Chief Financial & Administrative Officer
Job Title: Chief Financial & Administrative Officer
Department: Executive Office
Division: Executive Office
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Reports To: Chief Executive Officer
Status: Full Time, Regular, Exempt
StoryCorps was founded in 2003 with a mission to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and to create a more just and compassionate world. Over the past 15 years, we have provided more than 400,000 people from across the U.S. with powerful opportunities to record interviews about their lives, to pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and to leave a legacy for future generations in our archive at the Library of Congress. Select interviews are edited for weekly broadcast on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and/or inclusion in our animations and podcasts. Together, these stories reach a broad national audience of tens of millions on public and digital media.
All StoryCorps activities, from the delivery of our interview service, to our archive, to the creation and distribution of our produced content, are carried out with an unwavering commitment to excellence and the inclusion of underrepresented populations. Over the years, we have partnered with thousands of community organizations from across the country to provide our interview service to their constituents. By collecting, preserving, and broadly disseminating authentic voices from diverse participants across the U.S., StoryCorps promotes a deeper understanding–both historic and contemporary–of the many communities that constitute our nation.
Our work has been widely recognized with several George Foster Peabody Awards, a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the 2015 TED Prize, and a 2016 Emmy award for our animation, “Traffic Stop.”
The Chief Financial & Administrative Officer or “CFAO” leads the Finance & Administration division (“F&A”) at StoryCorps, consisting of the various departments managing the organization’s day-to-day operations: Finance, Human Resources, Legal Affairs & Operations, and IT. Additionally, the CFAO oversees the Corporate Partnerships and Custom Services functions, with responsibility for revenue generation from corporate sponsorships and fee-for-service / earned income engagements, such as onsite recordings, production work, and other custom services for corporate, nonprofit, and other institutional clients.
The CFAO will be responsible for ensuring the organization’s operations are based in well-grounded business and financial practices, and supported by strong and well-maintained management and control systems. Complementing the visionary efforts of the President and the CEO, the CFAO ensures the administrative stability of the organization, designing mechanisms for decision-making and problem-solving based on careful financial and strategic analysis. The CFAO will translate strategies into action plans, efficient procedures, and sound policies that support the programmatic demands of StoryCorps—today and into the future.
The CFAO serves on the Executive Team of StoryCorps and reports to and partners with the CEO. The CFAO oversees a division of approximately 20 staff, with direct supervision for a small team of senior managers.
StoryCorps records, shares, and preserves stories from a diverse range of American voices — from our Griot Initiative to preserve stories of African Americans, to our Historias Initiative to collect the experiences of Latinos. Candidates with experience fundraising for organizations with diversity and social justice-oriented missions/values are strongly encouraged to apply. We also seek to recruit and develop a staff whose diversity matches the communities that we serve, and we strongly encourage applications from people of color and the LGBTQ community.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Build solid relationships with Finance & Administration, Development, and Program division staff: forge partnerships that stimulate excellent ideas and efforts; instill a feeling of cohesion within the individual departments as well as across the organization as a whole; maintain open channels of communication
- Serve as an active, engaged member of StoryCorps’ Executive Team: under the direction of the CEO and working closely with other senior leaders, create, communicate and implement StoryCorps’ strategic direction, goals and work plans, and policies and procedures
- Lead the Finance function: in collaboration with the Director of Finance and Finance department staff, oversee the annual budgeting and financial forecasting process, and ensure organizational compliance with all regulatory, tax, and audit requirements, as well as adherence to fiscal policies and procedures; deliver financial and operating reports to the Executive Team and the Board of Directors; appraise the organization’s financial position on a continual basis, and provide strategic recommendations and advice to the CEO, the President, and StoryCorps Board of Directors regarding the organization’s business and financial strategy; establish and maintain sound business relationships with bank/lending institutions, investment institutions, auditors and funders, as well as programmatic partnership institutions, when necessary
- Direct the Human Resources function: with support from HR department leadership and staff, ensure legally compliant HR policies and programs that support the recruitment, retention, and development of diverse, talented staff; oversee annual compensation planning and benefits program design, managing costs and ensuring StoryCorps provides a competitive pay and benefits package; provide advice and direction on employee/labor relations issues and strategy and participate in activities related to collective bargaining
- Oversee the Legal Affairs & Operations functions: with support from department leadership and staff, oversee effective operations and facilities management at all StoryCorps work locations; maintain all required insurance coverage and legal registrations; ensure adherence to best practices regarding nonprofit governance; and negotiate and maintain contractual relationships with funders, partner institutions, and consultants
- Provide leadership and direction of the IT function: with advice and support from IT leadership and staff, monitor the technical support and security needs of the organization and ensure an effective capacity to respond to these needs
- Lead the Corporate Partnerships and Custom Services functions: in collaboration with senior department leaders and staff, drive strategy and revenue generation activities in support of corporate sponsorships and $2 million earned income business for on-site StoryCorps recording, production, and other custom services for corporate, nonprofit, and other institutional clients
- Actively participate in the strategic planning process; work across departments to develop annual operational action plans based on the organization’s strategic priorities, and oversee the F&A Division work plan
- Perform other duties to support the CEO, the President, and StoryCorps’ financial and administrative functions, as assigned
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s degree
- Minimum 10 years experience as a senior leader (including financial management, strategic planning, staffing / people management, risk management, business operations, and revenue generation)
- Inspiring and experienced leader, team-builder, and people manager; able to serve as a mentor and role model of excellence for staff, and to ensure a culture of innovation, collaboration, and accountability
- Superior communication skills (written, verbal, and presentation); ability to communicate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels in the organization and to finance and non-finance positions
- Strong analytical skills and technical acumen
- Fluency in Microsoft Office suite and working knowledge of G-mail; must be comfortable learning and using new technology
- Passionate about StoryCorps’ mission and thrives in a diverse working environment
- Integrity, sensitivity, and discretion in dealing with confidential information
- Stature and confidence to gain credibility and respect of senior leadership, internal staff, and the Board of Directors
- Experience in a nonprofit organizational environment with an annual budget in excess of $5 million (strongly preferred)
- Advanced Degree (MBA / MPA) and/or CPA Certification
- Proficiency on a Mac platform
To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to StoryCorps Recruiter Susan Osnos at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your last name and the position title in the subject line: for example, “Jones – StoryCorps CFAO.” Include your cover letter and resume as attachments titled “YourNameLetter” and “YourNameResume.” In your cover letter, please tell us how you found out about this opportunity and whether you have applied for a position at StoryCorps in the past.
StoryCorps seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at StoryCorps are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.