Director of Finance

Director of Finance
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Job Description: 

The Director of Finance is responsible for the quality and integrity of all accounting aspects of Tides Center, Network, TTRF and TINC, including the smooth functioning of the accounting department and Tides’ financial management systems. The Director of Finance is responsible for accurate and timely accounting and financial reporting for the Center, Network (service organization), TTRF, TINC and their consolidation. The Director of Finance maintains integrity and operational fitness of internal controls related to accounting procedures, policies and generally accepted accounting principles. The Director of Finance has oversight of the Fiscal Sponsorship client financial services group and coordinates and provides a variety of internal financial services. 

Essential Functions of the Job:
Strategic Leadership

  • Assist in the development of short, medium, and long term plans to achieve strategic objectives
  • Regularly interact across functional areas to ensure objectives are met
  • Work with Executive Management and others in developing efficient internal processes, meet reporting requirements, etc. in support of revenue growth, increased surplus/reserves and assets under management. 
  • Manage intake process from a financial perspective, participate in pricing discussions and decisions. 

Operational Leadership

  • Manages the staff to enable the achievement of Tides’ financial and strategic goals in a manner that is consistent with Tides’ mission. Responsible for hiring, training and continuing education of staff and the monitoring and evaluation of their performance.
  • Develops and maintains financial management policies and procedures that align with Tides’ mission and is in compliance with applicable accounting standards and best practices with respect to accounting for non-profits
  • Oversees and participates in the annual audit and preparation of tax return work-papers
  • Develop strategies for completing complex transactions while ensuring compliance with tax laws and other applicable regulations
  • Identify and implement improvements to existing processes and operational policies and practices that facilitate efficient/improved operation and financial management of the organization
  • Keep abreast of financial trends in the non-profit and community foundation fields through continuing education and/or affiliation with professional development groups.

Financial Management

  • Assist with the formulation of financial goals and objectives, prepare policy recommendations and assist with the setting of departmental priorities.
  • Ensures daily financial and accounting functions performed in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), company policy and all applicable regulatory requirements and legal rules and regulations for nonprofit operations designated as IRS 501(C)(3). Ensure consistent accounting treatment of all transactions and timely, accurate reporting to budget managers, management and clients (funds and projects).
  • Prepare and present financial statements and related reports, including balance sheets, income statements, cash-flow reports, budgets and variance analysis to external and internal management and clients.
  • Develop and maintain performance “dashboard(s)” and financial forecasting models for fiscally sponsored projects.
  • Structure and manage internal contract management function (CMA’s)
  • Oversee staff in the areas of customer services issues related to accounting, reporting, grant management, budgeting and analysis. Ensure all client facing staff deliver excellent service to clients and colleagues.
  • Lead, develop, mentor and support direct reports including with the hiring and training of department staff and/or consultants. Hold direct reports accountable to achieve team goals and work plans by ensuring team members have the appropriate skills and support to accomplish their objectives. Ensure team is recognized by Tides staff, management and Board as an actively contributing partner in achieving the strategic goals and objectives of Tides.
  • Identify and resolve accounting and internal control issues in a timely manner
  • Other duties as assigned

Tides External Representative

  • Coordinate periodic trainings on financial issues for the non-financial staff and projects.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting required, Master’s degree (in business or accounting) highly preferred
  • Excellent knowledge of GAAP and non-profit accounting procedures, including consolidation of entities. CPA preferred.
  • Five years or more of nonprofit accounting experience required
  • Five years or more in Director/Management level accounting experience required
  • Proficient in enterprise-wide accounting systems such as NetSuite, MAS90, Great Plains, or similar. Experience with systems design and development from business requirements analysis through to day-to-day management.
  • Proven ability to organize and support work flow processes that ensure high degree of accuracy and accountability within team members.
  • Extensive experience and advanced knowledge of Excel and Microsoft Office required.
  • Strong leadership, analytical and problem solving skills. Ability to adapt and lead in a high paced, fluid environment.
  • Ability to influence thinking or gain acceptance of others in sensitive situations. 
  • Strong team player with a customer-first focus and attitude. Demonstrated commitment to meeting the needs of internal and external clients; ability to strive for high level of satisfaction.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to present ideas in business-friendly and user-friendly language
  • High degree of integrity, discretion, professionalism, and accountability to achieve quality results. Demonstrated ability to hold information confidential with excellent judgement. 
  • Highly self-motivated, self-directed, and attentive to detail.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Extensive experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Knowledge of tax reporting, including UBIT, and of legal compliance issues relating to donor-advised funds
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain high-level and consistent work ethic in working relationships and work related duties. 

Physical Demands:
These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the job.

  • Must be able to clearly communicate with others to understand them and to be understood.
  • Must be able to read and compose documents so that their intent is easily understood.
  • Must be able to lift at least ten pounds from the floor to four feet above the floor.
  • Must be able to effectively use a computer and telephone to conduct business for the duration of the entire work day.
  • Must be able to maneuver between two (2) floors and within small office spaces

Application Instructions:
Only candidates who meet the above-stated qualifications will be considered. Your resume should include a cover letter expressing your interest in working to support Tides and why you are qualified for this role. No phone calls please.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Tides is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions.

Applicants with Disabilities: 
Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.