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Senior Director of Finance, Arlington, VA

Senior Director of Finance, Arlington, VA

Social Impact (SI) is a Washington, DC-area international development management consulting firm. SI’s mission is to improve the effectiveness of international development programs in improving people’s lives. We provide a full range of management consulting, technical assistance, and training services to strengthen international development programs, organizations, and policies. We provide services globally in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, project and program design, organizational capacity building, and gender and social analysis. SI services cross-cut all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. SI’s clients include US government agencies such as USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the US Department of State, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and non-profits.

Job Summary:

The Senior Director of Finance is an integral member of the Social Impact team and acts as the primary financial officer of the organization, overseeing the finance and accounting functions. The Senior Director of Finance is responsible for the company's budgeting and planning, financial reporting, accounting operations, financial compliance and outward facing relationships. He/she reports to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and interfaces with the Senior Management Team and the Board of Directors.


Management and Leadership

Serves as the primary financial officer of the company. Directs and oversees all aspects of the finance and accounting functions of the organization.
Provides leadership for the continuous evaluation of short and long-term strategic financial objectives of the company.
Takes a hands-on, lead role in key strategic initiatives that are needed to achieve corporate financial objectives.
Establishes and maintains strong relationships with the company owners and the Executive Vice Presidents. Provides counsel on fiscal control, federal regulatory compliance, and the financial implications of business decisions. Identifies their needs and proposes effective business solutions.
Establishes and maintains strong relationships with external partners and stakeholders including corporate financial advisors, auditors and banks.
Ensures that accurate and timely reports, analyses, and projections are prepared to facilitate effective financial management at the project and corporate level.
Collaborates across the organization to increase efficiency in financial processes that cross departmental lines and to strengthen the financial management capability of staff.
Manages processes for financial forecasting, budgets and consolidation and reporting to the company.
Ensures that there is a documented system of finance policies and procedures.
Supervises the Controller (who is responsible for accounting operations in the company) and the Internal Controls and Financial Compliance Manager. As the company grows, may supervise additional staff.
Establishes a professional and collaborative work environment for the Finance Division. Coaches and mentors team members and facilitates their professional development. Is responsible for performance management of direct reports.
Anticipates future staffing needs based on workload projections.


Ensures that the Controller and the Accounting team achieve timely, accurate, and compliant execution of all functions of the accounting department.
Maintains a system of adequate internal controls over the company’s accounting and financial management transactions.
Oversees the preparation and communication of accurate monthly and annual financial reporting.
Plans for growth and future needs of the Accounting function.

Financial Planning and Management

Leads preparation of the annual budget and periodic forecasts, and provides regular variance reporting.
Provide cash flow projections and analyses to assist in managing the company.
Works with Executive Management in analyzing the financial impact of strategic business decisions.
Leads initiatives to introduce new technology platforms that support improved financial analysis, management and reporting.

Financial Compliance

Is the primary interface with federal and donor specific auditors. Backstops the controller as needed with respect to independent CPA audits.
Ensures proper filing of tax returns by Accounting.
Ensures the proper submission of incurred cost proposal, and NICRA revisions.
Ensures accurate and timely financial reporting in compliance with national and client specific laws and regulations, including GAAP.
Keeps up to date on best practices and current developments in accounting, finance, and compliance.


Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
Protects operations by keeping financial information and plans confidential.
Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
Other tasks as assigned.


Master’s degree in a related field, substantial relevant coursework, or equivalent experience. Minimum 15 years of progressive experience in finance and accounting.
Certified Public Accountant preferred.
Demonstrated working knowledge of financial, accounting and payroll software. Experience with Microsoft Dynamics SL, ReQlogic, Unanet, ADP Workforce and Quickbooks a plus.
Experience working with USAID and USG contracts in a for-profit environment. Knowledge of private foundations, other bilateral and multi-lateral donors preferred.
Knowledge and experience preparing indirect cost submissions.
Working knowledge of FAR and AIDAR.
High level of integrity and dependability.
Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize, multitask and deliver results under tight deadlines.
Demonstrated leadership and inter-personal skills. Ability to communicate and manage well at all levels in the organization and with staff at remote locations.
Proactive, collaborative, creative problem solver who is able to exercise sound judgement and make decisions based on accurate and timely analyses.
International experience in a developing country setting and foreign language skills a plus.

Come join our energetic and innovative team! We offer you the opportunity to play a leading role in the growth of our company, work as part of a creative and committed team, and make a difference in the well-being of our world.

To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website:

SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.

Organisation Social Impact

Country USA