Director of Finance and Administration

National Coalition Against Censorship

Posted: 11/21/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Finance/Accounting

Primary domain: Advocacy/Social Action

City: New York

Postal code: 10038

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M


Mission statement:

The mission of the National Coalition Against Censorship is to promote freedom of thought, inquiry and expression and oppose censorship in all its forms.  While national in scope, we are often local in our approach. We work with community members to resolve censorship controversies. We are particularly active in defending students, teachers, librarians and artists.  Founded in 1974, our coalition includes 57 national non-profits, including literary, artistic, religious, educational, professional, labor, and civil liberties groups. 


Position Details:

Job Description:

The Director of Finance and Administration will be a strategic thought-partner, and report to the executive director (ED). The successful candidate will be a hands-on manager–an adaptive problem solver who can wear many hats and jump in to help complete urgent projects.  The Director of Finance and Administration will lead and develop an internal team that includes an administrative assistant and part-time bookkeeper to support the following areas: finance, business planning and budgeting, human resources, administration, and IT.

The Director of Finance and Administration will play a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision making and operations as NCAC continues to enhance its quality programming and build capacity. 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.


Financial Management (50 per cent)

  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all donor segments, and oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the board of directors; propose any necessary changes.
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the ED; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
  • Effectively communicate and present the critical financial matters to the board of directors.
  • Manage the inputting of data in Quickbooks.
  • Implement a robust contracts management and financial management/reporting system; ensure that the contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements.
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices, automating processes wherever possible; improve the finance department’s overall policy and procedure manual.

Human Resources, Technology and Administration (50 per cent)

  • Oversee administrative functions as well as facilities to ensure efficient and consistent operations as the organization scales.
  • Further develop NCAC’s human resources and administration, enhancing professional development, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training and recruiting.
  • Establish and manage a comprehensive training program to educate employees regarding staff tools, policies and procedures.
  • Establish procedures to protect the security of NCAC’s information technology and the privacy of all data, including donor information.
  • Work closely and transparently with all external partners including third-party vendors and consultants.


  • Minimum of a B.A., ideally with an MBA/CPA or related degree
  • At least 7-10 years of overall professional experience (non-profit experience preferred); ideally 6+ years of broad financial and operations management experience
  • The ideal candidate has experience of final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area, and has preferably overseen a human resources function previously
  • Ability to translate financial concepts to–and to effectively collaborate with--programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds
  • A track record in grants management
  • Technologically savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of accounting and reporting software
  • Commitment to training programs that maximize individual and organization goals across the organization including best practices in human resources activities
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of NCAC as well as a sense of humor


Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, retirement savings plan, transportation assistance, and paid vacation.



$75k - 90k

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, references, and compensation requirements to [email protected] Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone inquiries please.



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