SFI seeks a strategic Chief Financial Officer with a track record of successful financial planning and management. The CFO is a new position at SFI, resulting from significant growth over the last several years. The CFO will be responsible for leading and executing the financial strategy for the organization and overseeing annual activity and compliance. The CFO will work closely with the President and CEO, Chief Operating Officer, other members of the Senior Leadership Team, the Development Director, and the PLT Canada Business Director. The CFO will oversee a small team that supports finance and business operations, including the Business Manager and the Business Operations Coordinator, and work with SFI’s outsourced accounting firm.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Financial Planning and Strategy
Lead and execute financial strategy for the organization, including developing long-term financial plans, creating annual budgets, reviewing investment strategies and performance, analyzing financial activity, and managing for financial risks.
Create strategies on viable approaches across SFI’s four pillars of activity (standards, conservation, community, and education) for revenue diversity and financial growth, in coordination with the Senior Leadership Team and Director of Development.
Financial Reporting and Modeling
Develop and present financial reports and updates to the President and CEO on a monthly basis and to the SFI Board on a quarterly basis; provide staff leadership of the Audit and Compensation Committee of the SFI Board; and coordinate with the Secretary/Treasurer of the SFI Board.
Utilize technology and systems to optimize reporting and analytical functions.
Financial Accounting and Compliance
Oversee all accounting functions and internal controls, with support of financial team, to ensure that systems are in place for accurate and compliant operations.
Oversee annual financial audits, tax returns, and other compliance activities, with support from the Business Manager.
Manage financial team, including internal staff, outsourced consultants, investment managers.
Provide financial guidance and direction to all SFI staff on grants, projects, fundraising, and other financial matters, including managing the financial relationship between SFI Inc. and PLT Canada and coordinating with the Director of Development.
Graduate/Master’s degree specializing in accounting and/or finance, such as an MBA in accounting and/or finance.
CPA or CFA designation and/or at least 10 years of experience in a senior financial role with a non-profit organization.
Extensive knowledge of non-profit financial policies, practices and systems.
Experience working with external auditors and non-profit compliance.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and superior attention to detail.
A positive attitude and high energy—a person who sees opportunities rather than problems, enjoys working cooperatively in a team environment, and prioritizes the mission over individual agendas.
Ability to work cooperatively and strategically in a team environment with all levels of stakeholders or independently as required.
Ability to manage multiple complex projects in a fast-paced environment, handling tasks with diplomacy, tenacity, patience, and a drive for results.
Ability to travel up to 10% of time.
About SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY INITIATIV
SFI® Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization that provides supply chain assurances, produces conservation outcomes, and supports education and community engagement. SFI works with the forest sector, brand owners, conservation groups, resource professionals, landowners, educators, local communities, Indigenous peoples, governments, and universities. SFI standards and on-product labels help consumers make responsible purchasing decisions. We oversee the SFI Forest Partners® Program, which aims to increase the source of certified forest products; the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program, which funds research and community building; and Project Learning Tree®, which develops students’ appreciation for and knowledge of the environment. In August 2017, SFI created a separate incorporated entity in Canada called Project Learning Tree Canada, which operates a “Green Jobs in Green Spaces” initiative with funding from the Canadian federal government.
SFI Inc. is governed by an independent three-chamber board of directors representing environmental, social, and economic sectors equally. SFI’s headquarters are in Washington, DC, with an office in Ottawa, Canada..., and global operations. SFI’s annual operating budget is approximately $10 million; the primary sources of revenue are program fees from users of the SFI certification standards, federal grants, and service and conference fees.