Job Opportunity – Director of Finance

June 19, 2017 | Blog | Jobs

Position: Director of Finance Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer

Location: Washington DC

Solar Sister is seeking a Director of Finance to provide finance help build our systems and structures for financial management of a $1 million + budget, as our organization expands in size and geographic scope within the United Sates and sub-Saharan Africa. We are looking for an individual who can contribute at both a high level and at the hands-on technical level to the development of our rapidly expanding global organization, and work with staff and management to better use and understand financial information including GAAP financial statements as it relates to strategic decisions and priorities. The Finance Director must have non- profit grant reporting experience and will work closely with our Grants manager to timely and accurately report on all grants (including federal and foreign currency reporting). The Director of Finance will be a strategic thought-partner, and report directly to the CEO.

Responsibilities: Financial Management:

  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements
  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, program budgets, and actual expenditures
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the CEO, administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.
  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements, collate financial reporting materials for board of directors
  • Coordinate and lead annual audit process, including gathering receipts and reports to liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the board of directors; assess any changes necessary.
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the finance department’s overall policy and procedural manual.
  • Effectively communicate and present the critical financial matters to the CEO and board of directors.

Grants Management and General Compliance

  • Oversee financial reporting for grants, for both public and private grants, including foreign currency translations
  • Ensure that Solar Sister has the all necessary and appropriate business policies and accounting practices in place to meet its varied legal and regulatory requirements
  • Work closely with the General Counsel on issues that intersect finance and legal functions, including but not limited to contract development and risk management
  • Ensure all filing and reporting requirements are met in a timely manner with all donors, both private and public.


  • Education. Minimum four year +.,accounting/finance, degree; CPA preferred.
  • Prior Work Experience. 5-10 years of experience in managing and contributing to financial accounting, reporting and control functions. Direct prior experience with audits, auditing standards, and auditing process required.
  • General Management Skills. Strong manager and team leader. Ability to manage multiple projects and functions and prioritize goals. Track record of being able to set and execute against goals. Ability to problem-solve both big picture and day-to-day issues.
  • People Management Skills. Demonstrated ability to organize, motivate and develop people. Clear ability to relate to peers and to work with them, particularly country leaders and accountants in Africa.
  • Attitudes, Habits, and Values. Total belief in and dedication to the Solar Sister mission. Highly organized and attentive to detail. Flexible and adaptive work style with the ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast- paced environment. Healthy sense of humor.
  • Communication Skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely to all relevant stakeholders (management, board, donors, regulators, lenders, and auditors.).
  • Intellectual Capacities. Strong problem solver. Ability to analyze complicated data sets (both quantitative and qualitative) and to formulate solutions and priorities.
  • Ability to take initiative and operate with limited oversight/direction within a small organization.
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), including experience using Excel for data analysis and financial modeling.
  • Experience with QuickBooks required; experience with Salesforce and Expensify preferred.


  • Compensation is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits are provided.

To Apply:

  • Interested candidates who meet the above requirements should submit their CV and a brief letter of introduction explaining their interest, qualifications for the position and contact information to . Please include name and position in the subject line. Due to the high volume of submissions, only candidates who are selected for next round of interview will receive responses.

By Fid Thompson

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