The ACLU seeks applicants for the full-time position of Chief Financial Officer in the Finance Department of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY.
From paying vendors to forecasting budgets, and everything in-between, the Finance team provides the resources and platform for informed financial decision-making. In addition to having oversight of all financial activities of the National ACLU, the CFO will manage a team of 24 diverse and empowered doers and thinkers who take pride in their work and how it contributes to the mission of the ACLU. Its mission is to be a standard for excellence in non-profit finance. They aim to accomplish this by:
• recruiting, developing and retaining staff who are highly skilled in the work they do;
• providing exceptional customer service and using feedback to drive improvements;
• facilitating business decisions by providing timely, accurate and actionable information;
• using innovation and collaboration to solve problems and proactively get work done;
• and safeguarding the ACLU’s financial resources by using internal controls, best practices and compliance standards relevant to their work
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will oversee the financial strategy, operations and compliance of both the 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4), with a combined budget of over $375 million in annual operating and capital expenses and nearly $1 billion in investments under management. The successful CFO candidate will be an experienced leader who has deep financial expertise, is a strategic and trusted advisor to senior leadership, and an effective people manager. They will have a successful track-record of managing the financial affairs of a large, complex organization, and a passion for the work of the ACLU.
The following strategic objectives for the CFO represent key financial priorities for the organization:
The CFO's essential duties and responsibilities include:
Team Management & Talent Development
Financial Operations & Compliance
The ACLU is highly interested in a CFO who will be a strategic business partner, who has strength in financial operations, and is a nurturer to staff in guiding them to the next level of financial services delivery that is synonymous with the growth of the ACLU. The ideal candidate will be a mission driven, people centered, financial leader with significant experience building and leading high-performing finance teams in a non-profit environment. The CFO will have the proven ability to build/manage budgets that have complex organizational priorities and structures. The successful candidate will be a team focused, service and systems-oriented leader with a big picture understanding of finance and a creative thinker around systems that create organizational efficiencies. Candidates must possess a strong track record for establishing systems that create operational and financial excellence and providing outstanding financial services to internal and external customers.
The successful candidate will possess the following attributes:
EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
The annual salary for this position is $337,366 (Level A). This salary is reflective of a position based in New York, NY. This salary will be subject to a locality adjustment (according to a specific city and state), if an authorization is granted to work outside of the location listed in this posting. Note that most of the salaries listed on our job postings reflect New York, NY salaries, where our National offices are headquartered.
The American Civil Liberties Union was founded more than 100 years ago and is our nation’s guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Today, the organization is headquartered in New York City with a 50-state network of staffed, autonomous affiliate offices. In the last 5 years, the ACLU has experienced exponential growth, essentially doubling in size, which has enabled their efforts nationally and locally.
In 1920 the U.S. Supreme Court had not yet upheld a single free speech claim, white women had just earned the right to vote, violence against Black people was routine, and constitutional rights for lesbians and gays, bisexual and transgender people were unthinkable. So, activists Roger Baldwin, Crystal Eastman, Albert DeSilver, and others founded the ACLU to defend and secure these rights and to extend them to people who had long been excluded from their protection – including Native Americans and other people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people; women; mental patients; prisoners; people with disabilities; and the poor.
In the ACLU’s first year, it fought the harassment and deportation of immigrants whose activism put them at odds with the authorities. In 1939, the ACLU won in the U.S. Supreme Court the right for unions to organize. It stood almost alone in 1942 in denouncing the government’s round-up and internment in concentration camps of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans. Since their first year, the ACLU has been at the fore front of every ‘fight’ for civil rights through its litigation efforts, its lobbying efforts and its education efforts. It’s current areas of focus are categorized as follows:
These issues represent the organization’s current emphasis, driven
by their judgment that the threats faced and the need for reform could
not be more poignant at this time:
CORE LIBERTY ISSUES:
These issues represent the individual rights and liberties that are core to democracy and to our nation.
FOUNDATIONAL RIGHTS ISSUES:
These issues cut across all the work and are essential to assuring that all have equal dignity and protection under law.
Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the ACLU and central to its work to advance liberty, equality, and justice for all. It’s a community committed to learning and growth, humility and grace, transparency, and accountability.
To quote the ACLU: “We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible. We are as committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism internally as we are externally. Because whether we’re in the courts or in the office, we believe ‘We the People’ means all of us.”
The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by October 28, 2022. To apply for this outstanding opportunity, please electronically submit your resume and a cover letter of interest to The Byers Group: ACLU.CFO@byersgroupca.com. The letter of interest should outline why you are interested in joining the ACLU and your relevant accomplishments.
Confidential inquiries are encouraged and can be directed to: Ms. Brett Byers at firstname.lastname@example.org l 323-403-8279 and/or Ms. Christine Boulware at email@example.com l 312-391-6098
The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.
The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.
The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.
The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
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