Chief Financial Officer
Job Details
Washington D.C., New York, Oakland - ,
Full Time

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for all financial and accounting matters for AIUSA, including supervising employees performing financial tracking, reporting, accounting, billing, collections, budgeting duties and overseeing investments. The CFO develops internal control polices, and procedures for activities such as budget administration, cash management, and accounting. The CFO also prepares or directs the preparation of financial statements, business activity reports, financial position forecasts, annual budgets, and other reports required by the Executive Director and external regulatory agencies. The CFO reports to the Executive Director and partners with the Executive Leadership Team and the Finance Committee of AIUSA's Board of Directors to develop and implement strategies and to ensure that sound fiscal policies and proper infrastructure and systems are in place.


  • Lead and manage the financial function:
    • As part of the Executive team, provide sound decision-making in support of Amnesty’s strategies and mission, and ensure that financial systems, analysis and reporting effectively support the organization’s financial information needs.
    • Responsible for managing the Finance Department’s day-to-day activities, such as: purchasing and accounts payable/receivable, cash management including cash flow forecasting, payroll functions and preparation of function and program cost reports and analysis.
    • Ensure that effective internal controls are in place to ensure safeguarding and protection of AIUSA’s assets, compliance with GAAP and together with the Chief Legal Officer, ensuring compliance with applicable legislation and regulations.
    • Ensure that finance processes are efficient and cost-effective, using the latest technologies and systems to minimize the finance staff time spent on processing and reconciliation
    • Ensure that all budget holders and managers have accurate, useful and timely financial information to enable them to manage their budgets and make informed decisions.
    • Coordinate and manage all banking relationships and online banking activity.
    • Manage cash flow including the preparation of annual and monthly cash flow projections and monthly bank reconciliations.
    • Lead AIUSA's annual audit and partner with AIUSA’s Audit Committee and audit firm to provide timely submission of legally required filings and tax documents.
    • Work with Board Finance Committee and attend meetings as required.
    • Develop, implement, enhance, and communicate internal policies and procedures, including procedures for purchasing.
    • Manage the budgeting and reporting for all restricted grants, both with the grantee and also in all statutory financial reporting.
    • Manage the process to ensure that all state and other statutory reporting is completed on a timely basis.
    • Manage all insurance policies, including ensuring that AIUSA’s risks are appropriately and cost effectively covered by insurance where possible.


  • Represent AIUSA in the financial area:
    • Collaborate and communicate with peers at AI’s International Secretariat (global headquarters), other sections and regional offices, and serve as a leader in the financial policies and procedures of the global movement.
    • While ensuring the input of appropriate section personnel, ensure the completion of all reporting financial reporting requirements to the International Secretariat.


  • Work with the Chief Development Officer in preparing the income budget and lead in the development and planning of the expense budget in line with the revenue projections:
    • Lead AIUSA's annual budgeting process, ensuring timely budget development in collaboration with Executive team members.
    • Provide leadership in the development and continuous evaluation of short and long-term financial objectives, including how best to right-size organizational expenses in light of changing revenue realities.
    • Provide actionable analysis for monitoring financial performance, trends, and forecasts.
    • Develop and oversee long-term budgetary planning and cost management for the organization.
    • Strategize and recommend ways in which AIUSA can continually improve cost efficiency and operating effectiveness.


  • Reports regularly to the Executive Director, the Finance Committee, and, as required, to the membership on the operating performance against the plan, including meaningful analysis of variances and trends:
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly financial statements including the monitoring of revenues and expenditures against the budget.
  • Perform analysis and investigations as required to monitor on-going operations and analyze performance problems and opportunities.
  • Work with management in analyzing and addressing positive and negative variances.
  • Serve as a financial liaison to the Board of Directors, working with the Board Treasurer, the Chief Development Officer and Executive Director to prepare presentations and ensure the Board is up to date and informed.


  • Provide leadership to the organization in enterprise risk management with a focus on financial and reporting risks including ensuring effective internal controls:
    • Identify areas of financial risks and ensure that these risks are effectively managed.
    • Partner with departmental, functional, and unit owners in the risk-management process.
    • Partner with the Chief Legal Officer to periodically update the organizational risk assessment.


  • Manage the investments in accordance with board approved policies, liaising and working with investment managers and reporting as required to the board committee responsible for setting investment policies:
    • Provide recommendations for enhancing AIUSA's investment performance.


  • Real Estate Management:
    • Manage all AIUSA’s leases and contracts for office space, vehicles and other service providers such as insurance and banking
    • Standardize contracts with vendors; review and approve agreements


  • Supervisory leadership:
    • Direct the Controller & Director of Finance in providing and directing procedures and systems necessary to maintain proper records and to afford adequate accounting controls and services.
    • Provide guidance and supervision to the finance staff of the organization.
    • Recommend and develop financial policies, procedures and systems to meet organizational objectives.
    • Demonstrate a strong commitment to developing team members.


  • Demonstrate attention to detail and a deep understanding of the business while maintaining a macro view of the organization’s financial position and growth opportunities.
  • Engage others, modeling cooperation, collaboration, integrity, respect (courtesy), and humility.
  • Communicate a clear point of view with open-mindedness and flexibility, where appropriate.
  • Embrace diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility principles.
  • Focus on results while working with attention to detail and with a sense of urgency.
  • Lead by example and promote AIUSA’s strategic objectives and principles of human dignity.
  • Hire talented, knowledgeable, and competent people and facilitate staff development with goal setting, coaching, and constructive feedback.
  • Manage effectively with prioritizing, planning, scheduling, and exercising good judgment in decision-making.
  • Serve as an ethical standard-bearer for the organization.




  • A commitment to advancing human rights principles and practices
  • Professional accounting designation (CPA, CMA, or equivalent qualification) required
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field
  • 10+ years of financial management experience at a nonprofit organization
  • Demonstrated success managing finance, accounting, budgeting, control and reporting functions
  • Extensive experience with accounting software
  • Strong analytical skills and experience translating a strategic plan into a financial model
  • Strong leadership, excellent communication and team-building skills
  • Experience partnering with a senior leadership team and a Board
  • Ability to effectively provide information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates, as well as Board members and affiliated organizations
  • Familiarity with international accounting standards and procedures


Please apply via the website with your resume and cover letter.


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