The Global Financial & Accounting Services (GFAS) vision is to provide innovative and scalable global business solutions in accounting, tax, payroll, treasury, and financial operations while safeguarding the reputation of the foundation and our related entities, with the highest standards of integrity and operational excellence. As the foundation continues to grow in its global footprint and in the complexity of its work, the GFAS team is also scaling up to support this important work.
Leadership & Culture
Our culture shapes our choices about what we do and how we do it. We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment can do extraordinary things. We expect foundation employees to intentionally and consistently embody our four agreements; show respect, offer trust, be transparent, and create energy.
The Senior Advisor is a leader, problem solver, trusted business partner, and mentor. You will primarily represent the GFAS team on cross-foundation projects (e.g., finding innovative solutions to global hiring challenges, evaluating, and implementing changes within regional office structures to expand permissible activities, setting up new offices/entities/remote work locations, etc.) and research and provide guidance on best practices and process improvements.
Cross-Foundation Projects (~80% of the role)
Represent the GFAS team on cross-foundation projects. Guide teams by clarifying impacts and outlining requirements related to payroll, tax, accounting, insurance, treasury, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and employee incurred expenses. Collaborate with GFAS team members to ensure they understand impact to respective areas.
Provide functional expertise to operations and program teams on complex investments, regulatory requirements, and global employment of foundation staff, including related business risks and potential mitigation.
Manage the GFAS portion of cross-foundation projects, including communications with GFAS leadership on project status and resource needs.
Research & Analysis (~20% of the role)
Research and provide guidance on best practices and process improvements for the GFAS functional areas.
Research new and complex issues resulting from changes related to foundation entity structures, global footprint, and other changes impacting the GFAS team.
Develop tools to streamline guidance and organize research information.
Detail the impacts of projects on the financial operations of the foundation and its related entities.
While this position has no direct reports, the role works in a highly matrixed environment, working closely with the following internal and external partners:
Internally: Regularly works closely with GFAS staff and members of other foundation operations teams.
Externally: Engages with external advisors to research complex transactions and issues and to network and share best practices with other peer organizations.
Position reports to: Deputy Director, Finance & Accounting Services
You are an intellectually curious, solution-oriented leader who has a strong track record of achievement in roles of increasing responsibility. You should be prepared to work across a diverse set of teams, bridging a wide range of expertise, with a proven ability to work with agility, efficiency, and diplomacy in a dynamic environment. Additionally, we seek:
Strong financial and analytical background with a focus on skills that facilitate decision making.
Builds strong relationships and communicates effectively with a variety of constituents inside and outside the organization.
Knowledge of financial principles and processes, with the ability to navigate complex environments.
Demonstrates excellent leadership, intellectual quickness, creativity, curiosity, discipline, and resourcefulness.
Understanding of financial operations (payroll, tax, accounting, insurance, treasury, accounts payable, accounts receivable, internal controls and employee incurred expenses), and willingness to learn more about the functional areas.
Understanding of the foundation’s operational processes and policies and how they support the programmatic work.
Experience planning and managing projects of importance and visibility.
Capability to communicate complex financial concepts to partners with a diverse set of backgrounds, including leadership, program staff, and other foundation operational resources.
Excellent communication and relationship building skills. Negotiation skills.
Strong initiative, organizational skills, and capability to work autonomously and cross-functionally while remaining flexible to changing tasks, priorities, and roles and responsibilities.
Actively listen to and learn from others. Ability to identify new ways of working.
Models professional courage, including engages in trust-based debate, asks hard or unpopular questions, and is willing to say no.
Strong analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Ability to educate and influence peers and leaders in the organization on the critical financial operation implications of a new initiative.
Education & Experience
Advanced degree in Finance/Business/Accounting with 7+ years of experience, or equivalent experience.
Previous experience working at or closely with the foundation, particularly the GFAS team, is strongly preferred.
The foundation requires all employees based in the United States to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 upon hire unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption.
Must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.
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