May 13, 2021

Director – Finance

  • Deadline: 31/07/2021
  • Location: NYC/Wash, DC
  • Organization: Access Now
Full Time

The Organization and Role

About Access Now

Access Now is a growing international human rights organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world, including issues of privacy, security, freedom of expression, and transparency. Our policy, advocacy, technology, and operations teams have staff presences in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East/North Africa (MENA), North America, and South/Southeast Asia, to provide global support to our mission.

About this role

As finance director you will bring exceptional strategic finance and operations expertise to our international NGO, which includes five registered legal entities worldwide. Reporting through the Chief Operations Officer, and working closely with our Executive Director, Board of Directors, and all budget holders across the organization, you will lead financial planning, budgeting, and core operations with a finance team that includes financial controller, senior accountant, bookkeeper, and operations coordinator roles globally. This leadership position collaborates closely with the Organization’s senior leadership team overall, and in particular with its line directors over development, grantmaking, and human resources.

What you will do

Core functions and oversight responsibilities include:

Strategy, Planning and Management

Assess and evaluate financial performance of the Organization with respect to short- and long-term goals, budgets, and forecasts
Serve as a key strategic business partner to COO, Executive Director, and to senior leadership team
Contribute extensively to organizational development and growth strategies
Provide leadership and direction to core finance and administrative teams

Financial Management

Lead accounting operations in accordance with GAAP
Develop annual organizational budget with Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Development, Financial Controller, and senior management team
Oversee budget tracking and reporting, including preparation for quarterly Finance Subcommittee and Board meetings
Provide financial projections and statements for grant proposals and reports
Monitor financial policy implementation including procurement, foreign exchange and delegations policy implementation
Ensure general financial compliance in the US, and internationally, in coordination with global operations team

Cash Management

Guide bookkeeping including A/R, A/P, reconciliations, and general ledger
Accurately manage and account for multi-year pledges, receivables, and restricted assets
Oversee organization’s cash-flow and work with Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Development Director on managing the Organization’s income and expenditure
Implement month-end US and global payroll, including monthly contractor invoicing

Audits and Agreed Upon Procedures

Lead on all grant-related project audits and agreed-upon-procedures
Lead on annual audit requirements including bank regulations, tax filings, financial statements, and management recommendations
Manage relationships with auditors and coordinate the project team as point of contact and Organization lead

Operations and Compliance

Administer US insurance benefits programs, including healthcare, disability, and financial savings
Ensure Organization’s programmatic activities adhere to all required limitations related to lobbying and related activities
Partner with the General Counsel and Human Resources Director on matters related to global compliance, including tax, and other employee regulations

Skills, education, and mindset you will bring

Extensive work experiences in similar or related roles, leading the needs of a global non-profit organization registered in the US and with significant global financial operations
Strong people management skills and ability to lead and motivate teams
Ability to plan and follow through with projects in an organized and efficient manner
Exceptional analytical, reasoning, and problem-solving skills
Excellent attention to detail, and ability to juggle multiple responsibilities and priorities
Experience working with external auditors, internal controls, and compliance-related issues
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Bachelor degree in accounting, finance, or complementary discipline

The Details


This is a full-time position, based in either the New York City or Washington, DC areas. At this time Access Now team members are working remotely full-time, with a likely return to office arrangements in New York City and Washington, DC, at some point in 2022. The successful candidate must possess the right to work in the location in which they will be based. We are unable to sponsor visas or relocations for this role.



Access Now offers competitive compensation in line with skills and experience, and benefits packages that align with our office localities. Initial placement within the salary range for this role is anticipated between $115,000 and $135,000 USD annually, and will be determined by depth of experience and preparation. Benefits for this specific role include paid healthcare – medical, dental, and vision – insurance, as well as access to a 401k retirement saving program. Team members also benefit from a strong global culture aligned around:


Work-life balance…including a generous paid time-off program
Professional development and growth opportunities
Extensive workplace flexibility
Connection to a diverse, global team of passionate, principled professionals
Organizational resilience and support for all team members
Opportunities to recharge (including one month of paid refresher leave after 4 years)

How to Apply

Please submit the following documents:

Résumé/CV (removing all personally identifying information such as age, gender, marital status, and address)
Thoughtful cover letter outlining your suitability for our role, with particular attention to your experience aligning to nonprofit financial leadership

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We are a global human rights organization committed to inclusivity and equity, and seek the most talented team members who bring their true selves, with diverse backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, and experiences. We are interested in receiving applications from people who consider themselves as under-represented in their talent communities. As an equal opportunity employer, we value and encourage diversity and consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status. Our commitment applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.



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