About the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (the Coalition) is a rapidly growing consortium of museums, historic sites, organizations and individuals dedicated to creating a more peaceful future through remembering past struggles for justice and addressing their contemporary legacies. Founded in 1999 by heritage and human rights leaders on four continents with core funding from Ford Foundation and Open Society Institute, the Coalition today is a dynamic network of more than 250 members in 65 countries, working in regional and thematic networks in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Russia, North America and in the Middle East and North Africa. Each year, more than 20 million people visit Sites of Conscience across the globe to engage in uniquely effective public programs that promote civic action by connecting history and memory with contemporary human rights, social justice and transitional justice issues.

 

Current Openings:

  • Director of Development
  • Chief Financial Officer

 

Director of Development

Position Description

Based in New York City and reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Director of Development leads all aspects of the Coalition’s fundraising efforts. As a member of the senior leadership team, the Director is integral to shaping the overall strategic direction for the organization. The Director of Development is responsible for raising an annual income goal, determined in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Board, by developing, implementing, and managing a fundraising strategy to grow and diversify the Coalition’s funding streams. Supported by a Development Assistant, the Director of Development will collaborate with all departments of the Coalition’s New York secretariat as well as with Coalition members across the globe to create and implement innovative, effective fundraising strategies that will support the Coalition as it continues its impressive growth around the world.

 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement the Coalition’s fundraising plan with the goal of expanding and diversifying the funding base;
  • Initiate, deepen and maintain strong relationships with donors, identifying prospects and cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding existing and new donors;
  • With the Executive Director, work with Board and advisory committee members to create a culture of philanthropy within the Coalition’s leadership structure;
  • With Development Assistant, conceptualize and prepare grant proposals and reports, and donor cultivation and solicitation materials;
  • Oversee the management of donor database and records, ensuring security and quality controls, and generating reports and lists as needed;
  • Lead the planning and execution of fundraising events, annual appeals and other donor campaigns;
  • With the Communications team, create new donor outreach tools;
  • Participate in the recruitment of Board and Ambassadors Circle members and serve as liaison to Board on all Development matters;
  • Play a lead role in strategic planning and organizational development initiatives;
  • Serve as a spokesperson to funders and prospects, keeping them informed of program activities as well as special projects that may be of interest to them;
  • Supervise Development Assistant, supporting their professional development;
  • Travel to and participate in donor meetings, international Coalition meetings and other events as needed.

 

Qualifications

  • Minimum of eight years’ experience in progressively responsible nonprofit development positions, with experience raising funds in the human rights, transitional justice and/or arts and culture sectors preferred;
  • A proven record of successful fundraising from institutional funders as well as individual donors;
  • Demonstrated experience securing and managing six- to seven-figure U.S. government grants;
  • Experience developing and launching fundraising initiatives that create new donor constituencies;
  • Strong management and leadership skills, with demonstrated decision-making experience in grants administration;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact collaboratively and enthusiastically with a diverse set of program staff and Coalition partners;
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects under tight deadlines;
  • Experience raising funds from international sources a strong advantage;
  • Experience with financial reporting and Excel;
  • Experience working internationally with people in diverse cultural and political contexts;
  • Fluency in Spanish, French, Arabic, or another language from a region where the Coalition does significant work is an advantage.

 

Application Process

Competitive salary with excellent benefits. Interested candidates please send cover letter indicating salary requirements along with a resume and writing sample by email only to hr@sitesofconscience.org with the subject line Director of Development.

No phone calls, please. Applications without salary requirements cannot be considered. The Coalition can respond only to candidates whose experience qualifies them for an interview. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

 

Chief Financial Officer

Position Description

The newly created position of Chief Financial Officer, based at the Coalition’s secretariat in New York City, reports directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for oversight and leadership of all of the organization’s financial functions, risk assessment, information technology, office operations and human resources. The CFO is responsible for overseeing the full range of the Coalition’s financial management systems including cash management, financial analysis, budgeting, internal controls, audits and reports. In addition, the CFO partners with the Executive Director by identifying, recommending and pursuing strategic financial and operational opportunities that keep the organization healthy. The CFO also works closely with the Board Treasurer, auditors and other members of the Finance and Audit Committee as necessary.  The CFO is an integral member of the Coalition’s senior leadership team.  

Specific Responsibilities

  • Manage and oversee the Coalition’s fiscal well-being: develop and monitor annual budget ensuring integrity and accuracy; review cash/revenue forecasts, making timely corrections and adjustments as required; ensure that appropriate policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures are maintained
  • Ensure that processes/infrastructure support the Coalition’s growth strategically; continuously improve efficiency and productivity of operations
  • Enhance and implement financial/accounting policies, processes, and internal controls, to increase staff efficiency and effectiveness, as well as protect organizational assets
  • Enhance, disseminate, and manage cash flow, financial budgeting and forecasting and compliance processes, to ensure alignment with and achievement of organizational strategies and priorities as well as meet donor expectations
  • Enhance and manage maintenance and reporting processes with program and development departments
  • Develop and implement best practices in critical areas (e.g., Programs, Finance, HR, Communications)
  • Manage preparation and presentation of timely and accurate financial reporting materials for internal and external stakeholders, including members of the Board; serve as the Coalition’s spokesperson for fiscal matters; communicate the organization’s financial position effectively to non-fiscal persons; support and guide relevant Coalition staff in understanding and managing budgetary matters
  • Assist external auditors to prepare for and successfully complete audits and filing of tax returns, ensuring adherence to government-related policies and procedures; resolve any areas of concern that are raised
  • Keep current with fiscal, human resources, and other organizational best practices; track and ensure compliance with appropriate guidelines set by “charity watchdog” groups and other best practices
  • Review and approve contracts with vendors, consultants, and other entities, confirming their relevance, compliance, and consistency
  • Recommend necessary changes to operating models and strategy due to emerging trends, issues, and government regulations
  • Oversee fiscal risk management, both in the short and long-term; anticipate and correct potential problems in advance
  • Assist in the protection of the organization by ensuring it is legally protected and ensuring compliance with all applicable nonprofit laws and policies
  • Collaborate with legal counsel to manage the organization’s legal and compliance needs, and proactively identify and resolve potential legal issues
  • Collaborate with senior leadership team to help set strategic goals and objectives for the growth and expansion of the organization
  • Manage effective banking relationships
  • Hire, manage and retain finance and operations staff as needed
  • Oversee technical and IT consultants to implement a data management plan to meet IT needs as the organization grows
  • Oversee the organization’s physical infrastructure and maintenance (phone system, security, cleaning, supplies etc)
  • Oversee and direct human resource needs including all aspects of payroll, time tracking, analysis and evaluation of hiring practices, staff review tracking, professional development, job descriptions, maintenance of all personnel files and management of all employees benefit programs
  • Oversee and manage all insurance programs

Qualifications

  • Expertise in financial analysis and activity, accounting, budget development, control and reporting, project and grant management and internal controls
  • Successful director-level experience in financial and operational management with nonprofit organization(s) of similar type and size
  • Strong command of nonprofit finance and accounting principles
  • Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization
  • Deep experience managing all financial components of multi-faceted government grants, including directing implementation of fiscal processes and controls for complex, multi-year, 7+ figure Federal awards
  • Experience with development of business plans for new programs or initiatives, or the reengineering of existing programs or initiatives
  • Expert knowledge of Quickbooks, proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint (and/or Keynote), and comfort with computer database systems
  • Understanding of nonprofit management, governance and governmental compliance
  • Ability to take initiative and to manage multiple tasks and projects
  • The ideal candidate will thrive on challenges, will have a proven track record establishing processes and procedures that support scaling programs.
  • The ideal candidate will bring a high level of personal and professional integrity, excellent written and oral communication skills, strategic thinking, leadership and problem-solving skills.
  • BA or BS degree in accounting, business or related field required; CPA, MBA is highly desirable
  • A minimum of eight years experience in finance, accounting or a related field, including at least five years management experience in finance in a non-profit context.  
  • Ability to travel internationally and take on other tasks as needed

Application Instructions

Salary is commensurate with experience; generous benefits package included. Interested candidates, please send a cover letter indicating salary requirements along with a resume and writing sample by email only to hr@sitesofconscience.org with the subject line: Chief Financial Officer.

No phone calls, please. Applications without salary requirements cannot be considered. The Coalition can respond only to candidates whose experience qualifies them for an interview. This search will remain open until the position is filled.