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HAI is an independent 501c(3) non-profit organization that also functions as a center of the University of Washington's Department of Global Health. Because of its 501c(3) status, funding comes directly to HAI from donors such as NIH, USAID, the Australian Government, CDC, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and others. Substantial funds are routed through the UW resulting in HAI having both UW funded staff positions and those that are independent and internationally funded directly by HAI.
HAI is a mission driven organization with a social justice orientation. Our mission is to promote policies and support programs that strengthen government primary health care and foster social, economic, and health equity for all. Our vision is a just world that promotes health and well-being, including universal access to quality health care.
HAI currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Director of Finance. This individual will be independently responsible to lead and manage all strategic financial planning, international and US-based accounting systems, and global finance compliance policy for HAI's headquarters and field locations. This position will lead all of HAI's accounting and financial management capacities to ensure compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and all other legal and donor requirements. The Director will assume responsibility for ensuring the organization's sound fiscal health to support continued funding and successful operation of the organization. HAI's current year's annual budget is $11M.
This position requires a committed and proven leader who can thrive in a fast-paced, complex environment. The ideal candidate will have a mastery of hands-on accounting, exceptional critical thinking skills, deep financial management experience in a non- profit and/or government-funded grants environment, and advanced capacity for systems thinking and team leadership. The leadership role is approximately 40% accounting and controller work and 60% management, planning, and systems work. Successful candidates will clearly demonstrate their capacity and passion for both aspects of this multi-faceted position. Unlike other departments within the University of Washington, HAI's financial systems operate entirely independently from UW's financial infrastructure. All aspects of HAI's headquarters and global financial systems fall under the responsibility of this position.
The Director of Finance will interface independently with HAI's Board of Director's finance committee to create, monitor and forecast the organization's $11M annual budget, assess financial risks, and report on financial projections. This position is responsible for leading the organization through its annual A-133 federal single audit and for negotiating HAI's federal NICRA rate. The position has full responsibility for highly complex financial management operations driven by requirements from international donors, government funders, non-profit accounting principles, and the deployment and oversight of accounting systems across multiple countries.
The Director of Finance independently conceives how best to monitor HAI global finances, creates HAI's financial policies and procedures for its global operations, and is a lead advisor to the Executive Director for financial decision making for the organization. The responsibilities include:
Finance and Accounting Activities and Planning
Independent responsibility for all HAI finances including financial planning and management
Independently execute all monthly, quarterly, and annual close processes (hands-on accounting required), including monthly balance sheet reconciliations across multiple currencies. Ultimately responsible for effective management and reporting of $11 million dollar annual budget.
Produce accurate financial reports for internal and external stakeholders.
Direct and Manage the organizational cash flow.
Manage the organizational annual budgeting process.
Manage and oversee the annual financial and single audit as well as 990 filing.
Develop the annual NICRA proposal with HAI's cognizant federal agency (currently HHS).
Strategy Planning & Policy Development Leading and directing global accounting, and financial systems by:
Fostering innovation, identifying potential opportunities and challenges, identifying business requirements for new operations implementation, and creating or revising policies and procedures as necessary.
Conducting an analysis of the current accounting and financial structure; creating financial staffing models and an organizational structure necessary to support organizational goals;
Developing, revising, implementing, and maintaining new accounting and financial management policies and procedures consistent with the objectives of Health Alliance International, ensuring that all policies are uniformly understood and properly administered. Assuring the integrity, compliance, and security of HAI administrative financial management systems.
Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with key partners and stakeholders within a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural environment.
Staff and Systems Leadership, Implementation, and Oversight
Lead and direct accounting and financial management tools and systems strengthening initiatives and activities.
Ensure secure and efficient global fund transfers and cash management to meet the needs of programs and the organization.
Ensure robust organizational systems for maintaining compliance with all applicable organizational policies and procedures, U.S. and foreign laws and regulations, and donor rules and regulations.
Oversee the organization's payroll distribution systems that support the payment of approximately 135 HAI staff to ensure accuracy and timeliness.
Continuously appraise and evaluate the results of the accounting and financial management operations and inform and advise the Executive Director / Deputy Director of findings on a timely basis; partner closely with HR management, program staff, leadership team, Field Office management, and Board of Directors.
Regularly attend and serve as HAI liaison to the Finance Committee of Board of Directors.
Establish controls for current and proposed accounting and financial systems, including appropriate oversight and follow through.
Maintain current knowledge of legal, regulatory, policy, and industry trends and issues as they relate to the organization and resource constraints inherent in HAI's working environment.
Assess and communicate the benefits and risks of adopting new accounting and financial policies, procedures, systems or technologies.
Manage and directly supervise the headquarters accounting team consisting of one accounting manager and 1 accounting staff.
Oversee and actively advise HAI global accounting and financial teams consisting of 3 staff in Mozambique, 2 in Timor-Leste and 4 in Ivory Coast.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Master's Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Management, or other related discipline.
Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant.
Minimum of 7 years prior experience in an equally responsible position of financial management leadership.
Expert user of accounting software and Excel spreadsheets.
Experience managing US federally funded grants and contracts highly desired.
Comprehensive knowledge of non-profit accounting, financial management, grants management, information technologies, with the ability to keep abreast of changes in the international non-profit world.
Must have a proven record of attracting, developing and retaining high performing staff and building effective organizations.
Must possess strong analytical and conceptual skills.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
10+ years of prior experience in financial management, auditing or budget administration.
NGO/Non-profit experience, including experience working with a Board of Directors.
Experience working in global health or another international public-service sector.
Team Building Effective in providing vision, direction, coordination, and empowerment to multi- functional, multi-cultural teams.
Collaborative Style - Believes in partnering, shares information and resources and operates cross- functionally.
Big Picture Perspective - Possesses a well-honed understanding of business issues, dynamics and trends.
High Level of Accountability - Drives for results, displays a sense of ownership and is passionate about attaining goals and surpassing expectations.
Global Sensibilities and Sensitivities - Understands the changing global environment and incorporates these into strategic thinking and actions.
Respects cultural differences and capitalizes on strengths that can be realized in effective cross- cultural collaboration.
Proactive Problem-Solver - Melds analytic reasoning ability with strategic thinking and business savvy.
Ability to travel to field office in Africa and South East Asia if required by HAI, is preferred.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
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