ABOUT THE JOB
The ACLU seeks applicants for the full-time position of Associate Director, Financial Planning & Analysis in the Finance Department of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY.
Responsible for safeguarding the financial resources of the organization, the Finance team manages the financial activities of the National ACLU. From paying vendors to forecasting budgets, and everything in-between, we take pride in providing the resources and the platform for informed financial decision-making.
Reporting to the Director of Finance, the Associate Director, Financial Planning & Analysis will primarily be responsible for complex financial modeling to support decision-making and short and long-term planning. This position will require a high degree of technical proficiency and the ability to independently conduct research, synthesize large sets of data, track fundraising returns on investment (ROI), and collaborate with teams across the organization to gather inputs and share outcomes. Our ideal candidate will be a team player with a can-do attitude, have extensive experience building complex financial models, possess exceptional attention to detail, and have a passion for the work of the ACLU.
The following overview of responsibilities is intended to describe the type of work which will be assigned to this position. It is not an exhaustive list of all specific duties required by the employee:
- Serve as subject matter expert for financial modeling and forecasting and its associated systems, internal procedures and established best practices; create and deliver trainings on relevant content to stakeholders
- Collaborate with intra- and inter-department teams and stakeholders, providing and exchanging information to enhance information flows and analysis across the organization
- Use data and insights to drive Finance team and organizational process improvement initiatives
Financial Planning & Analysis
- Develop and maintain complex, multi-year financial models to forecast revenues and expenses, financial position, and cash flows using internal and external data to shape assumptions and scenario analyses
- Understand and analyze components of organization’s revenue channels to provide meaningful business insights into areas of growth/struggle and to align revenue with expenses
- Monitor performance indicators, analyze unexpected variances, and highlight trends, including mining historical data to inform revenue analysis
- Develop productivity analysis and resource planning across key departments to assess impact on the bottom-line
- Design and distribute standard and ad hoc financial dashboards, reports, presentations, and other materials that clearly summarize findings and recommendations for stakeholders and senior leadership to support organizational objectives
- Contribute to budget and forecast preparation through stakeholder engagement to review revenue and expenses while assessing the financial impact on the organization’s strategic objectives
- Partner with the Development team to build budgeting and forecasting that incorporates long term investments and ROI strategies
- During and after budget cycles, collaborate with Finance team to continuously improve budgeting process for future cycles
- Manage grant budgeting and expense reporting process, including serving as liaison with fundraising and programmatic teams, generating budget and budget-to-actual reports and ensuring reports are aligned with donor requirements and ACLU guidelines
- Collaborate with Affiliate Support and National Initiatives Department (ASNI) to track and report on budgets and funding for grants to affiliates
- Work effectively with Finance and non-Finance staff to secure data needed for financial analysis and transfer data between financial and other systems
- Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned
- Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices and processes
- Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
- Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s degree in finance, math or a related field; CFA or MBA preferred
- Demonstrated expertise in financial analysis, investment banking, or a related field
- Significant experience with complex financial modeling
- Demonstrated expertise in analyzing revenue streams and determining return on investment
- Solid foundation in accounting, particularly as it relates to building and analyzing financial statements
- High degree of proficiency in Microsoft Office products, including exceptional Excel and PowerPoint skills
- Comprehensive knowledge of up-to-date forecasting methods and techniques
- Ability to think analytically, manage multiple projects simultaneously, navigate ambiguity and change, work independently and make decisions with minimal oversight
- Highly organized with exceptional attention to detail and follow-through
- Strong written and oral communication skills
The ACLU values equity, transparency, and clarity in pay. Consistent with the ACLU’s compensation philosophy, there is a set salary for this role. The annual salary for this position is $143,943 (Level E), reflective of a position based in New York, NY. This salary will be subject to a locality adjustment (according to a specific city and state), if an authorization is granted to work outside of the location listed in this posting.
ABOUT THE ACLU
The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.
For over 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ+ community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.
Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the ACLU and central to our work to advance liberty, equality, and justice for all. We are a community committed to learning and growth, humility and grace, transparency and accountability. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible. We are as committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism internally as we are externally. Because whether we’re in the courts or in the office, we believe ‘We the People’ means all of us.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.
The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.
The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email email@example.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.
The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.