The Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (VP/CFO) is the chief steward of GMF’s financial health. As a member of the Executive Team, s/he is an advisor to the CEO, collaborating with all areas of the organization and contributing significantly to strategic direction and financial growth. The VP/CFO provides the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure GMF has the proper financial and technological infrastructure in place to ensure a robust and nimble organization. The position oversees Finance and IT operations of the organization.
Key Areas of Responsibility:
Provide strategic counsel to the President, senior managers and GMF Board and engage in short- and long-range planning, assessing the financial implications of key opportunities and decisions the organization is considering.
Oversee the performance of the endowment, whose investments are managed by fund managers selected by a Board committee, with assistance of an external investment advisor.
Develop and oversee the financial and technological infrastructure needed to support all GMF’s programs and operations; increase effectiveness across all GMF offices and provide creative solutions to organizational challenges.
Lead development and implementation of comprehensive financial management processes that support the organization’s strategic goals including, budgeting, cash management and financial reporting that provide a clear analysis of the organization’s financial health.
Evaluate and implement enhancements to the technological infrastructure that support GMF programs and operations.
COMPLIANCE & INTERNAL CONTROLS
Protect organization’s legal interests through compliance with federal, local and relevant foreign government laws and regulations.
Identify and develop tools for risk assessment and management.
LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT
Provide leadership and work collaboratively with executive team and direct reports to establish, monitor, and ensure delivery on objectives that align with GMF’s mission and strategic priorities, ensuring effective information flow and clarity on accountability.
Support the President’s work with the Board of Trustees, including overseeing preparation for and follow-up for Board meetings for the Audit, Finance & Investment committees.
Oversee management of the Finance and IT teams, which serve Washington and seven European offices.
Minimum of fifteen years of relevant experience demonstrating proven leadership skills, on broad organizational strategies, in an executive level position.
Highly experienced in nonprofit financial management with budgets of at least $20 million and revenue from range of donors including US and foreign government agencies and private foundations; general understanding of GAAP and non-profit revenue recognition and audit requirements. Experience with USAID funding, highly desirable.
Strong base of knowledge in accounting for investments and demonstrated effectiveness working with investment advisors and the outside fund managers.
Confidence and poise to work effectively with a Board of Directors that includes financially astute trustees.
Proven record working effectively with satellite overseas offices, with a globally diverse staff, and providing support as well as creative solutions to challenges.
Superb interpersonal skills including the ability to foster respect and trust among colleagues, direct reports and external constituents, including institutional and individual partners, funders and Board members; must possess integrity, sound judgment and a sense of humor. Ability to build consensus and manage competing needs.
Stellar communicator, orally and in writing, especially in presenting and explaining financial data to staff and Board members and working among diverse cultures.
Proven record of success in leading and implementing change, improving processes and capabilities and leading quality service operations, including related to major IT infrastructure changes; resourceful problem solver. Ability to cultivate teamwork and motivate staff to work collaboratively and diligently.
Interest and support for the mission of the German Marshall Fund, ideally demonstrated through prior professional or volunteer experiences.
Experience working with and preferably directing an IT department.
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The organization offers a generous benefits package.
About The German Marshall Fund of the United States
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.
GMF contributes research and analysis and convenes leaders on transatlantic issues relevant to policymakers. GMF offers rising leaders opportunities to develop their skills and networks through transatlantic ...exchange, and supports civil society in the Balkans and Black Sea regions by fostering democratic initiatives, rule of law, and regional cooperation.
Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, nonprofit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has offices in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, and Warsaw. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.