timely basis.
  • Lead financial reporting and budget to actual variance analyses for senior management and other stakeholders. Help drive annual planning and budgeting process.
  • Lead GiveDirectly’s annual financial and US federal programmatic audits and production of year-end financial statements.
  • Ensure timely and efficient tax reporting and compliance with other tax and statutory requirements, such as the Form 990 and state registrations.
  • Lead the weekly payables process and proactively coordinate with vendors and GD team to ensure accurate and timely pay cycle.
  • Maintain, scale up, and implement financial processes, policies, and controls, working cross functionally with teams such as Field and Fundraising. Identify areas for improvements and maintain documentation, while providing technical and systems assistance and oversight.

What you should have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business, or equivalent practical experience
  • Qualified CPA or equivalent.
  • 4-6 years of professional experience in accounting or finance, preferably in a Big 4 accounting firm or startup or nonprofit environment.
  • Experience in financial analyses and understanding of GAAP and accounting principles and best practices, preferably experience with running audits of similar sized nonprofit.
  • Strong technical skills in Excel and financial & accounting software (e.g. Intacct, QuickBooks).
  • A preference for a fast-paced, start-up work environment.
  • A willingness to give and receive direct, honest feedback.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and handle heavy workload with minimal supervision, self-starter with keen eye to detail and desire to continuously improve.
  • Collaborative working style, and ability to work with vendors and international teams.

Time commitment: Full time

Applications due: 2019-08-14

  • Category Global Poverty
  • Created by Fiona Liao
  • Submitted 09 Jul
  • Last updated 09 Jul