Director of Finance

Himalayan Cataract Project
May 18, 2018
Norwich, Vermont (or Remote)
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified



Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) works to provide critical eye care services, training for health professionals, and enhanced eye care infrastructure throughout the developing world where lack of access to eye care results in unnecessary blindness. Working with local partners, HCP serves more than 1 million people annually through screening and treatment and provides over 100,000 surgeries, with an annual budget of $11.5 million. HCP has offices in Vermont and in the Washington, DC metro area, with programs in 7 countries on 2 different continents. Learn more at

This is an exciting time for the Himalayan Cataract Project. With increased exposure and visibility (MacArthur Foundation 100&Change Semi-Finalist and April 2017 60 Minutes feature), we are expanding our team to meet new challenges, scale our work, and broaden our reach. We are seeking individuals with an aptitude for operating in growth environments with interest and/or experience in scaling systems.


Lead Himalayan Cataract Project’s accounting and finance function, working in close collaboration with the Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Director of Operations and leadership team, and further develop finance related systems and capacity as the organization grows. This newly created position will provide strategic and analytical leadership in the development of a cohesive, results-oriented, grant compliance and financial monitoring function, with focus on upgrading current tools, platforms, and practices with view towards scaling. Candidate must display improvisation and flexibility in a rapidly changing environment and ability to work under pressure. Opportunity for advancement.


Financial Management

  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems, ensuring compliance with appropriate Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, regulatory requirements, and Office of Management and Budget audit requirements. Maintain internal control safeguards and coordinate all audit activities.
  • Manage routine activities including AP, AR, and bank reconciliations.
  • Manage cash flow and forecasting. Develop a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism that includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs. Optimize the handling of banking relationships and initiate appropriate strategies to enhance cash positions.
  • Ensure integrated accounting and inventory management system (with inventory of eye care equipment and supplies).
  • Manage and track the performance of HCP’s endowment in keeping with the policies and investment guidelines established by the Investment Committee.

Accounting and Administration

  • Manage continuous improvement of internal accounting systems and policies, adhering to best practices.
  • Ensure maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures.
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for federal funders, foundations, and HCP’s Board of Directors; oversee the preparation and communication of monthly and annual financial statements.
  • Coordinate audits and proper filing of tax returns.
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions. 

Planning, Policy, and Strategy

  • Systems Development - work with Operations and leadership team to evaluate potential new accounting systems with ability to scale and lead transition and implementation.
  • Develop financial business plans and forecasts.
  • Engage the board Finance & Audit and Investment committees around issues, trends, and changes in the operating model(s) and operational delivery. Assist in establishing yearly objectives and meeting agendas, and selecting and engaging outside consultants (auditors, investment advisors).
  • Represent the company to financial partners, including financial institutions, investors, foundation executives, auditors, public officials, etc.
  • Remain up to date on nonprofit audit best practices and state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations.

Grant Compliance

  • Support Program department in pre-award grant proposal development, review and negotiation. Oversee international grant administration, management, fund allocation and tracking. Provide support on post-award financial and accounting management to ensure compliance with donor agreements.

Other Responsibilities

All employees are expected to work as a team and to contribute to any activity that could promote the success of the organization.


The Director of Finance will be a seasoned and mature leader with at least 5-7 years of broad finance experience (accounting, budgeting, control, and reporting), and experience gathering and evaluating financial information and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership. The Director of Finance will have the following experience and attributes: 

  • Finance Management: Five + years of demonstrated experience in financial management and accounting with Bachelor’s degree required and advanced degree and/or CPA preferred. Experience with audit, legal compliance, and budget development. Experience in or knowledge of nonprofit accounting, including sophisticated fund and grant accounting, and Uniform Guidance, a plus.
  • Project Leadership: Experience in planning, leading, and managing projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Takes initiative and actively seeks to improve systems.
  • Communications: Success seeing beyond the numbers, identifying trends and new possibilities. Experience effectively communicating key data, including presentations to management, the Board or other outside partners/influencers/clients.
  • Influencing: Gets others to accept ideas by using convincing arguments, creates a win-win situation and responds appropriately to key stakeholders.
  • Collaboration and Relationship Building: Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with peers, across different levels of the organization and externally to reach common goals and objectives.


To Apply

We invite qualified candidates to submit a resume and cover letter. Please send materials via email to:


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