Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Amigos de las Américas
Amigos de las Américas inspires and builds young leaders through collaborative community development and immersion in cross-cultural experiences.
Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS)is an international, not-for-profit organization that provides unparalleled leadership and service opportunities for young people while concurrently contributing to the well being of communities throughout the Americas. More than 25,000 high school and college-age students have served as AMIGOS Volunteers since its founding in 1965. Increasing numbers of Latin American youth are volunteering in AMIGOS programs within and between countries.
After completing an extensive training program, AMIGOS Volunteers live and work in Latin American host communities during the summer, conducting a wide array of health, education and environmental projects. Outstanding Volunteers can continue their personal growth by returning to Latin America as Project Staff. No other organization gives young adults such high-level management experience and responsibility.
During 2012, 830 U.S. teenagers and young adults served as AMIGOS Volunteers and Project Staff in 290 host communities in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Peru. Their service activities were conducted in close collaboration with local youth and partner agencies. Through a grant with the U.S. State Department, AMIGOS established a Youth Ambassadors program in 2012 that provides for the youth leadership training and exchange of youth between Uruguay, Paraguay and the U.S.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, AMIGOS has an annual operating budget of $4.0M, with a full-time staff of 24, a 25-member board, 26 chapters throughout the United States, and an affiliated foundation. Chapters have a combined budget total of $3.8M. To obtain more information and view videos and publications, visit www.amigoslink.org.
The 48-year history of AMIGOS is a source of pride and celebration. Over the years, AMIGOS has changed the lives of thousands of young men and women, and their families and friends. It has inspired public service and devotion to community, it has built a lasting relationship with our Latin American neighbors and created a community of volunteers who are dedicated to this great cause, and it has provided transformative experiences in leadership and responsibility rarely available to young people. The power and integrity of these experiences explain the great loyalty felt by everyone who has been touched by this organization.
CEO Marty Sinnott was recruited by the Amigos Board in 2010, with a mandate to grow and modernize the organization. Over these two years, Mr. Sinnott and the Board have established a bold vision for growth and innovation, which is supported throughout the organization. It is now clear that an expanded capacity for financial planning, management and reporting is integral to continuing and sustaining this growth. The new CFO will lead this process.
Role and Responsibilities
The CFO will manage the development and implementation of the overall financial strategy of Amigos. Reporting to the CEO and also accountable to the Board Finance Committee, the CFO will have overall responsibility for the planning, implementation, administration and management of all AMIGOS finance and administrative systems.
This position requires a strategic leader who is a big-picture thinker, and is able to work in a unique bottom-up organization with deep-rooted values of volunteer leadership and youth development. S/he must have the gravitas and credibility to collaborate with financial institutions in the US and Latin America, administrative and program staff, the Board and diverse Chapter leaders, He/she must also embrace the youthful energy of this organization, helping a young staff and volunteers achieve growth and top performance. The successful candidate will have outstanding interpersonal skills and be an excellent communicator with both internal and external constituents. S/he will have substantial experience and knowledge working with budget forecasting, and all aspects of administrative operations. Experience with Latin American banking practices is a plus.
Specific skills and commitments required of the CFO include:
Strategy and Business Planning
- Partner with and support the CEO in planning initiatives through financial and management information analyses, reports, and recommendations. Anticipate organizational needs and provide strategic recommendations to the CEO, Board, senior leadership and Chapter leadership on financial analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue/expense analysis.
- Collaborate with the CEO and senior team throughout the strategic planning and budgeting processes; devise and formulate policies to ensure integration, consistency and transparency among programs and Chapters.
- Play a critical role in short and long-term strategic planning by engaging the CEO and Board around issues, trends and changes in financial and operations models.
- Collaborating closely with senior team members and the Board, provide leadership in systematically evaluating risk.
Finance & Accounting
- Lead Amigos’ finance and control functions, including reviewing budgeting and control systems ensuring consistency in all aspects of its financial operations. Evaluate and modify financial programs and supporting systems as needed, with the goal of creating clear, accurate and timely revenue forecasts and financial reports.
- Create and manage effective financial processes and controls.
- Represent Amigos in business/finance related issues with financial institutions and local community organizations in the US and Latin America.
- Monitor the state of Amigos’ assets and analyze financial statements to proactively identify solutions to potential financial challenges. With support from the investment manager, presents quarterly performance reports to the Finance Committee.
- Manage and provide critical guidance regarding the Amigos’ operating cash position.
- Present and interpret financial reports to the CEO and Board.
- Develop and maintain computer information resources.
- Direct implementation and execution of new or upgraded information systems via well-defined plans.
- Monitor network performance and security.
- Provide general oversight to daily operations of department.
- Oversee International Office building space and real estate.
- Oversee contracted services (maintenance and repair, janitorial, landscaping) and vendor relationships.
- Develop short and long-range plan and capital outlay requirements for facilities and infrastructure.
Desired Skills & Experience
- Strong financial and operational experience, having worked in a senior financial and administrative management role for a minimum of 6-10 years.
- MBA preferred; CPA a plus.
- Strong strategic planning skills and a background in financial analysis, modeling and projections a must, experience managing government grants and contracts is desirable.
- Non-profit financial management and endowment management experience is desirable.
- Demonstrated ability to interact, communicate, and build consensus with an independent network of Chapters. Able to translate complex financial concepts and goals to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers.
- Track record of success in developing a collaborative working environment and implementing integrated systems within Finance & Administration that promote accountability and streamline processes.
- Excellent leadership skills, confident in working collaboratively with diverse groups of people in a multi-site environment.
- Keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills that support and enable sound decision making in a multifaceted organization.
- Advanced written and oral communication skills.
- Combination of cultural sensitivity and emotional intelligence, along with an unpretentious style is required to fit into this consensus driven organization.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills; can relate effectively to a broad range of levels of experience; must have proven leadership, mentoring and consensus-building skills.
- Active listener. An accessible, visible and flexible management style that inspires trust and confidence in staff.
- Highly proactive, persuasive and diplomatic in effecting change.
- Comfort working in a very collaborative environment but oriented towards decisiveness.
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to the mission of Amigos.
AMIGOS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All candidates will be evaluated on a merit basis. Spanish proficiency is a plus.
Resumes and a cover letter may be submitted, in confidence, to:
Ford Webb Associates, Inc
60 Thoreau Street
Concord, MA 01742