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Chief Financial Officer at NRGI in NY

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) is a non-profit policy institute and grant-making organization that promotes the responsible management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the public good. Working in over twenty resource-rich countries, NRGI pursues this goal through research, advocacy, capacity development programs, and technical advice to governments and civil society actors, and grant-making to support demand for accountability. For more information, please see: www.resourcegovernance.org


For nearly a decade, NRGI, the product of a merger between Revenue Watch Institute and the Natural Resource Charter has built a reputation as a leader and change maker in the field of governance. Following a major organizational transition, including the completion of our merger, the development and implementation of a new strategic plan, and an administrative separation from a host organization, NRGI is entering a new phase of strengthening its strategic and operational backbone. The hiring of a Chief Financial Officer is a critical post to support NRGI’s growth and maturation.


The New York-based CFO will play a broad and strategic leadership role in NRGI’s growth and development.  S/he will manage an important team, will serve as a financial advisor to the President/CEO, the NRGI executive management team, the Governing Board and its Audit and Finance Committee on matters relating to financial strategy and status, risk management and long-term planning.  In addition, the CFO will provide management oversight and ensure the quality and continual improvement of NRGI’s financial operations and systems, including budgeting, accounting, cash management, auditing, donor reporting, and contracts and grant management. Importantly, the CFO will also have oversight of administration, including issues related to legal and compliance, IT, and human resources.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • The CFO plays a critical role in NRGI’s leadership team, ensuring cost effectiveness and efficiency in addressing issues related to organizational growth and development and delivery of our strategy.
  • Advise executive management and Governing Board members on financial and organizational effectiveness matters, lead and implement the development assessment of risks and the implications of decisions and long-term plans.
  • Provide strategic guidance and leadership regarding the policies, processes and systems necessary to manage the organization’s financial and administrative operations in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Manage all financial operations of the organization including tax, accounting, bank relationships, treasury, cash management, payroll, forecasting, and risk management activities to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee compliance with policies and procedures to ensure best practices.
  • Lead team member in development and implementation of annual budget preparations.
  • Foster a collaborative working relationship across the organization to ensure effective budget preparation, monitoring of budget variances and linking actual results back to strategic priorities established by the NRGI’s Governing Board and the executive management team.
  • Work in partnership with fundraising and development staff to ensure responsible tracking of funds raised and spent.
  • Prepare timely and accurate financial reports for the executive management team, the Governing Board and its committees.
  • Lead audit preparations and manage the ongoing relationship with the external auditors to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee strategic development and use of IT systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Oversee our grant-making and contractual agreements, including development of policies, processes and systems to manage risk and compliance.
  • Oversee global human resources, including the development of policies and procedures as appropriate.
  • Oversee general office administration across our global locations.



  • Relevant undergraduate degree in business, finance or accounting required; a CPA designation is also required.  An MBA or equivalent advanced professional degree is strongly preferred.
  • 10-15 years of hands on experience in finance or accounting management, including 5-7 years of in-depth financial management experience working with or for the international non-profit sector.
  • Additional experience working across operational functions – human resources, grants management, compliance, fundraising and administration preferred.
  • Demonstrated fiduciary experience and in depth knowledge of accounting rules including those specifically focused on non-profit organizations, and broad knowledge of IRS regulations relating to U.S. public charities.  Experience managing U.S. and EU government funds preferred.
  • A track record of process improvement, in addition to setting long-term financial goals.


Skills Required:

  • Demonstrated critical thinking and expertise in designing financial management strategies.
  • Strong and proven organizational and leadership skills; comfortable with a high level of visibility, responsibility and accountability.
  • Strong manager with emphasis on team building, staff empowerment and career development.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to develop positive and productive relationships and decisively build buy-in across the organization.
  • Ability to generate ideas, initiate actions and follow them through.
  • Ability to work independently on multiple tasks and projects, and prioritize workflow to meet critical deadlines whilst paying attention to important detail.
  • Adept at employing new technologies and advanced technical knowledge of one or more modern, widely-used not-for-profit general ledger/accounting software systems.
  • Ability to analyze financial data in a global office environment, with demonstrated capability in strategic financial analysis at an overall organizational level (including forecasting), as well as detailed analysis at the project/program levels.
  • Impeccable ethical standards coupled with respect for, and commitment to, the mission of the organization. 


Compensation: Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience


Application Process: The Natural Resource Governance Institute has retained the services of BSBSearch.


Please email a cover letter and resume in confidence to:

Barbara S. Brown

Managing Director



Last updated by Norma Garza Dec 15, 2016.


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