Senior Director, Finance

Location Name: 
New York City
Closing Date: 
April 20, 2020


Senior Director, Finance (with potential to hire at the C-suite level for the right candidate)

Organization Overview

Founded in 2004, Building Markets is an award-winning non-profit that creates jobs and generates economic growth in crisis-affected and frontier markets. We do this by providing a set of mutually reinforcing services, including verification, training, and matchmaking, that connect local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to supply chains and investment. Through its approach, the organization has built a network of more than 25,000 SMEs, assisted them in winning over $1.3 billion in contracts, and helped to create over 70,000 jobs in countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Haiti, Liberia and Timor-Leste. 

Building Markets is headquartered in New York Cityand currently maintains offices in Jordan, Myanmar and Turkey. Revenues are derived from a range of governmental, philanthropic and private sector sources. With fifty (50) full- and part-time staff globally, the organization is poised for further growth: solidifying its niche in leveraging the private sector to support economic growth and development, while renewing and exploring ways to grow its business model, including diversification of funding and fee-for-service opportunities. 

The Opportunity 

The Senior Director is a key corporate leadership role. Reporting directly to the CEO and working closely and collaboratively with the Director of Administration and Human Resources as well as program and country finance directors, the incumbent will have responsibility for corporate finance, audit, financial compliance, procurement, and facilities functions. The incumbent will serve as the accountable officer to the Board Finance and Audit Committees and supervise the work of financial administration staff in overseas offices and at headquarters. S/he will be involved in strategic planning, identifying efficiencies and ensuring that strong internal processes and systems support growth, while mitigating risks. 

This is an outstanding opportunity for an early to mid-career, dynamic, financial leader who is prepared to be a clutch pinch-hitter; leading by example to deliver solutions in a fast-paced, dynamic, impact-driven organization. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities 

Leadership and Strategy  

  • Serve as a member of the organization’s executive management team, and participate in organization-wide strategy-setting, problem-solving, decision-making.
  • Operate as a key support and thought partner to the CEO on all financial matters. 
  • Act as the key representative/interface with the organization’s auditors, bankers and vendors, as well as with donors on financial matters. 
  • Work closely with the Director of Administration and HR to ensure relevant policies, practices and procedure are in place, kept current, and evenly applied. 
  • As needed, provide financial training to staff both at headquarters and in country offices, fostering a workplace culture where respect and a diversity of views flourish. 

Finance Administration

  • Develop and maintain financial accounting, forecasting, business planning, and reporting models.
  • Prepare and report on operating budgets, cash flow projections to the CEO, Finance Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Oversee program and statutory audits.
  • Manage all tax and charitable returns, filings and related reports.
  • Ensure organization-wide compliance with financial aspects of funding agreements and with internal financial and accounting policies.

Procurement and Facilities 

  • Develop and maintain all procurement policies, procedures and practices. 
  • Manage the negotiation of and ongoing compliance with lease arrangements for corporate office facilities globally.  
  • Manage finance-related information technology functionalities.

Development and Organizational Growth

  • Prepare financial aspects of donor proposals and donor financial reports.
  • Interface with donors on financial related reporting as required.
  • Work with CEO, relevant staff, and board on the implementation of the strategic plan, including the development of new business models.

Experience, Knowledge and Skills

  • MBA or equivalent experience.  A professional accounting designation (CPA) is a plus.
  • A minimum 8 years in progressively senior operational roles within nonprofit/501(c)(3)’s, or private sector organizations with experience in nonprofit accounting and financial systems.
  • Experience with administration of United States Government grants a plus.
  • Experience in change management, including the implementation of new organizational systems, processes and practices and related information technologies.  
  • Experience working with geographically dispersed organizations, with presence in developing countries and/or emerging markets would be an advantage. 
  • Knowledge of GAAP. 
  • Must have experience with Quickbooks and mastery in Excel.
  • A can-do mindset, with a strong commitment to delivering results.
  • Excellent analytical, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Personal integrity and excellent judgement.
  • Terrific sense of humor. 
  • Willingness to travel, including to a diverse range of developing countries.

 Location, Employment Status and Compensation

The position is located at corporate headquarters, New York City. Flexibility exists to allow some teleworking on a negotiated schedule. The position is open to valid U.S. work permit holders only. 


  • Negotiable salary, commensurate with experience.
  • Excellent health, dental and vision coverage.
  • Generous annual leave. 
  • Professional development allowance.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

To Apply

Please send your cover letter, outlining how your experience and skills match with the key duties and responsibilities of this role, and CV to by no later than 11pm Eastern Standard Time on Monday, April 20, 2020. The subject line of your application email should read:Senior Director, Finance.