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:

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • MENA Digital Map Coordinator

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.

MENA Digital Map Coordinator

MENA Mapping Project

Across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), sites of human rights violations such as prisons,
checkpoints and former clandestine sites of torture are at risk of destruction or deterioration. In
response, Coalition members in the MENA region are finding innovative ways to document and
publicize the location of these sites. The Digital Mapping and Documentation in MENA project brings
together Sites of Conscience from across the region to create a pioneering digital map identifying
sites of violations in the region.

In August 2017, a pilot map was completed and made available here. During the next phase of the
project, the Coalition and its MENA partners will add new sites to the map, incorporate oral
testimonies and other documentation, expand the usability of the map content in the pursuit of
transparency and accountability, and create community-based activities using the map as a resource.
This project was made possible by funding from the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Responsibilities

The Coalition is contracting a MENA Digital Map Coordinator to manage the project with the twelve participating Sites of Conscience. The Coordinator will report to the Coalition’s Global Networks Program Director.

Responsibilities over the course of the 15-month contract period include:

• Plan and facilitate a webinar for partners about this second phase of the mapping project including specific partner responsibilities and timelines.
• Develop protocols and procedures for submission of map information
• Coordinate the work of twelve partners in the region in terms of collecting and submitting data: conduct monthly check-in calls, problem-solve any data submission issues, and ensure that submitted data meets the requirements of the project including image resolution, GIS locations and documented sources for the information.
• Translate communication and meeting materials into English or Arabic as needed.
• Interface with the web designer to create an attractive, user-friendly site in both Arabic and English
• Edit materials submitted for grammar and content.
• Check accuracy of materials submitted by reviewing required sources provided by partners.
• Assist the Global Networks Program Director in developing and conducting a project completion survey and interviews.

Skills and Qualifications

• Experience with historical documentation, which may be through human rights documentation efforts or museum or archives work.
• Experience managing a multi-tier, international project.
• Familiarity with cataloging and various computer applications including digital asset management.
• Fluency in both English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of the MENA region a plus.
• Highly motivated, organized, detail-oriented and able to work effectively both independently and as part of a multinational, decentralized team
• Flexibility, resourcefulness, and commitment to the mission and vision of the Coalition.
• Effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills are required.
• The work hours are flexible but the Coordinator must be available on a weekly basis at least one day working New York time and another day working in a MENA regional time zone.

To Apply

This position is open until filled so we recommend timely application. Please send an email that includes your resume, cover letter and two writing samples (3-5 pages), one each in English and Arabic to lnorris@sitesofconscience.org. Please include MENA Project Coordinator in the subject line.

Please note that because of the high volume of submissions received for each position posting, the Coalition is able to respond only to those candidates who will be invited to move forward in the search process.

Compensation:  This position is an independent contractor position. Total compensation will be 10,500 USD paid upon a set of scheduled deliverables. The project will begin in January 2019 and be completed in March 2020.