Senior Director of Finance Job Description


Reports to: Chief Operating Officer
Division: Operations
Department: Finance & Accounting
Position type: Full time, exempt
Location: Bay Area, CA preferred; remote telecommute
Organizational Background

Founded in 2016, Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), a project of the Tides Center, is a multi-state
organization that aims to win new safety priorities in large incarceration states across the country. At a
time of immense opportunity, ASJ partners with leaders and advocates to advance state criminal justice
reform through policy advocacy, coalition building, research, education, and strategic communications.
ASJ also brings together diverse crime survivors and people with past convictions to advance policies
that help communities most harmed by crime and violence. ASJ’s sister organization, Californians for
Safety and Justice (CSJ), has been leading state advocacy efforts to replace over-incarceration in
California with new safety priorities since its inception in 2012. With a substantial California staff and a
strong track record, CSJ operates as ASJ’s flagship state advocacy effort. Additionally, Alliance for Safety
and Justice Action Fund, a project of Tides Advocacy, is the 501 (c)4 arm of both ASJ and CSJ. Combined,
ASJ CSJ, and ASJAF operate with 65+ staff and an annual budget of approximately $30 million.

Position Overview
The Senior Director of Finance will lead an exceptional finance function, interacting closely with the
development team and frequently with our executive management. This is an ideal opportunity for a
strategic finance leader to manage a core functional area within a dynamic and growing non-profit social
justice organization. The Senior Director leads the day-to-day finance and accounting operations for the
organization. This position will work in partnership with the President, Chief Operating Officer (COO),
and the Board of Directors. The Senior Director oversees ASJ’s financial systems, policies, and practices
in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Responsibilities include overseeing
accounting, budgeting, and forecasting, treasury, and regulatory reporting and filing. The Senior
Director supervises the Finance and Accounting Team and coaches financial support positions. The
Director ensures the integrity of financial records, the safeguarding of assets, the control and efficiency
of its transactional processes, the preparation and tracking of a financial plan and forecasting, and the
timely and accurate reporting of financial results.

Key Responsibilities
● Ensure the accuracy and integrity of ASJ’s financial records through efficient monthly and annual
closing processes. Coordinate a successful annual external audit and report to the ASJ’s Board
Audit Committee in coordination with the auditor.
● Oversee cash flow and quarterly financial reporting.

● Provide effective leadership including the hiring, training, employee development, and day-to-
day supervision of the Finance staff and coaching financial-support positions, where they exist,
in revenue generating departments. Provide development to staff and Board Treasurer on
accounting practices, fiscal procedures, and budget management, as needed.
● Present financial statements to the Management Team, COO, President, and/or Board of
Directors. Participate in the Board of Directors Audit Committee. Coordinate with the COO,
President, and Board Treasurer in activities as manager and custodian of investments and other
● Oversee the preparation of the ASJs annual budget and periodic (mid-year) forecasting, ensuring
alignment with annual and multi-year strategic plans. Ensure that budgets and forecasts
anticipate trends, challenges, and opportunities. Track changes in budget assumptions over time
and develop methodology that provides senior management and the Board of Directors with the
information and data needed to make informed decisions. Collaborate with division heads and
departments to ensure a seamless flow of information related to income and expense
● Develop and maintain a system of financial controls that safeguard ASJ’s assets and ensures the
appropriate disbursement of expenses and receipt of income; ensure that controls provide a
strong return on investment of resources.
● Develop and maintain efficient transactional processes relating to income and expenses,
including the recording and banking of income, and the disbursement of payroll and accounts
● Develop and produce timely financial reports that provide budget holders and senior leadership
with the information needed to manage resources and make decisions based on accurate data.
● Ensure compliance with all financial, tax and audit aspects of government regulations and
reporting requirements, grant regulations and contracts.
Education and Experience
● Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Public Administration, non-profit
management, or other relevant discipline or experience.
● A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in accounting and finance with a nonprofit
organization of which at least five (5) years were in a senior leadership role overseeing all
accounting and finance functions in the areas of accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll,
budget and treasury.
● 5+ years of progressive 501(c)(3) finance and accounting experience with budgets exceeding $15
million; 501(c)(4) accounting experience desirable.
● Experience working with a fiscal sponsor, including managing finances for multiple projects or
entities; experience transitioning the accounting system from a sponsorship to an independent
501(c)(3) is a plus, but not required.
● 3+ years of experience with payroll processing (ADP or Workday preferred).


Competencies (Knowledge, Skills & Personal Attributes)

● Accounting & Financial Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of GAAP, IRS regulations governing
nonprofit organizations and the principles and best standards of practice of nonprofit
accounting. Intimate understanding of all core functional areas of accounting and finance and
establishing a comprehensive system of financial controls across all operating areas. Able to
understand the unique business and financial challenges and implications of ASJ’s varied
activities, A strong commitment to quality and staying up to date on emerging trends and best
practices in the field.
● Financial Planning: Expertise in organization-wide financial planning, forecasting, and budgeting,
ideally learned in a variety of organizational settings. Ability to judge the appropriate investment
of organizational resources in supporting financial processes. Ability to explain complex financial
concepts to non-financial colleagues.
● Fiscal Accountability: Follows fiscal guidelines, regulations, principles, and standards when
committing fiscal resources or processing financial transactions.
● Technology: Advanced skills in QuickBooks or NetSuite and Excel. Proficiency in Google and
Microsoft products (e.g. Drive, Docs, Word, PowerPoint, etc.) is required; knowledge and
experience with Salesforce is a plus. Proficient with automated technologies that support areas
of responsibility to include systems that integrate with payroll and accounting software.
● Effective Communication: Communicates constructively to raise concerns or issues directly or
seeks guidance from a manager as needed; seeks to understand others’ views and priorities and
utilizes active listening to ensure others are heard.
● Planning & Approach: Develops and translates strategies into objectives, action plans and
measurements that build the capacity of the program and/or department
● Strategic Problem Solving & Decision Making: Strong analytical and critical thinking skills;
demonstrates consistent, sound judgment and decision-making; ability to identify potential
problems, analyze issues, extrapolate appropriate solutions, and communicate them effectively.
● Organizational Leadership: Demonstrates a clear understanding of the organization’s mission
and strategic priorities, and advances the work of the organization in a way that reflects this
understanding; prioritizes organizational teamwork and recognizes and supports the work of
other departments or programs.
Working Conditions & Physical Demands
● Work is normally performed in an interior office setting which does not subject the employee to
any hazardous or unusual element.
● Occasional travel may be required.
● Requires use of a desktop, laptop, or video display terminal.
● Requires routine physical movements with limited physical exertion.
● Ability to communicate, receive and understand information through oral and written
communication and proofread and check documents for accuracy.
● Requires communicating information with co-workers, stakeholders and/or the public; reading
correspondence, instructions and/or technical documents; writing correspondence and/or
reports and filling in forms.

To Apply
Applications should be sent to [email protected] with a reference to “Senior Director of Finance” in
the subject line. Please send a cover letter indicating your interest in ASJ, the role, and your related
experience, your resume, and 3-4 professional references.
Compensation and Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with experience. The Tides Center offers a competitive benefits package
including health insurance, retirement, and annual leave.

The Alliance for Safety and Justice, a project of Tides Center and the sister organization of another Tides
Center project, Californians for Safety and Justice, as well as Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund,
a 501(c)4 project of The Advocacy Fund, is an equal opportunity employer.  We strongly encourage and
seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as
members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be
discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political
affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions.