Director for Finance and Operations - Center on International Cooperation
Job ID: 2021-7931 Type: Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) (AS1111) # of Openings: 1 Category: Finance/Real Estate/Procurement/Grant Management New York University
For the past twenty years, the NYU Center on International Cooperation (CIC) has been a leading voice on collective action to solve global challenges. In recent years, we have played a role disproportionate to our small size in incubating processes that have had a significant influence on global policy, including creation of the leading international platform to advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG16) on peace, justice, and strong institutions; inputs to the reform of the UN; increasing the effectiveness of the UN’s peacebuilding architecture; track-two diplomacy around the conflict in Afghanistan; and cutting-edge investigative research on the political economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
As an established but fast-growing think tank, CIC is looking for a Director of Finance and Operations
that has a passion for working with teams; who is adept at delivering high-level strategic financial management, including budget forecasts as well as fine-grained financial reports; and someone who has an enthusiasm for cultivating relationships, creative problem solving and promoting operational excellence.
The Director for Finance and Operations will serve as a key element in CIC’s financial management, donor stewardship and partnership compliance. The Director will provide leadership and coordination of all finance activities, including administrative, business planning, budgeting, forecasting, negotiations and the management of day-to-day operations. The principal job responsibilities of the Director for Finance and Operations cut across three areas. These include: strategic budgeting and overall financial management; grant management and financial reporting to donors and to internal NYU entities; and oversight to operations, including contracting, purchasing, human resources, internal processes/workflows, compliance with NYU policies, other issues. The Director oversees the allocation of resources to meet priorities, controls all expenditures and statement of accounts to ensure fiscal integrity, and directs special projects that may include space renovations, equipment purchases and long-range plans. The Director for Finance and Operations is the key strategic partner and liaison between CIC and internal NYU offices important to finance and grant management, including but not limited to Sponsored Programs Administration, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Fiscal Office, Accounts Payable, Procurement, Office of General Council, and Insurance and Risk Management.
Reporting to the Director, the position will sit on CIC’s senior management team and will manage the work of the Manager of Administration, Grant Manager, and Budget Assistant.
Required Education: Bachelor's Degree in business administration, social sciences, international affairs, or related field.
Preferred Education: Master's Degree in non-profit management, business administration, public administration, or related field (or equivalent practical experience).
Required Experience: 10+ years of progressive experience in a non-profit setting on finance, grant management, and operational activities.
Preferred Experience: • Demonstrated experience within a global organization, with experience managing international financial transactions. • Experience in donor engagement in a global context. • Demonstrated experience working across institutional boundaries in a matrix management organization.
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: • Fund accounting and financial management • Management experience, including attention to staff skills development • Experience providing leadership to cross-functional teams in Finance, Business Administration and Operations • Experience in managing day-to-day operations within a large matrix organization • Possesses strong analytical, communication and decision-making skills • Demonstrated ability to solve problems creatively • Interpersonal skills to create and maintain positive relationships and to effectively represent CIC both internally at NYU and externally with donors • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with demonstrated experience in writing effective grant proposals • Advanced Excel skills
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: Ability to diplomatically manage competing priorities.
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