The Online News Association (ONA) is seeking an experienced and strategic Director of Finance and Administration to oversee financial, human resources and administrative functions of the organization to drive our growth strategy and planning.
We’re looking for someone who will be a strategic thought-partner and participative manager to support finance and business planning, budgeting, human resources, and administration services. This is a tremendous opportunity for a finance and operations leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected, high-impact organization committed to supporting innovation in journalism.
ONA is looking for a financial and administrative leader to support the organization in financial stewardship, planning and forecasting, risk management and human resources functions. This new position’s purpose is to build our capacity to manage our finances as we grow in size and financial complexity. The ideal candidate will have five to eight years of broad financial and operations management experience, including financial reporting, forecasting, and trending. The position requires a firm understanding of the financial management of temporarily restricted and restricted grants and strong strategic and analytical skills. This position presents a growth opportunity for the right candidate.
Advising the Executive Director/CEO and Leadership Team to develop short, medium, and long-term financial plans and forecasts; Directing the preparation of the annual operating budget and evaluating the financial impact.
Managing organizational cash flow and forecasting; Overseeing all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems, ensuring compliance with appropriate Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, regulatory requirements, and maintaining internal controls.
Implementing contract management and financial management reporting systems.
Ensuring the organization monitors and reports on organizational risk and risks are appropriately mitigated.
Overseeing the annual independent audit.
Managing human resources functions, including payroll and reporting, personnel records and benefits.
Presiding over administrative projects, including organizational insurance and facilities contracts.
At least six to eight years of overall professional experience; ideally years of broad financial and operations management experience, including financial reporting, forecasting, and trending.
5-10 percent travel for major meetings and programs
A proactive leader with evidence of having developed short, medium, and long-term financial plans and forecasts. If coming from the for-profit world, nonprofit board experience is preferred.
Strong analytical skills and experience interpreting a strategic vision into an operational model.
Deep understanding of and experience with audits.
Must have a proven track record in financial management for foundation grants.
Has the ability to understand, develop, maintain and communicate the Human Resource functions of the organization and has preferably overseen a human resources function previously.
Remains current on nonprofit best practices, including state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations. Experience managing finances for international events and programs a plus. (VAT, etc.)
Ability to work and interact remotely.
An effective communicator and collaborator at all levels in the organization, with strong oral and written skills and a willingness to share information.
Desirable skills and education:
A minimum of a BS; MBA and/or CPA.
CAE preferred, not required.
Expertise of GAAP financial and accounting principles.
Knowledge of G Suite (Google Spreadsheets), Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
Knowledge of QuickBooks, Bill.com, Salesforce and other financial operations products.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Online News Association
With over 3,200 members worldwide, ONA is the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists. Our mission is to inspire and support innovation and excellence in digital journalism. We believe journalism builds a more informed society that leads to a stronger democracy.
Driven by a dynamic staff and Board of Directors, ONA is one of the leading organizations providing digital training through our conferences, fellowships and local groups. We offer excellent benefits – such as health insurance, 401(k), paid leave and professional development support – as well as a flexible, DC-based work environment with the option to work from home several days per week.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled and Veteran Employer
At ONA, Equal Employment Opportunity is our commitment and goal. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status or any other protected status designated by federal, state or local law. Applicants are encouraged to confidentially self-identify when applying. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a reference and background investigation based on position.