Chief Financial Officer

Astraea seeks a Chief Financial Officer who will lead and oversee all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities.

Organization Description
The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea) is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. We support brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. Astraea works for racial, economic, social, and gender justice because all people deserve to live their lives freely, without fear and with dignity.

The first grantmaker to hundreds of organizations, Astraea plays a catalytic role for LGBTQI groups across the globe. Our grantmaking, capacity building, philanthropic advocacy, and media and communications programs promote and support the work of lesbian, trans, intersex and LGBTQI organizations to challenge oppression, promote justice and claim rights.

Astraea has a staff of over 30 people located in the New York City office, as well as across three regions. The Astraea team comes from diverse backgrounds and possesses a wealth of experience and knowledge. Tied together by a deep passion for human rights and social justice, the staff places a high value on self-awareness, commitment to racial justice, shared learning, and genuine kindness.

Position Description
Astraea seeks a Chief Financial Officer who will lead and oversee all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities. The CFO is responsible for the development of Astraea’s financial management strategy and is a key player in the development of the organization’s strategic goals. In addition, the CFO develops and implements policies and procedures in finance and oversees all compliance and recognition for government contracts (federal and international, as well as private grants).  The CFO serves as a strategic thought partner to the Executive Director.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and monitor budgets
  • Oversee cash flow management
  • Analyze trends for the benefit of informing strategic planning
  • Forecast return on investment (ROI) for current and future programs
  • Inform key stakeholders of financial status and investment plans
  • Present monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements to the Executive Director, senior managers, the finance committee and the Board of Directors
  • Coordinate audit activities, including guiding staff in fulfilling their responsibilities to prepare for and deliver necessary documents for the audit
  • Supervise the accounting department to ensure smooth day to day transactions
  • Engage the finance committee of the board of directors to develop short-medium, and long-term financial plans and projections
  • Represent Astraea to financial partners, including financial institutions, funders, and auditors
  • Remain up to date on nonprofit audit best practices and state and federal laws and ensure compliance with same
  • Ensure maintenance of internal controls and financial procedures
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for funders
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions

Requirements

  • A minimum of 10 years proven leadership experience as a CFO, preferably in a nonprofit organization
  • Experience managing finance (accounting, budgeting, control and reporting) for complex organizations with multiple funding sources including government contracts
  • Excellent knowledge of data analysis, risk management, and forecasting methods
  • Hands on experience with accounting and financial management software and expertise in MS Excel
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience in a senior financial management role
  • Ability to explain financial terms in simple language
  • BSc or MSc in Finance, Accounting or relevant field-CPA preferred
  • Broad experience with the full range of nonprofit functions and systems, including information technology, HR and operations
  • Knowledge of federal, state and fiscal laws, and regulations related to nonprofit organizational management
  • Experience working in international organizations a plus
  • Passion for Astraea’s mission and commitment to social justice

Compensation
Astraea offers a competitive salary and benefits for this position. The salary will be between $140,000 and $150,000 depending upon qualifications and experience.

How to Apply
The deadline for application is January 31, 2020. Please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to snathan@astraeafoundation.org.

Senior Manager, Global Human Rights Initiative

Astraea seeks a committed, collaborative and talented person to manage the implementation of a new multi-million-dollar five-year partnership to support LGBTI activists and organizations in their advocacy efforts against violence, discrimination, stigma and criminalization.

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION
The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. We support brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. We work for racial, economic, social, and gender justice because we all deserve to live our lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.

The first grant maker to hundreds of organizations, Astraea plays a catalytic role for LGBTQI groups around the world – particularly those led by lesbian and queer women, trans and gender non-conforming folks, intersex people, and people of color. Our grantmaking, capacity building, media and communications, and philanthropic advocacy programs support their work to challenge oppression and claim rights. A proud public foundation and one of the first women’s funds in the world, in our 42-year history we have granted over $40 million to LGBTQI activists and artists.

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Astraea seeks a committed, collaborative and talented person to manage the implementation of a new multi-million-dollar five-year partnership to support LGBTI activists and organizations in their advocacy efforts against violence, discrimination, stigma and criminalization: the Multi-Donor LGBTI Global Human Rights Initiative (GHRI). Supported by multiple governments and resource partners, the GHRI will provide critical resources to LGBTI organizations in focus countries across Africa, Asia, Central Asia & Eastern Europe, and Latin America & the Caribbean to make impact at the country level; the GHRI also contributes to regional and global impacts via its innovative grantmaking, research, communications and accompaniment strategies. This exciting new initiative exemplifies Astraea’s role as a public foundation and women’s fund to channel resources to the frontline of LGBTI movements globally. This role will also work to ensure that the implementation of this project is aligned and enhances Astraea’s core strategies, guided by Astraea’s mission, vision, and values.

The GHRI Senior Manager will manage the implementation of the GHRI, including programmatic components, reporting and compliance. The GHRI Senior Manager reports to the Director of the LGBTI Global Human Rights Initiative. People of color, lesbian, bisexual and queer women, trans and gender non-conforming people, intersex people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage the design and implementation of the GHRI’s programmatic components, including project managing the work plan and ensuring alignment across Astraea’s programs and funding sources. Programmatic components include:
    • Research: Oversee the publication of research products, in collaboration with Communications and Programs teams.
    • Emergency Response: Oversee the strategy development and design process for emergency response grantmaking mechanisms.
    • Communications: Coordinate with the Strategic Communications Program Manager to ensure we are on track with GHRI deliverables.
    • In-Country Programming: Coordinate with Program Officers to ensure we are on track with GHRI deliverables.
  • Manage relationships with GHRI sub-awardees, including oversight of work plans and reporting
  • Prepare quarterly and annual reports to government donors to the GHRI, including coordination with Fiscal team on financial reporting and with resource partners on leverage reporting
  • Ensure that Astraea complies with the requirements and policies of government donors to the GHRI, in partnership with the Fiscal team
  • Lead internal efforts to coordinate the GHRI’s work with related institutional funding streams at Astraea, ensuring strategic, programmatic and operational alignment

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum 7-10 years of programmatic experience in LGBTQI rights, women’s rights or international human rights fields
  • Prior and substantial experience managing bilateral funding, with a strong preference for experience with U.S. government funding and compliance requirements
  • Strong organizational and project management skills; adept at coordinating multiple initiatives
  • Solutions-oriented with excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to manage a wide variety of internal and external relationships
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of issues facing LGBTQI organizations and movements
  • Passionate about Astraea’s mission as a public foundation and role as a women’s fund
  • Commitment to racial, economic and gender justice

The salary range for this position is between $95,000 – $104,000.

HOW TO APPLY
Please send resume/CV and cover letter to jobs@astraeafoundation.org in .pdf, doc, or .docx format or submit via the form on our website by December 18, 2019. Please include ‘Senior Manager, GHRI’ in the email subject line.

No phone calls, please – only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted. We are only able to consider applicants who are eligible to work in the U.S. at this time. 

Astraea is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse (multi-gender, cross-class and multi-racial), collaborative and sustainable work environment.