Director of Finance and Accounting

American Refugee Committee International
December 21, 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


Director of Finance and Accounting | Minneapolis

Reports to Chief Financial Officer | Supervises Finance Staff

Full time | December 2018

Who We Are

American Refugee Committee is and always has been about amazing global citizens taking action to change our world. Today, we’re facing challenging global humanitarian crises that require 21st Century solutions. But we’ve found that co-creating together with impassioned, dedicated people, limited only by their own imaginations, remains the key to designing new solutions that resonate. We still believe that ARC should exist, first and foremost, as a platform for realizing the goodwill of everyday people – people from Sweden to Somalia, Minnesota to Malaysia, Uganda to the U.S.

We’ve found that something incredible will result as long as we begin the journey with amazing people, agree on a destination and move together towards it transparently and open to possibility.

If you are looking for a job, look elsewhere. If you are looking for a place where you can unleash your creativity, leverage your experience and that of those around you, we invite you to join us. We expect and reward disruption, transcendence and change making.   

About the Finance Team

The Finance Department provides leadership, guidance and oversight of ARC’s financial resources.  These ARC operations include planning, accountability, monitoring, headquarters accounting, and field financial support.

We have a unique approach to working with those we serve.  Providing basic services just isn’t our style.  As such, Finance is part of the newly formed Platform Services team.  Along with Finance, this highly talented and technical group is comprised of HR & Administration, Logistics, Grants Management, and Donor Services.  Platform Services provides adaptable and relevant support for our customers that will inspire and allow them to unleash their full potential.

About the Role

The Director of Finance and Accounting is responsible for overall financial management of the organization, which includes ensuring compliance with audit standards and proper handling of donor funds, liaison with overseas field office directors, subsidiaries as well as the Finance Committee.

They will protect ARC’s financial assets by establishing financial policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems.  (S)He will ensure legal and regulatory compliance for all accounting and financial reporting functions and oversee cost and general accounting, accounts receivable, payroll, and risk management.

The Director of Finance and Accounting will demonstrate the highest standard of integrity, leadership, and credibility inside the organization and in representation to donors and auditors.

The Director of Finance and Accounting will be a member of the senior management team and will be expected to make significant contributions to the strategic and operating planning of ARC.

Your day to day responsibilities

Financial Planning - 20%

  • Lead the forecasting of ARC’s future monetary needs and managing of ARC’s assets.
  • Prepare and monitor annual budgets for organization, including direct and indirect costs for field and headquarters offices, revenues from programs and fundraising, expenses and adequate bottom line.
  • Conduct regular analysis and updating of budget projections, as well as analysis and negotiation of indirect cost rates, recovery and relevant impact in the cash flow and financial stability of the organization.
  • Prepare and financial reports for ARC’s President, senior management team, and board of directors.
  • Manage the cash flow so revenue is available to support needs of programs and communicate regularly with Chief Financial Officer concerning any issues and provide guidance.

Financial Accountability and Compliance - 30%

  • Foster financial leadership, efficiency, systemization and discipline throughout the organization through the development, administration, review, and updating of financial policies, procedures, and plans.
  • Develop and maintain a highly structured, rules based finance system that is transparent and verifiable.
  • Responsible for preparation, timeliness, integrity and objectivity of ARC’s financial statements and reports.
  • Ensure that all expenditures conform to all requirements and procedures set forth by donors, grant requirements, and generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Ensures correct consolidation and reconciliation of all headquarters and field ledgers, including the ARC general ledger.
  • Effectively partner and coordinate with external auditors during annual organizational audit.

Managing of Headquarters Accounting - 15%

  • Responsible for accurate and timely headquarters bookkeeping, payroll, and tax preparation activities.
  • Insure high level of productivity and timely submission of internal and external financial reports and provide timely and accurate flow of information on expenses and revenues to insure proper grant management within budgets.

Financial Support for the Field and Subsidiaries - 20%

  • Deliver comprehensive technical support to ARC Country Programs and subsidiaries.
  • Monitor, evaluate and recommend improvements in financial management policies and procedures for overseas field offices and subsidiaries and provide documentation to meet audit standards.

Supervision and Staff Management - 15%

  • Supervise and lead finance staff. This includes being fully-staffed; ensuring staff are properly trained on duties and expectations are clear; conducting assessments and providing coaching and feedback timely and appropriately.
  • Develop staff capacity through mentoring and training.
  • Partner with Human Resources when staffing and recruiting for open finance positions.


The skills and experience we’re seeking

  • Undergraduate degree in Finance/Accounting; Masters Degree in Finance or related field preferred. CPA preferred.
  • At least 5 years advanced finance, accounting, and senior management experience, preferably in the humanitarian sector. Other non-profit or government experience helpful.
  • Strong computer skills and experience with accounting software packages, preferably Serenic.
  • Experience with USAID and government grants strongly preferred.

Qualities top candidates will possess

  • Strong leadership ability.
  • Ability to motivate staff.
  • Excellent organizational management skills; ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Good interpersonal skills and flexibility.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Lead and manage effectively in high stress situations.
  • Strong passion for humanitarian causes.
  • Ability to travel internationally as required.


Work in Northeast Minneapolis – Work from our office in the Banks Building of the historic Northeast neighborhood of Minneapolis, in close proximity to some of the best restaurants and shops in town.

Health, dental, long-term disability, life and AD&D, and MedEvac Insurance–We cover 100% of the cost for your health premium and 75% of the cost for coverage for your spouse/dependents. We also pay100% of the premiums for long-term disability, life and AD&D insurance for you.

Retirement – We contribute 6% of your salary regardless of your contribution amount, after one year of service.

Flexible Leave Time – Between vacation days, personal leave days, and holidays, you have ample opportunity to take time off when you need it.

If all of that sounds pretty great, you should stop by our Career Page and watch our ‘One of the Team’ video.

American Refugee Committee is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.  American Refugee Committee complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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