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Vice President of Finance and Administration

VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and serving as an integral member of the senior management team, the Vice President (VP) of Finance and Administration will be responsible for Spirit of America’s financial management strategy and contribute to the development of the organization’s strategic goals. In addition to the strategic components, the VP will manage SoA’s accounting, administrative, and human resource functions.

This is a unique opportunity to work with a dynamic, fun-loving group committed to supporting our nation’s national security objectives and alleviating suffering in the world’s toughest places.

Spirit of America

Spirit of America (SoA) is a 501c3 nonprofit charity that supports the safety and success of Americans serving abroad and the local people and partners they seek to help. It provides private assistance in response to needs identified by American military and civilian personnel, adding the agility, innovation, and resources of the American private sector to the capabilities of the US government and military in support of US missions abroad.

This support makes US troops and diplomats safer and more successful in their missions and helps local people suffering from conflict and extremism who are often not reached by large-scale aid programs. Spirit of America provides the American people a way to understand, connect with, and support the vital work of US personnel serving abroad.

Spirit of America is funded entirely by private contributions from individuals, foundations, and businesses. SoA has raised more than $31 million in donations from 16,000 individual donors. Donors may earmark their donations, and 100 percent of their gift will be used for the direct project expenses they specify. Since SoA’s founding, 81 percent of the organization’s expenditures have gone to program expenses.

Key Responsibilities

The VP of Finance and Administration will:

  • Be responsible for financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters;
  • Contribute substantively to organizational strategy, planning, and management;
  • Manage accounting, administrative, and human resource department, to include overseeing domestic and international insurance policies;
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality;
  • Develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach: assign accountabilities; set objectives; establish priorities; and monitor and evaluate results;
  • Oversee and refine organizational human resources processes, ensuring HR activities conform to state and federal regulations and guidelines, and industry best practices;
  • Represent the organization externally, particularly in banking and lease negotiations;
  • Work collaboratively with SoA staff and Board members;

Candidate qualifications and qualities

The ideal candidate for the position of VP of Finance and Administration will possess:

  • Substantive experience in a senior management role, ideally with both external audit and in-house financial management experience gained in a high-growth organization;
  • Experience either as an employee or board member of a nonprofit organization; must be familiar with nonprofit finance and accounting regulations;
  • Proven track record facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization;
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with SoA’s senior management, staff, Board of Directors, supporters, and funders, as well as other external audiences;
  • Ability to manage multiple day to day activities, as well as contribute strategically to achieve an organization’s long term objectives, with a positive, organized, team-oriented approach to problem solving;
  • An entrepreneurial, dynamic, professional, collaborative demeanor;
  • Poise and presence that inspires confidence in audiences of all levels;
  • A passion for advancing Spirit of America’s mission and evangelizing the organization’s unique model of private support to US missions abroad;
  • In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Bamboo, and Salesforce.

Off-hour participation in work activities is required.

A Business or Accounting degree is required, and advanced degrees in Business Administration and/or Nonprofit Management are preferred. Prior service in the US military is highly desirable.

Salary and benefits

Spirit of America offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Location

The VP of Finance and Administration will be based at the Arlington, VA headquarters of Spirit of America.

Application process

Interested, qualified candidates should submit their résumé, cover letter, and a writing sample. Successful candidates will pass a background check. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been identified. 

Questions may be directed to jobs@spiritofamerica.org.

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