Administration / Global

Director of Finance


The Director of Finance will provide financial leadership to our Generation global functions and country teams. The role will report to Generation’s COO, and interact closely with other functional leads as well as country leadership teams.

The Director of Finance will be accountable to ensure team-wide compliance of established policies and procedures, to deliver timely and complete budget monitoring reports, and to provide financial guidance for grant budgeting and reporting.

Please send resume/cover letter to jobs@generation.org.


To be successful you'll need:

  • CPA or equivalent accounting designation. MBA an asset
  • 7+ years’ in a similar financial leadership role, ideally in the non-profit space. Overseeing multi-country financial operations is highly preferred
  • Strong working knowledge of accounting standards, internal control systems, tax filing requirements
  • Ability to work effectively in a start-up organization, including comfort with uncertainty and changing realities on the ground
  • Deliver high quality results on a consistent basis, within strict deadlines
  • Excellent communications skills, confident, articulate, professional at all times
  • Strong management and interpersonal skills and superior written and verbal communication skills with the ability to articulate complex financial concepts in a simple and concise manner for presentation and discussions with nonfinancial business leaders
  • Adaptable, hands-on – willing and excited to jump into the details when required, but also able to look at situations with creativity and strategically
  • High integrity, honesty and trust-worthiness coupled with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation
  • Hire, mentor, inspire and develop exceptional people
  • Ability to occasionally travel both domestic and international as business needs require. Position is based in Washington DC, and would typically not require more than 5% travel

What you'll do:

The Director of Finance has primary responsibility for the following activities:

  • Direct and develop the financial management, planning, systems and internal controls
  • Implement and manage the budgeting process in coordination with the Generation Executive Director and COO. This includes developing the budget, tracking expenditures and maintaining financial operations, as well as:
    • Updating the financial policies and procedures handbook annually and ensuring compliance with all written policies
    • Ensuring GAAP compliance, preparing for and overseeing the annual audit
    • Overseeing AP/AR and facilitating timely payments and invoicing procedures
  • Develop and coordinate monthly budget reviews with each of the country teams, and serve as central point person for all finance and budget-related activities
  • Identify best practices for financial processes and reporting across countries and standardize processes and procedures when useful or necessary
  • Restructure and manage the relevant procurement processes as needed for contractors and vendor selection, including working with the Generation in-country staff for programmatic expenses
  • Direct or oversee all departmental financial processes, including ensuring proper 501(c)(3) compliance with accounting protocols and contracts
  • Preparation of reports, and ensuring compliance with relevant grantor policies. This includes creating the reports required for all global (non-country specific) funders and assisting country teams with grant reports as needed
  • Provide training, constructive counseling, guidance and performance evaluations for all global finance related staff members. Provide feedback to country leads on the performance of finance personnel in Generation program country offices
  • Oversee accounting staff and vendors, including conducting monthly reviews with accounting firm. This also includes oversight on accounting entries (invoices, accruals), preparing bank and credit card reconciliations, and Generation program budgeting reports.
  • Conduct weekly meetings with the Generation Executive Director and COO around fiscal planning to include quarterly budget vs actual reporting as well as current and future year forecasting as requested
  • Collaborate with all Generation staff and support completion of grants submissions and funding proposals as related to operations and finances
  • Ensure timely and accurate payroll processes that are cost effective and employee responsive for all global staff

About Generation

Worldwide, more than 75 million young people are unemployed. But many employers can’t find people with the skills they need for entry-level jobs. Generation was created in 2014 to help bridge this gap—at speed and scale.

We’re building a skills-training methodology that can serve hundreds of thousands, and eventually millions, of young people a year. And we’re building proof that this training creates real business outcomes for employers, and lasting career impact for trainees—so everyone has the incentive to invest in skills. Our goal is to help our students achieve personal and professional success—and fundamentally change their life trajectories. Generation programs prepare unemployed or underemployed young people, aged 18 to 29, for jobs in four sectors: healthcare, technology, retail/sales, and skilled trades.

Today, Generation is active in nine countries—78 cities and 195+ sites—with diverse social, economic and labor-market contexts.

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