Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to the ICAP Director and the MSPH Vice Dean for Finance and Administration, and a member of the ICAP Core Leadership Group, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will be responsible for enhancing ICAP's financial processes and infrastructure. This position will allow for an increased focus on ICAP's strategic vision for finance. The CFO will leverage processes and best practices from other organizational experience to benefit ICAP. This role will have financial compliance as a key responsibility.
The CFO will manage the following functions:
Financial Planning & Management Working with and delegating to the Finance Unit Directors, manage and oversee all financial and business planning activities, including:
Oversee the Finance Unit to ensure proper maintenance of all accounting systems and the overall function. Provide overall financial oversight and monitoring; direct/administer all financial plans, budgets, and forecasts and lead annual budget process and provide input into grant budget proposals in collaboration with COO; oversee business policies and accounting practices.
Review and analyze financial reports and provide variance analysis narrative; ensure ongoing maintenance of revenue and expense and Columbia University reporting systems; oversee cash flow planning and ensure the timely availability of funds in order to support ICAP programs. Leads the Finance Unit and country teams to develop short- and long-term financial plans and projections with input from countries and relevant stakeholders;
Oversee cash controls, asset & inventory management, and banking relationships (with Treasury) Support and advise the ICAP Director, COO and other Leadership Group members in financial decision-making; ensure that ICAP business and financial practices are consistent with University and donor agency policies and procedures; develop and utilize predictive models and activity-based financial analyses to provide transparency and insight into the organization's operations and business plans Oversee the development of financial management systems to complement and supplement those of the University.
Ensure that working relationships regarding financial operations with MSPH, CUMC, and CU administration are constructive and mutually supportive; oversee reporting and monitoring of l financial performance metrics; ensure that relevant financial data is presented to the ICAP Director, COO and the Core Leadership Group on a timely and consistent basis; manage and oversee financial aspects of subcontracts and sub agreements; remain up to date on nonprofit risk management/ compliance best practices and state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations; ensure maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures; ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting of NY Office and country operations; oversee the preparation and communication of ICAP's monthly management reporting as well as the University financial statement reporting.
Compliance Oversee ICAP's role in the University A-133 audit process; assures compliance with all US government, foreign government, and Columbia University policies and regulations, in ICAP operations both in the United States and in foreign countries; assures ICAP adherence to Circular A-21; assures that ICAP finance staff are trained on ICAP SOP's and other relevant policies, rules and regulations; collaborate with the COO when responding to internal and external audits; establishes and oversees finance staff and processes to measure and assure necessary compliance; communicates all compliance issues and problems to ICAP, Mailman School, Medical Center and University officials in a timely manner; in collaboration with the COO, develops and oversees the implementation of corrective action plans.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors and Master's degree (MBA, MPA, CPA or other relevant advanced degree) with 10+ years in a senior management role. CPA preferred.
Excellent track record of success in managing large complex programs and financial systems in overseas or domestic settings.
Demonstrated experience in financial planning, management and analysis, personnel management, budget and resource development, and strategic planning.
Experience overseeing staff and subcontracting functions.
Demonstrated success developing and monitoring systems to manage both operational and programmatic work that involve high levels of collaboration.
Possess a forward-thinking approach and be able to anticipate challenges and proactively implement solutions.
Excellent people skills, including the ability to work effectively with a dynamic leadership team,
Flexible and able to multi-task; can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions; demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding investment in people and systems.
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to the mission of ICAP.
Willing to travel to ICAP's overseas operations.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: MSPH has retained Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support this recruitment. Craig Smith, Partner, and Neeta Mehta, Vice President are leading the search. Inquiries should be sent by email to Craig (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Neeta (email@example.com).
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred experience include experience working in a senior management role in a mission-driven international organization; experience with and detailed knowledge of the requirements of working in developing country settings; experience with and detailed knowledge of U.S. Government grants and contracts requirements; and experience working in an academic environment desirable. CPA preferred.
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