For 30 years, the sole focus of the International Youth Foundation (IYF) has been to help young people succeed. Together with partners around the world, IYF invested in ensuring that youth develop the leadership, technical, and life skills to earn a livelihood. Whether it is landing a first job, growing a business, or driving social change, every young person deserves the opportunity to realize his or her full potential. Rooted in the belief of youth as problem-solvers, change-makers, and leaders, IYF’s initiatives are catalysts for change. Learn about IYF!
In all its efforts, IYF achieves effectiveness, scale, and sustainability by creating tailored programming that draws on the following strengths:
Technical and operational expertise: IYF has a decades-long track record of working with corporations big and small to co-design effective workforce development programs.
Global plus local outlook: Adapt programs to be relevant by combining our perspective having worked around the world with the on-the-ground insights of the IYF global partner network.
Local capacity strengthening: Introduce systems and processes, from monitoring and evaluation to financial management, to ensure local implementers meet global standards of excellence.
Thought leadership: Share authoritative voice in youth employability through research publications, conferences, and case studies.
Multi-stakeholder alliances: Broker partnerships with corporations, governments, and civil society to make sure youth development efforts are scalable and sustainable.
Since its founding in 1990, IYF has helped young people succeed in over 100 countries. Through its extensive global network, IYF has brought together more than 600 organizations with whom it has been strengthening and expanding positive youth development at the local and national levels. United by their mission, together these organizations ensure that young people, especially marginalized youth, find the guidance and training to lead productive lives. This collaboration remains central to IYF’s success. You can find further details on IYF’s website at http://www.iyfnet.org/.
Director, Global Finance and Administration Management Role Profile
The Director, Global Finance and Administration Management is a senior leader in the finance department and will lead the Global Finance and Administration Management (GFAM) unit. This position is responsible for full-cycle financial reporting, financial management, the development of financial metrics and the ongoing monitoring of control systems designed to preserve IYF’s assets and report accurate financial results. Responsibilities include financial analysis and forecasting, budget development, cost allocation, and the development and oversight of compliance and financial management systems, procedures, and internal controls required for global operations. S/he provides a risk management voice to leadership regarding policies and operational decisions. The position also ensures compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, applicable regulatory requirements, and internal policies and procedures.
This position reports directly to the CFO and collaborates to ensure financial management functions are performed up to the highest standards. This position provides innovative solutions for emerging financial management needs and serves with the CFO as key staff for the I&A Committee of the Board.
This position communicates with a diverse staff in multiple locations using email, video and audio conference technology. This position must be able to communicate and collaborate effectively globally.
IYF has seen first-hand the benefits of a diverse team, and the strength that comes with diversity in experience, background, and perspective. IYF strongly encourages applications from candidates that would bring a unique or underrepresented perspective to its finance department. Candidates are encouraged to identify their unique talents, strengths and experiences in this area.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Director, Global Finance and Administration Management will have the following core responsibilities:
Strategic Leadership & Governance Support
Represent Finance and diverse perspective in various cross-organization working groups and special initiatives, strategic working groups, and other cross-departmental planning committees.
Responsible for preparation of the financial packet for Board and Committees.
Provide key staff support to Investment & Audit Committee (coordination, agenda development, etc.); and serve on 401K Management Committee.
Compliance & Risk Management
Work in coordination with CFO to identify, manage and monitor financial risks and develop appropriate mitigation strategies.
Develop and ensure maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures that effectively address risks.
Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions and record keeping.
Ensure compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), internal controls, established policies and procedures, and ensure integrity, suitability, accuracy and timeliness of internal information.
Plan and manage country office audits and proper filing of tax returns, and coordinate closely with Controller for US audit, filings and tax returns.
Global Financial Management & Analysis
Direct, coordinate, consolidate and provide institutional financial management reporting. Develop and utilize forward-looking, predictive models, trend and activity-based financial analyses to provide insight into the organization’s operations and business plans. Monitor investments /reserves, expense and revenue projections, and cash flows to ensure a solid fiscal position.
Lead and coordinate the annual budgeting process in collaboration with CFO and management.
Lead work of Global Finance & Administration Management (GFAM) team. In partnership with Controller, ensure GFAM and Accounting units have smooth functioning and efficient workflow.
Set and oversee GFAM work plans and regularly assess team performance against objectives. Promote a culture of high performance, continuous improvement, and exceptional support that values learning and a commitment to quality.
Lead the GFAM team in producing timely and accurate financial reporting. Oversee the preparation and communication of monthly, quarterly and annual financial updates. Create tools or reports that support timely organizational decision making, including deployment of personnel linked to various cost centers.
Lead quarterly reviews, providing institutional financial updates. Lead the GFAM team in managing portfolio quarterly and monthly reviews, issuing budget variance analyses.
Ensure responsiveness and quality customer service that effectively responds to ad-hoc financial reporting, trend and analysis requests to facilitate informed decision-making by management.
Manage GFAM and other cost center budgets as assigned in close coordination with the CFO.
Financial Oversight & Collaboration
In collaboration with the CFO, communicate the organization’s financial performance, projections and risks in presentations to global staff as part of IYF’s open book approach to ensure financial transparency and develop financial literacy across the organization.
Lead awareness initiatives, including reporting systems and training programs for global staff and implementing partners. Develop training materials and training programs.
In partnership with the Controller, ensure that global financial management systems, activities and audits are aligned with Accounting Team policies, processes and timelines.
Lead the GFA team in providing support to the Business Development unit and Project Management Unit as new business development opportunities are sought from funders. Oversee cost and pricing consultants and staff. Conduct proposal reviews to ensure capacity to meet administrative and fiscal compliance requirements. Establish and maintain current labor rates for use in proposals and develop other fee schedules for use in small consulting, training and technical assistance opportunities; assist staff to effectively utilize innovative strategies for pricing business opportunities with the goal of full cost recovery.
Lead the financial and operational administration of IYF country offices, working closely with the CFO and senior leadership team to ensure that IYF country offices are structured and aligned to support IYF strategy and objectives.
Along with the CFO and Controller, serve as a point of contact with internal and external stakeholders for company financial, reporting and compliance questions and concerns.
Remain up to date on nonprofit accounting, financial and audit best practices in the US and abroad in countries with operations; keep up with automation and technology advances in finance.
Policies & Systems
Lead Adaptive Insights cloud budget software administration, ensuring configurations, integrations, reference materials and trainings are provided to enable users to effectively utilize the software to make timely and informed decisions.
Responsible for GIFTS subaward cloud software administration, ensuring configurations, integrations, templates and trainings are provided to manage the organization’s subawards and track important metrics including diversity procurement.
Ensure that proper internal controls are in place and functioning as designed.
Regularly review and update financial policies to verify that they remain relevant and appropriate to ensure compliance and best practices while supporting efficient global operations.
Responsible for full cycle processing of subawards: develop policy and procedures, as well as award templates. Manage/oversee award processing, approvals and training new staff.
Review agreements with donors and clients to ensure satisfactory terms for IYF, noting legal, compliance, reporting, and other requirements.
Provide regular and ad hoc information to the CFO related to finances.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the CFO.
In addition, this position has an opportunity to build out overall experience by broadening the leadership skill base to include managing additional operations functions within the organization, including intentional succession planning with CFO, after assuming all responsibilities listed above.
Terms of Appointment
This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being contracted on a permanent basis. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. A pension plan, life and medical insurances are included in the benefits package. IYF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IYF is strengthened by the diversity of its colleagues and welcomes applications from people of all cultures.
This role will start by working remotely. However, once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, it will be important for the Director, GFAM to be present in the office at least twice per week. IYF has a great telecommuting policy and it’s a place that offers great flexibility as part of their culture!
Skills and Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or equivalent experience, CPA or CPA candidate helpful; 7+ years of senior level accounting/financial experience with non-profit organizations ($15M+), experience working in global organizations with multi-office operating environment, multiple programs, with diverse funding streams helpful.
Demonstrated leadership ability, team management, relationship building, and interpersonal skills.
Experience supervising and developing diverse staff both in office and remotely (min. 2 years).
Advanced knowledge of GAAP accounting rules, nonprofit accounting, including fund and grant accounting, compliance, and reporting. Government grant and contract management a plus.
Experience using accounting and financial software applications, databases, and expertise in Excel.
Tech savvy experience in the design and maintenance of financial management systems. Experience upgrading to cloud systems in the past 7 years a plus.
High energy and commitment to working in a diverse and multi-cultural team environment.
Demonstrated support for IYF’s values, DEI initiatives, social justice and racial equity.
Exceptional emotional intelligence and collaboration skills to work with cross-institutional teams.
Outstanding quantitative and analytical skills. Requires reliability and organization skills
Proactive, creative, flexible, responsive, hands-on strategic thinker with vigilant attention to detail.
Oral and written English fluency is required. Proficiency in French and/or Spanish is a plus.
Outstanding communication with demonstrated highly effective presentation and training skills.
Flexibility to respond to periods of high pressure is required. Travel up to 25% time required.
Growth mindset to drive innovative solutions from learnings, with high capacity to execute.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About SRI Executive
SRI Executive is a leading executive search and strategy consultancy working with organisations in the international development, sustainability, development finance and global health sectors. For over 20 years, we have continually championed organisations committed to making a lasting difference across the world. As specialists in identifying, assessing and securing exceptional high-level executives and having partnered with over 200 organisations placing leaders in 63 different countries, we not only understand the culture, values and ethos of the not-for-profit sector landscape, but also the specific requirements associated with it.
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