Work Authorization: Candidates must already be authorized to work in the U.S.
Deadline: Friday, August 23
Note: A short written exercise will be required of applicants that pass our initial screening*
Role and Responsibilities
ideas42’s Director of Finance & Accounting will be an experienced non-profit financial executive who loves numbers, is a talented systems thinker, and is a terrific teacher and interpersonal communicator who can help others in the organization adopt new ways of working. Reporting to the COO, you will be responsible for defining and executing on the organization’s financial priorities, managing the organization’s financial health, and you will take a proactive and solutions-oriented approach in doing so. You will make sure we’re running a tight ship that is efficient and mitigates risk, protecting us from things going wrong while leaving sufficient flexibility for continued innovation.
Additionally, you will be a member of the ideas42 senior team, co-leading the cross-functional development of a three-year strategic plan to make progress towards our organization’s mission and contributing to the overall growth of the organization.
Specific responsibilities include:
Play a key leadership role as a member of the senior management team, with responsibility for all financial matters, including accounting, budgeting, grants management, auditing, treasury, process improvements and more
Co-lead cross-functional development of 2-3 year strategic plan to make progress towards organization’s mission
Strengthen financial management
Lead annual planning & budgeting processes, aligning program team capacity and planning with strategic investment areas
Build the systems and processes necessary for success including cash flow, contract & grants management, managing the audit & tax compliance, and others as appropriate
Strengthen financial reporting and analytics
Create a transparent financial system
Interpret information so that leadership can make good strategic decisions for the organization and all key staff has the information they need to make real-time decisions in a financially responsible manner
Manage the financial relationship between ideas42 and other entities, including international subsidiaries, as well as re-granting partners
Make sure all our routine procedures are accurate and working smoothly, including payroll, benefits, tracking leaves, employment records, and other internal systems.
Partner with the General Counsel in leading risk management for the organization, including reporting, compliance and insurance
Ensure that our workspaces are setup to enable our staff to get things done, including office setup, and relationships with landlords and vendors.
We’re a non-profit looking for deep insights into human behavior—into why people do what they do—and using that knowledge in ways that help improve lives, build better systems, and drive social change. Working globally, we reinvent the practices of institutions, and create better products and policies that can be scaled for maximum impact.
We also teach others, ultimately striving to generate lasting social impact and create a future where the universal application of behavioral science powers a world with optimal health, equitable wealth, and environments and systems that are sustainable and just for all.
For more than a decade, we’ve been at the forefront of applying behavioral science in the real world. And as we’ve developed our expertise, we’ve helped to define an entire field. Our efforts have so far extended to 40 countries as we’ve partnered with governments, foundations, NGOs, private enterprises, and a wide array of public institutions.
We value diversity and inclusion and are dedicated to growing our teams with people who have diverse experiences, backgrounds, and skills. We are committed to fair and unbiased hiring practices that support equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, ethnicity, gender, national origin, age, abilities, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Working with Us
We are a culture-first organization where rules or processes do not take precedence – people and their ability to make well-reasoned decisions do. You’ll find that our team members are deeply caring, wicked smart, and both tenacious and rigorous in their work.
Our core values are at the heart of everything at ideas42:
We live and breathe what we do. We look at everything through a BEHAVIORAL LENS.
We take OWNERSHIP. We don’t just work at ideas42, we take shared responsibility for it.
We DO GOOD. We use our expertise to improve millions of lives and create a better world for all.
We have fun. We let PLAYFULNESS inform the way we work and our approach to the world, helping to drive our creativity and improve our solutions.
We live with a SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY. We approach our colleagues, partners and people whose lives we seek to improve with an attitude of selflessness and cooperation.
We are TENACIOUS. We never take the easy route, but push to stretch the limits of what’s possible.
We are RIGOROUS in how we think and how we tackle problems.
Benefits and Compensation
We hope that you are excited by the opportunity to work with us. We are proud to offer a comprehensive and behaviorally designed benefits package and other perks to support our team and allow us to focus on our work of solving tough social problems.
Insurance: We offer fully-covered medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance coverage for you and your families.
401(k) Match: We contribute 3%, even if you don’t contribute at all.
Generous Vacation and Paid Time Off: We’ve built infrastructure to encourage our team to rest and recharge throughout the year.
Paid Parental Leave.
Compensation: Our compensation is competitive within the non-profit industry.
Loan Forgiveness: Based on our 501(c)3 status, you are able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
Much of our work hinges on our ability to ask the right questions and arrive at the right answers. As a result, we generally seek curious, creative, rigorous people with an entrepreneurial spirit. A passion for understanding human behavior, pursuing innovation, and promoting the social good is critical.
The ideal candidate has a minimum of 10 years of experience in nonprofit finance, including final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area, thrives in nonprofit settings, continuously looks for improvement of processes and enjoys managing a small team of new professionals.
A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment
A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
Ability to communicate financial concepts to - and to effectively collaborate with -- colleagues who do not have finance backgrounds
Minimum of a BA and CPA
Advanced Excel skills required
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission
Able and willing to travel infrequently (typically less than 5% time).
Commitment to promoting social good
MBA or related degree
Familiarity with FundEZ desirable; Salesforce experience a bonus
Highly organized, with the ability to work efficiently and effectively
Ability to build consensus around internal initiatives
Self-starter able to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
Passion for understanding human behavior and pursuing innovation
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Ten years ago, ideas42 started in a small office at Harvard University. Since then, we have partnered with foundations, non-profits, government agencies, and socially-minded companies to work on more than 200 projects in over 40 countries, using behavioral science to improve tens of millions of lives around the world.
We have offices in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and New Delhi, but we work on projects in almost every corner of the globe. ideas42 is made up of a group of talented, creative professionals from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, united by our expertise in and passion for applying insights from the behavioral sciences to today’s most complex social problems.