Position Overview

The Director of Finance and Operations will be a strategic thought-partner, and report to the Chief Executive Officer. The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative manager and will lead and develop a small internal team to support the following areas: finance, budgeting, human resources, legal, and IT.

The Director of Finance and Operations will play a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision making and operations as NESsT continues to enhance its quality programming and build capacity. This is a tremendous opportunity for a finance and operations leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected, high-impact organization.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

Financial Management

  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all donor segments, and oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting.

  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the board of directors; assess any changes necessary.

  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the CEO; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes; and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.

  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.

  • Implement a robust contracts management and financial management/reporting system; ensure that the contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements.

  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the finance department’s overall policy and procedure manual.


Human Resources, Technology and Legal

  • Further develop NESsT’s human resources, enhancing professional development, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training, and recruiting across six countries.

  • Ensure that recruiting processes are consistent and streamlined.

  • Establish and manage a comprehensive training program to educate employees regarding staff tools, policies, and procedures.

  • Work closely and transparently with all external partners including third-party vendors and consultants.

  • Evaluate and improve information technology infrastructure, implementing new technologies to support key capabilities as required for future growth.

  • Improve financial and operational systems such as accounting, payroll, expense reporting, accounts payable, and purchasing.

  • Maintain NESsT’s U.S. and international legal entities’ good standing, in coordination with local law firms and NESsT local staff.


  • Minimum of a BA, ideally with an MBA/CPA or related degree

  • Seven to 10 years of overall professional experience; ideally six-plus years of broad financial and operations management experience

  • Experience of final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area, and has preferably overseen human resources functions previously

  • Ability to translate financial concepts to – and to effectively collaborate with -- programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds

  • A track record in grants management

  • Solid understanding of U.S. nonprofit accounting

  • Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of accounting and reporting software

  • Commitment to training programs that maximize individual and organization goals across the organization including best practices in human resources activities

  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision making

  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders

  • A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of NESsT


Oakland, California


9 a.m. – 6 p.m. with one hour lunch break


Salary will be negotiated based on experience and qualification prior to employment.

Start Date

February 5, 2019

To Apply

Please apply for this position by uploading the following materials in English via our online application.

  • Thoughtful cover letter explaining why you're the right fit for this role and your available start date

  • Resume

  • Statement on salary requirements.

Application process is open until position is filled. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. No phone calls, please.


NESsT is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds.