Institute for War and Peace Reporting | Giving Voice, Driving Change


Director of Finance, US

Washington, DC, US
Closing date: 
Until filled

The Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) – an international NGO with over 20 years’ experience of giving voice to people at the front lines of conflict, crisis and change – has a vacancy for a Director of Finance in its Washington, DC office. The Director of Finance reports to the CFO and collaborates closely with the Director of Finance in London and with employees around the world on multiple projects. The skills and talents that you bring to bear in this position are critical to driving the success of our operations.

We are looking for a talented, motivated, industrious individual to fill this role. First of all, you’ll need to be intelligent: extremely quick to absorb new information and use it to make informed decisions on a variety of day-to-day challenges. Second, you will be excited at the prospect of creating or improving upon systems and procedures, while remaining good humoured in the face of frequent frustrations. Finally, and perhaps most important, you’ll be an excellent communicator and manager, able to listen to, understand, and respond appropriately to competing priorities.

Familiarity with the not-for-profit sector is highly desirable, as is experience with U.S. government funding and international environments (particularly countries with less developed infrastructure). An interest in IWPR’s work is essential, but commitment, aptitude, and a determination to get the job done are equally important.

The Role:

Based in Washington, DC, the Director of Finance is responsible for the financial welfare of IWPR US and for the stewardship of all donor monies. This includes the following duties:

  • Contributes to the direction of financial and other organizational policies;
  • Oversees and directs finance, internal audit, treasury, budgeting/planning and analysis, and insurance activities for IWPR US;
  • Leads a service-oriented financial management infrastructure that services staff in Washington and around the world;
  • Takes a leadership role in the organization’s strategic financial decisions, with a fiduciary responsibility to protect its assets and reputation.

Travel will be required, often to underdeveloped parts of the world, as will occasional out-of-office hours to ensure that deadlines are met. But the post brings significant rewards, too: a competitive salary; a chance to take responsibility for critical financial activities; and an opportunity to work alongside a truly diverse group of professionals on exciting and innovative programmes around the world.

The Successful Candidate Will Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, or related field; CPA designation a plus. Minimum 15 years of progressively responsible experience in international nonprofit financial management, including five years at a senior level. Experience in financial accounting and reporting for US government and private foundation awards. Equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Extensive knowledge of US federal regulations relating to international non-profits and to grant management;
  • Advanced knowledge of accounting principles for international nonprofits;
  • Demonstrated excellence in managing international finance, accounting, budgeting, control, and reporting;
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills and sound judgment; proven willingness to make timely and sound decisions based on accurate judgment;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to conduct meetings, write reports, and speak in a public forum. Superior diplomatic and negotiation skills. Ability to present and discuss technical information in the context of the business;
  • Outstanding organizational skills including the ability to multi-task and work well under pressure in a fast-paced team environment and the ability to respond rapidly to changing environments;
  • Proven leadership skills working with headquarters and field staff; ability to build, guide, and motivate a team;
  • Proven ability to provide hands-on management of teams in diverse geographic areas with remote members;
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with accounting software and MS Office applications. Comfortable in a Mac environment;
  • Effective communication skills in English, both written and oral, including intercultural communication in a diverse environment;
  • Ability to travel internationally (up to 20%).

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Principals only. No calls please. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. Only those who have been selected for interviews will be contacted. IWPR will never ask for payment for recruitment.

This position description is not an exhaustive list of all functions that the incumbent is expected to perform, but is instead a summary of the primary responsibilities and requirements of the job. The incumbent may be asked to perform duties not included in this position description. IWPR reserves the right to revise position descriptions at any time based on changes to the required job responsibilities. Staff will be informed of any changes to their job responsibilities.