Director, Finance

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) seeks a talented, experienced Director of Finance to lead the organization’s growing finance and accounting operations, partner in the financial planning process, and work collaboratively with the executive team and board to support the organization’s continued advancement and impact. Founded in 2002, CLC is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that seeks a future in which the American political process is accessible to all citizens, resulting in representative, responsive and accountable government.   


Position Summary

Reporting to the President and working closely with the Chief Administrative Officer, the Director of Finance will oversee all aspects of the finance, accounting, and grants management functions of a rapidly growing national mission-focused nonprofit. S/he will be a strategic thought partner, conducting financial planning and analysis, developing relevant financial information and documentation to support executive leadership and board fiduciary responsibilities, overseeing the annual audit and tax return filings, and managing and acting as liaison with the outsourced accounting team. 


Key Priorities and Responsibilities

Working with the outsourced accounting team and CLC leadership, the Director-Finance will focus on the following priorities:

  • An in-depth understanding of CLC’s finance and accounting structure and providing leadership to ensure the accurate, timely, and responsive implementation of finance and accounting functions.
  • Overseeing and maintaining all financial policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems; ensuring legal and regulatory compliance for all accounting and financial reporting functions.
  • Leading the development of programmatic and organizational annual budgets and serving as the go-to resource for program staff in interpreting and managing their budgets.
  • Advancing concise, accurate financial information and reporting including cash management, cash flow projections, and multi-year planning forecasts that are accessible to both leadership and board. 
  • Working with the Development team to understand funding strategy, develop grant financial tracking, draft proposal budgets, and guide the organization with respect to use of donor funds.


Essential Functions

Accounting & Finance

  • Oversee and manage all aspects of CLC’s financial control environment (including systems for all key finance functions of payroll, grants management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, Nexonia software for timesheets and expenses, and other systems).
  • Lead a prompt monthly close process that includes approval of staff-submitted timesheets, review and approval of individual employee expense reports and activity related to the use of company credit cards, monthly grants and deposits, grants/donations monthly releases, coordinating with outsourced accountants, and other related work.

Budgeting & Financial Reporting

  • Lead and manage the annual budget process, supporting program-level and organization-wide annual budgeting process and mid-year budget review.
  • Lead the accurate and timely preparation, finalization, and presentation of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reporting materials and metrics to senior leadership.
  • Oversee financial forecasting and cash flow for administration, existing programs, and proposed new programs.
  • Monitor the overall financial health of CLC over the medium- and long-term, including identifying and mitigating all related potential organizational risks.
  • Maintain financial models and prepare financial analyses related to growth and business opportunities for current and future years.

Audit & Board

  • Act as primary liaison with board audit and budget committees and with organization’s external accounting firm and auditors.
  • Conduct quarterly board audit committee calls to review financials as well as semi-annual calls with board budget committee.
  • Coordinate all facets of the annual audit and tax return activities.

Administration & Operations

  • Direct/manage vendor relations including contract procurement and competitive bidding process; lead the acculturation of due diligence processes.
  • Assist members of the administrative staff in their execution of financial tasks.
  • Oversee all technology infrastructure and systems related to finance, contracts, and accounting.
  • Serve as finance lead on grants administration, partnering with the Development team on developing, tracking, and reporting grant budgets, grant releases, and budget proposals.
  • Work with senior leadership on the financial management of the affiliate (c)(4). Manage all related financial implications of (c)(3)/(c)(4) structure.


Qualifications & Experience

The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative manager who will partner with senior leadership in decision-making and operations as CLC continues to enhance its high-quality work in support of its mission and strengthen its management and infrastructure to support that work. Ideal candidates for this position will bring a variety of experiences and competencies to CLC including: 

  • 8+ years of progressive professional experience; ideally at least five years of broad nonprofit financial and operations management experience.
  • Experience with team creation in a growing organization.
  • Track record of success delivering high quality and accurate content of all financial data in a timely manner.
  • Ability to translate financial concepts to – and effectively collaborate with – leadership, programmatic, and development colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds.
  • Success leading accounting, reporting, and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area; experience overseeing a finance function of at least $8M preferred.
  • Experience with grants and individual donation revenue streams as well as tracking and managing grant releases.
  • Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of accounting and reporting software.
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organizational, and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision making.
  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills with an ability to prioritize and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • A multitasker with the ability and willingness to wear many hats in a fast-paced growth environment.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of CLC.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; CPA, MBA, or Master’s degree in relevant field preferred.

CLC leverages several platforms in support of its accounting and finance functions including:  Intacct (accounting software), Nexonia (time keeping & expense recording software), Paychex (payroll), DonorPerfect (fundraising CRM), and Microsoft Office suite. Competitive nonprofit salary and strong benefits package including full coverage of medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as long- and short-term disability, 401(k) retirement plan, Washington Metro SmartBenefits, and an annual technology allowance.


Application Process

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: (e-mail applications are required). Only complete applications will be considered. For other inquiries contact Ginna Goodenow-Schirf at Resume reviews begin immediately.


EEO Statement 

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a nondiscriminatory work environment. CLC is proud to be an inclusive organization. It does not make hiring or advancement, or other employment decisions, based on race, national origin, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, familial status or responsibilities, personal appearance, pregnancy, political affiliation, ancestry, military or veteran status, genetic information, disability, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, District of Columbia, or local law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, job assignment, compensation, promotion, termination, benefits, and training.

Disclaimer: This description is intended to provide an overview of this position and is not all inclusive. The incumbent in this position will be expected to perform other duties as required. Responsibilities may change over time. This description is provided for informational purposes only and does not form the basis of a contract.

About Raffa – Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group

On behalf of CLC, Raffa – Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group is working with the leadership team to advance the search. Founded in 1984 and recently merged with Marcum, Raffa is, and always has been, a mission-driven professional services firm seeking to do more for nonprofits and socially conscious companies. We exist to do meaningful work for organizations like CLC who are making a difference in our communities and our world.