Director, Finance & Operations

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Director, Finance & Operations

Job Category: Finance, Grants & Contracts


New York, NY


Synergos is seeking a Director, Finance & Operations who is a strong collaborator with effective interpersonal, reflective and analytical skills, able to work seamlessly across cultures, networks and various organizational units. S/he will be a member of the Executive Team with a leadership role in leading an effective and service-oriented financial management infrastructure to ensure alignment between finance, shared services and strategic priorities to sustain a sound financial health of the organization.

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Director, Finance & Operations, will oversee shared services, including Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Operations and Administrative Services. S/he will ensure the efficient running of day-to-day operations at all Synergos offices/locations around the world, compliance with all regulatory and funder requirements and lead long-term improvement projects in all aspects of the support functions based on trust and excellent relationship management


• Provide strategy and leadership to enhance the effectiveness and impact of all programs and activities by overseeing all of the organization’s support service functions globally
• Manages processes, controls and vendors, fiscal management, financial planning, audit, cash management, investments and any issues of taxation.
• Responsible for budgeting, forecasts and provides analysis to the executive team on a regular basis
• Provide accurate, timely and useful financial information to ensure leadership and programmatic units can carry out their responsibilities effectively
• Oversees HR team responsible for all HR policies, programs, compensation, benefits, and compliance measures that contribute to a high performance, values-based culture
• Oversees IT team to maintain efficient and client-serving technology systems to support all programs and activities, including hardware, software and management information and knowledge management systems
• Supports Operations team to manage vendors and processes responsible for purchasing, property management, contracting, insurance and legal matters
• Serves as a member of the Executive Team, providing counsel about organizational issues of strategy, goals, policies and practices as required


Master’s degree in Finance or equivalent degree is strongly preferred
• Minimum 10 years of hands on leadership that includes at least five years’ experience managing operations, finance and support functions in a non-for-profit organization
• Solid finance and/or accounting practices management experience
• Outstanding abilities to develop and implement strategies, manage and mentor staff, manage complex initiatives and oversee budgets, planning financial management and administrative services
• A good understanding of how to conceptualize, frame and guide human resources and organizational development activities
• An intimate knowledge of diverse cultures, experience working with a global staff, and with managing field offices preferred
• A good understanding of information technology management, including a deep understanding of how to match organizational needs with efficient and effective systems
• In depth knowledge of financial applications, databases including QuickBooks Enterprise
Professional skills
• Entrepreneurial
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Strong client service orientation and good listening skills
• Highly professional and rigorous
• Driven, hard-working and strong collaborator
• Team player, open, pleasant to work with and positive in a group dynamic
• Ability to coach, mentor, manage and develop capacity of team members
Personal attributes
• Loyal, willing to join a team for a long-term commitment.
• Highest ethical standards
• Flexible and creative: ability to build empathy and trust within the organization and with external stakeholders
• Good interpersonal skills but also judgment independency / autonomy


Why You Should Work at Synergos
• We’re a values-oriented organization helping create a better world
• We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits
• You'll work with diverse, collegial staff and innovative members of our networks around the world

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter highlighting your major achievements relevant to this position and your resume to and indicate Director, Finance & Operations in the subject.
No phone calls please