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Senior Director of Finance 

About the Organization As a research and action organization, Center for Policing Equity (CPE) produces analyses identifying and reducing the causes of racial disparities in public safety. Using data-driven approaches to social justice, we use science to create levers for social, cultural, and policy change.

We are research scientists, race and equity experts, data virtuosos, and community trainers. We use data to build a more fair and just system. We partner with law enforcement and communities. Our aim is to bridge the divide of communication, generational mistrust, and suffering. But most of all, we are the path that science can forge towards public safety, community trust, and racial equity.

Location Remote  
Close Date  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  



Position Description

  • Are you a justice nerd who is passionate about social justice?
  • Are you a seasoned finance, operations, and Excel wiz?
  • Do you believe that inclusive planning, financial transparency, and financial accountability lead to good organizational decision-making?
  • Are you insatiably curious about operational efficiency and love to discuss tools and systems improvements that lead to more effective ways of working for a team?
  • Do you get a lot of satisfaction from developing leaders and helping someone else succeed?
  • Do you thrive working in a rapidly evolving environment that requires innovation, agility, and managing ambiguity?
  • Do you excel at using your planning and management skills to deliver excellent thought partnership?
  • Are you able to identify trends and anticipate challenges and opportunities?
  • Do you enjoy working as part of an “all-hands-on-deck” team?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you may want to check out this exciting opportunity with the Center for Policing Equity!

The Center for Policing Equity is looking for a Sr. Director of Finance, reporting directly to the SVP, Finance and Operations. The Sr. Director of Finance will play a critical role in financial operations and partnering with leadership, across the organization, in strategic decision-making as the organization continues to scale. Duties will include (but are not limited to) the areas listed below.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership (20%)

  • Play a key leadership role on the Finance and Operations team. Foster a culture that encourages diversity, equity, inclusion, collaboration, accountability, and transparency. Contribute to the organization’s overall success and sustainability.
  • Build the organization’s financial strategy and vision, integrating business planning with financial management as the organization continues to grow and embark on a new strategic plan.
  • Develop and track important financial KPIs and analyze trends to provide continuous evaluation and planning to keep the Finance and Operations team focused and on track toward long-term goals.
  • Assess Return on Investment (ROI) for current and future programs to evaluate program effectiveness and inform thoughtful decisions.
  • Develop financial models and other scenario plans to determine the organization’s earned revenue structure in collaboration with program leads.
  • Develop resources and tools to empower leaders within the organization to “own” financial management.
  • Develop a strategy for a more robust criteria to approve sizable expenses.
  • Manage and develop 2 - 3 direct reports, consisting of a Controller and bookkeeping consultants/staff.

Finance and Accounting Leadership (70%)

  • Manage and improve people, systems, and processes to ensure timely and accurate financial transaction entry. Manage and improve timely and accurate monthly, quarterly, and annual close of financial statements.
  • Develop training(s) to support organizational learning and development in regards to Finance at CPE.
  • Oversee and manage organizational Balance Sheet, including and maintain relationships with banking institutions.
  • Oversee and manage financial forecasting, including providing multi-year financial modeling scenarios.
  • Present financial statements, projections and other reports in an accurate and timely manner for both internal and external audiences;
  • Partner with the Development Office to ensure alignment between Finance and Development; gather financial reporting materials for current and prospective donors, and oversee all financial, project/program, and grants accounting (grant spenddown).
  • Develop and ensure necessary finance and accounting best practices; improve the organization’s internal policy and procedures manual, and implement proper controls and financial oversight of accounting processes, transactions, and a finance calendar.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual financial audit process, liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the board of directors to ensure a clean audit; assess any changes necessary as well as the completion of all regulatory requirements (e.g., 990, state, and federal filings).
  • Coordinate and lead the annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with leadership across the organization; ensure the completion and approval of a strategically aligned budget; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes; and keep the SVP, Finance and Operations abreast of the organization’s financial status.
  • Support with the development and implementation of a robust contracts management system; ensure that the contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to and that vendor contracts are compliant.
  • Effectively communicate and present critical financial matters to the SVP, Finance and Operations.

Operations (10%)

  • Work with the Finance and Operations leadership team to ensure internal controls and budget management in the areas of recruitment, payroll administration, benefits administration, compensation/bonus structure, facilities management, inventory/asset management, business insurance, technology, and other infrastructure needs.
  • Work with the Finance and Operations leadership team to play a key role in CPE’s efforts to further its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work, including raising and leaning into important and sometimes uncomfortable conversations with authenticity, thoughtfulness, openness, and sensitivity.
  • Manage and minimize risk by monitoring risk management policies and procedures to ensure that program and organizational risks are minimized.
  • Act as key liaison between Finance and Development and contribute to fundraising proposals, grant reports, and other projects that may be led by others but require the expertise of this position.
  • Collaborate with other CPE team members and participate constructively in team meetings and project planning.


Our ideal candidate is/has:

  • Passionate about CPE’s mission.
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills.
  • Experience of final responsibility for the accuracy, quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination; experience leading organizational budgeting processes for a complex, matrix organization.
  • Ability to translate financial concepts to – and to effectively collaborate with – programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds.
  • Successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision making.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders and contractors while managing ambiguity.
  • Excellent communications skills both written and verbal.
  • A collaborative project manager: Can manage multiple projects involving different individuals, teams and vendors to meet collective goals on time and with excellence, and can model and extend these practices throughout the organization.
  • A supportive manager and developer of people and teams: Has experience supervising and developing staff and creating a productive, inclusive team culture.
  • Unquestionable integrity and experience managing complex financial scenarios.
  • Keenly aware of issues impacting organizational culture: Driven by a commitment to equity, and considers decisions through that lens. Can lead and strengthen an organizational culture that is deliberately diverse, equitable and inclusive.
  • An excellent ambassador: Can clearly communicate both one-to-one and with a staff as a whole. Models the values of CPE.

Application Guidelines

Please submit your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and what you would bring to CPE. Open until filled.

Hiring Process

At CPE, we are committed to providing candidates with a robust, yet inclusive and transparent hiring process. We understand that interviewing can be a stressful and time consuming process, and aim to set you up for success and minimize that stress and uncertainty. In terms of timing, steps three to eight below will typically take anywhere from 4 - 6 weeks. Finally, we use scenario-based exercises throughout our recruitment process to expose you to our work and to evaluate your potential to contribute to our team. Our recruitment process stages are outlined below:

  1. Review of your resume/CV, and/ or any relevant work samples submitted for initial screening
  2. Q&A with the hiring manager, allowing candidates an opportunity to discuss and inquire about salary, role expectations and priorities, the hiring manager's leadership style, organizational culture, values, "unwritten rules", and any additional questions the candidate may have before deciding to proceed with the process (NOTE: This is a great opportunity for candidates to get a better understanding for what it is like to work for CPE. This conversation will not be used to evaluate candidates in any way. This conversation is meant to serve as an open and honest opportunity for candidates to learn more about CPE's work environment before the candidate decides to continue in the hiring process.)
  3. Candidate's submission of a one-way video interview via Spark Hire
  4. First round interview with the Talent & Culture team to assess culture and values fit
  5. A Performance Task to evaluate and review the candidate's technical and strategic-thinking skills
  6. Second round interview with several of the candidate's future team members, including direct reports, if applicable
  7. Final interview with the organization's President and COO and the hiring manager
  8. Reference checks
EOE Statement The Center for Policing Equity strives to build a diverse team that is inclusive of multiple perspectives and welcoming for people of all backgrounds. Women and members of underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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