Chief Financial Officer

International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is one of the world’s largest international humanitarian non-governmental organizations (INGO), at work in more than 40 countries and more than 25 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. A force for humanity, IRC employees delivers lasting impact by restoring safety, dignity and hope to millions. If you’re a solutions-driven, passionate change-maker, come join us in positively impacting the lives of millions of people world-wide for a better future.

This is a moment in IRC’s history when the organization has experienced significant growth and, as a result, needs to examine its organizational structure, tools, and processes to increase transparency and set expectations for faster and more efficient impact. As global challenges persist, the need increases for a strong and effective IRC!

The IRC seeks a strategic and sophisticated Chief Financial Officer (CFO) who will partner with the CEO and other leaders to ensure the IRC has high-impact, cost-effective, life-saving solutions to help people affected by crisis around the world. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a passion for and dedication to IRC’s mission and will build on our current strengths and invest in building future capabilities.

The CFO will manage the finance function broadly across all organizational functions, including accounting and controlling, budgeting and analysis, treasury, and program finance (U.S. and International). This person will be based in NY (global headquarters office) and will lead a finance team of ~120 staff, with indirect management of financial staff in country offices – a cumulative team of ~1,000.

Key Responsibilities

The CFO will be a critical member of the leadership team and will work with the President and CEO to lead and contribute to the IRC’s strategic direction.

• Ensure a robust financial planning and analysis function to provide ongoing insights regarding organization financials, drive improvements and efficiencies across the organization, and align resources to strategy.

• Evaluate and structure continuous development of finance talent to enhance the team with strategic finance leaders who are problem solvers and innovative solution developers.

• Manage the accounting systems, processes, and procedures to record, monitor, and report on the organization’s assets and liabilities in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and all regulatory requirements.

• Lead all aspects of the development of financial models and cases to evaluate strategic initiatives and investments, as well as ongoing monitoring of return on investment.

• Ensure the processing and timely preparation of all financial statements and reporting, to management, regulatory agencies, and the Board.

• Collaborate closely with and support the co-chairs of the Board’s Audit and Finance Committees.

• Serve as the primary contact with external auditors and lead all aspects of reporting; oversee the annual audit by our external auditors on a timely basis.

• Advise the President and CEO on developments in financial management practices and reporting, including potential and actual changes in accounting principles, as well as tax, regulatory, and reporting requirements for government-funded organizations

• Identify, evaluate, and recommend ways to improve the efficiency of the organization’s financial practices.

Position Requirements:

**• Broad Financial Knowledge and Experience:**Previous experience leading finance functions, with strong technical knowledge and the agility to transition from high-level strategy projects to detailed financial line items. Brings experience devising and implementing a robust financial infrastructure for a highly complex, matrixed enterprise, either in the for-profit or nonprofit sector.

**• Global Mindset:**Proven leadership skills in a sophisticated, global, regulated environment and an understanding of the financial considerations and risks presented when operating in multiple countries, particularly those experiencing conflict and under heightened public scrutiny.

**• Leadership & Management:**Ability to provide true partnership to the President and CEO, Board, and senior management, as well as to set the direction and strategy for a finance function and to develop and implement solutions. Proven record leading finance staff effectively and efficiently.

Crucial characteristics:

**• A passion for IRC’s work:**A highly collaborative leader with a dedication to mission-driven work. Demonstrated commitment to international relief and development work is a plus.

• Exemplary levels of integrity and professionalism: Demonstrates the highest levels of integrity and professionalism in all that they do and demands the same from their team.

**• Creative problem solver:**Approaches problems creatively, has the ability to simplify complex topics, and drive toward the root of the issue and to solutions.

**• High emotional intelligence:**Demonstrates sensitivity, understanding, and curiosity with a deep respect for diversity.


Posted pay ranges apply to US-based candidates. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget. Exact offers are calibrated by work location, individual candidate experience and skills relative to the defined job requirements.

US Benefits:

The IRC offers a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. All US employees are eligible for sick time, a 403b retirement savings plans: up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus an 3-7% additional IRC contribution, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

In addition, full-time employees are eligible for 10 US paid holidays, 20-25 paid time off days, disability & life insurance, medical, dental, and vision insurance (employee contribution starting at $135, $7, and $5 per month respectively) and FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs. Part-time employees are eligible for a proportionate amount of paid time off. These additional benefits apply to employees who work at least 6 months within a 12 month time period.

**Standard of Professional Conduct:**The IRC and the IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – our Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality.

Commitment to Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: The IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. The IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of the IRC persons in any work setting. We aim to increase the representation of women, people that are from country and communities we serve, and people who identify as races and ethnicities that are under-represented in global power structures.

How to apply

Deadline: 7 Oct 2024