Willows International is an international non-profit agency working in the field of reproductive health,
more specifically in the expansion of access to the highest quality contraceptive and safe abortion
products and services worldwide. In order to achieve its mission Willows has developed an
extensive Management Information System that ensures each client receives customized services
and that Willows is able to monitor and evaluate its progress effectively. The primary objective of
Willows is to help women, particularly in the developing countries, to learn and adopt new behavior in
seeking and using contraceptive and abortion services to meet their needs. Through supportive
counseling and follow-up services Willows' goal is to make this behavior change sustainable throughout
the reproductive life of each woman benefiting from Willows' services.
Willows International’s U.S. Office is responsible for the financial accountability for grants which are
expended to support activities in developing countries and in the U.S.
We are seeking a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to serve as the organization’s Director of Finance
who will be responsible for the financial and accounting systems and practices throughout the
organization. The Director of Finance will report directly to the President of the Willows International
and will be expected to:
1. Work in close collaboration with the country accounting staff to develop, implement,
improve and manage accounting systems and controls.
2. Generate financial reporting tools and prepare budget performance and other financial
reports for the president, board of directors and the donor organizations.
3. Train and supervise country accounting staff.
4. Prepare all finance-related reports, documents, tax returns for the organization.
The Director of Finance will be responsible for directing and overseeing all accounting, financial and
fiscal management functions for the organization.
Specific Responsibilities Include but not be Limited to:
- Carry out and oversee all aspects of the Finance & Accounting functions of the organization.
- Prepare, examine, and analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
- Establish and/or improve standard accounting procedures and guidelines for the organization including the international offices.
- Supervise and guide the preparation of the country level expense and budget performance reports, and develop the organizational finance and budget performance reports and analyses for the president.
- Ensure that country offices submit budget performance and financial reports on a timely basis (quarterly.)
- Develop, implement, modify, and document recordkeeping and accounting systems, making use of the current computer technology.
- Ensure that adequate internal controls are established at all Willows offices and that substantiating documentation is approved and available and may pass independent audit.
- Monitor banking activities of the organization. Ensure the timely transfer of funds to the country offices and the proper documentation is maintained.
- Negotiate and oversee the management of all leases, contracts, insurance and other financial commitments.
- Responsible for all financial compliance filings of the organization required by local, state, and federal governments including preparation of tax returns with strict awareness and adherence to filing deadlines and requirements.
- Analyze financial records and reports to improve budgeting and planning.
- Manage processes for financial forecasting, budgets, and consolidation and reporting.
- Make recommendation to the president and negotiate and manage the employee insurance and benefits plans.
- Prepare payroll stubs and make tax and other payments for the U.S staff and expatriate staff in the country offices.
- Evaluate the need for new technology to meet the organization’s financial, data processing, control, and reporting requirements.
- Manage technology and support for the organization, overseeing purchases, software vendors.
- Establish system for approving expenditures.
- Prepare status and progress reports.
- Recommend organizational process and policy changes.
- Prepare forms and manuals for accounting and bookkeeping personnel and direct their work activities.
- Appraise, evaluate and inventory real property and equipment, recording information such as description, value and location of property.
- Other duties assigned by the president.
Qualifications, Competencies, and Skills
- Certified Public Accountant or 7+ years of relevant experience as a Finance Manager.
- Five or more years related experience.
- Experience in payroll preparation and maintenance.
- Advanced knowledge or experience with accounting software and integration with other software packages.
- Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors.
- Attention to detail.
- Superb 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 multitasker with the ability to wear many hats.
Workplace, conditions, and benefits
- The workplace is in Middletown, Rhode Island.
- Position is full-time.
- International travel is required.
- Generous salary and benefits package.