Director of Finance

Position Type: Full-Time, Salaried, Exempt
Location: Flexible (teleworking); Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
Salary: Starting at $110,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2023

The position will remain open until we have a sufficient pool of diverse candidates that meet the job requirements. Please understand that you may not be contacted for several weeks after you apply.

Ideal Start Date: Sept. 15, 2023

About CDP

CDP began in 2010 with the goal of pioneering the practice of strategic disaster philanthropy. Since then, it has grown in its ambition envisioning a world where the impact of disasters is minimized through thoughtful, equitable and responsive recovery for all. CDP has a $33 million budget and a team of more than 20 staff members working remotely across the U.S.  

CDP is a trusted partner, expert and authoritative resource helping hundreds of individuals, foundations and corporations boost the impact of philanthropic giving in response to disaster and humanitarian crises by supporting equitable recovery and addressing root causes of vulnerabilities worldwide.

In 2022, CDP awarded $28.2 million, over 117 grants to 99 grantee partners worldwide; demonstrated thought leadership through 15 webinars, 21 external commentaries, 113 blog posts, 43 featured speaking engagements and other events; and served 40 philanthropic partners through consulting efforts.

  • In 2020, CDP was a featured nonprofit for the 14th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.
  • CDP has earned Charity Navigator’s Four-Star Charity rating and Candid’s Platinum Transparency seal.

As an organization grounded in racial and intersectional equity, our team members are deeply committed to strengthening communities most vulnerable to disasters because of systemic inequities. We are guided by our values of integrity, boldness and innovation, humility, and empathy in all that we do in pursuit of our mission.

Bottom line: we aspire to walk the talk of anti-racism and to treat each other and our partners in ways that inspire trust, creativity, learning and care.

Be a part of our fast-growing team that offers countless ways to help communities thrive. Join us!

Responsibilities & Duties

Over the last few years of CDP’s 13-year history, growth has been exponential. CDP’s positioning and greater visibility have sustained increased revenue and associated expenses. Alongside growth comes a necessity to increase our capacity, including the skills and experience available to us as we fulfill our mission; CDP is looking for a talented and committed addition to the finance and operations team.

The director of finance plays a critical role in the execution of CDP’s operations and the implementation of our strategy and supports all areas of the organization.

Primary responsibilities include:
Accounting and financial reporting

  • Direct complete, accurate and timely entry of financial data into the accounting system (QuickBooks or similar), which includes the general ledger, receivables, payables and payroll.
  • Review and/or establish procedures for accounts payable, accounts receivable, monthly reconciliations, credit card accounts and vendor files.
  • Perform monthly reconciliations of sub-ledger and other business solutions to the general ledger (e.g., PayPal, BBMS, RENXT, Amex).
  • Review and/or perform reconciliations of cash receipts, fund payments, and contributions, and prepare adjusting journal entries.
  • Review accounts receivable/sales transactions, including deposits, entry of credit card settlement receipts, preparation of invoices and collection of outstanding accounts.
  • Maintain Chart of Accounts, propose and document standard operating procedures, and train staff on new processes.
  • Lead and prepare financial audit schedules and information requests, 990 work papers and other external requests.
  • Manage filings such as 1099s, W-2s and other compliance reporting.
  • Maintain current on all relevant GAAP accounting and auditing practices and policies.

Treasury and cash management

  • Direct treasury management activities including banking relationships, positive pay, disbursement function and implementation of lockbox.
  • Review and prepare cash flow projections, cash balance reports and other periodic financial reports.
  • Maintain detailed awareness of the financial affairs and cost-effectiveness of treasury-related activities.

Human resources / Payroll management

  • Manage CDP’s Professional Employer Organization, TriNet, and work with them on HR issues and new policy creation related to payroll and benefits portfolio.
  • Process bi-monthly payroll, timely and accurately.
  • Actively educate CDP’s staff on payroll processes, policies and procedures.
  • Manage new hire onboarding process, including benefits enrollment and necessary platform training.
  • Lead annual open enrollment process with TriNet every September, and prepare options brief for executive review.
  • Prepare regulatory reporting as needed.


  • Perform financial due diligence on organizations seeking grants from CDP’s disaster funds and all pre-checked organizations in support of CDP’s back-office clients.
  • Review grants payables recording in QuickBooks and process grant funds disbursements.
  • Work with the Programs Team on due diligence and grantmaking process.

Supervisory and other duties as assigned

  • Supervise new FTE (TBD), outsourced consultants and other staff, as applicable.
  • Occasional travel for professional development and in-person team meetings.
  • Serve on committees and task forces at CDP as appropriate and as available.
  • Represent CDP in a positive, professional manner in meetings and external facing opportunities.
  • Perform other duties and job-related tasks that may be assigned.

This position reports to the chief financial and operations officer but works in service of the whole organization.

This individual will be supported by a full-time accounting associate and will supervise a part-time accounting/operations assistant to be hired.


  • 8+ years of relevant progressive professional experience in nonprofit accounting and/or relevant technical expertise, including supervisory experience.
  • Degree in finance, accounting or business administration required, or equivalent work experience in the field.
  • Proven ability to independently manage a range of operational functions, stand-alone workstreams and/or manage staff.
  • Expert skill level in the utilization of general ledger software and subsidiary ledgers (CRM, AMS, etc.)
  • Excellent MS Office skills, especially Excel.
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking with precise attention to detail.
  • Ability to work remotely with minimal direct supervision and to multi-task, including managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Commitment to the values intrinsic to CDP’s mission and strategy, including the centrality of local leadership, equity and service to marginalized and vulnerable communities.
  • Ability to build relationships with and motivate financial data users with diverse personalities and backgrounds.


  • Mission-driven
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to work independently and remotely
  • Team player
  • Sense of humor

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

We welcome and encourage applicants with non-traditional career paths. If you don’t exactly meet the qualifications outlined here, please apply and tell us how your own experiences would equip you for the job.

To Apply

Qualified candidates should email their resume and a cover letter to with the subject line: Director of Finance. Applications must highlight competencies against requirements.

All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for an extended period.

Due to the expected volume of applications, only finalists will be notified. No phone calls, please.