Director of Finance

June 26, 2012

CLASP is seeking a Director of Finance to oversee all aspects of the organization's financial planning, budgeting, analysis, and reporting.  The Director will be responsible for creating systems and strategies for effective financial management and reporting, working collaboratively with Program Directors to develop, track, and analyze budgets, and preparing reports for key internal and external audiences.  The Director will report to CLASP's Executive Director and manage one full-time staff member. 

This position requires a minimum of 10 years of experience at a nonprofit in a comparable role.  The top candidate will be highly organized, possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, and demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively.


Financial Systems

  • Assess the organization's current financial systems and work collaboratively with the Executive Director and Program Directors to develop appropriate processes and controls to ensure accurate and effective financial management.
  • Provide clear, proactive communication regarding all financial matters, and respond diligently to requests for information. 

Planning, Budgeting and Reporting

  • Lead an organization-wide process to create an overall operating budget and, in collaboration with the Program Directors, programmatic budgets that reflect each program's unique needs, in the context of the organization's strategic plan.
  • Work collaboratively with Program Directors throughout the year to monitor, evaluate, and update budgets as needed.
  • Prepare budgets for all grant proposals and financial reports for all grant reporting.
  • Track income from grants, contracts, and donors.
  • Track expenses for CLASP and all cost centers; determine cause of variance between actual expenses and budgeted expenses for accounts and programs; prepare analyses and summary reports

Audit and Compliance

  • Develop and implement CLASP-wide policies and practices regarding accounting and financial activities, including but not limited to reporting and analyses; budget development; annual audit; tax, lobby and other corporate reporting and compliance; and corporate investments, including the reserve.
  • Work directly with the Board of Directors and the Board's Audit Committee on administrative and financial matters, including, but not limited to, preparing and presenting financial information; and working with the Center's auditors on the annual audit and IRS Form 990 tax return.
  • Prepare information for audit - e.g. check lists from auditors
  • Prepare fundraising and lobbying expense reports for audit
  • Liaison with independent audit firm.
  • Consult with legal counsel and ensure adherence to Center policies, and local, state and federal laws.


  • Prepare invoices for substantive work contracts that CLASP has with other entities
  • Prepare contracts and subgrants that CLASP negotiates with entities to which CLASP transfers funds including consultants and subgrantees.

Administrative Oversight

  • Supervise Administrator in accounting, human resources, administrative, and IT duties.


Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree required; a CPA license or certificate, MBA degree, or advanced degree in finance or accounting is desirable
  • Minimum of ten years of experience in a comparable role at a nonprofit organization
  • Highly knowledgeable about financial accounting within nonprofit organizations that generate revenue from multiple sources, including restricted grants from private foundations as well as contracts from government agencies, both of which have particular reporting and compliance requirements
  • Highly skilled in all aspects of financial planning, analysis, and reporting in a nonprofit context
  • A strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit and expertise in modeling and forecasting is highly desirable
  • Demonstrated experience balancing strategy, planning and implementation, and an approach that includes using data to inform decisions and make operational improvements
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills with high attention to detail and an ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Proven ability to take initiative, exercise sound judgment, and follow-thru on commitment
  • Collegial and open.  The chief financial officer must have a personality and work style that ensures that the internal atmosphere will remain open and collaborative at all levels of the organization

Please send a resume, writing sample, references, and a thoughtful cover letter via email to: with the subject "CLASP." (NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE)

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are particularly encouraged to apply. Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.


CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy, is seeking a Director of Finance.  Based in Washington D.C., with the mission of improving the lives of low-income people, CLASP develops and advocates for federal, state and local policies to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work. CLASP's issue areas include child care and early education, child welfare, disconnected and disadvantaged youth, income and work supports, access to post-secondary education, job quality, and poverty targeting.

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