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Vice President for Finance & Operations

Company: The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Date Posted: September 26, 2017

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the region's largest grantmaker and permanent charitable endowment, is seeking a qualified candidate for Vice President for Finance and Operations.  The Community Foundation’s mission is to create positive and sustainable change in Greater New Haven by increasing the amount of and enhancing the impact of community philanthropy.

Title:                           Vice President for Finance and Operations

Department:               Finance, Investments, Administration and Technology 

Reports to:                 SVP for Investments & CFO and supports SVP for Planning and Operations

FLSA Status:               Exempt


The Vice President for Finance and Operations is a member of the Senior Management Team and is responsible for providing effective leadership by developing a broad and deep knowledge of all finance, operations and programs in order to identify opportunities for The Foundation to leverage strengths, take advantage of new opportunities and address organizational challenges. The position oversees the reporting of combined and affiliate financial statements and assures efficiency and integrity in the management of information systems and business operations (internal and external). This is achieved through ongoing assessments, business planning and structured evaluations of progress and accomplishments. The Vice President for Finance and Operations provides support and input for all Foundation strategic plan implementation processes and supports senior leadership as they implement, track and evaluate the strategic plan and annual operations.


Finance and Accounting

  • Oversees the planning, implementation and management of all financial activities of The Foundation and its affiliates and ensures that The Foundation complies with all legal requirements, accepted standards and internal policies.
  • Evaluates and develops internal controls for key processes to increase efficiency and ensure accuracy of financial information.
  • Oversees preparation of regular financial reports and performs analysis on trends to inform management reporting; oversees preparation of annual operating budget.
  • Oversees financial transactions and increases the efficiency of daily operational processes related to cash receipts and disbursements; manages annual financial audit.
  • Supervises finance, accounting and MIS teams.


  • Working with senior leadership, evaluates and enhances operational processes and identifies appropriate staffing to support systems change.
  • Supports the development, implementation and evaluation of the annual operating plan that complements annual budgeting.
  • Develops regular reporting and analysis, including key metrics reports, and conducts ad hoc analysis as required.
  • Oversees The Foundation’s information technology and data management systems to support day-to-day operations, minimize risk and plan for future needs.
  • Manages the maintenance and security of The Foundation’s facilities and leads the development of capital improvement plans.


  • Seven to ten years in an executive level position with experience in and knowledge of nonprofits or foundations and their accounting systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing successful organizational development and improvement programs and operating plans.
  • Demonstrated accomplishment in management and supervision; ability to build effective teams of colleagues above, across and below within The Foundation; knowledge of systems theory and organizational behavior.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess issues and delegate assignments in a timely manner and deliver resolutions.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, including follow-through and problem solving skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required.  Master’s degree in business or finance or Certification as a Public Accountant preferred.
  • Experience with financial accounting systems and all Microsoft® Office applications.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills.

Applicants should submit letters of interest and other related support material to no later than October 13, 2017. No phone calls please.

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is an equal opportunity employer.

Thank you for your interest.