Finance Director

Finance Director

Location: San Francisco, California
Position Type: Full Time
Start Date: Immediate
Supervisory Responsibility: This position is responsible for the direct supervision of a senior accountant and project accountant and the indirect supervision of all employees in the accounting and finance department.
Travel: This position requires no significant travel.
Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience. Architecture for Humanity offers an excellent benefits package that includes 100% coverage for medical, and also offers dental, vision, 403(b) and other work-life benefits.


Architecture for Humanity is an international nonprofit design services firm founded in 1999. We are seeking an experienced Finance Director to join a team that is bringing a difference to the lives of millions of people through design, construction and development services to communities in need around the world.

This is a senior management position responsible for oversight and leadership of all financial and legal compliance, risk assessment, IT and HR oversight and management as well as strategy. This position will manage the finance staff and is responsible for overseeing the full range of financial management systems including fiscal analysis, budgeting, internal controls, audits and reports.

This is a perfect opportunity for a seasoned controller to move to the top finance position, with support from the outgoing Interim CFO. As a key member of the executive team, the Finance Director operates under the supervision of the Executive Director. S/he also works closely with the Board Treasurer and members of the Audit Committee as necessary. The Director also provides strategic financial direction for project teams in the field and regional sites worldwide.


  • Enhance and implement financial/accounting policies, processes and internal controls, to increase staff efficiency and effectiveness, as well as protect organizational assets.
  • Enhance, disseminate, and manage financial budgeting and forecasting processes, to ensure alignment with and achievement of organizational strategies and priorities.
  • Recommend approval of the annual financial plan to the management team and Board of Directors, which establishes salaries, general operating expenses, program expenses, and level of funding.
  • Develop and maintain reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism that includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs.
  • Generate regular financial statements and analysis for the management team and the Board of Directors.
  • Provide detailed financial information to the Development team for grant reporting.
  • Invest cash balances and investment portfolio. Create investment policies and procedures, to ensure maximum return on excess cash while maintaining liquidity, minimizing risk, and providing reserves for long-term liabilities.
  • Ensure compliance, manage and as needed improve accounting processes (e.g., accounts payable/receivable, international wire transfers, monthly detailed accounting reports by program, and develop other financial and accounting policies and procedures as needed).
  • Responsible for all general ledger entries including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Payroll.
  • Direct annual external audits, including 990 and other filing requirements.
  • Collaborate with Management Team to set strategic goals and objectives for the growth and expansion of the organization worldwide.
  • Represent the best interests of Architecture for Humanity and its funders.
  • Manage full-time project accountants; hire and retain support staff as needed in the future.
  • Oversee and work with the HR to direct all human resource needs; continually evaluate hiring practices, staff review tracking, time tracking, maintenance of personnel files and management of employee benefit program.
  • Review income and expenses by program, including direct and allocated expenses, to monitor compliance with restricted funding sources; generate program reporting as required by funders; review functional allocation of expenses booked by the finance staff accountants.
  • Support grants proposal, maintenance and reporting processes with new program development department.


The ideal candidate will bring a passion for sustainable design and a high level of personal and professional integrity, excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to convey financial reports effectively and clearly to a broad range of stakeholders, and prior success developing effective working relationships with staff and a Board of Directors.

  • B.A. or B.S. Degree in Accounting, Business or related field required. C.P.A., Masters Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field is a strong plus.
  • Ten years experience in finance, accounting or a related field, inclusive of five years finance experience within a non-profit context, professional services sector and/or a construction-related field required. Understanding of nonprofit financial management and governance.
  • Expertise in financial analysis and activity accounting, budget development and reporting, project and grant management and internal controls required. Experience in management of investment income required. Experience in managing and reporting on government contracts and grants preferred.
  • Extensive recent experience in QuickBooks and proficiency with MS Office, Excel etc. is required. Experience in NetSuite or Intacct, as well as enterprise accounting system implementation a plus.
  • Creativity, with experience funding activities in ways that both cover costs and generate operating margins.
  • Strong organizational skills, management skills, communication skills, analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • A sense of humor, energy for challenges, flexible, self-starter, ability to meet deadlines and multi task in a fast paced environment.’

Interested? Email your resume and cover letter to .

Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or national origin. We participate in the E-Verify program.