The Vice President of Finance & Controller will provide leadership and be ultimately accountable for all finance and accounting functions and will serve as a strategic and valued member of the senior management team. The Vice President, Finance will play a significant role in the ongoing management and direction of the organization’s financial integrity and financial operations. The Vice President, Finance will uphold a standard of excellence in business practices and systems with a strong focus on maintaining the current high standard for accuracy, data integrity and regulatory compliance while seeking continuous improvements in process automation and optimizing use of technology tools. In this position, you must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and play a critical role in strengthening the financial management systems that supports the current and future growth of JDRF.
The Vice President Finance is responsible for directing the fiscal functions of the organization in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, other regulatory, funding, and advisory organizations and in accordance with financial management techniques and practices appropriate within the non-profit sector.
This individual will lead a diverse and multi-disciplined finance team whose main purpose is to serve and support JDRF in its financial operations to meet and exceed department performance and mission goals. In conjunction with the CFO and Senior Finance team leadership, the VP develops strategies and plans for implementation and is responsible for standardizing processes and SOP materials, key resources and managing risk as it relates to expense and revenue recordings and opportunities and development efforts. The Vice President Finance manages, collaborates, and coaches a team led by four direct reports.
An equally important part of this role is to work proactively and collaboratively with various teams and management of JDRF to provide support and consultation to help our multiple chapter locations and our operating teams thrive.
Primary duties include:
Responsible for all finance and accounting functions including oversight maintenance and analysis of the general ledger, supporting the preparation of monthly financial statements, bank reconciliations, accounting support and control functions for all aspects of the organization’s business, including payroll, and bank transaction processing.
Work closely with senior management across JDRF to ensure efficient and effective financial processes, provide financial monitoring and oversight, ensure financial integrity as well as providing financial support and guidance.
Continually evolve process and workflow improvements, establish and monitor performance metrics, ensure best practices to facilitate timely, accurate, and actionable financial functions and reporting.
Establish cross functioning team partnerships throughout the Foundation serving our field and national teams. Key partnerships include Research & Grants Administration; Advocacy & Community Engagement; Fundraising; Technology; Planning & Analysis; Facilities and Internal Audit.
Direct internal control processes and procedures to prevent and detect fraud and to protect organization's resources and assets.
Manage the preparation and implementation of the annual financial audit, pension plan audit, regulatory and tax filings ensuring smooth and successful audits and filings.
Develop and maintain a staffing structure and high functioning team to effectively meet the needs of the organization and provide high quality, timely support to all internal constituents.
Identify opportunities and lead the process to establish the accounting function as collaborative and customer centric.
Maintain the integrity of asset valuation, cash processing, and accounting for all investment transactions.
Update and improve all applicable business and accounting policies, in accordance with best practices.
Collaborate with other key operations and business functions to ensure a working environment that is strategically focused, efficient, secure, and conducive to performance excellence.
Minimum of 10+ years of professional leadership experience managing accounting, budget, and financial reporting operations. This can be a combination of for-profit and non-profit experience with most recent experience of at least 3+ years in a non-profit environment.
Must have experience in a high-volume complex organization with lockbox and centralized data processing experience.
Must have strong leadership, direct management, coaching & mentoring experience leading a diverse multi-disciplined team.
Master’s degree in finance, business, or related field and current/active CPA certification. Candidates without CPA may be considered if combined with significant professional experience; directly related progressive financial experience in a large-scale nonprofit environment and a proven track record of strategic transformation of financial operations.
Knowledge of sophisticated ERP systems, MSD, Adaptive, Salesforce, or similar systems necessary.
Experience implementing new ERP and HRIS systems preferred.
Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills, including the ability to effectively present complex financial data to non-financially trained professionals.
Experience initiating and leading change initiatives with significant organization-wide impact.
Experience in managing rapid growth in complex environments and developing innovative and creative ways to improve efficiencies, productivity, and effectiveness of an organization.
Experience with adopting and implementing best business practices in a fast-paced setting.
Experience working successfully within a highly collaborative and collegial organization.
Experience leading teams and working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural setting.
Experience in leading annual audit processes with audit report and footnote disclosure preparation.
Demonstrated skill in building strong, effective teams and the ability to lead cross-functional teams.
Strong organizational and leadership skills to deliver results when faced with multiple, time-sensitive organizational priorities.
About JDRF International
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, policy influence and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF has invested nearly $2B in research over the past 45 years and is sponsoring scientific research in 17 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit