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Chief Financial Officer

Department: FInance
Location: Washington, DC

TITLE: Chief Financial Officer
ORGANIZATION: National Governors Association
LOCATION: Washington, DC
COMPENSATION: A competitive compensation package will be made to the qualified candidate
REPORTS TO: Chief Operating Officer

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association is a bipartisan organization of Governors from the 55 states, territories, and commonwealths whose mission is to share best practices, speak with an informed voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions to improve citizensí lives through state government and support the principles of federalism.  

Through NGA, Governors identify priority issues and deal with matters of public policy and governance at the state and national levels. Our policy and research arm, the NGA Center for Best Practices, helps Governors find collective answers to common issues and assists in developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges. Our Government Relations team ensures that Governors are a strong voice in Washington, DC. NGA also provides total consultative services, including management and technical assistance to both new and incumbent Governors, their senior executive staff, and their trusted advisors.

Weíre looking to add a bright, resourceful, and organized Chief Financial Officer to the NGA Finance team. In this role, you will oversee the financial activities of the organization; manage the accounting, financial reporting, and grants and contracts administration; and involved in a range of strategic planning and internal initiatives.

Other important responsibilities of the Chief Financial Officer include:

  • Direct and responsible for the preparation of all financial statements (internal and external) including income statements, balance sheets, tax returns, and governmental agency reports; audit functions; and investments.
  • Manage planning, development, coordination, administration, monitoring and analysis of NGAís budget and budget planning activities;
  • Manage budgeting and financial forecasting, cash flow forecasting and coordination of audit activities along with accounts payable & receivable to ensure timely reports;
  • Implement internal control policies and procedures for all financial activities. Evaluate industry best practices in comparison to internal systems and needed resources weighing both future needs and budget realities; 
  • Lead team on the organizationís financial process, with the goal of continuously developing and improving systems;
  • Examine long-range economic trends, and project their impact on the organizationís finances;
  • Oversee all grants, federal contracts, including grant award process, reporting, compliance and contract work; 
  • Work with the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer to coordinate planning and establish priorities for the planning process;
  • Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal reporting requirements, registration and tax filings; 
  • Oversee investment of funds and works with investment bankers. Optimize reserve funds; 
  • Champion diverse and inclusive practices among team and NGA staff; 
  • Identify and implement employee training needs in correlation with Human Resources.
  • Demonstrating a commitment to NGAís mission and goals to constructively serve the needs of all Governors; and 
  • Other duties as assigned by Chief Operating Officer.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Manage Finance staff to include: accounting, payroll, financial reporting, billing, grant management, budget preparation, and audit functions.
  • Works with other department heads to monitor each departmentís finances and make recommendations.

Candidates should have a bachelorís degree; preferably a masterís degree in Accounting or related field with, a CPA credential preferred. Ten plus years working in areas of business and complex GAAP accounting environment, federal contracting, and non-profit accounting and budgeting experience required. Experience working with federal or state agencies or non-profit organizations is preferred.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated ability to:     

  • Have superior knowledge of budgets/grants/and contract management;
  • Manage full cycle performance of Finance staff;
  • Exhibit proficiency in database and accounting computer application systems;
  • Have current working knowledge of Intacct;
  • Have excellent organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail;
  • Have strong research and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrate high level of integrity, professionalism including teamwork and ability to deliver within short deadlines, work under pressure and multi-tasking skills;
  • Have exceptional written and verbal communication skills; 
  • Work independently, set priorities and handle multiple issues at the same time;
  • Ability to synthesize and summarize complex, detailed financial data and summarize the information in a manner easily understood by readers; and
  • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of staff and external stakeholders. 

Interested candidates should apply online through NGAís career site. NGA uses Clear Company and all information is kept strictly confidential. An application is considered when all required fields are completed. Please include:

  • Your resume highlighting your education, experience, and direct transferable skills
  • A portfolio of your best work (attach to your candidate profile via Clear Company) 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. NGA is committed to providing a productive and safe environment. To achieve that goal, we conduct background and reference check investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. 

NGA staff proudly serve our nationís Governorsí daily and itís our mission to ensure we offer a comprehensive, competitive benefits package designed to support the needs of NGA employees.

NGA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/D/F/V). NGA is committed to fostering an energetic, collaborative, diverse and inclusive workforce. We promote diversity and provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, or any other legally protected factor. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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