Chief Financial Officer | International Crane Foundation

International Crane Foundation


Chief Financial Officer

The International Crane Foundation is recruiting for a team-oriented leader who can direct the finances of our mission-based organization. Over the past 45 years, the International Crane Foundation has grown from the dream of two college students to a world-renowned conservation effort to save the world’s cranes and the flyways and habitats they frequent. Our new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is integral in our continued success.

What is it like to work at the International Crane Foundation? Prepare to be surrounded by people who are passionate about our mission, dedicated to the organization and engaged with their fellow staff and associates. Our team is committed to fulfilling the dream that started 45+ years ago. Oh yeah, we have a nice salary ($125,000 -$135,000) and exceptional benefits package, and you can play a critical role in promoting and expanding our mission across the U.S. and 55 countries around the world. Does that sound like you? The International Crane Foundation is located in Baraboo, Wisconsin, a brief 45-minute drive from Madison.

Position Summary:

The CFO supports the foundation’s mission by directing accounting, financial planning and treasury activities, including budgeting, financial reporting, cash management, and banking relations; business continuity plan; insurance coverages and any claims; national and international compliance matters; the annual audit process and the preparation of Form 990; and financial information systems oversight. The incumbent reports to the CEO and is part of the International Crane Foundation’s senior leadership team, maintaining strong relationships with the Board of Directors and other members of the foundation.

The CFO provides supervision and mentorship to three finance staff members.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a member of the leadership team and be a strategic partner to the President/CEO and other team members in developing the vision and strategy of the International Crane Foundation and executing its operational plans. Assesses organizational performance against both the annual budget and the foundation’s long-term strategy.
  • Supervise, train, develop and collaborate with finance staff, including the Accounting Manager, Compliance Specialist and Accounting Payroll Specialist.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of policies, procedures, systems and processes to provide critical financial and operational information to senior leadership and make actionable recommendations on both strategy and operations. Lead the development of reports necessary to communicate timely and accurate financial information to various audiences, including internal managers, the Board of Directors, regulatory and tax authorities, and the general public.
  • Staff liaison to the Finance & Endowment and Audit Committees of the Board of Directors. Provide regular reports to the Committee members and assist the Committee chairs in creating Board reports from the Committees.
  • Oversee budgetary planning and cost management in alignment with principal strategic objectives. Supervises the preparation of annual budgets and longer-range forecasts.
  • Coordinate the independent audit process and supervise the preparation and filing of the federal Form 990 and any required state registration filings.
  • Oversee and direct cash management, bank relations, purchasing, real estate activities and insurance activities.
  • Committed to the mission of the International Crane Foundation.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting; oversee the preparation and communication of monthly and annual financial statements. Complete the analysis of financial results and develop recommendations.
  • Oversee and direct financial and accounting systems, processes, tools and control systems necessary to maintain proper records and to afford adequate accounting controls and services.
  • Assist in grant activity by providing or reviewing financial information included in application or award reporting.
  • Direct and analyze studies of general economic, business and financial conditions and their impact on the foundation’s policies and operations.
  • Analyze operational issues impacting functional groups and the whole institution, and determine their financial impact.
  • Create and manage department budget and expenses.

Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or related field.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.
  • Understanding of GAAP and related authoritative pronouncements for Not-For-Profit enterprises
  • Experience supervising and mentoring others to achieve desired results; delegate work; train and encourage skill development; access and provide feedback on individual performance.
  • Experience establishing, planning, monitoring and implementing department budgets.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Business
  • Management experience in a non-profit organization, including Board reporting.
  • International non-governmental organization compliance experience, particularly Africa and Asia.
  • Uniform guidance/Federal contracting experience.
  • Abila (Sage MIP) accounting software experience.
  • Endowment management experience.

Critical Components of the Position:

  • Experience with final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination. Analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills, including the ability to comprehensively analyze and interpret policies, procedures and situations in a multifaceted way. Possess strong problem-solving skills to develop innovative solutions to complex issues.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including speaking clearly and persuasively to individuals and groups; listening effectively; responding well to questions.
  • Written communication skills, including the ability to write correspondence and reports in a clear, concise, logical and grammatically correct manner.
  • Experience and comfort using word processing and spreadsheet software (MS Office).
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective, collaborative relationships with donors, vendors, Board members, other stakeholders and staff at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrate respect and sensitivity for others; inspire trust; work with integrity and ethically.

Physical Abilities and Work Environment:

The physical abilities and work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Abilities:

  • Ability to use hands and fingers to type.
  • Ability to talk and hear.
  • Ability to lift or move up to 25 pounds; occasionally reaching, stooping and kneeling.

Work Environment:

  • Office environment with a comfortable office climate and limited noise.

The International Crane Foundation offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to

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The International Crane Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.