Associate Executive Director - Finance (CFO) Virtual Position - U.S.
National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Type: Full Time
Associate Executive Director – Finance (CFO) - Virtual position - U.S.
Fulltime position 40 hours per week – Exempt – Benefits eligible
NITA promotes a culture of work/life balance and flexibility. We recognize the importance of managing your personal and professional lives with a mostly remote workforce and an ability to take time to walk your dog, pick up your child from the bus, or attend an appointment. In return we ask for engagement and innovation in a customer focused environment.
The National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), a §501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading provider of legal advocacy skills training and is based in Louisville, Colorado.
The Associate Executive Director–Finance (AED Finance) leads NITA’s financial operations and ensure that the organization, leadership team, and the board have a clear understanding of operating performance and risks as it relates to all budgeted and forecasted goals. The AED Finance is responsible for all finance functions, including revenue and expense projections, cash and liquidity management, investments, fundraising oversight, procurement, financial reporting and audit, compliance, controls, budgeting, and tax.
Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), serves as a key strategic thought partner to the Executive Director and executive management team, as well as a leader with internal and external constituents. AED Finance is responsible for working with the ED and Board of Trustees to develop and execute the financial strategy and financial operations that support the organization’s business objectives and plans. The AED Finance has a strong voice in the setting of strategic plans. This role is responsible for the entire range of immediate and long term strategic financial activity of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the NITA Foundation. Responsible for the NITA Foundation, including all management of fundraising activities in a manner consistent with stated mission.
Responsibilities of the AED Finance Include:
Strategically manage NITA resources to maximize organization effectiveness and carry out our mission: Develop strategies and financial models that have sufficient resources to carry out short and long-term company goals and
Interface directly with both Boards and Finance/Audit Committee: Enable them to have a clear sense of the overall financial health and potential risks of the organization; in a way that encourages and includes all participants in the discussion. Supplies tools, reporting, and insight that provide the decision-making
Creates strong budget systems for managers: Create systems that enable managers to accurately track and manage their budgets monthly.
Manage accurate and timely financial reporting: Generate annual, quarterly and monthly financial reporting, including quality annual
Lead team towards successful and ambitious goals: Manage a team of six towards successful outcomes by providing the support, coaching, and leadership
Directs and oversees all foundation activities: Develops policies designed to maximize foundation funding and develops goals and strategies for all Monitors and ensures compliance with applicable regulations. Manages donor funds, reports, grant applications, and financial reporting. Works with NITA investment advisors and board investment committee regarding investment performance.
Financial Management: Understands best practices for finances within the nonprofit sector. Knowledgeable about accounting, internal controls, budgeting, forecasting, monitoring, reporting, trend analysis, auditing, payroll, , and safeguards the appropriate use of financial resources.
Analytical Thinking: Conducts effective analysis in a professional manner that identifies key issues, determines problems and opportunities, asks meaningful and appropriate questions, tests possible solutions, makes valid inferences from information gathered, and comes to logical conclusions before determining recommended courses of Is able to breakdown complex information and data (both orally and written) in an understandable and meaningful way. Is committed and steadfast in researching and learning laws, regulations, or rules that are necessary for NITA’s financial success.
Self-Directed Learner: Takes initiative and regularly seeks out new opportunities, is persistent, embraces responsibility while displaying a growth mindset. Exhibits a high degree of curiosity; manages time to effectively allow for
Personal Agility: Demonstrates a positive attitude, resilience, openness to change, including listening and considering other’s ideas and Adapts their approach as the situation changes, is comfortable when encountering ambiguous situations, and works effectively in a variety of settings with individuals of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Culture Champion: Internalizes NITA’s mission and vision; exciting others about what’s possible to achieve. Understands the importance of NITA being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization and displays a deep commitment to diversity and mission.
Core Values: Lives, eats and breathes our core values daily and holds others accountable to them: Create Positive Experiences through Empowerment, Act Like an Owner, Relationships Matter, Embrace Change, and Self-Care Practices.
Technology: Ensures NITA’s financial systems are modern, effective, efficient, and
Bachelor’s Degree required
CPA, MBA, or Master’s in Finance preferred, but not
Prior supervision and leadership experience
Minimum of 5 years in a nonprofit accounting leadership position highly
Treasury investment and risk management experience
Must be authorized to work in the United States and pass a comprehensive background
Displays the Following Company Values Through Behaviors and Actions:
Who We Are
As a 501(c)(3), we operate as a service organization made up of a volunteer network of lawyers, judges, and esteemed advocates across the globe. Since 1971, we have provided the legal advocacy skills that allow the advancement of people, the legal profession, and the pursuit of justice.
NITA began over the desks and dining tables of attorneys who had to learn the hard way. These lawyers wanted something better for the generations of attorneys who would follow them. Using their skills and their hard-won experience, they created advocacy programs that gave attorneys the opportunity to learn and practice skills such as taking depositions, making opening and closing arguments, examining witnesses, and more. This is still the foundation of who we are today.
Why We Do It
We believe in a fair and impartial adversarial justice system. The training and development of skilled and ethical legal advocates can and does improve the administration of justice. We are driven by the following guiding principles:
NITA’s learning-by-doing method has transformed the way we teach advocacy. While it continues to be the best methodology for teaching, we are also explorin...g innovative teaching methods and subjects that reflect modern practice of advocacy in and out of the courtroom.
We are committed to being the premier advocacy teaching organization. That mission will be inclusive of all areas of legal practice, with an emphasis on diversity and regional demographics.
Ethics are at the core of every aspect of NITA life. Ethics are central to every presentation to our clients, as an inherent value of the professionalism of advocates.
NITA was founded on the principle of attorneys giving back to the profession by volunteering to teach and mentor the next generation of advocates. We recognize and appreciate the efforts of those volunteers.
All of our efforts over the past forty-seven years were designed to promote the justice system by improving advocacy in the courts, insuring that every client will have access to competent legal representation before independent judges. As we continue to promote the rule of law, we have expanded our efforts to aid the quest for equal justice throughout the world.
NITA is composed of people—participants, faculty, authors, staff, supporters, and organizations—who have come together to support the mission of improving the system of justice through education of law students, lawyers, judges, and the public. This community needs to be fostered and continued, to ensure that our mission is supported and maintained.