Global Senior Director of Finance - Oceana USA

Global Senior Director of Finance

Oceana, the world’s only organization focused solely on the health of our oceans, is seeking a Global Senior Director of Finance to help us transition from a 20 year old “start-up” into a mature organization with sound fiscal policies and practices, while preserving the determination and grit needed to succeed. The position requires someone with a strategic, can-do approach who can keep their eye on the big picture, has the technical know-how, and the interpersonal savvy and tenacity to lead through times of transition and change. If you have a vision for the finance infrastructure needed to successfully run a $40M international nonprofit, can both roll up your sleeves, lead others, and manage the complex reporting requirements to donors and local authorities – you may be who we are looking for. We need someone who will build on and improve the existing foundation of policies, procedures, and systems, who will meet us where we are regarding our internal infrastructure and staff readiness to use and maximize our systems, who can understand our grant funding and is already familiar with compliance requirements in the countries where we work. This position is pivotal in Oceana’s evolution.

Founded in 2001, Oceana is a successful, vibrant organization with more than 250 staff in more than 12 countries. Oceana is headquartered in Washington, DC and has offices Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the European Union, Mexico, Peru, Philippines and the UK. Across these entities we operate in multiple currencies, which must be consolidated into and reported on a US dollar basis.

Oceana is committed to changing the current state of our oceans. Nearly one billion people currently do not have enough to eat. The demand for food is projected to increase 70 percent by 2050 as the population grows to an expected nine billion. An often-overlooked solution to this problem is our oceans. A fully productive ocean could provide one nutritious meal a day for 700 million people, or 13 to 15 percent of the animal protein produced on the entire planet. Moreover, wild-caught ocean fish uses no land, needs negligible amounts of water, is the lowest cost per pound to obtain, and provides human health benefits.

The Global Senior Director of Finance will play a major role in Oceana’s efforts by ensuring financial management is sound and that financial commitments are met. A primary function of the Sr. Director is to develop and deploy all necessary systems, policies and procedures needed for effective financial management and ensure proper training and monitoring of such. The Director will have a facility with systems and experience maximizing their capabilities to improve efficiency and produce the information needed. The incumbent will work with Oceana’s leaders to make informed decisions without taking unnecessary risks and will posess the ability to effectively balance the desire/need for change with an understanding of how much the organization is capable of handling, to create realistic goals and implementation plans that are achievable and successful

The Senior Director will have extensive supervisory and mentoring experience in the areas of accounting, grants, budget, financial analysis and reporting with the ability to combine that expertise with a knowledge of our culture and a non-binary approach to establishing operational practices. The incumbent should be comfortable leading others through ambiguity and complex situations across international matrixed teams. The position will report to the Chief Financial Officer and be based in Washington, DC.

The ideal candidate will have 10+ years of progressive financial management experience, audit experience, and 7+ years of supervisory experience. They will know the ins and outs of running the finances and accounting of small to medium international organizations; and have the passion and enthusiasm for helping the organization move to the next level of maturity.

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Oceana values a diverse workforce and welcomes people different from each other in many ways, including characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. Oceana considers all qualified candidates and seeks to recruit from a diverse candidate pool.


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