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Director of Finance

American Immigration Council

American Immigration Council

Accounting & Finance
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2023
We Are. . . 

The American Immigration Council works to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just immigration system that opens its doors to those in need of protection and unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring.

Your Role. . . 

The Director of Finance plays a senior leadership role in the organization and works in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Executive team to ensure that the Council’s financial systems advance the Council’s strategic directions. The Director of Finance provides leadership on the Council’s short- and long-term sustainability. 

The Director of Finance works with the Finance and Audit Committee to set the organization’s finance policies and oversees the finance team in its execution of all finance operations. In addition, the role leads the budgeting process and collaborates with staff directors to ensure effective use of Council resources. 

As with all positions at the Council, this position requires commitment to the Council’s mission.

Essential Job Functions. . . 


  • Collaborates with the Executive Director and the Executive team on the fiscal management and vision of the Council. This includes working to advance the Council’s strategic plan and evaluating organization-wide finance policies and engaging with the Board of Directors.
  • Develops strategies by contributing financial and accounting information, analysis, and recommendations to department leaders in line with organizational objectives.
  • Evaluates and studies economic trends and revenue opportunities; projects acquisition and expansion prospects; identifies opportunities for financial improvement, cost reduction, and systems enhancement.
  • Develops financial strategies by forecasting capital, facilities, and staff requirements; identifies monetary resources; and develops action plans.
  • Monitors financial performance by measuring and analyzing results, initiating corrective actions, and minimizing the impact of variances.
  • Reports financial status by developing forecasts, reporting results, analyzing variances, and developing improvements

Finance and Sustainability

  • Sets, manages, and communicates the Council’s financial policies and procedures (including but not limited to audits, financial statements, payroll, lobbying, investments, expense reconciliations, campaign finance/legislative reporting and compliance and other corporate reporting, taxes, multi-state charitable registrations, business, and tax registrations). This includes ensuring the Council’s continuous improvement of finance systems and tools.
  • Manages risk assessment processes, including managing the work of consultants, and collaborates with Council leadership to ensure risk is minimized.
  • Convenes senior staff leaders to identify and employ strategies to ensure that decision-making is data driven.
  • Manages daily accounting, cash, and investment activities.
  • Leads and facilitates the annual budget planning process, ensuring the annual operational budget is in support of the Council’s mission, goals, programs, and strategic objectives; and collaborates with the Council’s senior staff leaders to ensure that department budgets are used appropriately and effectively.
  • Coordinates annual audit activities with audit agency and members of the Finance Committee.
  • Directs the preparation of comprehensive monthly financial statements and budget analysis.
  • Runs or advises the Chief Development Officer on certain processes related to grant administration and reporting.
  • Collaborates with the Managing Director of Operations on cross functional activities related to sustainability issues, including risk management.
  • Performs other related duties and tasks as assigned by the Managing Director of Operations.

Supervisory Responsibilities

The Director is responsible for supervising the Finance Manager, external accountants, and auditors.

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, Finance, Accounting or equivalent experience.
  • Knowledgeable about accepted accounting procedures (GAAP) and understands 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations - including 990 tax preparation, budgeting and forecasting, and nonprofit management.
  • Must have expertise managing non-profit finances.
  • Must have previous experience working on non-profit grants.
  • Previous experience working on federal grants is preferred.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • A strong understanding and commitment to the Council’s mission and values.
  • 7-10 years of relevant work experience.
  • Prior demonstrated leadership in leading the finance function in a non-profit organization. 
  • Strong leadership skills, including experience supervising and mentoring staff members.
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively and work strategically.
  • Excellent organizational skills, and ability to juggle multiple responsibilities.
  • Proficiency in accounting software such as Anybill, Great Plains, or Certify.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (specifically Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).
  • Demonstrable ability to develop and manage a strategic plan with multiple projects and deadlines. 
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex financial and business issues and explain information to a general audience.
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments and shift focus quickly.
  • Capacity to form positive working relationships with people from varied backgrounds and ability to maintain confidentiality.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

To perform successfully in this role, incumbent should possess skills identified below:

  • Financial planning and strategy
  • Managing profitability
  • Strategic planning and vision
  • Forecasting
  • Budget development
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate diligence, accuracy, and thoroughness.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage competing demands/multiple assignments through effective time management.
  • Ability to follow through on commitments and take responsibility for actions. 
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities, strategies, and circumstances. 
  • Ability to implement plans, make mid-course corrections as necessary and overcome obstacles.
  • Ability to display initiative and openness to change. 
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as a member of a team.
  • Ability to form positive working relationships with people from varied backgrounds. 
  • Ability to exhibit professionalism in representing the organization, both internally and externally.
Apply for this role

For consideration, qualified applicants are to submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirement. The cover letter should include a summary of how your background, knowledge, skills and abilities relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position.
NOTE: Applications without cover letters and which do not indicate desired salary may not be considered. 

Our Workplace … 

The American Immigration Council is a fully remote workplace. We offer an extremely generous total compensation package (salary and benefits). Benefits include – medical, dental, vision, 401k with employer match, monthly transit subsidy, flexible work schedules, 3+ weeks’ vacation, 11 Federal holidays, and many more exciting benefit programs. 

Your Colleagues … 

  • Dedicated, dynamic, collaborative, and compassionate.
  • A community of individuals passionate about their work

Direct hire only – NO recruiters (mail, email, fax, or phone). 

The American Immigration Council ("Council") is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to treating all applicants and employees without regard to unlawful considerations of race, religious creed, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, military and veterans status, citizenship and immigration status, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws. This equal employment opportunity commitment applies to all aspects of employment, including but not limited to, advertising, recruiting, hiring, job assignment, compensation, promotion, demotion, benefits, training, discipline, and termination. 

The Council believes that diversity is a strength. The Council is committed to being a safe, respectful, and inclusive space, where a broad range of viewpoints and experiences are encouraged and every member of its staff and board is given the opportunity to thrive. 

Salary Description
$125,000 annually