Invisible Children is seeking a dynamic and experienced Director of Finance and Accounting (DFA) to lead the organization’s global financial operations, manage the Finance Department, and promote the financial health of the organization by providing strategic financial analysis and modeling to the CEO and Board of Directors. As a member of the Global Leadership Team, the DFA plays a critical role in ensuring cost-effectiveness and efficiency in addressing issues related to organizational growth and development and delivery of the organization’s strategy. This position works closely with the CEO and department heads and serves as the principal liaison to the external auditor and relevant vendors.

The Director of Finance and Accounting ensures that financial systems and procedures are in place to support timely and accurate reporting, forecasting, effective planning, program implementation, and oversight. This position oversees the budget preparation process and assists with budget presentations.

Location: Washington, DC

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Supervises: Finance Manager

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

+ Provide strategic guidance and leadership regarding the policies, processes, and systems necessary to manage the organization’s financial operations in an effective and efficient manner;

+ Manage all financial operations of the organization including cash management, accounting, forecasting, and risk management activities to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements and rules for non-profits;

+ Provide high level financial reporting, analysis, and modeling to the CEO and Board of Directors to help ensure the financial health of the organization;

+ Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems, including financial statements across each country of operation, ensuring compliance with GAAP, national law, donor requirements, regulatory requirements and best practices;

+ Foster a collaborative working relationship across the organization to ensure effective budget preparation, monitoring, and linking actual results back to strategic priorities established by IC’s Governing Board and executive leadership;

+ Oversee and lead the annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the CEO, Chief Programs Officer, and Global Director of Operations; administer and review all financial plans and budgets;

+ Oversee the financial management and reporting for subawards and contracts;

+ Review and validate the preparation and analysis of monthly expenses as well the coordination of monthly close out.

+ Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; maintain and refine the Finance Department’s overall policy and procedures manual;

+ Prepare timely and accurate financial reports for Executive Leadership, Board of Directors, and Global Leadership Team;

+ As requested, provide information and analysis to Board of Directors Finance Committee in a timely and quality manner;

+ Prepare financial reporting materials for government, foundation, and private grants ensuring that expenditures are aligned with grant and program budgets;

+ Oversee payroll processing; ensure accurate and timely payments in accordance with best practices, local laws and regulations, and company policies; and

+ Lead the organization’s annual Single Audit preparation and manage the ongoing relationship with the external auditors to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements.

Skills Required:

+ Demonstrated critical thinking and expertise in designing financial management strategies;

+ Strong and proven organizational and leadership skills; comfortable with a high level of visibility, responsibility and accountability;

+ Strong manager with emphasis on team building, staff empowerment and career development; and

+ Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to develop positive and productive relationships and decisively build buy-in across the organization.


+ Undergraduate degree in accounting required, MBA is strongly preferred. CPA a plus;

+ Experience successfully managing financial audits, including A-133 Single Audits;

+ Minimum eight (8) years of hands-on experience in finance and accounting management in the nonprofit sector;

+ Demonstrated fiduciary experience and in-depth knowledge of accounting rules including those specifically focused on Federal Acquisition Regulation and international non-profit organizations;

+ Strong familiarity with institutional donor rules and regulations, including but not limited to USAID, EU, UN, and DFID, as it relates to finance and accounting;

+ A track record of process improvement, in addition to setting long-term financial goals.

+ Knowledge and experience in implementing and using Intacct software is preferred; and

+ Strong working knowledge of English and French (spoken and written) strongly preferred.

Application Instructions

Please submit an application containing your (1) resume and (2) cover letter to [email protected], with the subject line “Director of Finance and Accounting.” Applications must be submitted in English and must be limited to the materials outlined above. Candidates will be reviewed until a hire is made.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Invisible Children values diversity and does not discriminate the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

About Invisible Children

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Invisible Children (IC) is an international non-profit organization working to end violence conflict and foster thriving ecosystems in solidarity with our world’s most at-risk communities. We partner with local visionaries and peacebuilders in volatile conflict zones to build community-led initiatives and drive global policy change to end violent conflict and ensure communities, and the environments on which they depend, have the safety they deserve.

When Invisible Children was founded in 2004, our primary aim was to hasten an end to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) crisis in central Africa and support the lasting recovery of communities in the region targeted by the LRA. Our comprehensive approach to the LRA crisis has integrated every level of intervention, from direct partnerships with local civil society and communities to advocacy campaigns targeting international policymakers.

Over the last 16 years, our programs and advocacy have contributed to significant progress in ending the LRA crisis. At the same time, we have continued to refine and adapt our programs to address other drivers of violent conflict in the central Africa region beyond the LRA crisis. In recent years, this has included the exploration of community-based initiatives and conflict analysis to address the intersection of human security and wildlife trafficking in the central Africa region. Currently, IC implementing programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR), and South Sudan.