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Director of Finance

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National Congress of American Indians


Washington, DC

Skills And Qualifications:

The Position is Open Until Filled; First Review of Applicants will occur after September 1.

ABOUT NCAI Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and communities, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies. We promote an understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people, and rights.

ABOUT THIS POSITION The NCAI Finance Department pursues organizational excellence by strengthening our financial stability, pursuing revenue growth, and providing reliable reporting. The department oversees financial operations to ensure the organization is best positioned to achieve our mission and serve our members. The Director of Finance will contribute to the efforts of the Finance Department by ensuring excellence in the day-to-day accounting and finance functions to ensure effective financial management; and partnering with the Executive Director and other key staff to achieve strategic and operating goals.

Duties And Responsibilities:

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Employee must possess:
• Proven experience as Chief Financial Officer, Director of Finance, finance officer or relevant role;
• CPA Required;
• Thorough understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in a non-profit organization;
• In depth knowledge of non-profit financial law and risk management practices;
• Excellent knowledge of data analysis and forecasting methods;
• Proficient in the use of MS Office and financial management software (e.g. Abila);
• Ability to strategize and solve problems; excellent analytical and reasoning skills;
• Excellent communication and people skills; ability to motivate staff;
• Strong leadership and organizational skills;
• Ability to accomplish goals in dynamic work environment;
• BSc/BA in Accounting, Finance or relevant field; MSc/MBA is a plus.

The ideal candidate will also possess:
• Experience working with American Indian/Alaska Native tribal governments or a Native organization;
• Experience with organizations that receive federal funding;
• Experience with Abila MIP Fund Accounting Software or similar accounting software.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the direction of the NCAI Executive Director, the primary duties of the Director of Finance will include, but not be limited to, the following:
• Plan, develop, organize, implement, execute and evaluate the organization's fiscal function and performance.
• Participate in the development of the organization’s plans and programs as a strategic partner. Provide strategic financial input and leadership on decision making issues affecting the organization; i.e., maximizing efficiencies of grants management, membership, and sponsorship functions and analysis on enterprise opportunities.
• Execute the preparation and timely filing of all local, state and federal tax returns; and the month-end closing process including general ledger accounts, balance sheet accounts and overhead cost allocations.
• Serve as key point of contact for external auditors; manage preparation and support of all external audits.
• Evaluate and advise on the impact of long range planning, introduction of new programs/strategies and regulatory action.
• Develop credibility for the finance group by providing timely and accurate analysis of budgets, grants programs, financial reports and financial trends in order to assist the Executive Director, the Board and other senior managers in performing their responsibilities.
• Enhance and/or develop, implement and enforce policies and procedures of the organization by way of systems that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the organization.
• Continual improvement of the budgeting process through education of department managers and grants management.
• Optimize the handling of bank and deposit relationships and initiate appropriate strategies to enhance cash position.
• Develop a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism that includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs.
• Assist with fundraising and development.
• Be an advisor from the financial perspective on any contracts into which the organization may enter.
• Maintain supervision and responsibility for the accounting and finance staff and teams, and the Information Technology staff and teams, for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the group, as well as provide for professional growth of staff.
• Assist the NCAI team in common projects for conferences, special events, fundraising, outreach, and other duties as assigned.

Salary And Benefits:

Compensation depending upon experience. The position offers excellent competitive benefits including health insurance and disability, paid time off, and a 401(k) plan. This is a salaried position.

Contact Info:

APPLICATIONS Position will be located at NCAI’s Washington DC offices and is open until filled. Initial application review will include all applications received by September 1, 2017. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample and the names and contact information of three references to: By email (preferred) to By mail: National Congress of American Indians, Attn: Nketia Agyeman, 1516 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005 202-466-7767

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